The 7 Best Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks

June 12, 2014
Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is the world-renowned America astrophysicist who waxes philosophical—yet approachable—on all things science and space. To his credit, he is also a lecturer, author, radio personality, TV host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, director of the Hayden Planetarium and research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. As eloquent as he is engaging, Dr. Tyson has captured the imagination of the public the world over with his wisdom. Here are seven of his best sermons on science – from state addresses and conferences to interviews on talk shows.

1. Beyond Belief, 2006

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Skateboarding Through Cuba

June 11, 2014

Lacking a single skate shop and boasting only one skate park, Cuba seems an unlikely place for skateboarding to take off. And yet, it has. Follow Yojani Pérez Rivera as he describes life as a skateboarder in Cuba and the challenges he faces in promoting the sport while living in one of the world’s last “closed” societies.

For more on how the sport can intersect with politics around the world, check out how activists in Ethiopia are using skateboarding to empower children.

These Early Examples Of Film Will Shock You

June 10, 2014

Roundhay Garden Scene, 1888

Before Thomas Edison revolutionized American cinema, this moving picture was in heavy circulation throughout Europe. Recorded by French inventor Louis Le Prince, the Roundhay Garden Scene is the first celluloid film created. It was filmed at 12 frames per second and only captures two minutes of footage, but depicts a gathering at the home of Joseph and Sarah Whitely in Roundhay, Leeds, England on October 14, 1888.

Monkeyshines, circa 1889-1890

The first American film ever made, Monkeyshines was the creation of William Dickson to test the Kinetograph format. Inspired by Le Prince’s motion pictures, Thomas Edison developed the Kinetograph, the first practical moving picture camera, and the Kintescope, a manual, single-viewer lighted box to display the films. Monkeyshines films were three sets of experimental movies to test whether Edison’s patented invention worked.

Dickson Experimental Sound Film, 1895

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Travel To Vietnam From Your Computer Screen

June 9, 2014

Watch as filmmaker Gabriel Menassier transports you to Vietnam. Placid bodies of water snake around the country and are countered by soaring karst formations and vibrant culture.

What If Wes Anderson Made A Porn Movie?

June 7, 2014

Most Anderson fans are aesthetically “turned on” by his quirky, symmetry-obsessed films. But what if he swapped carefully-sculpted facial hair for the seedier, scruffier locks present in porn films? Nacho Punch videographers offer one response.

For more Wes Anderson bliss, check out our collection of his best ads and awesome cinemagraphs.

What 2,000 Calories Actually Look Like

June 5, 2014

While body sizes and metabolisms vary, the general consensus is that the human body does well with consuming around 2,000 calories every day. Pending your appetite and dietary habits, this video will either delight you or catapult you into a lonely pit of despair.