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John Cleese on lightbulbs, open and closed modes, Flemming and penicillin, play, 27 phonecalls and a quiet mind. And much more. Like not chickening out of your creative discomfort, because that would be too easy. Absolutely worth your time!

John Cleese on Creativity – YouTube.

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Communicating Science… ist eine Video-Serie des britischen Wellcome Trust über verschiedene Wege der Wissenschaftskommunikation. Diese Episode macht fast ein bisschen nostalgisch:



So schön dieser Film ist – ich finde, sein Bild vom TV-Wissenschaftsdokumentaristen ist ziemlich veraltet. Natürlich bleibt “Storytelling” der Schlüssel. Aber was genau ist “die Geschichte”? Und welche Gründe kann es geben, sie in eine lineare Filmdramaturgie zu packen? Oder anders gefragt: Welche Teile der Geschichte packe ich in eine lineare Filmdramaturgie, in eine emotionale, bilderstarke Erzählung – und welche kommuniziere ich über andere Kanäle?


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Bear 71 is an interactive documentary by Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison with the National Film Board of Canada:


It’s hard to say where the wired world ends and the wild one begins.




So this is, what “nature documentary” can look like, too. But then again: this goes way beyond nature documentary… Pretty fascinating.


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Easily one of the most beautiful science books (if that’s what it is) ever!

Maria Popova at BrainPickings describes it much better than I ever could (also, she has more pictures and a video!):

In this cross-disciplinary gem, artist Lauren Redniss tells the story of Marie Curie — one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of science, a pioneer in researching radioactivity, a field the very name for which she coined, and not only the first woman to win a Nobel Prize but also the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, and in two different sciences — through the two invisible but immensely powerful forces that guided her life: radioactivity and love. It’s remarkable feat of thoughtful design and creative vision. To honor Curie’s spirit and legacy, Redniss rendered her poetic artwork in cyanotype, an early-20th-century image printing process critical to the discovery of both X-rays and radioactivity itself — a cameraless photographic technique in which paper is coated with light-sensitive chemicals. Once exposed to the sun’s UV rays, this chemically-treated paper turns a deep shade of blue…

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And yet another site sprung from the Incubator of Awesomeness:

Download The Universe is a review site for science ebooks and apps. And when you look at the list of contributors, you will immediately rush to make room on your shelves… but, wait, you don’t have to! Just a few more electrons here, a few synapses there. Awesome. But I think I said that already…

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Three days ago, Kevin Zelnio posted a personal and very moving account of his own way into science at DeepSeaNews.

Inspired by sessions at #scio12, he reached out to the wider community via Twitter:

This is when the realization hit me that we all have amazing stories that we bottle up inside us. Perhaps we are embarrassed about them or just think no one cares. So I started the twitter hashtag #IamScience and implored my twitter friends to tweet their “nontraditional” experiences. The response was overwhelming. I’ve included a storify all the responses below. I’ve read every single one and am truly humbled to be in the wake of such amazing individuals who have overcome so much to be where they are at today.

And this is, what crowdsourced storytelling can be:

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After some instructions and much encouragement by master science scribe Perrin Ireland, I finally sat down and gave it a try in the session “Story as Shape or Song: Geometry and Music as Longform Nonfiction Structural Models” hosted by Deborah Blum and David Dobbs:



Of course, this doesn’t even begin to do justice to the beauty of the event, so please check out Maryn McKenna’s Storify and this summary by Tanya Lewis.

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Ein Film über Stephen Hawking.
Von Errol Morris.
Mit Musik von Philip Glass.

via @openculture (who provides some interesting background on the film here.)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hawking!

Birthday Coverage:
Alok Jha, The Guardian
Der Geist, der zu den Sternen reist, ZeitOnline

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Bristlecone pine (Image by pablo_marx on Flickr)*


Radiolab clearly is some of the finest science storytelling on the planet.
And this is one of my favourite epsiodes*: “Oops – Stories of unintended consequences”



Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility.


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For all who are watching or studying Shakespeare’s plays and get forever confused or distracted or even discouraged – help is on the way!

Take a look at Kate Hudson‘s demo of Popcorn.Macbeth:



Matt Thompson of Mozilla points out some highlights of the project and also describes a possible future of this kind of hyper-video:

For me, Kate’s demo speaks to the larger potential of social video in the classroom: turning a formerly passive activity (video watching) into an interactive and social experience. This can allow educators to speak the multimedia language that’s native to most learners, while at the same time making it a more engaging, “lean forward” experience than sitting in a darkened room watching some one-way film.

You can also make your own social video now with Popcorn Maker.

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