‘Our Planet’, a breathtaking nature show

Co-financed by WWF (World Wildlife Fund), one of the most powerful environmental NGOs, and the production companies Silverback Films and Netflix, the project benefited from significant resources. In fact, it is the largest documentary series produced to date, with more than 600 film crew members, 50 countries covered, a budget of several tens of millions of dollars and years of filming, thus outperforming all BBC productions. Even new technologies have been used to obtain unique plans such as vehicle-mounted cameras, motion-detecting cameras and 4K drones. 

The series consists of 8 episodes, the first of which is an introduction. Each episode explores in turn the forest, deep waters, frozen worlds and jungles without stunning the viewer with figures or apocalyptic sentences about the extinction of species as other documentaries have done before. However, the distress of the situation is realized through the breathtaking shots such as the one at the end of the first episode when, set to calming classical strings, kilometer long icebergs implode off the shores of Greenland. «What we do in the next 20 years will determine the future for all life on Earth», says the narrator. And that is the main purpose of this production; to make the audience aware of the alarming reality that awaits us.

In addition, naturalist David Attenborough has lent his voice to the English version and brings a very appreciable scientific touch to it. He explains very clearly how nature perfectly regulates itself, how elephants pass on their knowledge from generation to generation or even describes surrealist bridal parades of exotic birds. But more importantly, he reminds us why human’s action is destroying this incredibly rich and therefore precious world of ours, and why we all need to act quickly to delay the disaster.

The show is available since the beginning of April only on Netflix. Whether you are passionate about nature, storytelling or beautiful images, this series will not disappoint you. And the message it carries is crucial for our time.

Tip : How to make a paper plane

Today I will show you how to make a simple paper plane that flies well !

First you need a classic sheet of paper, place it in front of you vertically and then fold it in half vertically.

Next, you have to unfold the paper and to fold the corners into the center, as shown below.

Fold the top right edge to the center.

Now repeat with the left corner.

Then, fold the plane in half.

Finally, you just have to fold the wings down in order to meet the bottom edges of the plane body !

Job’s done, all that remains is to test it !

You can find a large variety of paper plane with folding instructions, video tutorials on https://www.foldnfly.com.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Does it live up to its name ?

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice poster
Artwork for the cover of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Following its release on March 22, 2019, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has already been praised by critics, streamers, and most of the gaming community.

With titles such as the trilogy Dark Souls or Bloodborne behind them, the Japanese studio FromSoftware set the bar very high. How does this evilly difficult game differentiate itself from its predecessors?

The one-armed wolf

The game takes place in Japan at the feudal age, more specifically during the Sengoku period in the 16th century, where you play as Sekiro (隻狼, short for one-armed wolf in Japanese), a shinobi with a mechanical arm rescued to the brink of death, whose mission is to protect a young lord from a clan who wants to sacrifice him for his blood.

When the lord is kidnapped, you embark on a dangerous journey to regain your honor, and will succeed no matter the cost, even through death …

Similar games…

Like the other games from video game studio FromSoftware, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is known for its incredible difficulty, challenging even the most skilled players.

The game features melee combat against a wide variety of enemies; you can also fight many bosses, some of which are optional. The world is vast and full of secrets for the player to find.

A fight with one of the bosses of the game, Gyoubu Oniwa ( 鬼庭刑部 )

…but not really

Despite similarities with Dark Souls and Bloodborne, the game system is based on fighting enemies with parries to perform with precise timing. This way, you make them lose posture and balance, which leads to an opening for landing a hit. You will need to adapt to this combat system, otherwise fights might seem impossible to win.

Moreover, a big part of the game is stealth. The game lets you execute enemies who did not notice the player’s presence. Developers at FromSoftware say they originally wanted to create a spiritual sequel to Tenchu, a series of infiltration video games.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is available on Steam (Windows PC), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Have you played the game? If so, what did you think about it? Otherwise do you plan on buying it? Tell us in the comments below!

Manifeste étudiant pour un réveil écologique

Sur le blog, nous vous parlons régulièrement d’écologie, et notamment des actions menées par la cellule Humani’terre. Cette fois, c’est un projet étudiant externe à Polytech que nous souhaitons vous présenter  le Manifeste étudiant pour un réveil écologique.

Il s’agit donc d’un manifeste, rédigé à l’initiative d’étudiants d’HEC Paris, AgroParisTech, CentraleSupélec, l’Ecole Polytechnique et l’ENS Ulm. Son but ? Montrer à quel point les étudiants ont conscience des problématiques écologiques actuelles, et affirmer la volonté de notre génération à engager des changements dans nos modes de consommation. Les plus engagés d’entre nous peuvent le signer en ligne avec leur adresse e-mail universitaire.

Mais au delà du message politique, on nous propose une liste de petites actions, facile à réaliser, pour s’engager à son niveau contre les mauvaises pratiques : consommer d’avantage local, mais aussi réduire d’1°C le chauffage cet hiver ou encore trier et supprimer régulièrement ses mails. Le site regorge de bonnes idées ! De quoi nourrir peut-être l’envie d’exploiter nos compétences d’ingénieurs pour servir de grandes causes environnementales ?