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Feynman’s Building Blocks of Thermodynamics

Chemist Andrea Sella recalls Richard Feynman’s analogy explaining the conservation of energy.

A evolving negotiation over toy blocks between a mother and son comes together to illustrate the first law of thermodynamics.

There are many ways to describe the first law of thermodynamics, and many ways to explain it. In this unique animation, chemist Andrea Sella recalls one of Richard Feynman’s descriptions of the law. In a classic analogy, Feynman imagines a child with a set of building blocks, and a mother struggling to ensure he doesn’t lose any. Each day, the total number of blocks remains the same, although some do stray from their original location.

This consistent fact – that the blocks cannot be created or destroyed – allows the mother to calculate how many blocks are in a box without even looking. And this consistent fact, that energy itself is also always conserved, lays the foundation for one of physics’ greatest rules.

Directed & animated by Rosanna Wan • Narrator: Andrea Sella • Music: Kevin MacLeod.

The Most Gruesome Parasites

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There are a group of parasites extremely disgusting and mean. Humanity declared war on them.

Neglected Tropical Diseases Explained.

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

Blank Tape: Electronic Cassette Culture

A short film about the new wave of DIY labels, producers and artists who’ve found a home for experimental electronic music on cassette.

A film by Sam Campbell & Sonal Katrina • Produced by The Vinyl Factory.

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The Last Move

Michael Thomasson has devoted his life to video games.

It’s been his passion and his obsession for more than three decades. He owns over 11,000 unique game titles for more than 100 different systems.

Why? “Because there’s something wrong in the back of my head,” he says.

His collection is so large, in fact, it’s currently recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

But there’s one thing Michael loves more than his games: his family. The Last Move chronicles Michael’s attempts to help his mother at an enormous personal cost to himself.

Fusion Energy Explained: Future or Failure

How does Fusion Energy work and is it a good idea?

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

The Most Efficient Way To Destroy The Universe

False Vacuum: What would be if there was a way to destroy the universe radically in such a way that lives, as we know it, would be impossible for good?

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

Cultural Mining

Cultural mining describes the process by which the most valuable parts of culture – by which we mean the arts, humanities and philosophy – are recovered and made useful for our own times.

Written & Narrated by Alain de Botton • Directed & Animated by Wednesday.

Background Design by Daniel Clarke • Sound & Music by Tom Drew.

Stranger Aliens

When we look for aliens, why do we always find ourselves staring back?

Directed by Adam D’Arpino.

How To Design A Particle Accelerator

How do you go about designing a particle accelerator? Suzie Sheehy discusses how they work, what form they take, and what champagne means to an accelerator physicist.

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has captured the imagination of the public. But particle accelerators take many shapes, and there are tens of thousands of other accelerators in use every day around the world.

Dr Suzie Sheehy designs particle accelerators. In this animation she leads us through the world of accelerators. They all share the same basic ingredients of an accelerator: particles, energy, control, collision and detection, and typically fall into three categories: linear, cyclotron and synchrotron.

Direction, illustration & animation: Andrew Khosravani • Illustration & animation: Clara Cebrian.

How To Eradicate One Of Our Deadliest Enemies

Gene Drive & Malaria:

We have the choice to attack one of our oldest enemies with genetic engineering.

But should we do it?

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

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