Posts Tagged ‘videos’

The Mustang and the Volvo

June 16, 2021

Political Economist Mark Blyth explains how the structural underpinnings of economies affect their abilities to respond to crisis, like the Covid-19 pandemic

Mark  Blyth, Watson Institute

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Jules Verne’s Space Cannon

June 15, 2021

Jules Verne’s space cannon was the starting gun in our space travel race. A National Geographic video.

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Baseball: Negro League Stars

June 14, 2021

Between 1920 and 1948, when baseball’s Major Leagues were segregated, some 3,400 players competed in the Negro Leagues. Neil Paine introduces some Negro League stars who should be household names.

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Gun Shop

June 11, 2021

“Gun Shop,” a short 2019 film by Patrick Smith. 2,328 guns in 90 seconds @24 frames per second. There are 393 million firearms owed by civilians in the US, 1.2 guns per person, children included. It would take a bit longer to show them all.

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Synchronization

June 10, 2021

The Secret of Synchronization, a video from Derek Muller of Veritasium about spontaneous synchronization.

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The NYC Subway Was Saved By A Typeface

June 9, 2021

The New York City subway system was saved by the Helvetica font, claims Christine Beldon on Cheddar.

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“How the NYC Subway Was Saved By a Typeface,” Christine Beldon and Lawrence Banton, Cheddar

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The Internet Lives in Manhattan

June 7, 2021

The Internet is physical, and it’s living in New York’s carrier hotels. A video by Ben Mendelsohn and Alex Cholas-Wood.

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“A Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure That Hides in Plain Sight,” Kyle VanHemert, Wired

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Sniffing Out COVID-19

June 4, 2021

Sniffer dogs trained using socks worn by people with COVID-19 may soon be used to to pick up the ‘corona odor’ of infected people entering airports and arenas.

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“On the Covid Front Lines, When Not Getting Belly Rubs,” Hannah Beech, New York Times

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The Next Pandemic May Come From Meat Farms

June 3, 2021

 Almost all the meat we eat today comes from industrialized factory farms, AKA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFOs. Globally, 90 percent of the world’s meat supply comes from CAFOs, and in the US, it’s close to 99 percent. CAFOs may be tough on farm animals, but they’re ideal for breeding virus and bacteria mutations new to human immune systems. A Vox video.

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Warning Sign

May 28, 2021

A truck ignores alerts that it’s too tall to enter the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, so an automated system has to project a giant stop sign onto a curtain of water to get the truckie’s attention. Crikey, mate.

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