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The Texting Hat: The Best Invention of the 21st Century (So Far)


I have a number of friends who really, really need this fabulous new invention.  In fact I could say that the texting hat was created just for them if it wasn’t for the fact that it seems that many outside of my circle of acquaintance might find this a prerequisite for their day to day existence should they be introduced to it.

Hubble Reflects the Cosmos: 25 Years of Wonder


The Hubble Telescope did not get off to an auspicious start.  It had an eight foot diameter mirror which but a tiny chip of paint on a measuring rod caused it to be just a tiny, tiny little bit too flat.  This left it with ‘blurry vision’.  However, since then it has gone on to be regarded as the most important advance in astronomy since Galileo, and its greatest discoveries might still be ahead.

Glasses: A Tale of First Love and Myopia


You never know when it is going to strike, particularly for the first time.  When love comes calling it can catch you unprepared, as in the case of this young man who falls for the girl behind the counter in his local patisserie.  Written and directed by Giuseppe Garau you may well see yourself in t

Edifice


Writer and director Rogerio Silva created Edifice after watching dancers Carmine De Amicis and Harriet Waghorn rehearse.  He was, to put it in his own words: “taken with the honesty of the movement and how Carmine and Harriet supported each other equally throughout.

Slime Mold - Alien Landscapes On Earth


Just the thought of mold is something that makes many people involuntarily shudder. Yet there is more to it than meets the eye – particularly if you are lucky enough to see Kim Fleming’s remarkable macrophotography.  Up close we are witness to an enigmatic and beautiful alien world on our own doorstep.

U.F.Oh Yeah


Vindication is always a pleasure (if not a downright thrill) to experience.  Nothing beats the occasion when you can show the world that you were right after all.

If You Have Never Wanted to Visit Cambodia, You Will After You Watch This


Christophe Hamon spent a month in 2014 helping to make a documentary.  Like so many others before him he fell in love with this beautiful and enigmatic country, its sights, sounds and people.  He decided to edit together his spare footage and what we get is a wonderful glimpse in to the day to day l

Two Worlds


Sometimes help comes from the most unexpected of sources.  Two Worlds, created by Andy Lefton, tells the story of two characters, one organic and the other mechanical, who come together in their mutual hour of need.  It’s a great little story and was evolved by Lefton over a decade – production itse

Symphony of the Soil


Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil.

Skeletorus! Amazing New Species of Peacock Spider Discovered


I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I first saw Maratus sceletus, an amazing new discovery from Australia.  The American PhD student who first came across this remarkable species of peacock spider in Australia immediately nicknamed it Skeletorus – and you can see why.

Rhyolite: A Ghost Town from the Air


Rhyolite is an abandoned mining town in Nevada and if you search for it online you will find no end of images.  Yet this is the first time I have seen this fascinating place from above.  Director and fIlmmaker Philp Bloom took his Phantom 3, the new DJI drone, for an hour’s spin over the town (and t

Skeletorus! Amazing New Species of Peacock Spider Discovered


I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I first saw Maratus sceletus, an amazing new discovery from Australia.  The American PhD student who first came across this remarkable species of peacock spider in Australia immediately nicknamed it Skeletorus – and you can see why.

The Kennecott Mines: Abandoned Alaskan Boomtown


In 1900 two prospectors were traveling through Alaska. Their horses were hungry and so when they spied a distant green hillside they thought their luck was in.

Quiz: Can You Name the Famous Novelist just From Their Picture?


You may be something of a bookworm but just how many novelists can you name from just a single picture?

Super Mario Busker Plays 8bit Medley


This is Super Mario playing 8bit music during the intermission of Video Games Live International festival of video game music held recently at the Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland.  If you have played Super Mario then you will recognize the tunes featured in this very cleverly put together medley.  No doubt past triumphs will flash through your mind!

The Big Wild North


A young boy goes on a weekend camping excursion. His cheerful uncle and aunt try to lift up his spirits, as the boy grieves and recuperates after a horrific accident.

Pugs of Westeros: A Canine Game of Thrones


Pugs of Westeros – the name encapsulates everything you need to know about the contents of this seriously cute video.

The Ribbon Seal: The Seal with Stripes


What do you get if you cross a zebra with a seal?  There is no sensible answer to that question, of course, but there is a species of seal which lives in the Arctic and subarctic regions of the North Pacific Ocean which could (however unfeasibly) be the product of a chance romance between the two species.  It is the Ribbon Seal and it is remarkable for its stripes.  Our sibling site, the Ark in Space has a picture feature on this amazing animal.

Isaac Newton's Entire Life in 90 Seconds


If you need to know a lot about the life of Isaac Newton but have very little time, how does 90 seconds grab you?

Madam Butterfly Animated


Madama Butterfly is undoubtedly one of the world’s favorite operas telling the tragic story of Cho-Cho-San and her love for the US naval officer Pinkerton.  This gorgeous animation was created by Mark Warner for Sinfini Music and was also shown at the Royal Opera House during their staging of the opera.  It may be a condensed version but it tells the story beautifully.


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