Tag Archive: Documentary

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.

November 2006 NASA were hosts to the greatest living minds. They were meeting to put radicle solution to the greatest threat humanity has ever faced, Global Warming! One of the Most Fundamental questions asked- Can engineering save the very essence of our existence.

Five Ways To Save The World

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A computer-generated image of a 'cloudseeder'The futuristic fleet of yachts pumping sea-water into the clouds

A computer-generated image of a sulpher rocketWhy launching sulphur rockets may stop global warming

A computer-generated image of a glass flyer, part of the global sunshadeThe deflective global sunshade designed to protect our planet

A computer-generated image of phytoplanktonCould feeding the ocean’s phytoplankton help save the planet?

A computer-generated image of an artificial treeThe machines that mimic our natural carbon capturers

Six Degrees Of Separation

Refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person they know and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people they know, then everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth.

Its a profound theory that could lead to us being connected somehow to everyone on earth.

Six Degrees Of Separation

100 Greatest Discoveries

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1. The Law of Falling Bodies (1604)
Galileo Galilei overturns nearly 2,000 years of Aristotelian belief that heavier bodies fall faster than lighter ones by proving that all bodies fall at the same rate.

2. Universal Gravitation (1666)
Isaac Newton comes to the conclusion that all objects in the universe, from apples to planets, exert gravitational attraction on each other.

3. Laws of Motion (1687)
Isaac Newton changes our understanding of the universe by formulating three laws to describe the movement of objects. 1) An object in motion remains in motion unless an external force is applied to it. 2) The relationship between an object’s mass (m), its acceleration (a) and the applied force (F) is F = ma. 3) For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

4. The Second Law of Thermodynamics (1824 – 1850)
Scientists working to improve the efficiency of steam engines develop an understanding of the conversion of heat into work. They learn that the flow of heat from higher to lower temperatures is what drives a steam engine, likening the process to the flow of water that turns a mill wheel. Their work leads to three principles: heat flows spontaneously from a hot to a cold body; heat cannot be completely converted into other forms of energy; and systems become more disorganized over time.

5. Electromagnetism (1807 – 1873)
Pioneering experiments uncover the relationship between electricity and magnetism and lead to a set of equations that express the basic laws governing them. One of those experiments unexpectedly yields results in a classroom. In 1820, Danish physicist Hans Christian Oersted is speaking to students about the possibility that electricity and magnetism are related. During the lecture, an experiment demonstrates the veracity of his theory in front of the whole class.

6. Special Relativity (1905)
Albert Einstein overthrows basic assumptions about time and space by describing how clocks tick slower and distances appear to stretch as objects approach the speed of light.

7. E = mc^2 (1905)
Or energy is equal to mass times the speed of light squared. Albert Einstein’s famous formula proves that mass and energy are different manifestations of the same thing, and that a very small amount of mass can be converted into a very large amount of energy. One profound implication of his discovery is that no object with mass can ever go faster than the speed of light.

8. The Quantum Leap (1900 – 1935)
To describe the behavior of subatomic particles, a new set of natural laws is developed by Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrodinger. A quantum leap is defined as the change of an electron within an atom from one energy state to another. This change happens all at once, not gradually.

9. The Nature of Light (1704 – 1905)
Thought and experimentation by Isaac Newton, Thomas Young and Albert Einstein lead to an understanding of what light is, how it behaves, and how it is transmitted. Newton uses a prism to split white light into its constituent colors and another prism to mix the colors into white light, proving that colored light mixed together makes white light. Young establishes that light is a wave and that wavelength determines color. Finally, Einstein recognizes that light always travels at a constant speed, no matter the speed of the measurer.

10. The Neutron (1935)
James Chadwick discovers neutrons, which, together with protons and electrons comprise the atom. This finding dramatically changes the atomic model and accelerates discoveries in atomic physics.

11. Superconductors (1911 – 1986)
The unexpected discovery that some materials have no resistance to the flow of electricity promises to revolutionize industry and technology. Superconductivity occurs in a wide variety of materials, including simple elements like tin and aluminum, various metallic alloys and certain ceramic compounds.

12. Quarks (1962)
Murray Gell-Mann proposes the existence of fundamental particles that combine to form composite objects such as protons and neutrons. A quark has both an electric and a “strong” charge. Protons and neutrons each contain three quarks.

13. Nuclear Forces (1666 – 1957)
Discoveries of the basic forces at work on the subatomic level lead to the realization that all interactions in the universe are the result of four fundamental forces of nature — the strong and weak nuclear forces, the electromagnetic force and gravitation.

Chances are you’ve seen one and you just didn’t realize it. Fractals are most recognized as a series of circular shapes with a border surrounded by jagged “tail-like” objects. NOVA’s episode, “Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension” is a quite interesting fifty minute look at the topic.

