Introducing Vox’s new HBO show, Level Playing Field

From Vox. We made a series with HBO! Level Playing Field premieres tonight at 8PM ET on HBO and HBO Max and explores stories where sports and policy intersect — from how the NCAA’s student-athlete policy influences gig work to how WNBA athletes’ activism helped shape the US Senate. New episodes every Tuesday. Subscribe to…

How oysters can stop a flood

From Vox. And why the world needs more of them. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In the last century, 85% of the world’s oyster reefs have vanished. And we’re only recently beginning to understand what that’s cost us: While they don’t look incredibly appealing from the shore,…

How the US created a disaster in Afghanistan

From Vox. What was the purpose of America’s longest war? Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO On August 15, 2021, the Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. The Afghan president fled the country. Almost all of Afghanistan is now under Taliban control. It marks the end of an…

How the US made affordable homes illegal

From Vox. The rules that keep American housing expensive. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Over the past year, housing prices in the US rose precipitously. Low interest rates and millennials’ entry into the market spiked demand across the nation, leading housing prices in some cities to increase…

Why some animals are shrinking

From Vox. Birds, mammals, and fish are miniaturizing as temperatures rise. Why? Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Animals all across the world are undergoing a strange transformation. In Appalachia, salamander body sizes have decreased by 8 percent since 1960; menhaden fish caught in the Atlantic are 15 percent lighter than they were in 1987; and…

The law that broke US immigration

From Vox. Why the US has so many undocumented immigrants. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Immigration looked very different before 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). The law was supposed to stop undocumented immigration by increasing enforcement and punishing people for being in the US undocumented.…

Why it’s so hard to make CGI skin look real

From Vox. Realistic-looking skin isn’t all that different from realistic-looking skim milk. In the above video, Vox’s Phil Edwards looks at why realistic CGI skin is so hard for visual effects artists to master. Weta Digital’s Nick Epstein and Luxion’s Henrik Wann Jensen serve as guides to the parameters that separate realistic-looking skin from the…

Why the “wolf turn” is such a big deal

From Vox. A deceptively difficult gymnastics turn. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Every Summer Olympics, gymnasts amaze viewers by performing incredibly complex and dangerous skills. As these routines get more and more complicated, they become harder to top — and the latest way to add value and distinguish a routine is the wolf turn. The…

Why the US Army tried to exterminate the bison

From Vox. And then took credit for “saving” them. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In 1894, a notorious poacher, Ed Howell, was caught in Yellowstone National Park slaughtering bison, which were on the brink of extinction. US Army soldiers patrolling the park brought him into custody, and…