Features the most insightful and informative videos on all areas of the sciences, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an additional focus on the values of Humanism, Freethought and methodological Skepticism.
If there are any freely available programs or shows which you know of that I missed, please let me know about them.
Escape to the Stars
I have been musing on this idea that when we eventually make this planet totally uninhabitable through our short-term greed and ignorance there are some people who think we might be able to escape to another planet. Perhaps one of the myriad exoplanets discovered in recent years circle other stars may well represent a distant mirror of our world existing in a Goldilocks state.
Unfortunately, a lack of anything even vaguely like a spaceship to take us there or a way to keep us alive for the centuries it would take to get there doesn’t seem to deter the dreamers. In a sense, good on them, we need dreamers. It was always dreamers who struck out to brave new worlds…But, in leaving what are those pioneers leaving behind, besides their pride?
Words & Music by Dave Bradley
Vocals, guitars DB
Sax solo Eddie Bryant Andoran
Recorded in the ScienceBASS Studios
Video montage courtesy of Luigi Quattrocchi – Impermanence
More information imagingstorm.co.uk/escape-to-the-stars.html
via David Bradley.
The Formula Behind Every Perfect Pop Song
Now that the 2014 Grammy Awards are over, a lot of people are wondering if there’s a formula to writing a successful pop song. Producers like Max Martin, who has written sixteen #1 hits since 1999 for artists like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, have researchers wondering. Anthony takes a look at the past few decades of pop music trends in hopes to find a way to write the next big Billboard hit.
via DNews Channel.
Ode to the Female Bedbug
Bedbug sex is traumatic. It’s so violent that it’s actual scientific description is ‘traumatic insemination’. You see, males use their razor-sharp ‘penises’ to stab their sperm into a females’ body. They do not stab it anywhere near the females’ genital opening either. Sperm that has been ‘traumatically inseminated’ will travel through the lymphatic system to the ovaries.
This is an unfortunate reality for female bedbugs. So, I wrote them this song. I hope they like it.
via Carin Bondar.
Hold up, grab the wall … because this video is gonna hit you like a ton of lead. In a good way.
Tom McFadden, the world’s best rapping science teacher, who previously brought us the Rosalind Franklin vs Watson/Crick rap battle and the metabolic jam “Oxidate it or Love It/On to the Next One”, brings us his students’ next creation:
Lots more on Tom’s YouTube channel. But as much as I love Tom, it’s really the students who deserve the credit. Here’s my message to all of you:
A Song for the Sea Pig with The Kronos Quartet
Who loves the Kronos Quartet? Who loves a sea pig? Now’s your chance to see them BOTH in one video. A dream come true!
But, wait, what in the world is a sea pig? Linda Kuhnz at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is here to tell you all about it …
via Unusual Creatures.
Black Hole Rap 2: Stephen Hawking Said What?
Stephen Hawking is shaking up the foundations of Cosmology. He recently published a paper, attempting to revise Black Hole Theory. Now the headlines say things like ‘Black Holes Don’t Exist’ and ‘Stephen Hawking stopped believing in Black Holes.’
33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories
This week we’re excited to have on the awesomely talented Gregory Brothers to take a look at some of the fascinating tales behind your favorite songs.
via Mental Floss Video.
How do instruments make music?
Musicians bash, bang, blow, strum, and pluck various instruments… but how does an instrument make a sound? What’s the difference between wind and string instruments? Kerina Evans of the Live Science Team turns it up to eleven to find out.
This video was presented by: Kerina Evans
Produced and edited by: Ross Exton
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Studying Music Doesn’t Make You Smarter
There’s this popular notion that learning to play music will help a person to somehow become smarter and foster their overall creativity. But new research suggests that’s all baloney. Anthony explains the new report and why the benefit of music might just be myth after all.
via DNews Channel.
Organisms Do Evolve
I am always troubled by the lack of awareness surrounding the process of evolution by natural selection. Also, I am a crazy dorky scientist who enjoys many aspects of pop culture. I’m a Miley fan, and when I first saw ‘Wrecking Ball’ it was just irresistible for me to parody it!
via Carin Bondar.
John Eliot Gardiner: Bach’s Habit of Imperfection
Gardiner, author of the new book, Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven, has a unique perspective on Bach (http://goo.gl/J7gH2K). He is both a historian and a world-renowned conductor who has throughout his career made hundreds of recordings on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. Bach, the orphan rebel, had a suspicion of authority that ran deep throughout his life, and made him an often domineering and unpleasant person to deal with. Gardiner doesn’t see any contradiction here. “The very fact that this music is so profound and so uplifting and the man is clearly not a saint makes it all the more interesting,” he says.
via Big Think.
Archae-Facts: A Christmas Carol?
Today, we take a look at the history of Christmas Carols.
Welcome to Archae-Facts, the place to find bite-sized chunks of Archaeological Trivia!
Q: What do the GLASS FROG and the GLASS ARMONICA have in common?
A: They’re both in this video!
The glass frog is called so because it has see-through skin on its stomach! How crazy is that? You can see just about all of its inner organs, including its beating heart. The glass armonica on the other hand is one of the rarest and most exotic musical instruments, and it was invented by Benjamin Franklin! Check out my friend Cecilia Brauer play one. I think it’ll work nicely with my visit to the “Frog Pod” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Host: Michael Hearst
Producer: Joe Beshenkovsky & Michael Hearst
In Association with PBS Digital Studios
What’s The Key To A Catchy Song?
Ever notice how your favorite songs seems to repeat key phrases multiple times? Well it turns out this element of music is a key part of why we love so much of the songs we do. Trace explains why.
via DNews Channel.
12 Explosions of Christmas with Greg Foot
Science Daredevil Greg Foot and qualified Pyrotechnician Mike Sansom present THE 12 EXPLOSIONS OF CHRISTMAS!
Set to specially adapted lyrics sung by the angelic New London Children’s Choir, Greg and Mike rig up 12 incredible explosions with fireworks, flames, blasts, booms and bangs! With awesome slow mo and stunning shots it’s a festive feast for the senses.
via Head Squeeze.