Nikon Small World Photography: The Winners

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1974 as a "means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope." A good 36 years later, Nikon named the winners of the 2010 competition, which means we can take another artistic look inside the world of small things, getting down to the very micro level of animals, plants and minerals. Above, you're looking at an image of glial cells in the cerebellum magnified 400 times. This image and 28 others appear in the always excellent The Big Picture section of the Boston Globe. Also visit a gallery of images on the Nikon site. Thanks to @wesalwan for sending our way.

OK Go & Kutiman: Live from the Guggenheim

On Thursday night, the Guggenheim Museum and YouTube unveiled the winners of a highly publicized video contest, YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video. The contest originally generated 23,000 submissions from 91 countries, and, from there, Guggenheim curators culled a shortlist of 125 videos. Then the big moment: 20 winners were selected during an awards ceremony held last night at the museum.

The ceremony itself featured performances by artists who have made YouTube integral to their art – above we have Kutiman, the Israeli artist known for his mother of all funk remix, giving the audience something rather different: a live mashup of Brahms' "Hungarian Dance," accompanied by the Noname ensemble from the Julliard School and YouTube Symphony Orcherstra players. And to wrap things up OK Go, the unofficial kings of YouTube, performed 'White Knuckles' and 'This too Shall Pass.' Keep a close eye on the YouTube channel dedicated to the Biennial of Creative Video. The winning videos will almost certainly be coming online soon.

Vintage Literary T-Shirts

Out of Print Clothing "celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion," working with artists to design t-shirts that feature iconic book covers. The catalog lets you choose from Orwell's Animal Farm, Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, Bulgakov's Russian classic Master and Margarita or 29 other vintage shirts, each of which costs a fairly reasonable $28. See the full list of shirts here.

via @AndrewHazlett

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The Dalai Lama on the Neuroscience of Compassion

Last week, the Dalai Lama spent several days at Stanford University, where he made compassion his focus. He laid the foundation with a large public address before an audience of 7,000. (Watch an excerpt above or the full talk below.) Then things got more focused when the spiritual leader of Tibet participated in a daylong conference about the neurobiological underpinnings of compassion. Hosted by Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, the conference brought together important scientists from many disciplines – psychology, neuroscience, medicine, and economics. You can watch a recording of the conference here. It's all in video and ready to go.

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Vincent: Tim Burton’s Early Animated Film

Back in 1982, Tim Burton worked as an apprentice animator at Disney. Burton's style didn't quite fit with the Disney aesthetic. And so he independently created a short, stop motion animated film simply titled "Vincent." The style of the storytelling has been called "Dr. Seuss meets Edgar Allan Poe," and it tells the story of a young boy who wants to be Vincent Price, the Yale-educated actor who became a fixture in American horror films starting in the late 1930s. The film runs six minutes and features Price himself providing the narration. (Read a transcript of the narrated text here.) Notably, Price later appeared in Burton's blockbuster Edward Scissorhands. Animation World Network takes a much closer look at this early Burton work, and we have now added Vincent to our collection, 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc..

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A Slo-Mo Look Inside North Korea

In North Korea, the propaganda machine is kicking into gear, laying the foundation for Kim Jong-un to replace his father Kim Jong-il. Earlier this month, father and son attended a massive military parade together. Ostensibly meant to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party, the parade was really about giving the son a big coming-out party – a first introduction to domestic and foreign audiences. And departing from the usual script, the North Korean regime allowed Western journalists to cover the event live and on-site. Hence the video above. Using Canon 60D and 1DmkIV cameras, the Guardian brilliantly captured the propagandistic essence of the moment.

Related note: It hasn't been updated in a while, but the blog North Korean Economy Watch uses Google Earth to provide the most extensive mapping of North Korea’s economic, cultural, political, and military infrastructures. It's a great way to further demystify the secretive state. Thanks to Ed for the tip.

Sir Ken Robinson: A Creative Education

Do schools kill creativity? Sir Ken Robinson asked that question at the 2006 TED conference. And the talk resonated widely. His short presentation remains one of the most watched and "favorited" videos in TED's large catalogue of inspiring videos. Quite an accomplishment.

Now, with the latest RSA video, Sir Ken returns to delve deeper into this basic question. He asks, Why do schools kill creativity? And why is this problem built into the modern educational system? And how can we bring a "paradigm" shift – one that will let schools foster creativity at long last?

Running 11 minutes, the creatively-animated video above (how fitting!) gives you some answers. But realize that the clip is an excerpt from a longer 52 minute lecture available in its entirety here.

A quick PS: Wired UK recently asked the big question: "What innovation would most improve education in the next decade?" You will find succinct answers by Ken Robinson, Chris Anderson (head of TED), yours truly and several others here.

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