segunda-feira, 22 de agosto de 2011

Hand of God

Lorenzo Quinn's sculpture: The Hand of God, now in London (Park Lane)

terça-feira, 16 de agosto de 2011

Fongoli Chimps

Revolution in our knowledge of chimps. They like to swim and they create spears for hunting.
New discoveries from Jill Pruetz in the region of Fongoli (Senegal).

quinta-feira, 11 de agosto de 2011

Hævnen (In a Better World)

A lovely Danish movie on forgiveness, directed by Suzanne Bier.

"Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. Written by Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Producer"

segunda-feira, 8 de agosto de 2011

Winter's Bone

Great movie now on DVD, with Jennifer Lawrence directed by Debra Granik.

quarta-feira, 3 de agosto de 2011

Pandora's Seed

One of the greatest books of this century.

"In the Western world we are more comfortable than ever before. So why aren't we happier or healthier? Spencer Wells uses the latest research to show the answer lies in our hunter-gatherer roots.
Settling 10,000 years ago may have led to modern civilization, but it also opened a Pandora's box: everything from our sweet tooth to stress, environmental problems and terrorism can be usefully traced back to the mismatch between genes and lifestyle.
On a globe-trotting journey, Wells illustrates how we can learn from our ancestors how to thrive in the future.

Spencer Wells is a leading population geneticist, documentary filmmaker and author of The Journey of Man and Deep Ancestry. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1994 and conducted his post-doctoral training with Luca Cavalli-Sforza at Stanford University. His landmark research findings from a field study that encompassed 25,000 miles of Asia and the former Soviet republics led to advances in the understanding of the male Y chromosome and its ability to trace ancestral human migration.
He was previously director of the Population Genetics Research Group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford and was recently appointed Frank H.T. Rhodes Visiting Professor at Cornell University. Wells is currently National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and spearheads the Genographic Project. He lives with his wife, a documentary filmmaker, in Washington, DC."