The seven magnetic precepts

3 minutes

What makes a magnet? A balletic, visual exploration of electromagnetic force

Magnets are everywhere and their basic attracting and repelling properties are pretty familiar. They secure postcards and photos to our refrigerators. They’re in the compasses we used before we had GPS. A bit more removed from the quotidian, they underly the workings of high-speed Maglev trains and will likely play a part in the much-vaunted but not yet realised Hyperloop. But what exactly makes something magnetic? This video collaboration between the University of Paris-Sud’s Laboratory of Solid State Physics and École Estienne is a quick, quirky look at the hidden and fascinating physics of magnetism.

Video/Gender & Sexuality

In southern Mexico, a long-acknowledged ‘third gender’ is not masculine or feminine

9 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

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

6 minutes

Video/Design & Fashion

A film that dreams of a poem that dreams of tragedy and love

4 minutes

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Idea/Cosmology

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

Michael Strauss

Video/Astronomy

The plodding photon, or how the speed of light looks sluggish on a galactic scale

45 minutes

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

Video/Evolution

A cut-throat case of evolutionary backstabbing in the Peruvian rainforest

3 minutes

Essay/Physics

This granular life

That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea?

Carlo Rovelli

Idea/History of Science

The missing fossils matter as much as the ones we have found

Adrian Currie & Derek Turner