This blog is now rarely updated, but remains as an archive of bits and pieces I've collected from around the internet. To see what's caught my eye more recently, find me on twitter.

Friday 20 January 2012

#153; Videos

Watch this video. It's a trailer for "Getting Up". I'm a huge fan of graffiti & street art. It's not often that that interest falls in line with amazing innovation and scientific progress, but this looks like an incredible story:

VIA Wooster

While I was at university I did a research project on bird flight using video cameras strapped on pigeons' backs (you can read it all here, if you're that way inclined), but the jerky, grainy footage I was using didn't quite match up with what you see in this clip, from BBC's new(ish) series, Earthflight. They've managed to get some stunning footage, and although the actual series itself isn't quite as entertaining as i'd hoped, this is remarkable:

On a related note, Wired have a great gallery of amateur high-speed flight clips. This is my favourite, but go check out the whole gallery:


Continuing the theme of beautiful videos of nature, take a look at Drew Berry's animations of the unseen beauty of biology:

Friday 6 January 2012

#152; Pretty science stuff

A sciencish post today:

If you have an iPad, download the NASA visualisation app now, from the brains at the "scientific visualisation studio". It's lovely.


A new study has drawn detailed new maps of science based on online "clickstreams" to determine the links between science journal topics. Interesting stuff.


Scientific American's top 5 animal videos of 2011. The gorilla video is well worth a watch, but my personal favourite is this peacock spider mating dance. Unusually good music selection in this video, too, I thought:


Finally a beautifully calming video from Malaysia: