A thriving undersea wildlife park tucked away near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula has proven to be the world’s most robust marine reserve in the world, according to a new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Results of a 10-year analysis of Cabo Pulmo National Park (CPNP), published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE journal, revealed that the total amount of fish in the reserve ecosystem (the “biomass”) boomed more than 460 percent from 1999 to 2009. Citizens living around Cabo Pulmo, previously depleted by fishing, established the park in 1995 and have strictly enforced its “no take” restrictions.
Hollywood movie producer Isaiah Saxon who made the video “Wanderlust” for Björk - is an OSE True Fan and has made a 2 minute explainer video on the ‘GVCS’ - Global Village Construction Set. The video gets the GVCS message across in a short and very concise way. Pass this on to your friends, and encourage them to subscribe to the True Fans - opensourceecology.org/wiki/True_Fans. The GVCS has since become one of the best ideas of 2011 - huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/19/wiki-diy-civilization_n_1157895.html?1324310724
Desert Breath is a collaborative site specific project created by D.A.ST. arteam, (Danae Stratou, Alexandra Stratou, Stella Constantinides). It is an Earth Work that covers 100.000 m2, in the eastern Sahara desert bordering the Red Sea in Egypt. Its construction consists of the displacement of 8.000 m3 of sand formed so as to create precise positive and negative conical volumes. The conical volumes form two interlocking spirals that move out from a common centre with a phase difference of 180 degrees in the same direction of rotation. The centre is a 30-metre diameter vessel formed in a W-shaped section and filled with water to its rim.
The construction of Desert Breath began in June 1995 and was completed in March 1997.
The project is rooted in our common desire to work in the desert. In our mind’s eye the desert was a place where one experiences infinity. We were addressing the desert as a state of mind, a landscape of the mind. The point of departure was the conical form, the natural formation of the sand as a material. It is a site-specific work that grows out of our perception of the site its self. Located between the sea and a body of mountains at the point where the immensity of the sea meets the immensity of the desert. The work functions on two different levels in terms of view point: from above as a visual image; from the ground a physical experience while walking the spiral pathway. Desert Breath still exists becoming through its slow disintegration, an instrument to measure the passage of time.
For more info go to: danaestratou.com
To view Desert Breath on Google Earth: 27o22’48.48”N 33o37’57.02”E eye alt 653m
Over 100,000 asteroids and their colors, as seen by a single remarkable survey telescope.
This animation shows the orbital motions of over 100,000 of the asteroids observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), with colors illustrating the compositional diversity measured by the SDSS five-color camera. The relative sizes of each asteroid are also illustrated.
All main-belt asteroids and Trojan asteroids with orbits known to high precision are shown. The animation is rendered with a timestep of 3 days.
The compositional gradient of the asteroid belt is clearly visible, with green Vesta-family members in the inner belt fading through the blue C-class asteroids in the outer belt, and the deep red Trojan swarms beyond that.
Occasional diagonal slashes that appear in the animation are the SDSS survey beams; these appear because the animation is rendered at near the survey epoch.
The average orbital distances of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter are illustrated with rings.
Colors represented with the same scheme as Parker et al. (2008):
Concept and rendering by Alex H. Parker: alexharrisonparker.com/
Funding for the creation and distribution of the SDSS Archive has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Japanese Monbukagakusho, and the Max Planck Society. The SDSS Web site is sdss.org/.
The SDSS is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) for the Participating Institutions. The Participating Institutions are The University of Chicago, Fermilab, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Japan Participation Group, The Johns Hopkins University, the Korean Scientist Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics (MPA), New Mexico State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Portsmouth, Princeton University, the United States Naval Observatory, and the University of Washington.
