Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world (Video)
We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.
Mini-Documentary: Earthrise – Fog Nets (Video)
Harvesting water from thin air in the foothills of the Andes. More than a million residents living in Peru’s capital Lima do not have access to running water. But in the arid hillsides surrounding the capital – the second driest in the world – farmers are using simple fog nets to catch moisture in the air.
The area’s thick fog condenses on specially erected mesh nets, and drips onto a plastic gutter before collecting in a storage tank. The water is then used to irrigate crops on once barren land.
Russell Beard travels to the foothills of the Andes to see landscapes and communities transformed by these simple fog catchers.
Mini-Documentary: A Tsunami Of Debt Threatens Democracy (Video)
Remember the financial crisis of 2008? Are we sleepwalking towards another financial meltdown? While the super-rich are thriving, ordinary households are taking on mountains of debt. Governments may have spent billions on bailout packages and in the absence of a fairer economic system, a debt-fueled bubble may burst with catastrophic results.
History: How North Korea got this way (Video)
Vox’s Max Fisher explains the historical events that produced the bizarre, tragic North Korea we know today.