Skype Translator preview opens the classroom to the world

By: Skype

Originally Published on Dec 15, 2014

We recently previewed Skype Translator to two elementary school classes—one in Washington and one in Mexico City. A few rounds of “Mystery Skype” was all it took for these students to discover the potential of Translator to break down language barriers and bring people together.

For more on Skype Translator: http://wp.me/p2q6gy-hL1
For more on Skype Classroom: http://education.skype.com/mysteryskype

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The Path to Mars: Boeing Leading Charge in Deep Space Mission

By: Boeing

Originally Published on Dec 3, 2014

NASA is setting its eyes on the exploration of Mars, an over two year-long journey that will make history. Today’s children will be the first explorers of our neighboring planet with help from Boeing. The current development of Boeing’s advanced module technology will make possible a safe excursion for astronauts to Mars to discover ground humans have yet to see. Learn more about the path to Mars at http://buildsomethingbetter.com.

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Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist

 

Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

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For more information and stills gallery, please turn to: erikwernquist.com/wanderers
(Just in case my website runs slow, here is a link to an imgur album version of the gallery: imgur.com/a/Ur5dP)
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UPDATE: I don’t know what to say, except thank you! And thank you again! For this fantastic and absolutely overwhelming response to this little film. Please excuse me for not being able to reply to you all in person, but I assure you that I read every word you write, and what you say warms my heart more than I can ever describe. Making this film has been a work of passion, and it is such an invaluable reward to see that it is received with the same kind love, energy and optimism that was put into it. I know I speak for Caj, Cristian, Mikael, Hanna and everyone involved.
This flood of love and appreciation right here will forever be a reminder to me, that the world is full of people who share hopes and dreams of a grand future for humanity – be it here on Earth or on other worlds.

Also; I have promised to make the video downloadable, and that will happen shortly. I just need to make a few updates to the end credits before I do that. So, please hang on.
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Wanderers is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.
Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea of the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds – and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.

CREDITS:
VISUALS – Erik Wernquist – erik@erikwernquist.com
MUSIC – Cristian Sandquist – cristiansandquist@mac.com
WORDS AND VOICE – Carl Sagan
COLOR GRADE – Caj Müller/Beckholmen Film – caj@beckholmenfilm.se
LIVE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY – Mikael Hall/Vidiotism – mikael@vidiotism.com
LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCE – Anna Nerman, Camilla Hammarström, Hanna Mellin
VOCALIST – Nina Fylkegård – nina@ladystardust.se
THANK YOU – Johan Persson, Calle Herdenberg, Micke Lindgren, Satrio J. Studt, Tomas Axelsson, Christian Lundqvist, Micke Lindell, Sigfrid Söderberg, Fredrik Strage, Johan Antoni, Henrik Johansson, Michael Uvnäs, Hanna Mellin

THIS FILM WAS MADE WITH USE OF PHOTOS AND TEXTURES FROM:
NASA/JPL, NASA/CICLOPS, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, ESA, John Van Vliet, Björn Jonsson (and many others, of which I unfortunately do not know the names)

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Flashmob Orchestres en fête ! Paris North station – Arlésienne de Bizet

 

By: Orchestresenfete

Originally Uploaded on Nov 19, 2011

English version below

Jeudi 17 novembre 2011, 60 musiciens sont venus jouer un extrait de l’Arlésienne de Bizet dans le grand hall de la Gare du Nord, à Paris !
C’est le lancement de la 4ème édition d’Orchestres en fête, grand événement organisé dans toute la France depuis 2008. Pendant dix jours au mois de novembre, les orchestres membres de l’Association Française des Orchestres ouvrent leurs portes à tous les publics pour montrer que la musique classique vit au coeur de la cité ! http://www.orchestresenfete.com

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 60 musicians showed up to play an excerpt of the “Arlesienne” by Bizet in the hall of Paris North station !

This flashmob launched the fourth edition of Orchestres en fête !, a tremendous and nationwide event organized since 2008. For ten days in November, 41 orchestras, all members of the French Association of Orchestras open their doors to everyone. All the events set up during Orchestres en fête !, like this flashmob, are dedicated to show that classical music lives in the very heart of the city !

To know a bit more about the event, feel free to check out our website: http://www.orchestresenfete.com

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Liftoff of Orion from Kennedy Space Center.

 

By: NASAKennedy

Originally Published on Dec 5, 2014

A Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying NASA’s Orion spacecraft on an unpiloted flight test to Earth orbit. Liftoff was at 7:05 a.m. EST. During the two-orbit, four-and-a-half hour mission, engineers will evaluate the systems critical to crew safety, the launch abort system, the heat shield and the parachute system.

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Crazy pool vortex


By: Physics Girl

Originally Published on Nov 22, 2014

This unique phenomenon can be easily reproduced in your pool on a sunny day.

Many thanks to the Vlogbrothers for their sponsorship of this video!

Also thank you to Daniel Walsh for answering many fluid dynamics questions, to Jacob Schalch for filming the burning penny, and to Justin and Brendan for their donations to support Physics Girl!

 

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Pizza Hut Restaurants Subconscious Menu with Tobii Eye Tracking

 

By: Tobii Eye Experience

Pizza Hut Restaurants, in partnership with Tobii, has developed a digital menu that could change the dining experience forever.

 

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Modest Needs: One Act of Kindness

By: ModestNeeds.org

Modest Needs: One Act of Kindness from Modest on Vimeo.

Modest Needs is a national nonprofit empowering members of the general public to make small, emergency grants to workers and veterans who are at risk of slipping into poverty.

The word Philantropy just means compassion for people…

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