Spotlight 29: Saadiyat Sand Studies, Dust Storm


The Spotlight Series returns for its 29th episode with my impressions of a unique meteorological event during our recent satellite festival on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. I’m told that this was a “dust storm” rather than a more severe “sand storm” which might involve lightning and larger airborn projectiles than the actually rather gentle fine-grained dust seen here.

Imagine Science Abu Dhabi Awards announced!

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After much deliberation by our committed jury of  Meera Al Kaabi, Scandar Copti, Mallory Roberts, Debra Levine, and Tarek Al-Ghoussein, and careful tallying of all of our audience polls, the results for the first ever Imagine Science Abu Dhabi have been announced! The SCIENTIFIC MERIT AWARD, for $2500, goes to: Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen’s Emergency Calls! And an Honorable Mention to Nieto’s Applied Metacinema. The VISUAL SCIENCE AWARD goes to: Larissa Sansour’s Nation Estate!And an Honorable MentionRead more ➠

Screening Room: Secrets of the Hummingbird’s Tongue

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Watch in HD! The hummingbird’s tongue was long thought to suck up nectarby capillary action like a straw, an assumption recently debunked by studies including the first detailed images of their actual action by Dr. Alejandro Rico Guevara at the University of Connecticut. But whereas Dr. Guevara’s images were taken from dead specimens, it remained for intrepid home scientist-filmmakers Don and Noriko Carroll to capture the first live footage viaRead more ➠

Jake Fried’s stream-of-consciousness animation


The 7th Imagine Science Film Festival may be over, we’re still buried in films that entirely deserve to be seen.  And so we’ll be posting films from the festival daily in the coming weeks, both on our youtube Screening Room, and in articles here. The “Time” theme this year gave me a little more lee-way to program animation, because isn’t all animation really a form of timelapse? But  with animator JakeRead more ➠

The Creeping Garden in New York and Berlin


This year, gripping slime mold bio/art documentary The Creeping Garden will be getting its NEW YORK PREMIERE at the Imagine Science Film Festival  this Saturday at the Wythe Hotel, and its EUROPEAN PREMIERE at the STATE Festival in Berlin on October 28! Wherever you are, don’t miss it. Hot off a win for Best Documentary at the Fantastic Fest of Austin, Texas, The Creeping Garden is a real-life science fiction exploring aRead more ➠

Monday, 10.20: Focus on Infinity


Join us Monday, October 20, at the Museum of the Moving Image, for the NEW YORK PREMIERE of Focus On Infinity, a globe-spanning search for the origins of the universe and existence, juxtaposing gorgeous images of landscape and technology against the musings of top physicists, astronomers, and theorists. Pushing well beyond ordinary documentary technique, the filmmakers describe this as an “adventure film” a genre justified by its wide travels and determined search for answersRead more ➠

Science Films in Paris: Pariscience International Film Festival 2014

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    Do you like science films? Do you like Paris? You should check out the Pariscience International Film Festival! This year the festival will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary and will held from October 2 – 7, 2014 at the Natural History Museum in Paris, France. Pariscience International Film Festival is an annual film festival that showcases the best French and International science-themed films. The festival aims toRead more ➠

Spotlight 27: Astronomy in New York


  Every Tuesday night on the Highline, NYC, members of the Amateur Astronomers’ Association of New York gather to look at the stars, setting up their telescopes to allow public to stargaze for free! Imagine Science met up with Joe Delfausse to talk about space and what people can see in the summer night sky. The Moon and Saturn were the highlights of the night. We also chatted to Laura Gonzalez, whoRead more ➠

Chemical Cuisine: Beefy Situations

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 WARNING: This article might tell you information you do not want to know.   The development of the American food system has been following the same trajectory for a long time. In many respects, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm policy has promoted a transformation of agriculture from relatively small units to large scale ones relying heavily on fertilizers, mechanization as well as subsidies. The Farming Crisis ofRead more ➠