Topics for the Monday March 31

An Interesting video from the documentary from YouTube.

The Story of Cosmetics (2010).

The Story of Cosmetics examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. The seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.

Some news from The Washington Post and The Guardian.

The ‘Sheldon Primary’ is one reason Americans distrust the political system.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-sheldon-primary-is-one-reason-why-americans-distrust-the-political-system/2014/03/28/765fbfdc-b67e-11e3-a7c6-70cf2db17781_story.html?hpid=z1

Can Europe wean itself from Russian natural gas?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/03/28/can-europe-ween-itself-from-russian-natural-gas/?tid=hpModule_79c38dfc-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

Does the Oculus deal prove Kickstarter is no longer a place for underdogs?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/28/does-the-oculus-deal-prove-kickstarter-is-no-longer-a-place-for-underdogs/?tid=hpModule_88854bf0-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

1957 was the best-ever year for movies (and other surprising insights from IMDb).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/03/26/1957-was-the-best-ever-year-for-movies-and-other-surprising-insights-from-imdb/

This is why Germany doesn’t want China anywhere near Berlin’s holocaust memorial.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/03/28/this-is-why-germany-doesnt-want-china-anywhere-near-berlins-holocaust-memorial/?tid=hpModule_949fa2be-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

How climate change will brew a bad-tasting, expensive cup of coffee.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/28/climate-change-bad-expensive-coffee-ipcc

Work begins on the world’s first 3D-printed house.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/mar/28/work-begins-on-the-worlds-first-3d-printed-house

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Topics for the Monday March 24

An interesting video from The Documentary Network.

A Brief Introduction to Genetics

A short documentary film that explores the history of genetics & genomics and the underlying concepts that provide the foundational knowledge that today’s research is built upon.

News from The Washington Post and The Guardian.

Putin signs bill completing annexation of Crimea as sanctions take hold.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/putin-signs-bill-completing-annexation-of-crimea-as-sanctions-take-hold/2014/03/21/ef038a44-b0f3-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.HTML

Living paycheck to paycheck: It’s not just for the por.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/03/21/living-paycheck-to-paycheck-its-not-just-for-the-poor/?tid=hpModule_79c38dfc-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

Why Turkey banned Twitter (and why banning Twitter isn’t working).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/03/21/why-turkey-banned-twitter-and-why-banning-twitter-isnt-working/?tid=hpModule_949fa2be-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

Tech giants to press Obama on NSA reform in private White House meeting.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/21/tech-giants-obama-nsa-reform-meeting

Despite what you’ve been told, you aren’t ‘left-brained’ or ‘right-brained’.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/16/left-right-brain-distinction-myth

The 10 greatest works of art ever.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/mar/21/the-10-greatest-works-art-ever

Topics for the Monday March 17

An interesting video from the SXSW’s cannel in YouTube.

Bringing audiences inside the literal arena, sports filmmaking offers a unique inside look at the inherently relatable themes of triumph, tragedy, adversity and glory that go hand in hand with sports, where opponents are inevitably both external and internal. Creating an emotional connection on a grand yet intimate scale, sports filmmaking bonds us to the stories that humanize athletes and capture the pulse of competition in a way rarely seen. Join the leading authorities behind today’s most notable sports filmmaking, Connor Schell (ESPN Films), Ken Rodgers (NFL Films) and Ross Greenburg (Ross Greenburg Productions), in a discussion on the evolution of sports filmmaking, its influence on pop culture and its continued resonance with audiences across all cultures and backgrounds.

And also some news from The Washington Post and The Guardian.

Search for missing Malaysian plane expands into Indian Ocean.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/missing-malaysian-plane-may-have-flown-up-to-four-hours-us-officials-say/2014/03/14/62c9f05c-ab64-11e3-af5f-4c56b834c4bf_story.HTML

Gone phishing: Army uses Thrift Savings Plan in fake e-mail to test cybersecurity awareness.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gone-phishing-army-uses-thrift-savings-plan-in-fake-email-to-test-cybersecurity-awareness/2014/03/13/8ad01b84-a9f3-11e3-b61e-8051b8b52d06_story.HTML

Gravitational waves: have US scientists heard echoes of the big bang?

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/14/gravitational-waves-big-bang-universe-bicep

UK living conditions becoming more cramped, research finds.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/mar/14/uk-living-conditions-cramped-research

The 10 weirdest artworks ever.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/mar/14/top-10-surrealist-weird-art

Topics for the Monday March 10

An interesting video to talk about.

How the Dutch got their cycle paths.

The Netherlands is well known for its excellent cycling infrastructure. How did the Dutch get this network of bicycle paths?
Read more:

http://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/how-the-dutch-got-their-cycling-infrastructure/

News from The Washington Post and The Guardian to pick your interest.

Vladi­mir Putin rebuffs Obama on Ukraine, says Russia ‘cannot ignore calls for help’.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/vladimir-putin-rebuffs-obama-on-ukraine-says-russia-cannot-ignore-calls-for-help/2014/03/07/d322cac0-a60c-11e3-84d4-e59b1709222c_story.HTML

The end of the traditional supermarket.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/03/06/the-end-of-the-traditional-supermarket/

What was fake on the Internet this week: Hoverboards, Adele Dazeem and ramen murders.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/03/07/what-was-fake-on-the-internet-this-week-hoverboards-adele-dazeem-and-ramen-murders/?tid=hpModule_d39b60e8-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

It’s boom time in Maryland for casino hiring, with Horseshoe opening this summer.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/its-boom-time-in-maryland-for-casino-hiring-with-horseshoe-opening-this-summer/2014/03/07/25418468-a5fe-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html?tid=hpModule_13097a0c-868e-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

As budgets soar, China still fears its military isn’t growing fast enough.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/as-budgets-soar-china-still-fears-its-military-isnt-growing-fast-enough/2014/03/06/e90c448a-a52e-11e3-84d4-e59b1709222c_story.html?tid=hpModule_949fa2be-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

Afghanistan still one of the worst places to be a woman, says EU ambassador.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/07/hamid-karzai-afghanistan-women-eu-mellbin

Abortion service to appeal against £200,000 fine over hacked website.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/07/abortion-service-website-hacker-information-commissioner-fine

Madrid’s mayor seeks curb on protesters in central square.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/07/madrid-central-square-protests-puerta-del-sol

Infographics for children: what they can learn from data visualisations.

