Video – What an astronaut sees!

Desert Dunes seen from Space

Desert Dunes seen from Space

Inspiring 7 minute video from Nasa depicting the most astonishing sights by astronauts orbiting around the earth.

Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA‘s astronaut team talks the viewer through an explicit trip over the Namibian coast, Mount Etna in Sicily or the Algerian desert in this HD digital recording from astronauts’ view from space worth watching.

If you like this video, try watching an astonishing Aurora Borealis in HD recorded in Norway!

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Cultural Beacons: Yo-Yo Ma plays an enchanting The Swan from Saint Saens as encore!

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-yo Ma, undoubtedly the reference in Cello playing for the past years together with the older genius Rostropovich delightfully interprets a deep and heartfelt version of Sain Saëns “The Swan” from the Carnival of the Animals in a Tokyo performance.

Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a French American cellist, virtuoso, and orchestral composer. He has received multiple Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts in 2001 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Ma is regarded by some as the most famous cellist of the modern age.

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If you like this video try watching Horowitz in his historic return to Moscow in 1986, or Pogorelic playing in the Chopin International Piano Competition

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Cultural Beacons – Marshall McLuhan – ABC TV The Medium is the Message

Marshall McLuhan - The Medium is the message

Marshall McLuhan - The Medium is the message

Marshall McLuhan the famous media theorist and scholar, very much revered by our current cultural icons such as Mark Zuckerberg, forecasted many years ago the social media revolution as well as the impact media would have in the fabric and dynamics of society. These thesis were synthesized in two terms “The Global Village” and “The Medium is the message“.

In this CBC interview McLuhan shares his revolutionary ideas in the 60s, they still are relevant and clearly shows McLuhan’s almost prescient views of the future.

Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian educator,philosopher, and scholar—a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communication theorist. McLuhan’s work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries.

McLuhan is known for coining the expressions “the medium is the message” and “the global village” and predicted the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. Although he was a fixture in media discourse in the late 1960s, his influence started to wane in the early seventies. In the years after his death, he would continue to be a controversial figure in academic circles. With the arrival of the internet, however, there was renewed interest in his work and perspective.

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Norwegian Aurora Borealis in HD

HD Aurora Borealis in Norway

An aurora (plural: aurorae or auroras) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in themagnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field into the atmosphere. Aurora is classified as diffuse or discrete aurora. Most aurorae occur in a band known as the auroral zone which is typically 3° to 6° in latitudinal extent and at all local times or longitudes. The auroral zone is typically 10° to 20° from the magnetic pole defined by the axis of the Earth’s magnetic dipole.

If you like this video try watching What an astronaut sees from space!

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Indian mathematics: Vedic line based multiplying system!

Within indian tradition, and most specifically the vedics, there was a multiplying system based in lines that would allow them to perform complex mathematical calculations, sometimes confused with a japanese method for complex calculation. This video shows how the system works.

Indian mathematics emerged in the Indian subcontinent from 1200 BC  until the end of the 18th century. In the classical period of Indian mathematics (400 AD to 1200 AD), important contributions were made by scholars like AryabhataBrahmagupta, and Bhaskara II. The decimal number system in use today was first recorded in Indian mathematics. Indian mathematicians made early contributions to the study of the concept of zero as a number, negative numbers, arithmetic, and algebra. In addition, trigonometry was further advanced in India, and, in particular, the modern definitions of sine and cosine were developed there. These mathematical concepts were transmitted to the Middle East, China, and Europe and led to further developments that now form the foundations of many areas of mathematics.

Samhitas and Brahmanas

The religious texts of the Vedic Period provide evidence for the use of large numbers. By the time of the Yajurvedasaṃhitā (1200–900 BCE), numbers as high as 1012 were being included in the texts. For example, the mantra (sacrificial formula) at the end of the annahoma (“food-oblation rite”) performed during the aśvamedha, and uttered just before-, during-, and just after sunrise, invokes powers of ten from a hundred to a trillion:

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If you liked this video, watch mathemagics here!

