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Interstellar: inside the black art

Mike Seymour gets deep into the Visual effects of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar including the creation of the black hole, giant tidal waves, and how to cinematically depict the four dimensional cube that is the Tesseract. Artists are often asked to produce images of things never seen before, and often times asked to make them look real Read MoreRead More

Astronaut – A journey to space

What does astronaut see from up there? From the red soil of africa, the blue water of oceans, to the green lights of the poles and yellow light of human activity, discover, through this journey to space, something astoundingly beautiful and strange at the same time. by Guillaume JUIN I wanted to do something different from Read MoreRead More

Watch Astronauts Suspend a GoPro in a Bubble of Water

During Expedition 40 in the summer of 2014, NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman — along with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst — explored the phenomenon of water surface tension in microgravity on the International Space Station. The crew “submerged” a sealed GoPro camera into a floating ball of water the size of Read MoreRead More

Building the Black Hole for Interstellar

What does a black hole look like up close? Filmmakers recruited theoretical physicist Kip Thorne for some help with Christiopher Nolan’s Interstellar KIP THORNE LOOKS into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That’s what it would do.”  This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at Read MoreRead More

Why we love Repetition in Music

How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us Read MoreRead More

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