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/mar/07/infographics-for-children-can-learn-from-data-visualisations

Topics for the Monday March 3

Robots and ethical concerns about them in this video from YouTube to pick your interest.

The New Rules of Robot/Human Society | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios.

News from The Guardian and The Washington Post to talk about.

Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/28/seven-people-keys-worldwide-internet-security-web

Senators to investigate NSA role in GCHQ ‘Optic Nerve’ webcam spying.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/28/nsa-gchq-webcam-spy-program-senate-investigation

Delhi battle for private-school places proves brutal.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/28/delhi-battle-private-school-places-brutal

Primary school teachers work almost 60 hours a week, finds official survey.

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/feb/28/primary-school-teachers-work-60-hour-week

Badger cull failed humaneness test, independent panel finds.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/28/badger-cull-humaneness-test-tb-cattle

Imaginary friends go mainstream – more children have them than ever.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/28/children-imaginary-friends-widespread

Tokyo bitcoin exchange files for bankruptcy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/japan-minister-calls-bitcoin-collapse-expected/2014/02/28/7309998a-a05c-11e3-878c-65222df220eb_story.HTML

For the most scrutinized red carpet of them all, Oscar attendees go in with a game plan.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/for-the-most-scrutinized-red-carpet-of-them-all-oscar-attendees-go-in-with-a-game-plan/2014/02/27/8e9afa8c-9b51-11e3-9080-5d1d87a6d793_story.html?tid=hpModule_d39b60e8-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

Confessions of a serial book-spoiler.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/02/27/confessions-of-a-serial-book-spoiler/?tid=hpModule_ef3e52c4-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

Topics for the Monday February 24

Fistly, a short interesting video to talk about.

INFLUENCERS – the film : how trends & creativity become contagious (2010 R+I Creative).

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.

The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.

Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today’s pop culture.
“Influencers” belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience.

And some news from The Washington Post and The Guardian.

In coverage of Olympics, NBC has largely steered clear of controversy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/olympics/in-coverage-of-olympics-nbc-has-largely-steered-clear-of-controversy/2014/02/21/5e68a088-99aa-11e3-80ac-63a8ba7f7942_story.HTML

U.S.-France Holocaust-reparation talks renew  focus on firm planning bid on Purple Line job.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/us-french-talks-begin-on-compensation-for-holocaust-victims-deported-on-sncf-trains/2014/02/20/ace89634-9a4d-11e3-b931-0204122c514b_story.HTML

The WhatsApp Guy Applied to Work at Facebook in 2009. They Rejected Him.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/02/20/whatsapp

China denounces Barack Obama’s meeting with Dalai Lama.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/21/china-us-barack-obama-dalai-lama

David Cameron told better planning could have prevented some flooding.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/21/flooding-prevented-better-planning-experts-tell-david-cameron

Prostate cancer gene test nearer for identifying high-risk men.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/21/gene-test-breakthrough-identifying-men-prostate-cáncer

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel: ‘An artist should act for everybody’.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2014/feb/21/gustavo-dudamel-venezuela-classical-music-politics-maduro-protests

Widescreen TVs and sliding steering wheels: the future of driverless cars.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/feb/21/widescreen-tvs-sliding-steering-wheels-driverless-cars

Literary prizes make books less popular, study finds.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/21/literary-prizes-make-books-less-popular-booker

Topics for the Monday February 17

An interesting video from the Documentary Network from YouTube to talk about.

Moonshine – Artists after Dark (Talents at DreamWorks Documentary).

This short documentary gives you a sneak peek into the personal works from the artists.

DreamWorks first personal art publication, Moonshine, was conceived as an opportunity to highlight the breath of artistic development talent at Dreamworks.

Some news from The Washington Post and The Guardian.

Obama ambassador nominees prompt an uproar with bungled answers, lack of ties.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-ambassador-nominees-prompt-an-uproar-with-bungled-answers-lack-of-ties/2014/02/14/20fb0fe4-94b2-11e3-83b9-1f024193bb84_story.HTML

Internet improvements in store for Iran.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/internet-improvements-in-store-for-iran/2014/02/13/b3d730fe-8ea4-11e3-878e-d76656564a01_story.html?tid=hpModule_949fa2be-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394

Valentine’s Day around the world.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/valentines-day-around-the-world/2014/02/13/46a99cb8-94dc-11e3-83b9-1f024193bb84_gallery.html?tid=hpModule_04941f10-8a79-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e#photo=1

Lib Dem donors facing bribery allegations were hosted by Nick Clegg.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/feb/14/liberal-democrat-donors-sudhir-bhanu-choudhrie

Energy companies make concessions after 800,000 customers leave ‘big six’.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/feb/14/energy-companies-concessions-customers-leave-big-six

10-level steel wheelchair ramp dumbfounds Dunbartonshire.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/13/ten-level-wheelchair-ramps-shocks-clydebank-family

Nepal slashes cost of climbing Everest.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/14/nepal-slashes-cost-climbing-mount-Everest