by Chip Zdarsky
An official selection at this year’s Sundance film festival, this animated short was Julia Pott’s theses at London’s Royal Colloge of Art in 2011. Mixing various styles and symbolisms, Belly tells a beautiful coming of age story that is both wonderfully weird and mildly terrifying.
History of Comics in 6 Panels with write up via Paul Lopes
- The first color 360-degree panorama from Curiosity
- The Internet May Have Upended Traditional Institutions, But It’s a Brittle Weapon
- The Internet Archive Now Offers Torrent Downloads
- New software that helps employers read your emotional state
- New Global Warming Culprit: Dams
- New salt-based battery a leap for green energy
- How rogue biohackers are revolutionising the human body
- The science of Staring
- A new prehistoric species of humans identified
- Conservative pundits are plain wrong: Barack Obama hasn’t lost Europe. That was his predecessor’s doing.
- How billionaire backers pick America’s candidates
- The Fog of War: How can we talk about the military if we can’t define what it is?
- The Elephant in the Map Room: The Israel/Palestine Border
- The 1916 Shark Attacks that were the inspiration for Jaws
- Wait… There’s a 30 minute longer cut of The Shining?
How good is this stone mason at his job? Madly skilled, to the point of mesmerising.
I really love what asapSCIENCE is doing. Here’s their latest video breaking down some of the science behind how we enjoy music.
Designed by o+h onishimaki+hyakudayuki architects this curvy house is hidden where two narrow alleyways meet in the historic neighbourhook of Yanka. Spaces within are connected through a spiraling ramp that leads to a series of exterior spaces and eventually a rooftop terrace. Friggin’ like.
A team led by Luke Rendell at the University of St Andrew’s, UK, were monitoring calls and behaviour in sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) off the northern Chile coast when they accidentally drifted into the middle of a pod of whales hanging vertically in the water, their noses poking out of the surface. At least two of the whales were facing the boat, but not a single animal responded.
“It was actually pretty scary. The boat had drifted into the group with its engine off [while] I was below decks making acoustic recordings,” says Rendell. “Once I saw the situation I decided the best thing to do was to try and sail our way out of the group rather than turn the engine on and have them all react.”
The researchers was almost successful, but unfortunately they nudged one of the whales on the way out. “We had no idea how they would react; each of the animals probably weighed up to twice as much as our boat, and could have sunk us. If they had decided to take action collectively — sperm whales do engage in communal defence [against] killer whales — then we could have been in real trouble,” Rendell says. Fortunately for everyone on board, after an initial jolt of activity the whales timidly moved away, and within fifteen minutes were bobbing peacefully at the surface again.