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.
TERRA 824: Life on Ice
Escape into spectacular Hyalite Canyon and discover the uniquely human activity of ice climbing. LIFE ON ICE is an adventure to remember; an adventure of impossible jumps through space and time; an adventure that blends art, science, and sport in a way that’s never been seen before. Official Selection Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. Official Selection & Honourable Mention Wild Talk Africa International Film Festival. Produced by Refah Seyed Mahmoud.
via Life On TERRA Videos.
Photographing Lions With Technology
National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson used a remote-controlled helicopter and a small robot tank to capture unique images of Serengeti lions.
via National Geographic.
Put a value on nature! - Pavan Sukhdev
Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature’s banker — assessing the value of the Earth’s assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees …
via TED Education.
Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world
Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae — for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature’s symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.
via TED Talks Director.
Updating the “Moon Shadow” in Wolf Diorama
How do you re-create the moon shadows seen on a snowy December night? That was the challenge artist Stephen C. Quinn faced when new energy-efficient lights were installed in the wolf diorama, creating new shadows that weren’t consistent with the scene.
Here, Quinn adds various pigments to the “snow” to re-create the illusion of shadows that would result from the Moon casting its eerie blue light on the wolves and surrounding trees.
A place of discovery: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Seychelles Night Dive
A plunge into the murky depths of a Seychelles reef after dark reveals a surreal wonderland of nocturnal ocean life. From soft corals and a mucous-enveloped parrrotfish, to an unusual shrimp and an unidentifiable scorpionfish, the Earth Touch crew films some of the unique species that dwell in this gloomy planktonic soup.
via Earth Touch.
Postcards from Palau Ep4 - Nautilus encounter
How do you improve a dive in some of the world’s most pristine waters, amidst elaborate coral formations inhabited by sharks and other amazing underwater species? Throw in a lucky sighting of the rare and mysterious nautilus, a living fossil whose ancestors go back millions of years!
via Earth Touch.
Structural Colour, Soap Films, & Nanotech Security From Butterflies
Scientists are being inspired by nature to design the next generation of security devices. Arrays of nanoscale holes create beautiful reflected colours that are almost impossible to forge. This video was supported by TechNyou - check out their series on logical fallacies: http://bit.ly/WBsD31
Soon these nanoscale security devices could replace holograms. They are many times more reflective than holograms, and although the structures are smaller scale, they are lower aspect ratio and therefore easy to manufacture in bulk.
The electron wiggle simulation is from PhET, the best physics simulations ever: http://phet.colorado.edu
Special thanks to Thomas from Copenhagen who showed me around the city including the science museum where he assisted with the soap bubble demonstration.
Clint Landrock is the Chief Technology Officer for Nanotech Securities: http://www.nanosecurity.ca
Music is “Firefly in a Fairytale” by Gareth Coker
What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?
Leading environmentalist and sustainability adviser Tony Juniper argues that we must put a price on nature if we are to save it.
Chair: Jo Confino, executive editor, the Guardian and chairman and editorial director of Guardian Sustainable Business.
Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2012/what-has-nature-ever-done-for-us
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by the RSA.
Detention or Eco Club: Choosing your future - Juan Martinez
Growing up surrounded by gangs in South Central Los Angeles, Juan Martinez wasn’t exposed to the great outdoors. One day in high school, he was given the life-changing choice between detention or Eco Club. He chose nature and has since devoted his life to getting kids back to the outdoors as a National Geographic Explorer and director of the Natural Leaders Network.
Talk by Juan Martinez.
by TED Education.
El Nino Activity Rises Above Noisy Background
By examining a set of fossil corals that are as much as 7,000 years old, scientists have dramatically expanded the amount of information available on the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, a Pacific Ocean climate cycle that affects climate worldwide. The new information will help assess the accuracy of climate model projections for 21st century climate change in the tropical Pacific.
The new coral data show that 20th century El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate cycles are significantly stronger than ENSO variations captured in the fossil corals. But the data also reveal large natural variations in past ENSO strength, making it difficult to attribute the 20th century intensification of ENSO to rising carbon dioxide levels. Such large natural fluctuations in ENSO activity are also apparent in multi-century climate model simulations.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2013/01/el-nino-activity-rises-above-noisy-background
Why Aren’t Women Choosing Science Careers?
We here at DNews are a solid mix of guys and girls with passion for all things science. But a video published this summer by the European Commision has us and a bunch of other scientists- and science fans- stewing. Laci Green gives us her take, as only Laci can.
The Matrix Might Be Real
We know ‘The Matrix’ just a movie, but is it really? Researchers at the University of Washington say they have devised a test to tell us whether our entire universe- and even us people- are just some giant computer simulation. What could this test possibly be? Anthony plugs in and finds out.
Nature Is Smarter Than Us
Nature is pretty damn smart. In fact, many modern technologies get their ideas from nature. Trace explores the awesome field of biomimicry.
by DNews Channel.
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