Archive for the ‘Science // Education’ Category

Star Stuff: Inspired by The Work of Carl Sagan

Star Stuff” is a short and sweet film inspired by the life and work of Carl Sagan, one of the most famous scientists and science communicators of the 20th century.

What are the stars? In search of an answer to that seemingly simple question, Carl, a curious child, sets off on a great voyage of discovery.

Written & directed by Ratimir Rakuljic • Music by Kenley Kristofferson.

What is Dark Matter & Dark Energy?

What is dark energy? What is dark matter? Well, if we knew exactly we would have a nobel prize – we know that they exist though. So what do we know about those strange things?

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

What If There Was A Black Hole In Your Pocket?

What would happen to you if a black hole the size of a coin suddenly appeared in your pocket?

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

Air Pollution

Air Pollution. Using a simple yet evocative narrative this film explains the causes and effects and asks the question, ‘What’s the air quality like where you are today?’

Director: Stefan Wernik • Producer: Guy Jamieson.

Designer: Alexander Watson & Jason Pamment • Animator: Arthur Collie & Gareth Rhodes.

How Sugar Affects The Brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Lesson: Nicole Avena • Narration: Michelle Snow • Music: Michael Dow • Animation: STK Films.

Sleep: Are You Getting Enough?

Sleep! It’s probably the one single thing we spend the most time doing. Sleeping eight hours a night means that you’d spend literally one third of your life asleep. But most of us are getting less than that, and we probably need more. Sleep is important!

Writer: Aaron Carroll • Graphics: Mark Olsen.

Executive Producer: John Green • Director, Producer: Stan Muller.

The Death Of Bees Explained: Parasites, Poison & Humans

In 2015 the bees are still dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realize that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them. Millions could starve. The foes bees face are truly horrifying – some are a direct consequence of human greed. We need to help our small buzzing friends or we will face extremely unpleasant consequences.

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

The Power of Empathy

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts public events programme has launched RSA Shorts. This new series provides a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA public events programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world. It responds to the ever-increasing need for new ideas and inspiration in our busy lives and acts as a shot of ‘mental espresso’ to awaken the curiosity in all of us.

The audio of this RSA short is of Dr Brené Brown who spoke at the RSA on The Power of Vulnerability. She talks about the difference between sympathy and empathy and argues that to be truly empathetic you have to be vulnerable by connecting with someone’s pain in yourself.

Animated & directed by Katy Davis.

The Fermi Paradox II // Where Are All The Aliens?

Where are all the aliens? The universe is too big and too old, why have we not met aliens yet? Do they live in computers? Were they wiped out by an ancient super intelligence? Or are we just to primitive to understand their motives? Whatever the answer is, it is incredibly important for our own future.

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

The Fermi Paradox // Where Are All The Aliens?

The universe is unbelievably big – trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo… there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don’t we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in this gigantic and scary universe?

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

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