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A grab bag of goodies, hand picked from the big wide world of all things curious, interesting and fascinating - videos, sound clips, pictures or articles that may be relevant or they may not!

 
 
 
So many reasons to like Ryman Eco...

Beautiful. Functional. Sustainable. Free. Designed to use less plastic, ink and oil, this font uses around 30% less ink than other common fonts. We use 1.5 billion laser and ink cartridges every year so the claim is that by adopting this font we could save over 490 million ink cartridges and 15 million barrels of oil per year. Although ink is only about 15% of the total carbon footprint of a printed page, this font alone won’t save the planet, but it is one extra positive contribution that climate change crusaders can do. More info + download: http://www.rymaneco.co.uk/

 
 
Pipes, thongs and techno beats

Legendary on the streets of Adelaide, street performer Jake Clark entertains on his homemade PVC pipe instruments – on occasion inciting a flash mob. A true artist and emerging professional his first single is due out soon. SO worth a watch. Try not to move.

 
 
International Day of Happiness - March 20
Established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012 this special day highlights that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal, recognising the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples :)
 
 
Lola's Pergola

This where the Noisters will be hanging out during the creative extravaganza that is autumn in Adelaide! Thursday - Sunday nights, 6pm for pre-show dining through to late night dancing... that's our kind of fun. Adelaide Festival runs Feb 28 - March 16.

 
 
Sand sculpture
NOI HQ in Adelaide, Australia - a city that embraces a stunning sandy coast. We love our beach culture, including our regular sand sculpture competitions. Take it globally though and admire the creations of this artistic form as seen in the World Championships, the example here is "Human Balance" by Helena Banger and Jooheng Tan.
 
 
A challenge to all arachnophobes...
How could you not adore these little guys? The Peacock Spider - a rare, 4mm long Australian jumping spider. The variety of colourations and intoxicating courtships rituals is truly incredible.
 
 
So which hurts more? Childbirth or getting kicked in the balls?
It’s an ongoing debate that’s gone on for years: Who experiences more pain? A man getting kicked in the balls or a woman pushing a baby out of her vagina? This video was created entirely using whiteboard markers seeks to answer that question and end the battle between men and women over who cops it the worst.
 
 
It's time to redesign medical data
At TEDMED, Thomas Goetz looks at medical data, making a bold call to redesign it and get more insight from it. He suggests the target of this data should be the patient – not just the doctor – and that patients (AKA ‘people’) are an underutilised resource in health care.
 
 
Science inspired design
London fashion designer Brooke Roberts uses Photoshop and a textile-design software program to knit medical images into high fashion.
 
 
Pain. Is it all just in your mind?
Prof Lorimer Moseley examines - "Why does it hurt?" and "Why does it still hurt?". He shares findings from his international research investigating the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain disorders. A 'Knowledge Works' public lecture kindly brought to us by the University of South Australia. (48.53 mins).
 
 
The Brainart Exhibition 2012 - Life pleasures and the brain
"It is inconceivable to me that as we learn more about how the brain perceives the outside world, that it would not influence artists to try new kinds of experiments in art." Eric Kandel, Neurobiologist and 2000 Nobel Prize Winner
 
 
Is seeing believing?
Can you really believe your eyes, or your ears or nose for that matter? This program reveals some of the strangest illusions created by science to show how our natural senses really work, and how we could learn to manipulate them. Look out for Charles Spence! 50.5 mins
 
 
My Blackberry Is Not Working!
Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield star in this fruity sketch from The One Ronnie.
 
 
Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than five minutes
The Hunter Integrated Pain Service and GP Access have collaborated to produce a great short video that explains chronic pain. Check it out - it is affectionately called "Brain Man".
 
 
'The Treasure Hunt' Shiree Heath (Aus)
Winning entry for the Society of Neuroscience's brain awareness video content - a delightful and elegant account of the experience of Aphasia.
 
 
Aussie Sleek Geek
A young Aussie student’s entry for The University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka School Prizes – judged on content and creativity. Jack meets the Sleek Geeks motto to "Learn something without even noticing" with his video "How are neural pathways formed in the brain and how can their flexibility affect things like pain relief". Little Legend.
 
 
Pain. Is it all just in your mind? Moseley, UniSA
In this fascinating Knowledge Works lecture, Professor Lorimer Moseley will examine two important questions - "Why does it hurt?" and "Why does it still hurt?" He will share findings from his international research investigating the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain disorders.
 
 
Sapolsky on depression (full lecture)
Right now depression is the number four cause of disability in the US and it is becoming more common. Sapolsky (Stanford University) states that depression is as real of a biological disease as is diabetes.
 
 
Street Dance in Paris

An incredible example of the physical potential of the human body!

 
 
A is for Adelaide
Pull up a decky, crack a Coopers and enjoy this quirky take on Adelaide - animated in the style of Creature Comforts.
 
 

Wear it and share it

Love fashion, hate landfill? Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TED but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It's a meditation on conscious consumption -- wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.
 
 
Biking for the planet
GOOD is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. Some good stuff to read here, including an article on the many benefits to biking and tips on how to improve the biking environment in your community. Get on yer bike!
 
 
Australian Bureau of Meteorology – Radar Watch
We Australians love watching rain.
 
 
The ICECReam
International Collaboration of Early Career Researchers. The aim of The ICECReam is to provide a hub that connects and supports early career researchers all over the world.
 
 
Taj Burrow and Friends - I surf because
An isolated beach in Western Australia, renowned for glassy and ideal back-stroke waters, flipped completely out of character as conditions aligned to create some amazing surf. Filmed March '11, Taj Burrow and Friends get it all to themselves!