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.
Is that the sound of the Giant Anteater sniffing I hear? Perhaps I’ll create a song for this unusual creature using some of my most unusual musical instruments!
Join me as I travel to the Nashville Zoo to visit the largest Giant Anteater breeding facility in the United States. I might even get to feed an anteater named Mochila while I’m there. By the way, did you know that Giant Anteaters walk on their knuckles to keep their claws sharp? And boy, are they!
Steve Irwin Tribute - Wildest Things in the World
A musical tribute to the legendary conservationist & crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.
via Melody Sheep.
Music and creativity in Ancient Greece
You think you love music? You have nothing on the Ancient Greek obsession. Every aspect of Greek life was punctuated by song: history, poetry, theater, sports and even astronomy. In fact, music was so important to Greek philosopher Plato that he claimed the music we listen to directly affects our ethics. Tim Hansen wonders what Plato might have to say about the music we listen to today.
Lesson by Tim Hansen, animation by TOGETHER.
via TED Education.
Where Did Music Come From?
We’ve long believed that music as we know it is unique to our species. But as Anthony shows us, not only is this untrue, but in fact, human music may have been started by a little bird deep in the Amazon jungle.
via DNews Channel.
Songs for Unusual Creatures - Jesus Christ Lizard
This is what happens when the common basilisk (AKA “Jesus Christ lizard”) meets a concert toy pianist (Margaret Leng Tan).
The result is the first episode of Songs for Unusual Creatures, sort of like a nature show meets performance art meets soundtrack that plays in my head when I watch these guys run on water. Certainly the first animal video I’ve ever seen that invokes John Cage.
How a Japanese Drummer Changed the World
Daisuke Inoue was a drummer for several Japanese bands, and spent hours memorizing popular songs. At least, that is, until he realized how much easier life would be if he could automate the band. Learn more in this episode.
Shed Science: Starfish (McFly ‘Star Girl’ parody)
Here is my parody version of McFly’s song ‘Star Girl’, called ‘Starfish’. Enjoy!
via Shed Science.
Everyday Chemistry - Fresh Bread of Bel-Air
If you like fresh-baked bread and 90s rap, we’ve got an Everyday Chemistry video for you. “The video is a rap parody and we’ve written lyrics to describe the difference between baking soda and baking powder,” says Tien Nguyen, who produced the video. “Baking soda just has sodium bicarbonate, which is a base. So to produce carbon dioxide, a gas that makes your baked goods rise and neutralize the bitterness of the base, you need to add the right amount of an acidic ingredient (like vinegar or lemon juice). Or you can use baking powder, which already contains an acidic component that can react once you add liquids or heat it in the oven.”
Video by Tien Nguyen - Doctoral Candidate, UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Chemistry
Follow Tien at http://twitter.com/MustLoveScience
via Bytesize Science.
Symphony Of Science- Monsters Of The Cosmos
Symphony of Science returns! Morgan Freeman and a choir of scientists sing to you about the science and freakiness of black holes.
NOVA - Mystery of the Milky Way
Through The Wormhole: The Riddle of Black Holes
Who’s Afraid of a Big Black Hole (BBC)
Swallowed by a Black Hole (BBC)
via Melody Sheep.
Why We Like Sad Songs
If we listen to music for enjoyment, why do we like sad songs? Trace looks at how even the darkest of songs can give our spirits a lift.
via DNews Channel.
How to read music - Tim Hansen
Like an actor’s script, a sheet of music instructs a musician on what to play (the pitch) and when to play it (the rhythm). Sheet music may look complicated, but once you’ve gotten the hang of a few simple elements like notes, bars and clefs, you’re ready to rock. Tim Hansen hits the instrumental basics you need to read music.
via TED Education.
The Universe of Sound: Bill Fontana - Collide@CERN Artist
Bill Fontana is a renowned American sound sculptor who studied with John Cage and is the 2012-2013 Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN winner. He began his 2-month residency at CERN with an event entitled “The Universe of Sound” on 4 July 2013, in the CERN Globe of Science & Innovation, from which this excerpt was taken. Guided by his mantra, “All sound is music,” Fontana gives samples of his previous work as well as some hints of what is to come during his residency.
The Universe of Sound: Subodh Patil - Collide@CERN Inspiration Partner
Dr. Subodh Patil is a cosmologist at CERN and is the inspiration partner for Bill Fontana, 2012-2013 Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN winner, during his residency at CERN. Bill began his 3-month residency at CERN at an event called “The Universe of Sound” on July 4th, 2013, in the CERN Globe of Science & Innovation. In this excerpt from this event, Dr. Patil explains the parallels between physics, cosmology, sound, and music.
via CERN TV.
Hai-Ting Chinn: Songs of Science & Skepticism NECSS 2012
Featuring quotes by: Phil Plait, Carl Sagan, Steven Novella, George Bernard Shaw, Isaac Asimov, Lewis Thomas, Eliezer Yudkowsky, and Douglas Adams.
via NECSS Conference.
Boston Skeptics in the Pub - Shelley Segal - May 6th, 2013
Shelley Segal performs at Skeptics in the Pub for Boston Skeptics.