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Culturing Science

Breathtaking time-lapse video makes me question Copernicus

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The earth revolves around the sun. It’s a true fact, and no conspiracy. Even with such enlightenment, it’s nice to be reminded of why people once thought the opposite — that the universe revolves around the earth — to briefly knock us off our ivory tower of knowledge and be reminded of just how far [...]

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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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“It’s so FLUFFEEE!”: Otter 501, A must-see movie!

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This enthusiastic movie line, lifted from the kids film, “Despicable Me“, about an evil villian whose heart is warmed by a trio of young girls who come into his life, is a very appropriate introduction to a movie that animal lovers simply must take time out to see . If you are along the west [...]

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The Believers: A Cautionary Tale of Sharing Science Too Soon

Brochures for the work-in-progress screening of "The Believers"

Upon hearing the breaking news that the so-called “faster-than-light” neutrino finding was due to an error from a loose connection in wiring, it seemed appropriate to share about a film that captures the human side of one of the best known scientific flubs in recent history: that of cold fusion. If we’ve learned anything from [...]

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Making Scientists Seem Human–Through Film!

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This coming weekend I am heading to Chicago to screen a “work-in-progress” science documentary about cold fusion called “The Believers“. Cold fusion is one of those topics that elicits strong words and sentiments. Due to these powerful feelings and discourse about the topic, it is the perfect subject to be tackled by the filmmakers, whose [...]

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The magic of filmmaking (science and otherwise)

Soon, Carin and I will be attending Science Online 2012 in Raleigh, NC. We will both be running workshops with co-hosts on creating videos. We will also be your emcees for the Science Online Film Festival featuring some amazing pieces. Keep your eyes pealed here for entrants and winners! I’m cohosting a workshop, Basic Videomaking 101, [...]

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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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Streams of Consciousness

Want to Change Your Life? This Movie Might Inspire You

People V. The State of Illusion, a new docudrama from Samuel Goldwyn Films, is a mixture of fiction and brain science that, despite these awkward bedfellows, was compelling enough to keep me up late on a Friday night. Although most of the well-worn findings parroted by the movie’s parade of experts were not new to [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

One Man’s Mission to Save Struggling Students

VANCOUVER. You could call his classroom a rescue mission. Each September, Tyson Schoeber takes under his wing 15 fourth through seventh graders that normal classrooms have left behind, defeated and too often, deflated. Ten-year-olds arrive unable to decode more than a few words without help. One eight-year-old who loved geography had trouble finding any book [...]

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‘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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The White Noise

Chelsea Handler and Addiction as Identity

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Fairly often, novels, films and TV show clips come across my doorstep and inbox related to addiction. And though most of them offer unique insight, most offer a similar glaring message — This is a story about an Addict and her drug. The stories often contain families, careers and struggles but as a side note [...]

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The White Noise

To understand addiction and relationships, watch “Shame”

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This weekend, I saw Shame in theatres, a film based on a 30-something sex addict in NYC, a man who, on the surface, seems to have the looks, talent, career and drive to be a knock-down success. But above and beyond the wayward sex, it was as subtly about addiction’s toll on relationships, friendly, familial [...]

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The White Noise

Addiction in film: what’s wrong with this picture?

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Addiction whispers ‘sexy’ on film. Who wouldn’t want to help a boyfriend with a drug problem? Take a bad girl home to shock the folks? Run with a risky crowd? Sure, the media magnifies and skews many a problem, but cinema somehow makes addiction seem both flippant and badass. I’ve watched a barrage of films [...]

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