Winter

7 minutes

Is rewilding the future of nature?

Located just a few dozen miles from Amsterdam, the 22-square-mile Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve was developed by the Dutch government as part of a ‘rewilding’ campaign during 1970s. While the large mammals that inhabit the area roam mostly free of predators, death among the abundant fauna is inescapable, with yearly hunts to prevent overpopulation and harsh winters that claim the weak. Winter explores the thin line separating the living and the dead in Oostvaardersplassen, where animals that survive until the spring thaw will find a new season of plenty stretching out before them, while those that die will be scavenged and buried by snow.

Director: Paul Klaver

Video/History of Technology

Breakthroughs, quackery and strange beauty: the afterlife of outmoded medical devices

5 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Neuroscience

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

7 minutes

Idea/History of Science

Science funding is a gamble so let’s give out money by lottery

Shahar Avin

Essay/Physics

Minding matter

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

Adam Frank

Video/Evolution

What the spitting archerfish might tell us about small-brain intelligence

4 minutes

Video/Mathematics

A brilliant ‘geometric ballet’ of sound, shape and symmetry on the theme of 180°

5 minutes

volume_up
play_arrow
pause
Idea/Cosmology

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

Michael Strauss

Essay/Mathematics

How to play mathematics

The world is full of mundane, meek, unconscious things embodying fiendishly complex mathematics. What can we learn from them?

Margaret Wertheim