Maple seed vortex visualization.

Maple seed vortex visualization.

We’re in the throes of NSF grant writing again, and I’m way behind on blogging, which is frustrating, because we have lots of cool things going on at LRRD. Vimeo hosts this interesting visualization of a maple tree’s single wing...

Flood history films.

Flood history films.

We ignore history at our peril, especially when it comes to flooding. I recently discovered a little known documentary about the 1993 Mississippi floods, and am working on a review for this blog. In the meantime here’s a wonderful source of historical footage,...

Maple seed vortex visualization.

A nice summary of pseudoscientific thinking.

A very well done video essay on the nature of scientific inquiry, open-mindedness, beliefs, and pseudoscience. A lot of stream restoration is based on poorly-examined premise. Those assumptions often masquerade as science when public money is used. These assumptions...

The Rain Table.

The Rain Table.

The Rain Table is an incredible visualization tool. Much of my early training was in forest hydrology, and as a visual thinker I’ve always craved dynamic representations of rainfall and runoff on a watershed scale. Here you have...

Maple seed vortex visualization.

Yet more striking fluid/biomechanics.

Bat in wind tunnel from Carl Zimmer on Vimeo. I’m posting this because it’s amazing (and beautiful), shows fluid behavior, and to remind me, next time I want to whine about the challenges of our video work, that things could be much worse. I can’t...