Ma forteresse

5 minutes

It’s High Noon for the mantis shrimp, who defends its home to the last

A mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) builds its nest and vehemently defends it against intruders. Jose Lachat’s short documentary is a film about strength, stoicism and honour, a sort of undersea High Noon replete with a suitably Ennio Morricone-esque soundtrack.

Director: Jose Lachat

Video/Art

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

6 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Automation & Robotics

If we are what we do, how can we stay human in an era of automation?

7 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