The first twenty one days of the life of the bee in timelapse

Thursday, 28 May, 2015

Working for National Geographic, and in conjunction with the University of California, Davis, US photographer Anand Varma has recorded this incredible footage of bees developing into adults in their hexagonal brood cell within a hive, and offers an explanation as to what is happening in this TED talk.

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A coffee maker that will light up your days and nights

Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

The lengths that people will go to brew a cup of coffee… here’s a method that involves using light globes to create a vacuum-powered coffee machine. Could this be a case of the journey being just as exciting as the destination? Whatever, the brew as seen at the six minute and fifty second mark looks good enough to drink as is.

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Never let the flame go out, on relighting an extinguished candle

Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

I have seen this party trick before… someone snuffs out a candle, and then relights it by hovering a burning match very near to, but not on, the candle’s wick. I’ve never known why that happens though. Magic, maybe?

In fact there’s no hocus pocus involved, as this ultra slow-motion video of the phenomenon goes to show, but I won’t spoil it for anyone who doesn’t yet know.

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Trauma cleaning, this type of cleaning is not for everyone…

Monday, 25 May, 2015

And you thought your job was rough… try working as a trauma cleaner, or those charged with the task of clearing up the sites of murders, suicides, illegal drug laboratories, and anything else others won’t go near, as husband and wife team Steve and Lorinda Penn do.

Nothing squeamish, or potentially NSFW here, in case you were wondering.

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Shanghai in reverse, that’s one way to see a city

Thursday, 21 May, 2015

Walk in Shanghai by JT Singh, takes an off-beat stroll through central Shanghai… at first I wondered how they filmed some of the sequences, but that curiosity quickly gave way to a desire to be walking those exact same streets myself.

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The flight of the model P-51D Mustang, as seen by the model pilot

Thursday, 21 May, 2015

A remote controlled, scale model of a P-51D Mustang, a US single seat fighter and fighter bomber, that first flew in 1940, is outfitted with a camera that films its flight from the perspective of a would-be pilot. Somehow looping the loop, or landing for that matter, doesn’t seem so terrifying here…

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Vale B.B. King

Monday, 18 May, 2015

US musician, guitar legend, and King of the Blues, B.B. King, died last week. Thanks for the music.

Here he is, doing what he does best, from a show in 2001, I believe.

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Vietnam, from north to south

Friday, 15 May, 2015

Reverie of Vietnam, by Oliver Astrologo, filmed while travelling from the north of Vietnam, to the south, earlier this year.

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The rise and fall, and rise on another world, of a mountain

Thursday, 7 May, 2015

An Object at Rest, an animation by Seth Boyden… the wheel of life comes full circle indeed.

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Antarctica, as filmed with a quadcopter

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015

If you don’t have the Vimeo Staff Pick page bookmarked, you ought to, it’s where I see many of the Vimeos I feature here.

You especially ought to bookmark Antarctica, that was filmed with the aid of a quadcopter, a drone like device used for aerial photography, by Stockholm-based filmmaker Kalle Ljung, since, if you’re not able to travel there, this may be the one of the last chances to see the frozen continent in its pristine beauty, before the ravages of climate change take their toll.

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