Produced by the Indian government-run Films Division in 1966, this vintage short explores the North Indian Hindustani and South Indian Carnatic styles of Indian classical music, which diverged around the 15th and 16th centuries but share common roots in Hindu musical traditions and ancient texts.
Before they speak or crawl or walk or achieve many of the other amazing developmental milestones in the first year of life, babies laugh.
‘It’s a secret world that exists by its own rules and lives in its own culture.’ Using archival audio excerpted from a 1989 interview with Stephen King, this instalment of PBS’s animated Blank on Blank series features the horror fiction master discussing why his work combines the fantastical universe of childhood with the macabre realities of adulthood, and how effective horror preys on the practical fears ‘just outside the spotlight’ of reality.
The coelacanths are an ancient group of lobe-finned fishes, with weird appendages that take the form of bony, fleshy, muscular stalks.
When you come back to your home country after a lifetime away, there is nothing that can prepare you for the shock of return By Enuma Okoro Read at Aeon
Sweden’s hands-on dads represent an alternate male form forged by lowered testosterone and the potent hormones of attachment By Richard W Orange Read at Aeon
In the 1830s, British settlers in New Zealand imported European rabbits for food and sport. With no native predators, the rabbits soon took over.
A collaboration between the UK-based electronic musician Max Cooper and the French motion graphics artist Maxime Causeret, Order from Chaos features an experimental soundtrack inspired by the concept of emergence accompanied by mesmerising representations of emergent systems, including the cooperation of simple cells, swarm behaviour and Alan Turing’s proposed mathematical theory of embryology.
People have concerns about the psychological effects of endlessly playing shoot-em-up video games but I sometimes wonder whether doing moral philosophy is just as corrosive.
Life's most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. What can be said, let alone understood, about the unsayable?
Energised by a charming, eclectic cast of characters, including the titular fish, The Super Salmon dives into a civic battle between government bureaucrats and grassroots activists over the proposed Susitna-Watana Dam in southern Alaska: a $6 billion project that critics believe would greatly damage a vital salmon-spawning area.
In the autumn of 1900, Oscar Booz, a 17-year-old student at West Point military academy, was hazed by fellow cadets.
A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good By Melinda Wenner Moyer Read at Aeon
In 1979 China introduced one of the largest social engineering efforts in human history – the ‘one-child policy’ – to combat population growth. In addition to leaving the country with problematic demographic imbalances, this family planning policy has created an underclass of 13 million unregistered people, all born ‘illegally’.
When I was in graduate school in the United States in the early 1980s, a member of our women’s support group informed us that she was pregnant.
The language of whistles known as Silbo Gomero – or just el silbo (‘the whistle’) – was once heard widely throughout La Gomera, one of the smallest of the seven main Canary Islands off the Atlantic Coast of Africa.
What would happen if you stuck your body inside a particle accelerator? The scenario seems like the start of a bad Marvel comic, but it happens to shed light on our intuitions about radiation, the vulnerability of the human body, and the very nature of matter.
Is logical thinking a way to discover or to debate? The answers from philosophy and mathematics define human knowledge By Catarina Dutilh Novaes Read at Aeon
There is, it would seem, no greater chasm than that which divides the living from the dead. We who still dwell on the side of life know this as we relegate the inert bodies of those so recently just like ourselves to the elements from which they came: earth or fire – ashes to ashes; air in the to...
His duties are many, his challenges weighty, but his glory can be great. A guide to family management, by a Roman nobleman By Marcus Sidonius Falx & Jerry Toner Read at Aeon