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For the ABC Science series Phenomena, the Australian artist and filmmaker Josef Gatti collaborated with the Australian composer Kim Moyes for an amalgamation of art and science exploring ‘naturally occurring patterns, and the fundamental forces of nature that create them’. In this energy-themed entry, Gatti uses high-resolution cameras to capture how dormant potential energy awakens when chemicals meet by combining oils, alcohols and inks in Petri dishes. Via the dazzling, colourful patterns that emerge, Gatti draws a line back to the surface of the Sun, where the constant churn of a volatile chemical reaction makes life on Earth possible.
Film and visual culture
A Palme d’Or-winning animation toys with the way our eyes perceive light
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Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisor
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Meaning and the good life
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Philosophy of mind
Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states
History of ideas
How did ‘personal responsibility’ evolve into its opposite, ‘everyone for themselves’?
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