Speaking with light

3 minutes

How beautiful bioluminescent bacteria can expose invisible water pollution

By journeying to the depths of the ocean to study bioluminescent sea creatures, Edie Widder, president of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association in Florida, has witnessed firsthand the strange, vibrant colours of deep-sea life. In a stroke of inventive inspiration, Widder has taken her work with bioluminescent life and applied it to the ongoing problem of invisible pollution, which is putting the world’s oceans and waterways in peril. A short documentary by the Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney, Speaking With Light is a meditation on hidden problems, inventive solutions and beautifully simple science.

Director: Alex Gibney

Producer: Alexis Bloom

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Video/Meaning & the Good Life

After a landslide destroys her village, a woman rebuilds her life in a changed landscape

14 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Bioethics

From identity politics to medicine, the DNA revolution demands a new bioethics

6 minutes

Video/Earth Science

How an Earth science outsider finally put the Pangea puzzle together

8 minutes

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Idea/Automation & Robotics

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities

Ahmed Alkhateeb

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

The eerie otherworldliness of slow undersea life sped up to a human pace

5 minutes

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Essay/Cosmology

Echoes of a black hole

Ripples in space-time could herald the demise of general relativity and its replacement by a quantum theory of gravity

Sabine Hossenfelder

Idea/Personality

Pigs, parrots and people: the problem of animal personality

Antone Martinho

Video/Biology

Everything you always wanted to know about sex in space

4 minutes

Essay/Physics

Minding matter

The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground

Adam Frank