April 30, 2012 Kim Il-Sung's Birthday Party Traveling to the Hermit Kingdom is already bizarre enough, but when Patrick Wallner heard that North Korea would be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Great Leader & eternal president, Kim Il-sung, there was no way he would let such an epic birthday party slip through his hands. Laurence Keefe, Kirill Korobkov and Wallner flew over to Pyongyang for two days to witness the madness. While skateboarding within the DPRK was their main intention, it was overshadowed by the celebrations & the 'no sliding' anywhere rule. The three minute clip portrays a small insight into North Korea from the 15th of April 2012.
April 27, 2012 Patterned by Nature Patterned by Nature, at the Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina brings to light the similarity of patterns in our universe, across all scales of space and time. 10 feet wide and 90 feet in length, this sculptural ribbon winds through the five story atrium of the museum and is made of 3600 tiles of LCD glass. It runs on roughly 75 watts, less power than a laptop computer. Animations are created by independently varying the transparency of each piece of glass. An eight channel soundtrack accompanies the animations on the ribbon, giving visitors clues to the identity of the pixelated movements.
April 24, 2012 The Real Origin of the Franchise One of the most successful business models is the franchise, but it didn't originate with McDonald's. Sir Harold Evans describes the remarkable story of a beauty salon that allowed hundreds of women to own their own businesses. "The Real Origin of the Franchise" was animated by Sunni Brown.
April 20, 2012 The Super Moon of May 5, 2012 This moon, known to Algonquin Indians as the flower moon, milk moon or corn planting moon, rises only about two hours before the moment of perfect fullness, which comes at 10:35 p.m. Not only that, but the moon will be at perigee—its closest approach to Earth in its orbit—only three minutes before fullness, so it will be not only round but big, although the size difference may well be imperceptible.
April 19, 2012 Poetic Stickup: Put the Financial Aid in the Bag Performance artist Carvens Lissaint shows how to use language, metaphor and imagery to express a powerful idea — as in this spoken word performance, a stirring plea to make college education more accessible.
April 17, 2012 Holi — Festival of Colors A religious spring festival celebrated by Hindu, Holi is also known as the Festival of Colors. It is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other.
April 16, 2012 Phone Calls — David Mitchell David picks up on the assumption that everything is quicker and easier to sort out by text. Is sending bite-sized messages really that effective? Or is it just a small pointless chore?
April 12, 2012 How an iPad is Made Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz is only the second reporter ever to gain access to visit the factory floor at Apple's Chinese producer Foxconn. See highlights from his tour of the assembly line and the Foxconn facilities.
April 11, 2012 The Secret Life of Plankton New videography techniques have opened up the oceans' microscopic ecosystem, revealing it to be both mesmerizingly beautiful and astoundingly complex. Marine biologist Tierney Thys has used footage from a pioneering project to create a film designed to ignite wonder and curiosity about this hidden world that underpins our own food chain.
April 5, 2012 US Supreme Court Legalizes Strip-Searches, Finger-Rape A commentary by syndicated columnist and cartoonist Ted Rall: By legalizing strip-searches and body cavity searches for everyone arrested for any reason, the Supreme Court has transformed the United States into a police state.
April 2, 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet In 1974 Arthur C. Clarke told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. that every household in 2001 will have a computer and be connected all over the world.