The program, aimed at the average viewer does a fine job of explaining the background of fractals, first by beginning with the story of Pixar co-founder, Loren Carpenter’s work at Boeing, developing 3D terrain from scratch using fractals. From there the program starts at the beginning with an introduction to Benoit Mandelbrot and his revolutionary work. The explanations are full of solid factual information but never talk above the level of a viewer who has some understanding of basic mathematical principles. Once the concept is presented the program spends the rest of the time showing how prevalent the fractal is in life.

For a program about a mathematical concept, “Fractals” is very engaging, showing how the process was applied to special effects as far back as the Genesis planet from “Star Trek II” all the way to the spectacular finale on Mustafar in “Star Wars: Episode III.” I found myself astonished at how fractals were the source of the lava in constant motion and action during the Obi-Wan/Anakin fight. What is more amazing is when the program delves into practical applications such as cell phone antennas, and eventually the human body.

For the average person who enjoys watching NOVA or other science related programs, even on a sporadic basis, “Fractals” will prove to be a very worthwhile experience. The program is well produced, integrating talking head interviews (including some with Mandelbrot himself) with standard “in the field” footage. The structure of the program is very logical and never finds itself jumping around without direction. In simplest terms, this is a program as elegant as the designs it focuses on.

Einstein's Life

Part 1: Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony

The story of who Einstein was and how he lived. The dawn of the new century brought many great discoveries, among them was his most famous E=mc² which life measurable of not predictable. He predicted how the speed of light would be constant rather that time. This had revolutionised science forever but then came along the the theory of relativity which predicted the unmeasurable states of the atom. This new idea did not “sound right” to Einstein and his stubborness to accept it meant that he spent a good part of his life trying to proove otherwise. (Full Program Summary: BBC-Horizons)

Part 2: Einstein’s Equation of Life and Death

Story About how one of the most famous equations E=mc² became the equation of life (generate nuclear power) and death (Hiroshima). As Albert Einstein wrote a letter of warning to the then president of USA Roosevelt, he did not realize that his letter would not only warn the world of the danger ahead, but also inspire then to device it.   (Program Summary: BBC-Horizons)

Nova- Secrets of The Mind

Secrets Of The MindIf you are the least bit curious on how the mind works and the infinite mysteries that it holds then this documentary is for you. Some of the fascinating things that scientists, psychologists and physcians have discovered about the inner workings of the brain is unfortunately the result of brain injured patients.

There are people in this world who have profoundly different experiences of reality than you and I have. People who can see whilst being blind, who can feel pain in amputated limbs, who believe they are God , and even people who think their own parents are imposters.

These people may be called crazy, but they’re not. Their ways of thinking are limited and distorted because some parts of their brains have suffered physical damage. Today neuroscientists like Ramachandran investigate their brains and their unique make up to discover the Secrets Of The Mind.

Documentary- Future Wings

We live in Exponential times and technology is progressing rapidly. To have a look into the future of space travel, watch the video. Extremely insightful.

This Discovery Channel documentary looks at the role of the unseen aerial equipment: drones, UAVs, stealth planes, satellites, etc. We learn that not all of these Eyes in the Sky are used for military purposes…..

We start by looking at the world’s most notorious spy plane, the U-2, and its role in the Cuban missile crisis during the Cold War, before moving on to some of the most significant ‘eyes’ in today’s sky:

  • Global Hawk: a large, unmanned aerial vehicle – it has a 116 ft wingspan, a V-shaped tail and can cover 5,000 miles at a time, staying airborne for almost 2 whole days without refuelling – it is flown entirely by computer and feeds its info directly to a satellite to provide tactical reconnaissance
  • Dark Star: the world’s first unmanned stealth plane – first flown in 1996, it can fly without being noticed – it produces incredibly sharp images which it can bounce around the world in less then 2 seconds
  • Outrider: a small, unmanned bi-plane introduced in 1997 – it uses GPS to land
  • Cipher: a doughnut-shaped UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) that is hard to see on radar – it flies at a height of 8,000 ft, uses GPS and is able to take off and land vertically
  • Pathfinder: an environmental research plane which cruises at only 15 miles per hour but at a height of 18 miles above the earth – it can fly for months at a time
  • Centurion: huge, solar-powered UAV with a 200 ft wingspan – it stays in the air for months and can monitor agriculture, tropical storms, forests fires, etc.

Other interesting surveillance and reconnaissance equipment included in this film:

  • the Airborne Laser Project which is able to shoot down Scud missiles,
  • the AST (Airborne Surveillance Testbed) – ultra-sensitive infra-red sensors in an adapted Boeing 767 monitor missiles
  • JSTARS: a satellite-linked reconnaissance system in an adapted Boeing 707

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