July 31, 2012 Olympics 2012: How to Execute the Perfect Dive Interested in what goes into the bio-mechanics of the perfect dive? USC Dornsife professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering, Jill McNitt-Gray explains how science informs athletics as we watch USC elite divers in action. Professor McNitt-Gray is a scientist funded by the National Science Foundation.
July 30, 2012 I Hate Perfume New York perfumer Christopher Brosius, the olfactory visionary behind fragrance house CB I Hate Perfume, discusses his unorthodox approach to scent and his cult conceptual fragrances.
July 27, 2012 Ode To Hill And Adamson Artist Maisie Broadhead originally trained as a jeweller and now produces fine art photographic parodies. Her work is being featured as part of a ground-breaking exhibition at the National Gallery. As part of the exhibition Jack Cole and Maisie Broadhead directed a video to be hung next to the 1844 photographic print by Hill and Adamson that it references.
July 26, 2012 Mirrorbox: The Story of How Art Became Science There is increasing evidence that an optical apparatus called the Mirrorbox contributes to the breakdown of discrete identity. Through an immersive helmet design and specially sequenced lighting program, the Mirrorbox helps collapse personal boundary thresholds allowing participants to enter into a state of temporary shared identity with one another.
July 25, 2012 The (Secret) City of London Did you know that the City of London and London are two different places? One lives within the other. They have separate mayors, and the Queen actually has to ask to enter the City of London.
July 23, 2012 The Last Pictures In 1963 NASA launched the first communications satellite “Syncom 2” into a geosynchronous orbit over the Atlantic Ocean. Since then, humans have slowly and methodically added to this space-based communications infrastructure. Currently, more than 800 spacecraft in geosynchronous orbit form a man-made ring of satellites around Earth at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers. Most of these spacecraft powered down long ago, yet continue to float aimlessly around the planet. Geostationary satellites are so far from Earth that their orbits never decay. The dead spacecraft in orbit have become a permanent fixture around Earth, not unlike the rings of Saturn. They will be the longest-lasting artifacts of human civilization, quietly floating through space long after every trace of humanity has disappeared from the planet’s surface.Trevor Paglen's The Last Pictures is a project to acknowledge these spacecraft as the monuments of our historical era.
July 20, 2012 Tour of the Moon Although the moon has remained largely unchanged during human history, our understanding of it and how it has evolved over time has evolved dramatically. Thanks to new measurements, we have new and unprecedented views of its surface, along with new insight into how it and other rocky planets in our solar system came to look the way they do. See some of the sights and learn more about the moon here.
July 19, 2012 Kurt Perschke's RedBall This summer, New York artist Kurt Perschke brought his celebrated art project RedBall to the UK. Co-produced by Torbay Council creativetorbay.com and The Dartington Hall Trust dartington.org , it arrived on the streets of the English Riviera in Torbay in June before touring to Plymouth, Exeter, Weymouth & Portland and London, finishing the tour at Dartington Hall and popping up in a total of 20 sites.
July 18, 2012 Lightning Captured at 7,207 Images Per Second A downward lightning negative ground flash captured at 7,207 images per second. A negative stepped leader emerges from the cloud and connects with the ground forming a return stroke.
July 17, 2012 Electric Vocabulary We all know the words around electricity, "charge," "positive," "battery" and more. But where do they come from and what do they really mean? Let the history of these words illuminate the physics of electric phenomena.
July 12, 2012 Wordcollider Inspired by visualizations of particle collisions at LHC CERN, wordcollider accelerate two phrases against each other on a collision course. The collision split the words up in their letters, their elementary particles, so to speak. After collision, wordcollider visualize a signature for each letter, based on their phonetic characteristics.
July 10, 2012 Dancing Chromatophores of the Squid, Loligo Pealeii Chromatophores are muscle-controlled pigment cells in the skin of cephalopods, such as squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. These chromatophores expand and contract on command in order to help the animal blend in with its surroundings, or to communicate with other animals.
July 6, 2012 This is Our Planet Eighteen-year-old photography enthusiast Tomislav Safundži of Croatia gathered some NASA imagery captured from the International Space Station and created this beautiful time-lapse view of Earth.
July 5, 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 teamed with Christian Sardet (CNRS/Tara Oceans), Noé Sardet and Sharif Mirshak to use footage from the Plankton Chronicles project to create a film designed to ignite wonder and curiosity about this hidden world that underpins our own food chain.
July 3, 2012 What I Have to Offer On the 30th of September 2011, in front of a sell-out theatre at the BFI in London, Charlie Kaufman delivered the final lecture in BAFTA's 2011 Screenwriters' Lecture Series.