Wanderers

4 minutes

A stunning vision of the possibilities of humanity’s expansion into space

The US astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan was able to make complex scientific questions thoroughly arresting and human – at times even poetic. Set to awe-inspiring digital recreations of strange yet not unfamiliar worlds elsewhere in our solar system, Wanderers takes Sagan’s timeless words on the human instinct for exploration, and imagines what the next stage might look like: to Mars and beyond into space.

Director: Erik Wernquist

Video/Subcultures

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Philosophy of Religion

How wonder – the linchpin of inspiration and inquiry – makes humans unique

4 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Polar bears need to be fat, and they can’t be without sea ice

Thea Bechshoft

Essay/Epidemiology

Who names diseases?

Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?

Laura Spinney

Video/Evolution

Watch as the whale becomes itself: slowly, slowly, from land to sea, through deep time

10 minutes

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Idea/Space Exploration

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

Earle Kyle

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

How a tiny group of insects escaped extinction by hiding in a bush for 80 years

20 minutes

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Essay/History of Science

The cosmology of Poe

Drawing on intuition, Edgar Allan Poe offered some remarkably prescient ideas about the universe in his poem 'Eureka'

Paul Halpern