Oscar, Afghanistan and America
Journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington clinched an Oscar nomination for their documentary "Restrepo," in which they show the Afghanistan war through the eyes of soldiers.
Despite living alongside soldiers in the embattled hills of Afghanistan, the two documentary filmmakers behind "Restrepo" were not entirely prepared for their mission into Hollywood: "Their curious journey to the Academy Awards began in 2007, on the other side of the globe. That's when they set out to accompany a US platoon all the way to Afghanistan, originally on assignment for Vanity Fair. They ended up staying and turning the trip, which stretched over many months, into a documentary film showing the Afghanistan war through the soldiers' eyes —gripping as never before."
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- Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
- At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
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Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.
- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
- The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results.
- Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year.
- Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells.
- The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords.
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