Hollywood is great at making movies, but not so great at accurately portraying science and scientific concepts. While we don't want our flying superheroes subject to the reality of gravity, some of Hollywood's attempts at science in film shatter our suspension of disbelief. But hope is not lost — the last several years have seen a resurgence in science fiction and writers and directors that want as much scientific realism as possible. Vox looks at the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a consulting service that connects writers and scientists with the goal of sprinkling our science fiction with a little more science fact.
Legendary oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau is one of the most memorable personalities of the 20th century. He helped to invent the Aqua-Lung, predecessor to modern SCUBA equipment, brought diving to the masses, and was a renowned researcher, explorer, and conservationist. He also liked a glass of cognac after a hard day's diving. From Bill Murray's portrayal of Jacques in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou to a generation of American fans introduced to him by PBS, Mr. Cousteau made huge contributions to science and the public.
Ebru is a form of art that uses ink or paint suspended on the surface of water to create an effect similar to marble stone. Practiced for centuries in Turkey, Asia, and India, it became popular in the West for book covers and stationary. Artist Garip Ay was commissioned to create ebru works of the Netflix series The Crown, Narcos, and Stranger Things. Instead of setting the work on paper, Garip uses video to capture his manipulations of the piece, creating beautiful pieces that only exist for minutes.
Beer archeologist, yes, that's a real profession, Travis Rupp is the latest brewmaster to take a unique approach to craft beer. Instead of finding new and interesting flavors, he's using ingredients that are more than 1,100-years-old. He and his team still use modern equipment, but make the necessary adjustments to ensure your taste buds get the same experience as ancient Egyptian kings and Norse Viking heroes.
In the frozen Arctic of Norway is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. One of the most important places in the world, the Seed Vault contains over 880,000 varieties of seeds and serves as a failsafe against the decline of biodiversity on our planet. Scientist Cary Fowler goes inside the vault and explains why biodiversity is important, and the strain put on our environment by technology and population.
It isn't a hoverboard, but it's nearly as awesome. Hoversurf's Scorpion-3 prototype takes their Scorpion drone platform and adds controls and seating for a human pilot. You can't get one now, but Hoversurf is crowding funding the project. Go to their website for more details.
Whether you're closing a deal or cleaning up for a date, Timberland Killington Chukka Boots will keep your feet protected and comfortable this Spring. The upper is made from a combo of full-grain leather and mesh, giving the shoe a rugged/casual look that pairs perfectly with a variety of ensembles covering a multitude of occasions. A cushy insole keeps your feet happy all day long, while the SensorFlex outsole moves with your foot and combines three different layers to deliver additional comfort, support, and outstanding traction on any surface. Available in four handsome colorways.
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Think all mattresses-in-a-box are made from foam alone? Think again. The Sapira Mattress was created by the experts at Leesa to provide an innovative alternative to bulky traditional mattresses and collapsible all-foam affairs. It combines an advanced pocket spring system with layers of high-performance memory foams, the latter providing the same cooling and pressure-relieving properties that make the Leesa so good, and the former providing the bounce and support people crave. And just like the Leesa, it ships right to your door in a convenient box, giving you a luxurious night's rest at an affordable price.
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In 2006, BBC broke boundaries with their documentary series Planet Earth. Ten years later, they hope to surpass its success with a sequel using the latest film techniques. Executive producer Mike Gunton, creative director Neil Nightingale, and producer Elizabeth White describe how they used ultra-high-definition, motion tracking, and other modern technologies to turn the nature documentary into a full-fledged cinematic experience.
Kings hate prophecies — especially when that prophecy involves usurpers with legendary swords. Director Guy Richie brings his vision of the legend of King Arthur to the big screen, with all the action and smart dialog you'd expect. Starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword comes to theaters May 12, 2017.
Since its inception in 1962, racers and spectators have made their way to the Daytona International Speedway for one of sports' most grueling endurance races. The 24-hour event takes place over an entire day, pushing drivers and their crews to not only battle their competition but also their own physical limits from sunrise to sunset. In this short documentary, those who know best describe what it takes to survive 24 Hours of Daytona.
If you've had a craving for fight milk, today is your lucky day. Binging with Babish is celebrating 100,000 subscribers with an episode featuring the best recipes from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. From rum ham to milk steak, Babish recreates each alcohol-soaked dish, with a twist — they actually taste good.
Kate Upton's 2012 selection as the cover model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue launched her career as an international supermodel. It also changed the perception of acceptable body types in the modeling industry — opening the doors for women who would have been considered too "big" to model in the years before. Kate's 2017 shoot finds her more confident with her body than ever, and it shows. In this interview and on-location clips from the 2017 issue, Kate talks about confidence and how she's rejected the stereotypes that dominated modeling for decades.
Castle Rock has been the backdrop of many Stephen King novels — The Dead Zone, The Dark Half, and Needful Things. Now, the fictional Maine town is going to be the focal point of a Hulu series headed by the author and J.J. Abrams. The teaser doesn't give away much about what's to come, but with these two over the project, it'll likely be a must-watch.
