Louie Schwartzberg: Mysteries of the Unseen World

We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. 
At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

Rate Of U.S. Gun Violence Has Fallen Since 1993


Since 1993, the United States has seen a drop in the rate of homicides and other violence involving guns, according to two new studies released Tuesday. Using government data, analysts saw a steep drop for violence in the 1990s, they saw more modest drops in crime rates since 2000.

"Firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011," according to a report by the federal , "and nonfatal firearm crimes dropped from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.

There were seven gun homicides per 100,000 people in 1993, the says, which dropped to 3.6 gun deaths in 2010. The study relied in part on data from the .

All of that is good news — but many Americans don't seem to be aware of it. In a survey, the Pew Research Center found that only 12 percent of Americans believe the gun crime rate is lower today than it was in 1993...

...56 percent believe it's higher.

Probably because they watched CNN:


The current state of US public schooling


National Treasures - Favorite Books From Every State

Our favorite books from every U.S. state

Our favorite books from every US state
The hot-dog buns are procured. The coleslaw recipe is printed. The Beach Boys mix is already on heavy rotation. You are so ready for this holiday.

At PureWow Books, we’re equally patriotic, which is why--in celebration of our country’s glorious independence--we rounded up our favorite books set in every single U.S. state.