Spider dances for his life!

4 minutes

Dance or die! A male spider must impress a female with his moves, or be eaten

Dancing is hardly a frivolous pastime for male peacock spiders, who must impress females with their brilliant colours and courtship moves, or be eaten if the lady is less than dazzled. This excerpt from the BBC’s ‘Life Story’ series chronicles one eager peacock spider’s (quite literal) dance with death.

Video/Art

Born of pain, filled with power – a teenage girl’s art that confronts in order to heal

6 minutes

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Video/History of Technology

Why Ancient Pacific mariners were the NASA scientists of their day

2 minutes

Video/History

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

24 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/Mathematics

Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

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Idea/Space Exploration

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

Earle Kyle

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