June 30, 2016 Process & WALK Akinori Goto designed a zoetrope so that it shows a dancer at work when a narrow band of light is projected through it. He used a 3d printer to create this complex work that required precise measurements to work properly.
June 29, 2016 Making Charcoal Charcoal is a fuel that burns hotter than the wood it's made from. This is because the initial energy consuming steps of combustion have taken place while making the charcoal driving off the volatile components of the wood (such as water and sap). The result is a nearly pure carbon fuel that burns hotter than wood without smoke and with less flame. Charcoal was primarily a metallurgical fuel in ancient times but was sometimes used for cooking too.
June 28, 2016 Bats’ Flight Technique Could Lead to Better Drones Long-eared bats are assisted in flight by their ears and body, according to a study by researchers at Lund University in Sweden. These novel findings improve our understanding of the bats’ flying technique and could be significant for future development of drones, among other things.
June 27, 2016 Zimoun : 329 Prepared DC-motors Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun's minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.
June 22, 2016 1978 Dick Cavett Show | Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese The two directors reflect on their working relationship, with De Palma declaring that the two “tend to be each other’s toughest critics.” When asked about differences in their working process, De Palma answers: “I think Marty gets these incredible performances from actors, mainly because he spends a lot of time on developing very deep character relationships. My movies tend to be so much function on a kind of stylization, and a kind of cinematic storytelling. They don’t depend on the character scenes as much as Marty’s movies do.” And then there's the blood.
June 17, 2016 Words That Have Lost Their Better Halves How come some words only have a grumpy, negative version? Here are a few that used to have happier counterparts, but we stopped using them. Produced for Mental Floss
June 14, 2016 How Interpreters Juggle Two Languages at Once Language is complex, and when abstract or nuanced concepts get lost in translation, the consequences may be catastrophic. Given the complexities of language and cultural exchange, how do these epic miscommunications not happen all the time? Ewandro Magalhaes explains how much of the answer lies with the skill and training of interpreters to overcome language barriers.
June 10, 2016 State of Surveillance When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of massive government surveillance programs in 2013, he ignited a raging debate over digital privacy and security. That debate came to a head this year, when Apple refused an FBI court order to access the iPhone of alleged San Bernardino Terrorist Syed Farook. Meanwhile, journalists and activists are under increasing attack from foreign agents. To find out the government's real capabilities, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, VICE founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden.
June 6, 2016 The Beautiful Relationship Between Physics and Jazz Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist, but he's also a jazz fanatic whose musical obsession has helped him better understand the world of cosmology, quantum gravity and particle physics.
June 3, 2016 BULLSHIT! Harry Frankfurt is an American philosopher and author of the New York Times Best Seller "On Bullshit". Although first conceived as an essay over 30 years ago, his theory on bullshit is more relevant than ever before. BULLSHIT! aims to further our understanding of what bullshit is, why there's so much of it, and how it can be a greater enemy to the truth than lies.
June 1, 2016 Harvesting Liberty Harvesting Liberty is a short film that documents visionaries Michael Lewis (of Growing Warriors) and Rebecca Burgess (of Fibershed) as they collaborate to reintroduce industrial hemp to the American landscape.