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Film Review: GMO OMG SRSLY? An #EpicFail in Exercising Our Right to Know

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Jeremy Seifert’s new documentary “GMO OMG” opens with a series of maudlin pastoral scenes—sun-dappled forests, kids playing outdoors, a close-up of ants crawling in a line—as a man’s somber voice reads Wendell Berry’s poem “The Peace of Wild Things.” With this subtle Malickian prelude out of the way, the film begins more earnestly. Lately, Seifert [...]

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Not bad science

More than honey – a review

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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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Observations

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

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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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Plugged In

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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PsiVid

The Last Man on the Moon

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It’s no secret, I’m a space geek. And the other non-secret is I love when a good space travel book is turned into a movie. Astronaut Gene Cernan is known for being “The Last Man on the Moon” as he was the last man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission. Even [...]

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PsiVid

Particle Fever: A Movie About the LHC Comes to US Theaters March 5

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“Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.” -Particle Fever: With One Switch, Everything Changes. A few months back a new movie, an important one in the field of science, and a delight to particle physicists everywhere, debuted at the New [...]

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PsiVid

Pariscience International Science Film Festival Call for Entries

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I love Paris. I love science films. Oh, to watch science films in Paris! This is possible due to the Pariscience International Film Festival, to be held October 3-8, 2013. Take a look at this beautiful segment from the documentary, Hummingbirds-Jewelled Messengers: This film won the Buffon award (who’s Comte de Buffon?) at the 2012 [...]

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PsiVid

Moon-day Mood Music Video

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Today’s Monday Music Video is not a music video per se, but instead features three songs from a soundtrack to an excellent movie about the Apollo missions. Evoking a sense of weightlessness and other-worldliness is an intuitive goal for most music on videos, movies, and TV programs featuring space and space travel. No one has [...]

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Pariscience: The International Science Film Festival

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Paris is often called the city of love and lights. And if you love science, Pariscience: The International Science Film Festival could really have you loving Paris even more! Since 2005, The Association Science and Television (AST) has organized the International Science Film Festival, PARISCIENCE, every year in October. It hosts 8,500 viewers for an [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

Star Filmmakers Found in Unlikely Spot

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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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Symbiartic

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

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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?

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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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