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More than honey – a review


Last night I went to see the documentary ‘More than honey’, directed and produced by the Swiss film-maker Markus Imhoof. As I work with bees (bumblebees) and have already read a bit about colony collapse disorder and honeybee farming I wasn’t expecting too much from the film: an education on all the crops bees are [...]

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Pandora’s Promise: The Triumph of Hope over Fear in Nuclear Power?


A believer in solar power rarely has a good word to say about nuclear, though the sun generates light in a nuclear way via fusion. Of course, the zealotry works in the other direction as well. Almost any energy source boasts a cadre of ardent adherents: burning coal (it alleviates poverty!). Fracking for natural gas (we’re [...]

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Plugged In

Review of Urbanized, Gary Hustwit’s urban design documentary

Urbanized is the third entry in Gary Hustwit’s designed-themed trilogy. The first film, Helvetica, explored the nerdery of how information is designed and shared through the world’s most ubiquitous typeface. The sequel, Objectified, took a step back and looked at how nearly everything we interact with each day, from the toothbrush in our bathroom to [...]

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Urbanized – a documentary about urban design by Gary Hustwit

Gary Hustwit’s new urban design documentary, Urbanized, travels around the world to learn about how design affects one of mankind’s largest creations: cities. From the Urbanized website: Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

Star Filmmakers Found in Unlikely Spot

Two kids in lab coats and goggles apparently doing an experiment.

In Tyson Schoeber’s class at Nootka Elementary School in Vancouver, 15 fourth through seventh graders struggle to read, write or do math at a level near that of their peers in other classes. Ten-year-olds have entered Schoeber’s program, called THRIVE, virtually unable to read independently (see “One Man’s Mission to Save Struggling Students”). Yet Schoeber [...]

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‘Cosmos’ and ‘Your Inner Fish’ Pack the 1-2 Punch


Two weeks from today, on April 9th, PBS will air the first of a three-part series adapted from Neil Shubin’s popular book, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year-History of the Human Body. If you’ve ever wondered why we’re built the way we are – with five fingers on each hand, testes that hang [...]

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Who Needs a Paintbrush When You Can Use a Dead Fish?


James Prosek is a person who continually challenges the neat categories we create to delineate where one discipline ends and another begins. In his own words: I want to be able to be a writer and a painter and an illustrator and a sculptor and not have to be confined by the taxonomies of art [...]

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