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The astronaut’s guide to life in space

4 minutes

Fun in zero gravity: the real reason astronauts go to space

Being an astronaut is generally thought of as one of the world’s most thrilling jobs, but the excitement of take-off, re-entry and missions in between is frequently offset by days and even weeks of downtime. Using 1980s-era archival video from NASA, this video from NPR shows how everything from sleeping and dressing to tossing a paper airplane is delightfully novel in space.

Director: Emily Bogle, Emily Bogle

Video/Music

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

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Neuroscience

A happy life is built on pleasures such as sex and food, but also company and variety

7 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

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

12 minutes

Video/Agriculture

One man’s quixotic quest to bring American bison to his Scottish homeland

16 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

The bit bomb

It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return

Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Video/Making

How to build a no-frills protected bed in the wild, from top to bottom

7 minutes

Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock