Born like stars

6 minutes

An underwater journey reveals the strange birthing process of a deep-sea squid

Not easily mistaken for their ‘giant’ cousins, Gonatus onyx are deep-sea squid that grow to just 18 centimetres in mantle length. These small creatures were once largely mysterious to scientists – it wasn’t until the early 21st century that marine biologists learned that the female Gonatus onyx broods its eggs in a cluster between its arms, and not, like all other known squid, by laying the eggs on the ocean floor. Capturing this birthing process with clarity and a sense of wonder, Born Like Stars combines a mesmerising music-box soundtrack with breathtaking deep-sea photography to give the impression of travelling through an alien world.

Director: Brent Hoff

Video/History

Albania built 750,000 bunkers for a war that never came. Now what?

24 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

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6 minutes

Video/Subcultures

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Video/Mathematics

Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

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Idea/Space Exploration

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Video/Evolution

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

10 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