Crisis & Dislocation: A Universal Story

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Buenos Aires has endured a lot – financial crises, social protests, dictatorship and beyond. The award-winning documentary: ¿Sería Buenos Aires? (Maybe Buenos Aires?) takes a hard look at how the Argentines responded to dislocations created by forces beyond their control. It’s a universal story that touches on problems we all face today.


Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider: A Look Back

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The actor Dennis Hopper died this morning. You know him from Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet. But, more than any other film, his legacy is tied to Easy Rider. Hopper directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in the counterculture classic, which won the top prize at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.


Putting the Web Inside the Printed Book

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There’s a lot of talk about “vooks” these days. Usually vooks are all about moving traditional books over to digital environments (e.g., the iPad) and surrounding them with supporting web media. But one company, Ubimark, is taking a different approach. They’re keeping the printed word and putting the web inside the traditional book. Kind of.


Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: 35 Days From Space

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From Our Universe Visualized on YouTube:
The MODIS instrument, on board NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, is capturing images of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill began on April 20, 2010 with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.


Space Shuttle Discovery: From Prep to Launch in Three Minutes

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Three minutes of time lapse video distills six weeks of footage showing the Space Shuttle Discovery getting ready for launch. It moves you from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the launching pad, and everywhere in between. Air & Space has more details on the whole shebang. Props to Joshua for sending this video our way.


Martin Gardner: A Video Remembrance

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This past weekend, Martin Gardner, a gifted and prolific popularizer of mathematics and science, passed away at 95. During his life, Gardner published more than 70 books and wrote the popular “Mathematical Games” column for Scientific American magazine for 25 years.


Letters with Literary Character

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Ben Greenman, a fiction writer and editor at the New Yorker, has a short story collection coming out this June.


Clouds, Stars and Meteors Over the Cotopaxi Volcano

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So beautiful you don’t need sound or commentary. Now added to our YouTube Favorites.


The Greek Crisis Explained

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On a lighter note, and while we’re on the subject of economic crisis, we offer you an animated (and not so serious) explanation of the financial crisis in Greece. The saga continues with Episode 2.


Economic Crisis and Globalization

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The news isn’t good. The Euro is losing value daily. Countries are slipping into “sovereign debt crises” – meaning they’re going broke. And the markets are swooning once again. We’re watching the proverbial other shoe drop.
Throughout this crisis, many Americans have directed their anger at Wall Street (and deservedly so).


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