7 minutes

The pursuit of the perfect body is as old as time. But who defines perfection?

The Patina-V Mannequin Factory in the City of Industry, California, has created the perfect woman: she’s tall, slender, and made of plastic. In 34x25x36, the director Jesse Epstein takes us into a world where art, craftsmanship, and commerce meet, and where contemporary standards of beauty are simultaneously reflected and defined.

Director: Jesse Epstein

Producer: Trish Dalton, Jesse Epstein


A poetic tour through Detroit's abandoned, ghostly Packard Automotive Plant

7 minutes


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

6 minutes

Video/History of Science

‘I could not but wonder at it’: history’s first glimpses into the microbial world

7 minutes

Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Five-month-old babies know what’s funny

Gina Mireault

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

Why the ‘exotic and strange’ world of childhood is ripe for horror

5 minutes

Essay/Family Life

Latte pappas

Sweden’s hands-on dads represent an alternate male form forged by lowered testosterone and the potent hormones of attachment

Richard W Orange

Idea/Social Psychology

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why?

Christopher Kavanagh

Video/Gender & Sexuality

A boy wants to wear a red dress in a photo with his dad, but doesn’t quite dare

9 minutes


Here’s looking at you

Filmmakers have tapped laws of perception still unexplored by neuroscience to create a visual feast in the brain

Jeffrey M Zacks