I recently had the fortune to see a new film about a group of Jewish men and women who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto and defied their Nazi oppressors by undertaking a project to document, collect, organize, and safeguard a record of their lives—all done under extreme secrecy and the looming threat of death had their operation been discovered. This group, led by historian Emanuel … Continue reading Film Review: Who Will Write Our History?
The way we define a kilogram (and pounds too) is basically a high-tech refinement of a medieval technology. That’s about to change as the most influential bar in Paris is shutting down… > Read more Continue reading The kilogram is getting a makeover
Have we entered a new geologic era, the Anthropocene? Or put differently: hundreds of thousands of years from now, when future geologists sift the earth for clues about our present day, what lasting evidence of our existence will they find? Scientific American presents a rather fascinating article about how we are fundamentally making our mark on the planet. (Spoiler: it involves concrete, plastic, and radioactive isotopes … Continue reading The Permanent, Unmistakable Mark Human Beings Have Left on Planet Earth
Artist Michael Benson has made some pretty fun and stunning images of celestial bodies in our solar system rendered in a manner that supposedly mimics the way our human eyes would perceive them if we were to fly by. For those of you in London, check out an exhibition of his photos along with original music by Brian Eno. > Read more and see more … Continue reading What would our planets look like if you flew by?
Heard a beautiful story on NPR this morning from legal correspondent Nina Totenberg about her late father’s stolen Stradivarius violin. Nina Totenberg manages to make court proceedings compelling for radio. Given the inherent intrigue, music, and mystery in this story, she really produced a beautiful report. Read more and hear the story on the NPR website: A Rarity Reclaimed: Stolen Stradivarius Recovered After 35 Years Continue reading A Stradivarius Recovered
I just came across PBS LearningMedia, a very cool website partnership between PBS and WGBH Boston. They’re taking free PBS media content and adding a great discovery and filtering layer on the web that allows educators (or anyone, for that matter) to find compelling assets to compliment or supplement academic learning. The dorky side of me gets excited about this because I like PBS and I love learning. … Continue reading PBS LearningMedia