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German Animator Creates Moving Video About Addiction

Andreas Hykade uses animation to explore the sad reality of addiction.

German animator and Harvard University professor Andreas Hykade uses animation to explore and illustrate the many sides of the human condition. In his recent short for Filmbilder, he tackles the tumultuous road of addiction from the perspective of an animated bird called Nuggets.

The result is a powerful and sad illustration of addiction:

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This Is What a World-Class Whistler Sounds Like

World-class whistler Christopher Ullman breaks down the technique behind his trade.

Christopher Ullman is a four-time national and international whistling champion. Using a combination of his lips, tongue, and teeth, he can mimic a wide variety of instrumentals and popular songs.

For more than 30 years, he’s performed classical songs and improvisational riffs at numerous events, including symphony orchestra concerts, NBA basketball games, and even at the Oval Office.

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Time-Lapse Audio of Baby’s First Words Illustrates Complexity of Language

MIT researcher and father records son’s first words in this thought-provoking two-year experiment.

Deb Roy is a researcher at MIT who wanted to understand how his infant son learned to speak. So, he wired his house with cameras and ultimately recorded more than 90,000 hours of video footage, within which existed over 7 million transcribed words from surrounding caregivers. By the end of two years, Roy had recorded his son as he learned 503 new words.

He then teased apart the patterns in the data and observed the influence of social environments on language acquisition. The resulting presentation is an astonishing reflection of his work.

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British Astronaut Answers Very British Question With Even More British Answer

British astronaut Tim Peake discusses what it’s like to drink tea in outer space.

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake is the first British ESA astronaut and the sixth person born in the United Kingdom to visit the International Space Station. In this engaging interview, Peake speaks with the media for the first time.

In addition to discussing his workload, adaptation process, and the attributes of the space station, Peake answers reporters’ burning questions about the quality of tea in outer space.

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