Posted in: Educational, Science
How Long Is A Piece Of String
Alan Davies discovers that answering that question is much harder than he originally thought after visiting mathematician Marcus du Sautoy to help him find an answer. However, this creates more questions, which requires a trip to a place dedicated to measurement, the National Physics Laboratory. Finding out the exact length of the string proves even more troublesome when Marcus proposes the string could be infinitely long, thanks to the theory of fractals. After leaving Marcus, Alan visits a physics teacher to see...
Posted in: Human Rights
Behind the Swoosh
Have you ever wondered what it is like to live on a Nike sweatshop wage? Watch the award-winning short film, Behind the Swoosh, and see Jim Keady and Leslie Kretzu attempt to survive on a Nike worker’s wage in the industrial slums of Indonesia. Suggested By:...
Posted in: Science
Homo Futurus
An interesting documentary about the future of the human species. This is a documentary about a controversial theory regarding the mechanism that drove the evolution of humans from primates to modern man; challenging the presently accepted evolutionary premise. It also speculates on humanity’s future evolutionary path. Homo Futurus is a controversial because it presents a theory regarding the mechanism driving the evolution of humans from primates to modern man that is distinctly non-Darwinian. The...
Posted in: History, War
Hitler Speaks: Hitler’s Private Movies
On May 1st 1945 allied forces overtook Hitler’s private mountain retreat in Bavaria. America’s OSS (office of strategic services) looking for evidence of Nazi war crimes uncovered a large archive of Hitlers private home movies. Without sound they were useless as evidence of war crimes and remained archived for years. Re-opened recently with the aid of 20th Century technology and skilled lip readers we can now hear what was said. These videos offer a glimpse into the personal life of one of...
Posted in: Science, Society
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out was filmed in 1981 and will delight and inspire anyone who would like to share something of the joys of scientific discovery. Feynman is a master storyteller, and his tales – about childhood, Los Alamos, or how he won a Nobel Prize – are a vivid and entertaining insight into the mind of a great scientist at work and play. In this candid interview Feynman touches on a wide array of topics from the beauty of nature to particle physics. He explains things that are hard to...
Posted in: Society, Technology
Hackers: Outlaws and Angels
This alarming program reveals the daily battle between the Internet’s outlaws and the hackers who oppose them by warding off system attacks, training IT professionals and police officers, and watching cyberspace for signs of imminent infowar. Through interviews with frontline personnel from the Department of Defense, NYPD’s computer crime squad, private detective firm Kroll Associates, X-Force Threat Analysis Service, and several notorious crackers, the program provides penetrating insights into the...
Posted in: Religion
The Four Horsemen
On the 30th of September 2007, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sat down for a first-of-its-kind, unmoderated 2-hour discussion, convened by RDFRS and filmed by Josh Timonen. All four authors have recently received a large amount of media attention for their writings against religion – some positive, and some negative. In this conversation the group trades stories of the public reaction to their recent books, their unexpected successes, criticisms and common...
Posted in: Technology
Carrier
All Hands – Five-thousand sailors and Marines bid farewell to their loved ones before the mammoth USS Nimitz pulls out of California. Controlled Chaos – An aircraft carrier is a perilous environment. Super Secrets – Many aspects of life on a nuclear aircraft carrier are hush-hush. Squared Away – Deployment is stressful for everyone aboard, and there can be friction between enlisted personnel and their superiors. Show of Force – The Nimitz arrives in the Gulf and conditions are extreme. Groundhog...
Posted in: Health, Science
Cryonics: Death in the Deep Freeze
The first ever footage of a person being cryonically frozen is to be broadcast in a Channel Five documentary that will follow a woman who is terminally ill with cancer before and after her death. “We’re really very proud of what we have achieved with this programme – the human and emotional journey we captured with one contributor in particular, filming prior to her death and the subsequent process of her preservation, in conjunction with the amazing scientific and ethical questions raised by this...