The Pied Piper crew is returning but possibly not as a complete unit. The first teaser for the fourth season opens up with Richard quitting to pursue building a new Internet. From the sound of the garage scream session, maybe it turns out to be a better idea than we're imagining. The series returns April 23, 2017, on HBO.
After nearly six years since filming began, Terrence Malick has finally released the first look at his latest feature. The film is set in the Austin music scene and follows an indie rock duo trying to make it big with the help of a music mogul and waitress girlfriend. Multiple love triangles follow. Starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman and cameos by Iggy Pop, John Lydon, Arcade Fire, Alan Palomo, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes and The Black Lips, Song to Song is slated for release March 10, 2017 at South by Southwest.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; and even his own residence in Santa Monica — all considered to be some of the most important works of architecture in the modern era, and all designed by master architect Frank Gehry. The Masterclass series of lectures now brings the legendary designer and artist to the masses, with his own run of talks. You can learn more about the 15 lessons at the Masterclass website.
Last year, baseball star Kris Bryant pulled a huge prank on the Mesa Community College baseball team, going undercover to join the team as a transfer student. This year, Bryant got his payback. Hall of Fame pitcher and part-time sound guy Greg Maddux took the mound to throw Kris some batting practice. As Kris noticed, that sound guy has a heck of a curve ball.
When we think of CGI, Michael Bay explosions and giant monsters are what come to mind. It often comes off as fake and over the top. But sometimes VFX can be much more subtle. Roy Peker shows us just how digital compositing works, popping up in the least suspecting places.
Chinese company Ehang is bringing the first unmanned aerial taxi to Dubai this year. The massive drones can carry 100 kgs and have a compartment for a small suitcase. Navigation is provided by a passenger-controlled tablet, for selecting your destination. While pricing isn't yet available, you can expect it to be a little more expensive than a cab ride across town.
Cosplay king Adam Savage has a passion for creating authentic replica costumes and giant hairy Wookiees. Although he's already donned a Chewbacca costume in the past, he's never been too keen of his homemade bandolier strap. So in this one day build, the perfectionist Savage remakes the prop from scratch using some scrap metal and leather.
123456. Qwerty. Password. These are just a few of the easiest to remember passwords, and hackers love them. Technology has made juggling the massive amount of logins required to function in our modern world much easier with password managers. Vox has some helpful tips to keep your information as safe as possible — at least from people looking to criminally profit. We have enough things to remember in the course of a day, so take passwords off that list.
The traditional THWACK! of Hollywood fight scenes sounds like anything but flesh and bone being pounded by flesh and bone. Easily the most disturbing quality of David Fincher's 1999 masterpiece Fight Club is the sound design: every time someone gets hit or thrown to the ground, you feel it. You cringe. It hurts you in the same place they were hit on the screen. Film Radar discovers the ingredients for realistic fight sounds — chicken carcasses, walnuts, celery, and plastic wrap, with a side of punching each other in the chest.
Charlie Day can't handle his hot wings. The Always Sunny in Philadelphia star stopped by First We Feast for some hot conversation and even hotter hot sauce. While host Sean Evans plied Charlie with wings, he discussed everything from meeting his wife at an arm wrestling competition to how friendly Zac Efron is.
When an actor takes a role, who is really casting who? Typecasting is more complicated than always playing the villain, or the hero, or the average guy. Michael K. Williams asks himself if he's been typecast throughout his career — and isn't too sure of his answer.
College is expensive. So instead of forcing their daughter into an eternity of student debt, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler decide to pay for her tuition themselves — by operating an underground casino in their basement. This makes them either the best parents ever or the worst. We're still trying to figure that one out. The film is set for release June 30, 2017.
If you haven't seen Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, be warned that there are major spoilers ahead. Go watch it. And then come back to the Nerdwriter's exposition on how the film takes the safe-bet swill that Hollywood cranks out on a monthly basis and shreds it. Nerdwriter looks at the high concepts of Arrival — time, language, communication — and how a film is, in the words of Andrei Tarkovsky, "a mosaic made of time."
Apple pie, baseball, block-long cars, Woody Allen: few things are more American. From comedies, dramas, Oscar-winners and critical bombs, and the sordid rumors of his personal life, Woody has been kicking out nearly a film a year for over half a century. This retrospective from The Solomon Society breaks the director and actor's long career down into ten of his most fascinating, memorable lines.
The Alps stretch for over 750 miles across eight European countries, creating some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. From the 15,000-foot peak of Mount Blanc and the legendary Matterhorn to the green foothills of Switzerland, the Alps have watched over the continent for millions of years. Joshua Cowan captured these images of the Alps in all their winter glory on a recent road trip through Europe. See more of Joshua's work on his Instagram page.
It's February, and February means Valentine's Day. Significant others the world over begin a mad scramble for flowers, chocolate, and all the things that supposedly say "I love you". Brad Hall was out of ideas and nearly came home to his sweetheart empty-handed, when he got a great idea: giving his wife his brand-new pair of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Breds. Nothing says love like sneakers that won't even fit.