Archive for October, 2008

How We Do It: Pixar’s Animation Process

There is a scene in Toy Story 2 when the old man repairing Woody tells the impatient toy collector Al, “You can’t rush art.” This is especially true at Pixar, where films go through four stages. . . . [Here you can] learn about the specific steps of each stage. Read more

Book Review: Watership Down

Richard Adams’s larger-than-life story is compelling and full of high adventure, and his characters are vividly drawn and winning. Experienced fantasy fans cheer the heroes on. This rousing story of a band of rabbits who escape persecution to create a just society is full of clever strategies, a self-contained rabbit mythology, and much detail about nature. Read more

Asimo: The World’s Most Advanced Humanoid Robot

The dream sounds simple. Design a robot that can duplicate the complexities of human motion and genuinely help people. An easy task? Not at all. ASIMO took more than two decades of persistent study, research, and trial and error before Honda engineers achieved their dream of creating an advanced humanoid robot. As development continues on ASIMO, today Honda demonstrates ASIMO around the world to encourage and inspire young students to study the sciences. And in the future, ASIMO may serve as another set of eyes, ears, hands and legs for all kinds of people in need. Read more

Jason’s Story

The illustrated Greek myth of Jason, the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece, retold in a kid-friendly style. Read more

A German Heroine

In Nazi Germany, a 21-year-old girl named Sophie Scholl was involved in an underground resistance movement called the White Rose. She was captured while distributing pamphlets on campus with her brother Hans. See her story come to life in the award-winning 2005 movie production Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. Watch the trailer here. Read more

*Pop!* The History of Chewing Gum

By the early 20th century, Americans could not get enough of the confection called chewing gum invented by Thomas Adams. Read more

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