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.
Earth from Space: Colours of time
Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. For World Wetlands Day 2014, the ninety-first edition features the Zambezi River’s floodplain in western Zambia.
See also http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/01/Zambezi_River_Zambia to download the image.
The Most Important Pictures in the History of Science!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how images are used to communicate science, whether they are photos, illustrations, or computer simulations. Throughout the history of science, there have been many images that have completely changed the world.
In this week’s video, I collected some of what I think are the most important images in science history, and I explain why I think they are such a big deal. Did I include your faves? You’ll have to watch the video to find out!
Steve Winter & Alan Rabinowitz: Tigers Forever
Award-winning wildlife photographer Steve Winter and big cat advocate Alan Rabinowitz share inspiring stories of committed people on the front lines of tiger conservation and surprisingly intimate photos of these majestic creatures.
Photographer Danny Lyon Reflects on an Iconic Career
Photographer Danny Lyon’s career reaches from the March on Washington to the Occupy movement and beyond. He captures enduring images, as photographer Vincent J. Musi says in his introduction, “with the eye of a documentarian and the soul of a radical.” Lyon gave this talk at the 2014 National Geographic Photography Seminar in Washington, D.C.
via National Geographic.
Earth from Space: Bissagos
Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The eighty-ninth edition features the coast of Guinea-Bissau and Bissagos archipelago.
See also http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/01/Guinea-Bissau_and_the_Bissagos_islands to download the image.
Why Do We Hate Selfies?
Are we really about to defend SELFIES?! Yup. Despite being possibly the world’s most annoying habit, selfies are undeniably a major part of modern visual language. They may be the lowest common denominator of the art of photography, but they are also a legit form of communication (“a picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind). But maybe all the hate comes from a confusion about what selfies actually are! Is it possible they’re not actually “photographs” but a totally different form of communication? Could they even be important and meaningful?!?! Watch the episode to find out!
via Idea Channel.
Why Does Nighttime Smartphone Footage Look All Flickery in Europe?
When you film with an iPhone or other smartphone in Europe at night, there’s often a weird rolling banding effect over your footage. The reason has to do with power grids, frequencies, and some rather American-centric smartphone makers.
The Power of Photography to Relate
Portrait artist Martin Schoeller captures the essence of the individual with a photo essay on how our growing diversity is literally changing the face of America.
The Power of Photography to Prove
Photographer James Balog, whose Extreme Ice Survey employs time-lapse cameras to document glaciers worldwide, has indisputable and visually stunning proof that ancient glaciers are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Proof: Lynsey Addario on Leaving the Comfort Zone
Lynsey Addario’s photography focuses on women’s issues in war-torn countries. She says her work often tries to push a viewer outside his or her comfort zone, creating room for reflection and understanding.
Learn more about Lynsey Addario and her work:
via National Geographic.
Backyard Tests for the Freefall Camera
Featuring Tom Shorten, Tom Dryden, Peter Storey and David Alatorre. This is a student project at the University of Nottingham.
Some early testing of the free fall camera - follow the whole series at http://bit.ly/freefallcam
Filmed and edited by James Hennessy.
Test Tube is a project for the University of Nottingham.
More at http://www.test-tube.org.uk/
via Nottingham Science.
How do digital cameras work? | James May Q&A
You’re at the best concert ever and all you can think of is taking as many pics of your favourite super star on your trusty smart phone. You’ve spent more time taking photos than actually enjoying the concert, but who cares? You’ve got the proof to show all your workmates you were there!
But how exactly does a digital camera work?
It’s all very simple really. The camera’s sensor is covered with tiny light sensitive cells, each of which can measure the amount of light that falls on it. The cells act like the old photosensitive film, reacting to the light which falls on them and then reporting to the camera’s microprocessor brain. The camera doesn’t just look at an individual pixel on the sensor; it also looks at the pixels around it to come up with an informed guess of what the true colour of that pixel is.
In taking that awesome shot of your dinner for Instagram, making sure you have just enough light, have you ever wondered how light bulbs work? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MYB8butQwQ&list=PLMrtJn-MOYmfqNgyPxx6NYMZnd25y4shc&index=6
Selfies and Instagram | James May Digital Cameras Extras
James May is a fan of taking a selfie. In this video he shows us what a duck face is, reminisces over photographic film and the surprise you had when picking up the developed photos from your holidays. James doesn’t often take photographs but prefers to keep a memory of a scene. He leaves us with a searching question about the possibilities of digital photography…
via Head Squeeze.
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Earth from Space: Flinders
In the eighty-seventh edition, multi-coloured layers of rock in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges are featured.
See also http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2013/12/Flinders_Ranges_South_Australia to download the image.
Michael Nichols: Photographing Africa’s Wildest Beasts
One of the world’s leading wildlife photographers, Michael “Nick” Nichols, uses cutting-edge technologies to capture new views of two of Africa’s most recognized animals—the lion and the elephant—in hopes of quelling human-animal conflict and saving the iconic creatures from extinction.
The Weed That Won the West
Two photographers on assignment for National Geographic magazine drove for miles through the American West in search of photogenic tumbleweed. Along the way, they learned some wild facts about this invasive plant.
Read the article, and see more photos, online in National Geographic magazine:
via National Geographic.