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,...

A nice summary of pseudoscientific thinking.

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...

Yet more striking fluid/biomechanics.

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...

More beautiful fluid mechanics photography.

More beautiful fluid mechanics photography.

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo. OK, this one is a stretch, but it’s amazing. Talented videographer Keith Loutit combines tilt-shift and time lapse to produce mind-altering videos. The tilt-shift part, which I understand from studying view cameras years...