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Fluid dynamics

4 minutes

Aerodynamics researchers play with air and water to make amazing flying machines

In a small lab at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, experimental physicist Leif Ristroph is attempting to fill the holes in our understanding of dynamic flight. Exploring the dynamics of both air and water, Ristroph and his team borrow from nature to investigate the physics of flight and create lightweight flying machines with simple motors. Eventually, Ristroph hopes that advances in the field of fluid dynamics could lead to smaller, more easily manoeuvrable aircrafts.

Director: Greg Stefano

Producer: Greg Stefano

Website: Cool Hunting

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Why do audiences thrill to the negative emotions of horror fiction?

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Space Exploration

To find aliens, we must think of life as we don’t know it

Ramin Skibba

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 minutes

Essay/Human Evolution

Sex makes babies

As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?

Holly Dunsworth & Anne Buchanan

Video/Cosmology

We are born of supernovas – our spectacular and totally ordinary origin story

4 minutes

Idea/History of Science

The most wonderful words in science: ‘We have no idea… yet!’

Daniel Whiteson

Essay/Evolution

Aliens in our midst

The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself

Douglas Fox