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From NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio.

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Not very scientific, but really quite beautiful. And short (17secs).

Composition in Red on Vimeo

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John Green’s truly moves at breakneck speed. But what would you expect from a Crash Course?

And yes, there is a test:

“The test will measure whether you are an informed, engaged and productive citizen of the world. And it will take place in schools and bars and hospitals and dorm rooms and in places of worship. You will be tested on first dates, in job interviews, while watching football and while scrolling through your Twitterfeed. The test will judge your ability to think about things other than celebrity marriages, whether you will be easily persuaded by empty political rhetoric, and whether you will be able to place your life and your community in a broader context. The test will last your entire life… and everything, EVERYTHING will be on it.”

Test or not, it’s fast and brilliant and totally worth a look:

The script, by the way, Green has written together with his high school history teacher Raoul Meyer.

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“It’s quite a place”, he says…


International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank captured spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy as seen from about 240 miles above the Earth’s horizon on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Burbank described seeing the comet as “the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space,” in an interview with WDIV-TV in Detroit. (NASA)

Update 29.12.2011 (via @astrodicticum):

Comet Lovejoy above the Andes from Stéphane Guisard

Mehr über den Kometen Lovejoy bei Astro-Blogger Astodicticum simplex.


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Es war einmal… der Mensch, Frankreich, 1978

Mit Trilobiten, Astrocodermen, Kontinentaldrift – und das war damals das Kinderfernsehen!

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Evolution Made Us All from Ben Hillman on Vimeo.

A fact-based twist on the beloved hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” in which evolution is celebrated as the process by which all life forms on Earth are created — including life forms that believe in the Almighty.

More from Ben Hillman


via RichardDawkins.net

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A classic: Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, 1977 (for IBM)
Nur fürs Protokoll: Die Mondlandung war noch keine 10 Jahre her und Google Earth gibt’s erst seit 2005.

Und hier noch die Website zum Film.

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Brooke Gladstone is host of NPR’s On the Media and has now written a beautiful and very informative piece of graphic non-fiction. It’s called The Influencing Machine and although the book is about media and journalism as a whole, it makes some interesting points about science journalism, too. In her chapter about bias, for example, Gladstone explains how science coverage is often riddled by narrative bias [the (perceived) need of beginning, middle and end in each and every story]. And the Scientific American classic of April Fools Day in 2005 on “so-called evolution” gets a full page appearance, too.
Plus: On her way through the history of the media and its discontents Gladstone does quite a bit of (graphic) science reporting herself (on polls, on the neuroscience of free will, on cognitive dissonance etc.).
It is amazing how much information can go into a comic book!

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media on Vimeo on Vimeo


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Eigentlich ganz einfach: ein Vortrag mit Animation.

Aber in der langen Reihe von animierten Erklärstücken liegt RSAnimate immernoch unerreicht vorne.

21st century enlightenment:

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Beautiful animation by Ben Reed.

“Made entirely out of second hand books.”

Very educational. And not without poetry.

The Wave Pictures – Sweetheart from Ben Reed on Vimeo.

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