Get curated editors’ picks, peeks behind the scenes, film recommendations and more.
There are a few basic facts about climate change that we can be near-certain about: the global temperature is rising, this change is being driven by humans, and it represents a serious threat to a great many living things on the planet – humans included. But due to countless complexities and uncertainties, the trajectory of the global temperature in our deep past and, more pressingly, our near future is riddled with known unknowns. In Degrees of Uncertainty, the US video essayist Neil Halloran takes a data-centric deep dive into the climate crisis, emphasising the vital importance of rejecting fatalism when it comes to solving the problem. In doing so, he also charts the evolution of science itself since the age of enlightenment, and makes a case for science demanding scrutiny from an informed public, especially journalists. You can explore an interactive version of this video at Halloran’s website.
Video by Neil Halloran
History of science
How an ancient polymath first calculated Earth’s size, as told by Carl Sagan
Future of technology
Artificial ‘creativity’ is unstoppable. Grappling with its ethics is up to us
Earth science and climate
A biologist on the sorrows of documenting the Great Salt Lake’s collapse
Design and fashion
Household items are reborn in a ‘visual symphony of everyday objects’
As a pianist strikes a chord, visualisations of his notes appear in real time
Thinkers and theories
Jeremy Bentham was consumed by creating a perfect prison. Here’s the result
Why aren’t our everyday lives as ‘spooky’ as the quantum world?
Burning ice, metal clouds, gemstone rain – tour the strangest known exoplanets
Logic and probability
Chew over the prisoner’s dilemma and see if you can find the rational path out