Science Bulletins: Moving Mountains

One paradox of geology is that weathering a mountain down can actually make it rise higher. Scientists have learned of this peculiar feedback process only in recent years, and the St. Elias Erosion/tectonics Project (STEEP) team is at the forefront of understanding how climate and the movements of Earth's crust interact to build towering peaks. In this feature video, meet geologists of every stripe collaborating on STEEP in Alaska's St. Elias Range, one of the most rapidly growing mountain ranges in the world.

To orient yourself to this obscure yet spectacular locale, click "Explore the St. Elias Range" at left. Read more about the science behind the paradigm shift in the essay A Mountain Theory on the Rise.

Brian Cox's Sex Toy Mini Hadron Collider

Jonathan is joined by the sublime Emma Thompson; new Timelord Matt Smith; and solar scientist Brian Cox.

From: Friday Night with Jonathan Ross - S18 Ep10 - BBC One

A Life on Hold

An intimate portrait of Omar, a 17 year old stranded in a refugee camp since the 2011 war in Libya.

The film offers a unique perspective of one person amongst thousands waiting for a chance to start their life again in a safe country.

When war broke out earlier this year in Libya, thousands of refugees from countries such as Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea, who were living in or transiting through the country at the time, were forced to flee for their lives yet again. They are now waiting in refugee camps along the Tunisian and Egyptian borders - unable to return home due to war or persecution, unable to return to Libya due to ongoing violence and discrimination, and unable to stay in Tunisia or Egypt, countries both undergoing their own political upheavals.

The Art of Making: Alma Flamenca

Pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work, condensed in a 3 minute film. The new episode from the series The Art of Making, titled Alma Flamenca, is available for you to enjoy.

Directed & VFX - Spiros Rasidakis, Dimitris Ladopoulos

Director of photography - Nikos Mexis

Editing - Yiannis Kostavaras

Sound design - Nikos Tsines

Guitarist & composer - Edsart Udo De Haes

Guitar maker - Vassilis Lazarides

BBC: Dolphins and Humans

Is the link between dolphins and humans as profound as some may believe, or is it just a natural mamallian instinct to protect others like it? The extraordinary benefits of dolphin hearing are explained here in this amazing wildlife film from BBC Worldwide.

Rare Skateboard Tricks

Uncommon skateboarding tricks in super slow motion. Filmed at 1,000 frames per second with a Redlake N3 high speed camera. Since skateboarding trick names are defined by common usage and these tricks are not very common, some of them don't have well-established names. So here are my best guesses as to what they should be called:

Kyle McPherson -- nollie dolphin flip (AKA nollie forward flip)

Cameron Carmichael -- backside 180 casper flip (?) (or bs 180 hospital flip)

Jerrod Skorupski -- nollie heelflip bs body varial

David Case - nollie 360 shuv underflip (AKA nerd flip)

David Case - frontside shuv underflip (AKA kiwi flip)

Dustin Blauvelt - hardflip pretzel

Dustin Blauvelt - Merlin twist (switch front foot impossible fs 180)

Dustin Blauvelt - nollie heelflip indy grab

Shane Anderson - early grab frontside 180 fingerflip (?)

Jovan Pierson - pressure hardflip (?)

Jovan Pierson - ?? I don't know what this is, I just call it a Jovan flip

Erick Schaefer - backside pop shuv underflip

Tim Hamp - Nollie pressure hardflip (?)

Thanks to Funky Notes for the music. This song is called Never Knew.

Venice and the Ottoman Empire

Crash Course World History #19

In which John Green discusses the strange and mutually beneficial relationship between a republic, the citystate of Venice, and an Empire, the Ottomans--and how studying history can help you to be a better boyfriend and/or girlfriend. Together, the Ottoman Empire and Venice grew wealthy by facilitating trade: The Venetians had ships and nautical expertise; the Ottomans had access to many of the most valuable goods in the world, especially pepper and grain. Working together across cultural and religious divides, they both become very rich, and the Ottomans became one of the most powerful political entities in the world. We also discuss how economic realities can overcome religious and political differences (in this case between Muslims and Christians), the doges of Venice, the sultans of the Ottoman empire, the janissaries and so-called slave aristocracy of the Ottoman Empire, and how money and knowledge from the Islamic world helped fuel and fund the European Renaissance. Also, there's a They Might Be Giants joke.

Nina Conti: Dance Moves

Nina Conti uses a mask to perform a ventriloquist act on a member of the audience on Russell Howards Good News Extra.

Be Yourself

posters ::
lee hall's youtube ::
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"The Muppet Show" Season 1 Crew Video 1976

A little bit of fun by the crew recorded at the end of the first series/season of The Muppet Show in 1976 (I joined ATV in 1977 during Season 2) ... I am not sure who was responsible for putting this together (I suspect Peter Harris had an input) but I'm sure someone will tell me.

The cast includes Peter Harris, Richard Holloway, Jim O'Donnell, Brian Grant, Steve Springford, Jerry Hoare, Phil Hawkes, Gerry Elms,John Rook, Martin Baker, Sue Boyers, Francis Essex, Dennis Bassinger, David Chandler, Bryan Holgate, Peter Milic, Claude Walters and the ladies from the Canteen.


John O'Brien

The Key to Media's Hidden Codes

Colors, camera angles and logos in the media can all prompt immediate associations with emotions, activities and memories. Learn to decode the intricate system of symbols that are a part of everyday life -- from media messages to traffic signs.

Do numbers exist? - Numberphile

An expert on the philosophy of mathematics, Dr Jonathan Tallant, outlines some of the key arguments about whether numbers are real features of the universe, exploring platonism, nominalism and fictionalism.

Jonathan works in the University of Nottingham's Philosophy Department.

Black Coffee

An animated short by Oskar De Rycker on the song "Black Coffee" by Patricia Kaas.