Get curated editors’ picks, peeks behind the scenes, film recommendations and more.
After a whale dies, it begins to sink. As it drifts slowly downward, its body provides sustenance for an incredibly diverse community of organisms. In Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale), the stages of consumption are illustrated by paper puppets of the fish, crustaceans and microscopic bacteria that feed upon the whale for decades after its death. A musical puppet-play and an educational science piece, the film is an amusing and informative look at the life cycles of the organisms – some familiar, some spectacularly alien – that inhabit the ocean’s depths.
Directors: Sharon Shattuck, Flora Lichtman
Bertrand Russell wanted to kill off causation. Can contemporary philosophy rescue it?
History of science
Bat-people on the Moon – what a famed 1835 hoax reveals about misinformation today
What it’s like to wear a prosthetic that ‘feels’
A square inch in a Petri dish becomes a grand stage for chemical transformations
What is it like to be a paramedic, navigating human emergency?
The tangled tale of how physicists built a groundbreaking wormhole in a lab
Computing and artificial intelligence
Teaching an AI to beat video games still takes human imagination
Social contagions can cause genuine illness, and TikTok may be a superspreader
Why making if-then connections might be the key to consciousness