Music: Tamxr by LJ Kruzer (ljkruzer.co.uk/)
The FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text. It is a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation. Wearers scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout: start and end of line, new line, and other cues. The FingerReader algorithm knows to detect and give feedback when the user veers away from the baseline of the text, and helps them maintain a straight scanning motion within the line. fluid.media.mit.edu/projects/fingerreader
…if you liked this, check out the award winning feature film: INTO THE MIND
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Into The Mind is a filmmaking exploration that has lead the Sherpas Cinema and Camp 4 Collective crews all over the globe. However the two companies first collaboration took place in Nepal, in the heart of the Himalayan mountain Range. In a rare opportunity filmmakers Dave Mossop, Renan Ozturk and athlete Rory Bushfield set out on a “Vision Quest” to capture the world’s most impressive mountain range, using the latest time lapse and film making technologies. Forced to travel on the tail end of on the monsoon season with rainy weather the team is forced to improvise. Renan introduces Dave and Bushy to a local Sherpa named ‘Karma Tsering’ a man that allows them to capture the internal world of Nepalese culture and shapes the main vision behind the film.
INTO THE MIND:
From the makers of the award winning film “All.I.Can”, comes the new feature film: INTO THE MIND. Blur the lines between dream state and reality, as you perceive the world through the minds of many. Into the Mind contemplates the experiences passed between mentors and peers to paint a philosophical portrait of human kind. What drives us to overcome challenge? How do we justify risk? What forces are at the core of a mountain addiction? Unique athlete segments over a multitude of mountain sport genres depict the connectivity of Earth, and window into never seen before moments. Explore how we begin our perception of self, construct the foundations of confidence, and are ultimately led up the path of self-actualization.
As Buddha once said, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
Into The Mind is about becoming.
Presented by The North Face and Kessler
Created by Camp 4 Collective and Sherpas Cinema - sherpascinema.com
Director/Editor: Renan Ozturk
Producer: Camp 4 Collective and Sherpas Cinema
Sound Design: Fred Paragano
Cast: Renan Ozturk, Rory Bushfield, Dave Mossop, Eric Crosland & Karma Tsering
Music: Jacob Yoffee
Additional music not in the feature film:
“The Voyage Home”
“A Hero’s Welcome”
Thanks for joining us//
We had early access to the new and innovative Zeiss Otus lens and wanted to work with it on a short concept film. This is the first short film shot on the new lens (it was shot shortly before the lens was released).
Happy to discuss the project in the comments or on Twitter ~ twitter.com/augustbradley
The ideas in this film are based on my experience at Zeiss Cine Lens Day, where invited cinematographers from around the world toured the Zeiss lens manufacturing facility in Jena, Germany. In addition to manufacturing a wide range of lenses (a process that is both highly mechanized and also involves a significant hands-on human touch), Zeiss makes planetarium projectors and watching the stars in the Zeiss Power Dome had an impact on this short piece as well.
When I approached artist David Lovejoy about building a scene with his elaborate fantasy lens machines and planetary sculptures for a Zeiss-inspired project, he was excited and explained the coincidence that it was the Zeiss planetarium projector at Griffith Observatory that inspired him in the first place to create these pieces of sculpture.
This project was created by team of people with a lot of talent and passion — they are credited at the end of the piece. Our entire creative team was exceptional, it was a privilege to work with all of them.
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Concepted & Directed by: August Bradley (augustbradley.com)
Artistic Inventions: Dave Lovejoy (lovejoyart.com)
Music: Big Swede (bigswedestudios.com)
Actress: Melinda Cohen (melindacohen.com)
Cinematography: Joe Tamel & August Bradley
Designer: Louis Verdad
Stylist: Patty Cruz
Hair Stylist: Anna Estella Patterson
Makeup Artist: Mynxii White
A path of sighs through the emotions of life.
A tribute to the art and her disarming beauty.
RINO STEFANO TAGLIAFIERRO
2nd Assistant Director
Editing - Compositing - Animation
RINO STEFANO TAGLIAFIERRO
RINO STEFANO TAGLIAFIERRO
MA&PA, ANNA, RAFFAELLA, CORRADO, VINICIO BORDIN, PAOLO RANIERI, KARMACHINA, ALBERTO MODIGNANI, AUGUSTA DESIRE GRECCHI, PAOLO BAZZANI, THOMAS MCEVOY