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Henry & Aaron: IT'S A SNAP!

Education is a snap at the Central Institute of Technology in Australia. A charming advertisement for a college down under, by Henry and Aaron. Stay to the end. Send the kids out the room.


Bill Moyers: Freedom of and from Religion

In this video essay, Bill Moyers addresses the question of how to honor religious liberty without it becoming the liberty to impose on others moral beliefs they dont share. The recent debate over contraception coverage in Catholic hospitals and other faith-based institutions brought this question to the forefront, but then something surprising happened a reasonable, practical, and equitable solution from President Obama that took the political steam out of what some saw as a holy war.


EARTH Masterpieces of Ice and Stone

Revel in Earth as Art. Make sure you watch in glorious 1080p. Landsat missions were launched for scientific purposes, but they make up one of the most awe-inspiring collections of beautiful images of our home planet.

For the last few centuries, artists have been exploring Earth's untamed and awe-inspiring vistas, often as an antidote to life in the modern world. They evoked the grandeur of the Hudson River, the peace of Scandinavian fiords, or the omnipotent power of the ocean. This romantic ideal today has gained a new vantage point, from space, and a new set of brushes for capturing the beauty of our planet.

Landsat images feature colors tuned to record geological or even human forces at work. More than that, though, this great gallery of Earth explores its timeless beauty, its uncertain path forward.

So take this tour of Earth's great landforms as seen from space. We travel to Africa and the Sahara and Namib deserts, to Argentina and Bolivia, the American heartland, and the great Canadian land and ice forms. Then it's on to Greenland, Iceland, Russia, India, China, and finally the continent down under.

We wrap our journey in a small corner of the vast Great Sandy Desert. The satellite has brought out the scarring action of natural wildfires. The narrow sand dunes that cut across the scene are like cracks on an ancient brittle canvas. A masterpiece, from the turbulent imagination of an artist, whose brushes are wind, and fire, and time.


DreamGiver

A regular night of dream delivering turns into a literal nightmare when a boy's book of ancient mythology comes alive.

Created at Brigham Young University's Center for Animation


Everything is a Remix Part 4

Our system of law doesn't acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren't so tidy. They're layered, theyre interwoven, they're tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality... the system starts to fail.


Disappearing Car Door

Tired of car doors that extend beyond the body of the car when open? Why not store your door in the floor instead?


Congress Contraception Panel Is All Male

Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying

This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administrations new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Republicans oppose the administrations rule and have sponsored legislation that would allow employers to limit the availability of birth control to women.

Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) had asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but the Chairman refused, arguing that As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administrations actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.

And so Cummings, along with the Democratic women on the panel, took their request to the hearing room, demanding that Issa consider the testimony of a female college student. But the California congressman insisted that the hearing should focus on the rules alleged infringement on religious liberty, not contraception coverage, and denied the request. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of the hearing in protest of his decision, citing frustration over the fact that the first panel of witnesses consisted only of male religious leaders against the rule. Holmes Norton said she will not return, calling Issas chairmanship an autocratic regime.

Issa also dismissed the Democrats woman witness as a college student who does not have the appropriate credentials to testify before his committee.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/02/16/426850/democratic-women-boycott-issas-contraception-hearing-for-preventing-women-from-testifying/?mobile=nc


Q&BA: Why Spend Money on NASA?

In this episode of Q&BA, Phil Plait answers the very common question, "Why spend money on NASA when we need that money here on Earth?" There are two answers to this, actually: a short, practical one, and a longer, more philosophical one. But both give the same answer: spending money on space exploration is important, and we should be spending more, not less.


Wood Stove Sedan

Cooling the mother of invention, is said Pascal Prokop and acted. The Zurich has also installed an oven in his car, which the authorities have officially allowed. Now his old combination of two smoke pipes.


Laugh Factory: Dov Davidoff: Love Drug

Dov Davidoff (@dovdavidoff) focuses the pain of being in a relationship at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Hollywood, CA, home of the best stand up comedians.