For those of you who are checking in today, wondering where we are and what we are doing, here's a look at one of the fun activities that is scheduled to happen tonight at Science Online London: gathering on a rooftop in London for the FringeFrivolous Unconference (i. e.; "roof surfing"). This video was shot during last year's roof surfing event (which I could not attend, boo!), but I plan to shoot some video of this same event tonight to share with you. Meanwhile, here's some familiar faces to entertain you:
Those of you who think Bob O'Hara is a cruel anti-religion Cyber-bully will be very impressed with this: he used your reader comments as a recommendation to design and teach a class at his university. This class, entitled "the Noble Art of Verbal Abuse," is already making a difference as you can see in this world exclusive video from the first day of his class:
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tags: What kind of world do we want?, overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, invasive species, global warming, ocean acidification, animals, plants, nature, biodiversity, conservation, endangered species, filmmaking, IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, streaming video
This video is by the nonprofit group, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). It is a plea to the citizens of the rich countries of the world to rethink the many ways we exploit the world's resources before it's too late to stop our crash course with the mass extinction of millions of animal and plant species.
This video is stunning footage of a ship at sea, being tossed around by towering waves. Meanwhile, seabirds soar past, delighted at the gale-force winds that keep them aloft. I know you only get a quick glimpse of them, but can any of you identify the birds?
tags: Watch the artist's mural take shape, fine arts, art, painting, mural, birds, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, RSPB, Egleton Nature Reserve, British Birdwatching Fair, BirdFair 2010, wildlife, streaming video
Well, guess what I missed this year? That's right: I missed attending BirdFair 2010, which was held last weekend, one week before I am traveling to the UK. Saying I wish I had been able to attend is probably stating the obvious, so I'll just show you a few things that were missed by all of us who did not attend.
tags: Bananas Galore in the Pacific , banana, South Pacific islands, Oceania, Melanesia, Polynesia, Solomon Islands, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Honiara, history of banana cultivation, culture, taipei, streaming video
The world's most popular fruit is the banana, which originated in the very-much overlooked region of Polynesia. This interesting video explores the relationship between the peoples and cultures of New Guinea, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands and the world's most popular fruit, the banana.
tags: The Mystery of the Family That Walks on All Fours, Nova, PBS, television, disability, birth defect, heritable mutation, inbreeding, genetics, molecular biology, neurobiology, developmental biology, streaming video
This fascinating video is a complete episode of the American science program, Nova. This episode is about a Turkish family where all the children -- who are adults -- walk on all fours. This episode, which started out as an exploration of the neurobiology and genetics behind this curious behavior turned into a touching human story about a family trying to deal with a devastating disability.
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The following video is an instructional parody on the program, "How to be a cult leader." This video is interlaced with real footage of Christians engaging in behavior that is identical to brainwashed cult members.
Although the vast majority of Christians do not engage in the extreme behavior depicted in this video, the kinds of abuse propagated in the name of Christianity must be brought to the attention of moderate Christians everywhere.
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