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The English philosopher Jeremy Bentham said “Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet”.

Poll: Which UK Party Leader is the Biggest Plonker?

It's started - properly - the run up to the day we decide.  Yet at a general election in the UK you are supposed to vote for who you want to win.

Białowieża Forest – Remarkable Remnant of Europe’s Primeval Past

Straddling the border of Poland and Belarus, there is a reminder of what Europe used to look like before the arrival of man.  Białowieża Forest is the largest remaining part of a vast primeval forest that stretched for thousands of miles from corner to corner of the European plain.

Cern – The Atlas Experience

ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy.  The detector is 100m below ground in a cavern few get to see.  Yet thanks to filmmaker Christoph Malin we get the opportunity to see the experiment at a point when it is undergoing a technical upgrade (I could think of a few thousand things that probably need one more than Atlas, but there you are!

Mind the Gap

If you have lived in or visited London over the last thirty years then the three words which make up the title of this short film will be familiar as you will have heard them many time on the underground tube system of the English capital.  For one elderly woman the words have a particular resonance

Blackbirds by Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters has been a famous face on the American music scene for two decades.  Her latest single, Blackbirds, is a wonderful slice of American noir which pools her eclectic musical influences in to a murder ballad which tells the last chapter of a family’s history.  Together with a great stop motion silhouette animation from Eric Power this might not be one to show the kids just before bedtime.

Quiz: How Many of these Endangered Mammals are Left?

There are probably countless endangered mammals in the world but you will recognize all fifteen in the latest quiz from our sibling site, the Ark in Space.  Your job is to guess just how many individuals of each species are alive in the world today.  Some of the answers may surprise you (and some will make your heart a little heavy, but this is a quiz about endangered mammals, after all).   There is little irony to be found in the fact that if you added up the total numbers of all fifteen of these species they would probably only be a fraction of a percentage in terms of numbers compared to us, homo sapiens (there probably is irony in the sapiens bit).

Confessions Of An Idiom

Thinking about it, I suppose it had to happen at some point: an animated short film starring the elephant in the room and the skeleton in the closet – giving us the best of both worlds.  Here, Mollie Helms and Amanda Koh of Ringling College get to grips with as many idioms as they can fit in to two and a half minutes.

How Will The Universe End?

Science should be big, bright, bold and engaging – and you are going to find this video by Beakus all of those and more.


I have no idea how Kamiel Rongen does this but he creates audiovisual landscapes by using water and lots of different materials.

The Judas Ear

No, Doctor Lecter has not been at it again – this is not a real ear. Its quite remarkable resemblance to the human ear has, however, given it a host of names throughout the ages – some it has to be said less flattering (or at least politically correct) than others.


I am the first to admit that Naturevention has left me a little perplexed but not by any means in a negative way.  Written, directed and produced by Miro Laiho of Time Films, the story is told at three different periods in our history, the past, present and future.  Yet although it’s something of a puzzle (and I may just be a little dim today) it is something which I had to watch to the end.  See what you think and let me know!

The Ballad of Holland Island House

This is quite an extraordinary meeting of talents, brought together to tell the true story of the last house standing on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay, the northern part of which is within Maryland, the southern portion within Virginia.  Animator Lyn Tomlinson uses a truly inventive animation technique using just a thin layer of oil-based clay.

Know Your Art? Then Try Our Horribly Difficult 20 Question "Who Painted This?" Quiz!

Do you know your Dali from your Dürer, your Goya from your Gauguin? Then try these 20 multiple choice questions.  You will take a back and forth whistle-stop tour through almost a thousand years of art history.  Yet which painter was responsible for the 20 masterpieces you are about to see?

Quiz: Can You Name All 15 of These Big Cat and Wild Cat Species?

Fancy a quick quiz? Then click on the picture above and it will take you to our sibling site, the Ark in Space.

The Lifeboat Game Set in Space

The SS Hartnell is in trouble – it has been hit by a comet and most of the people on board have been killed.  However, the captain has managed to get ten of them to a space lifeboat.  Here’s the problem, though, only five of the ten can be saved as food and oxygen will run out before rescue arrives.  Which of these five would you save?

Victorian Street Life in London

In 1876, six years after the death of Charles Dickens, the streets of the English capital still looked very much like the famous author had described.

Richard III – That Horrible Histories Song

As the reburial of Richard III gets underway we thought we might as well jump on the band wagon (is there such a thing as a band hearse?

Line Signal

I love a short film that doesn’t put all the answers on a plate for you, instead leaving much to the imagination and that is exactly what Line Signal by Meat Bingo does.  In terms of exposition there is just what you see (and it’s beautifully shot) and hear.  Who is the young businesswoman with her mysterious deals?

Are There Aliens?

Who can say but this short animation created by Beakus for the Royal Observatory in Greenwich (the one in London!