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Charlie Rose: 13 Episodes On The Brain Series

Thursday 11.10.2011 , Posted by

In his excellent “The Brain Series,” Charlie Rose interviews some of the worlds foremost scientists and researchers working to uncover the secrets behind one of sciences final frontiers: the human brain. The 13, one hour episodes in the series cover subjects as diverse as decision making and mental illness, to what it means to be social. The series also explores how new knowledge is helping to treat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. Below you’ll find a trailer taste of the series, then head to charlierose.com to see the full episodes [Read more...]

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Your Brain: Introduction to the Default Mode Network

Friday 11.04.2011 , Posted by

Do you ever wonder what your brain is doing when you space out? Doctors around the world are looking into what happens when our minds go on “Default Mode” and, as this video points out, the findings are pretty surprising. Not only does activity go up in many quieter regions of the brain, but they may serve surprisingly important purposes. With the more we learn about the quieting of the brain, the more practices like meditation or simply spacing out in the shower look like they are good things for your head [Read more...]

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288,000 Jelly Beans, 22 Months, 1 Music Video

Friday 11.04.2011 , Posted by

Internet music sensation Kina Grannis put in some serious time on her latest video, 22 months and 1357 hours to be exact. Inspired by the jelly bean “paintings” that have been floating around the net for a while, director Greg Jardin wanted to make the idea more animated. They ultimately used a well rounded pallet of 288,000 candies for the piece, keeping 30 people busy creating it. Grannis spent hours laying on a glass table while individual photographs where taken to create the stop motion animation. Although easier techniques exist, no CGI or green screen was involved. Hear more of Grannis’ music on youtube [Read more...]

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Baroque.me: An Interactive Look at Bach’s Prelude

Thursday 11.03.2011 , Posted by

The last time we mentioned Alexander Chen he had converted the New York subway map into an interactive stringed instrument. Continuing the musical theme, he’s now taken the iconic prelude to Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1 and made an interactive visualization you can mess around with until the tune’s completely “Baroque.” The orbiting dots pluck the strings, like a rotating music box. You can grab and throw the nodes off track using your pointer, then watch as they slowly regain their orbit and the tune its rhythm. See the video at the bottom or head to Baroque.me to play with history [Read more...]

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Watch it Now: San Francisco Time-Lapse in 3D

Tuesday 11.01.2011 , Posted by

This new 3D time-lapse video has me so pumped! A tribute to the lovely city of San Francisco, it features scenes from in and around the bay including a cameo by typewriter remix artist Jeremy Mayer in the beginning seconds.

What get’s me really going though, is the way this 3D technology is being made available to the masses. Shot with a two Canon 5D’s, the short uses Youtube’s new 3D feature, allowing viewers to select between a number of different viewing methods. You can select from various anaglyph (colored glasses) and stereo modes, so if you have a pair of red and blue 3D glasses laying around, you can view the video that way. If you’re looking for a more realistic 3D view, and for those familiar with the old Magic Eye books, there’s a “cross eyed” method that works perfectly: simply cross your eyes until the white dots at the top of the video match up. Captivating! [Read more...]

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Visualized: How A Population Grows To 7 Billion

Monday 10.31.2011 , Posted by

The world population was just 1 billion people in 1804, but now just two centuries later the people count on our planet has reached an astounding 7 billion. What has contributed to this exponential and dramatic increase, and what does it mean for us in the future? As this video and related article by NPR cleverly explores, the causes are far simpler than the solutions. What will our population reach in the next 100 years? [Read more...]

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Now Classic: Errol Morris Lives the High Life

Friday 10.28.2011 , Posted by

Roger Ebert once said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more… Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” Perhaps best known for his documentary films such as The Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line, Morris has been honored with shelves worth of awards, including an Oscar. He has also directed a large collection of advertisements: here we bring you a sampling of what he considers his most impressive television achievement: over 100 retro-themed commercials for Miller Hi-Life. It’s a tribute to the classic American man [Read more...]

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Do You Want to Walk on Water?

Wednesday 10.26.2011 , Posted by

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What comes to mind when you think of a Chinese Canadian named Raymond Li living in St. John’s, Newfoundland?  The likely answer is not hydro jet packs or walking on water.  However, Li was the first person to develop jet levitation technology that is essentially a combination of a jet ski tethered to a jet pack using hi pressure water to keep a pilot above the water. He developed the Jetlev (abbreviated from the words Jet Levitation) concept in 2000 [Read more...]

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The Divided Brain: A Explanation of Left and Right

Wednesday 10.26.2011 , Posted by

In this entertaining, beautiful and profound animation, psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist expounds on the uniquely ‘divided’ human brain. He details how this split in our heads was differently understood in the past and how it has altered our behavior, culture and society over time. So much insight you’ll need to use the pause button… a lot!

The audio in the video is taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA free public events program. The full lecture can be found here [Read more...]

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Pencil Head: Beautifully Animated Mayhem

Friday 10.21.2011 , Posted by

It’s difficult to describe the wild, manic trip taken in this animation by Qwaqa. With a smattering of pop cultural references and a strong anime vision, the film whisks you through captivating scene after scene, creatively transitioning to the next and keeping you guessing where it’s all headed. Giving the film its musical rhythm is Fat Boy Slim’s now classic, Right Here, Right Now [Read more...]

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