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Amazing 3 year old kid Conducting Beethoven’s 5th Symphony – Truly Gifted

Ludwig van Beethoven

Watch a 3 year old truly gifted kid conduct Beethoven’s 5th Symphony to the tune of a von Karajan recording.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1804–08. This symphony is one of the most popular and best-known compositions in all of classical music, and one of the most often played symphonies. It comprises four movements: an opening sonata, andante, and a fast scherzo which leads attacca to the finale. First performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterwards. E. T. A. Hoffmann described the symphony as “one of the most important works of the time”.

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If you liked this video watch Copenhagen’s Philharmonic Flash Mob performance of ravel’s Bolero at a train station, or How a Bach Canon works:

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Flash Mob – Copenhagen’s Philharmonic Playing Ravel’s Bolero at Copenhagen Train Station

Copenhagen Philharmonic Flash Mob at Train Station - Ravel's Bolero

A surprise for train riders. Copenhagen’s Philharmonic orchestra performs Ravel’s Bolero as a startled crowd gathers astonished at the beauty of the music.The Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, also known as the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, is a symphony orchestra which both serves as Danish Regional Orchestra for the island of Zealand and, for the summer season while the Tivoli Gardens are open, as resident orchestra in the Tivoli Concert Hall.

The history of the orchestra dates back to 1843 when Georg Carstensen in connection with the opening of the Tivoli Gardens engaged Hans Christian Lumbye to be responsible for music in the gardens. Ever since the orchestra has performed in the gardens during the summer season. In 1846, the orchestra was expanded to 33 members and started to perform symphony concerts under the name Tivolis Orkester. In 1848, the composer Niels Gade started to arrange concerts in Copenhagen with the musicians from the Tivoli Orchestra as a basis for the winter concerts.

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If you like this video watch “How a Bach Canon Works”

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Alexander Tsiaras: Visualized Conception to birth!

From Conception to Birth - Fertilized Ovule

From Conception to Birth - Fertilized Ovule

In this TED conference Alexander Tsiaras takes us in an incredible journey through the springing of human life, following sperm up to conception and as of there in a beautifully illustrated journey with cutting edge electronic visualization and mapping up to the moment of birth itself.

Alexander Tsiaras: Is an artist and technologist, Tsiaras participated in developing scientific visualization software to enable him to “paint” the human anatomy using volume data. He incorporated a company — Anatomical Travelogue to use his experience and knowledge for medical imaging and content production. The recipient of numerous awards, including the World Press Award and several Art Director’s Awards, Tsiaras and his work have been featured on more than 120 covers of magazines including LIFE, TIME, New York Times Magazine, Discover, Smithsonian, GEO and the London Sunday Times Magazine. He is the author of “From Conception to Birth: a Life Unfolds,” “Architecture and Design of Man and Woman: The Marvel of the Human Body, Revealed,” “The InVision Guide to a Healthy Heart,” and “The InVision Guide to Sexual Health.”

Tsiaras has lectured at many conferences including the National Library of Medicine (NLM/NIH) Scientific Visualization Conference, TED, TEDMED, Ink Conference (in association with TED India), Molecular Imaging 2020,  and Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR). Tsiaris has also lectured with Stephen Hawking at the MIT Media Lab.

Tsiaras has lectured at many conferences including the National Library of Medicine (NLM/NIH) Scientific Visualization Conference, TED, TEDMED, Ink Conference (in association with TED India), Molecular Imaging 2020,  and Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR). Tsiaris has also lectured with Stephen Hawking at the MIT Media Lab.

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Amazon’s Amazing Logistics Robots!

Kiva Robot

Kiva Robot

Amazon.com, world leader in e-commerce, recently bought Kiva Systems for a US$600m consideration. The reason behind this acquisition is Kiva‘s amazing robots, which Amazon uses to improve the logistics of their immense warehouses.

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Documentary: God and the Universe!

String Theory: God and the Universe

String Theory: God and the Universe

Throughout the history of human kind, from the understanding of our world as being flat, to string theory and evolutionary darwinian theories, science has fought against the prejudices of religions. Currently, through advances in theoretical physics, we are as close as ever to unveil the hidden equations that would unify the very large with the very small, quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory. However, there is a conceptual battle that has been going on since the dawn of civilisations between science and religion, as we draw closer to answering some of the fundamental question dealing with the origins of the universe, the pitch for this war is as confusing and blurry as ever. Where does science stop and metaphysics and the need for a transcendent being and religion start?

 

Watch this God and the Universe documentary for points of view and information on this subject!

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