Archive for the ‘Our Planet’ Category

The Salton Sea

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Do you know the story behind this Californian sea?

Overfishing Has An Extremely High Price

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

You might have heard the saying: There are enough fish in the sea. Well, it seems that is not true anymore. At least, there are not enough to cover our increasing demand. If we continue this way, in a couple of years fish like tuna will be extinct. Somehow we need a wake up call!

Beautiful Close-Up Timelapse

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Just some breath-taking timelapse scenes of plants growing:

The Beauty Of Underwater Life

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Complexity Is Fragile By Design

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

I’ve been thinking about this exact same topic a couple of days ago. More precisely, I’ve been considering the complexity of humans, and the nature of this complexity. I remember thinking that we are, as human, extremely complex in biological and chemical sense. And yes, if we look at simple things, each of them has 2-3 ways it can be influenced, changed or destroyed. So when you take N billion such simple systems and combine them into something more complex, you are also increasing exponentially it’s flexibility, but also its fragility. Imagine, this result in between 2^N and 3^N ways of changing or destroying. Sounds like the curse of dimensionality, doesn’t it?

But coming back to the video at hand, it’s a nice exposition of the entire past of our universe, at least to the level that we know it or understand it. And as always, a good visualization helps get the information and message across.

By the way, here you can find out more about the Goldilocks conditions.

Life, The Oceans, Our Past

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Just another couple of breathtaking videos about our oceans and the life that thrives in them.

New Technology And Our Oceans

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

How can we explore the depths of our own planet? It’s not easy to inspect life in all its complexity and beauty when it’s miles and miles under the sea level. Still, we have other options for exploring our oceans and learning how to cherish this immeasurable treasure.

I particularly love the depth representation of the sea floor in the animation at the beginning of the talk. It truly gives you an impression of how minute the land masses really are compared to the vast volume of the oceans.

The Day There Were Too Many People

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Yes, or “Der Tag an dem es zu viele Menschen gibt”, is a documentary (in German) about… well, I think it’s self-explanatory. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Links are here. Don’t forget, there are multiple parts.

Will We Go Deeper Than Ever Before?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

More precisely, will Sir Richard Branson dive deeper than any human before him? Well, it might actually happen. The Virgin Atlantic submersible is currently being developed (more information). And as most of our oceans are still unexplored, not to mention the deepest point – aka. Mariana Trench – one can’t seem to wonder if exploring our own planet isn’t more important than exploring Mars.

Plants Can Feel

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Ok, maybe not exactly like you and me, but it still feels. Check out the following short documentations (German) to see how.