The odd tale of the clever octopus

5 minutes

The wily and merciless veined octopus stalks an unsuspecting rock crab

Known for assembling sea scraps into impromptu forts used for stalking prey, the veined octopus is one of the most cunning predators in the Pacific Ocean’s tropical waters. Setting the tone with a pulsing, ominous score, Jose Lachat’s short nature video features a veined octopus taking cover in a clam shell in a quiet and calculating search for its next meal.

Director: Jose Lachat

Video/History

Albania built 750,000 bunkers for a war that never came. Now what?

24 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Technology

Why Ancient Pacific mariners were the NASA scientists of their day

2 minutes

Video/Subcultures

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 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