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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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The Isotope Square Dance on Vimeo

From the wonderful and slightly bizarre world of “Dance your PhD”…

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(I am researching atoms for a project these days. Came across some interesting sites. Will post “atomically” all week.)

The Radioactive Orchestra is a project by the Swedish nuclear safety organization KSU and DJ Axel Boman. The idea is to provide a way to “sense” radiation, and to do so in a playful way that invites exploration. The “instruments” of the orchestra are the 3175 currently known isotopes. For each of them, their energy levels during radioactive decay are represented by sound.

It may look a bit technical at first, but I found it quite intriguing and fun when I started to play around a bit:

Here is a sample by Axel Boman himself, featuring Rubidium 88 & Cobolt 60:



via @brainpicker

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Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme by Daniel Mellinger and Alex Kushleyev, engineers at the University of Pennsylvania

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.

More at : http://www.upenn.edu/spotlights/penn-quadrotors-ted

via @zeitonline_vid

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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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John Pavlus is a filmmaker and science writer, and I very much like this description on his production company Small Mammal’s  site:

Video on the web is fundamentally different than television and film, but cookie-cutter formats and half-baked mashups aren’t enough to engage smart viewers. Small Mammal understands what works on the web, and designs each project “from the idea up” to find the best match of subject and style — regardless of budget.

John blogs, too, and tweets at @johnpavlus

Here is one of his films, but do check out his site – there is much more to discover!

I, for one, strongly sympathize with his concept of ‘process value’ (including his contempt for “weightless, meaningless CGI wankfests”!).


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Delightful nerd-humor by science comedian Brian Malow (@sciencecomedian):

Want more? Try Star Wars’ and Bad Science In Movies.

[re-posted from Aug 28, 2011]

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ANTS in my scanner > a five years time-lapse! by françois vautier (2010):

Five years ago, I installed an ant colony inside my old scanner that allowed me to scan in high definition this ever evolving microcosm (animal, vegetable and mineral). The resulting clip is a close-up examination of how these tiny beings live in this unique ant farm. I observed how decay and corrosion slowly but surely invaded the internal organs of the scanner. Nature gradually takes hold of this completely synthetic environment.
The ants are still alive : the process will continue…

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… and wows not only the audience, but a select panel of neuroscientists, too.


More of Bobby McFerrin and the science behind this demonstration is in the full “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus” event video from the World Science Festival 2009:


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