Communicating Science… ist eine Video-Serie des britischen Wellcome Trust Ã¼ber verschiedene Wege der Wissenschaftskommunikation. Diese Episode macht fast ein bisschen nostalgisch:
So schÃ¶n dieser Film ist – ich finde, sein Bild vom TV-Wissenschaftsdokumentaristen ist ziemlich veraltet. NatÃ¼rlich bleibt “Storytelling” der SchlÃ¼ssel. Aber was genau ist “die Geschichte”? Und welche GrÃ¼nde 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 ErzÃ¤hlung – und welche kommuniziere ich Ã¼ber andere KanÃ¤le?
(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:
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.Â 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.
John Pavlus is a filmmaker and science writer, and I very much like this description on his production company Small Mammal’sÂ site:
Video on the web is fundamentally different than television and film, but cookie-cutter formats and half-baked mashups arenâ€™t enough to engage smart viewers. Small Mammal understands what works on the web, and designs each project â€œfrom the idea upâ€ to find the best match of subject and style â€” regardless of budget.
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 continueâ€¦