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Why Cartoon Characters Wear Gloves: A Curious Trip Through the History of Animation

It’s rare for Disney to overlook a marketing opportunity. For years, Mouse Ears were the film studio’s theme park souvenir of choice, but recently …

Animation

Studio Ghibli’s American Distributor Is Launching a New Festival That Could Change Animation in America

GKIDS has announced its ambitious new ANIMATION IS FILM festival, and it looks promising. Plus: More festival highlights.<p><i>Our weekly Film Festival</i> …

Cars 3 Can Teach Marvel a Lesson Regarding Legacy Heroes

Marvel Studios’ original lineup of Avengers, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and the Hulk are about to wrap up ten years of …

Marvel Universe

This Animated Short Illustrates What Happens When You Take Minimalism to an Extreme

The title of Scorch Motion’s short, <i>Life Without Stuff</i>, suggests a solid anti-consumerist philosophy—something everyone, not just hoarders, could …

Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ might not actually exist after all

Skywatchers have been theorizing and dreaming about a mysterious unknown planet hanging out at the edge of our Solar System for many years. Sifting …

Astronomy

Scientific research piracy site hit with $15 million fine | Ars Technica

Sci-Hub site has been playing a game of domain Whac-a-Mole.<p>The operator of a searchable piracy site for scientific research papers has been ordered …

Internet

MIT Students Made An Interactive, Augmented Reality Mural

This is not your grandparents' mural.<p>Murals have been around for most of human history, but now they're coming to life. With the help of over twenty-five artists, five students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) transformed an underground tunnel at its campus in Cambridge, …

Augmented Reality

Physicists Have Figured Out Where The Sun's Plasma Jets Come From

Things are heating up.<p>After over a century of observations and several theories, scientists may have finally nailed the origin of the high-speed …

Physics

Google slashes needs for YouTube creators working on VR content

Google is launching a new video standard for YouTube creators that want to shoot VR content. The new standard, VR180, records 180-degree videos, reducing the amount of specialized software and hardware needed to shoot in virtual reality.<p>Not all VR content needs to have 360-degree viewing, …

Virtual Reality

19 photos that show just how stunning US national parks are

The United States is home to some of the most incredible natural sights and wonders in the world — from towering mountains to otherworldly rock formations — and we're grateful the National Park Service honors and preserves many of these unique sights.<p>The agency proudly fosters outdoor exploration …

National Parks

Martha, a 125-pound gentle giant, crowned winner of World's Ugliest Dog Contest

A 125-pound gentle giant named Martha on Friday night was crowned the winner of the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.<p>The gassy Neapolitan Mastiff was a favorite of the Northern California crowd from the start, often plopping down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the …

We're Close to Entering the Virtual Reality Metaverse, For Real

"There are a lot of definitions and visions for how all this can play out."<p>Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel <i>Snow Crash</i> focused on what he called the …

Virtual Reality

Essentials of Composition for Landscape Photography

In this free webinar, Robert Rodriguez Jr explains the basic principles of composition for landscape photography, and share three tips to improve …

Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn't Go 'Too Far'

In a major property rights decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a decisive victory to state and local governments and environmental groups.<p>By a 5-to-3 vote, the justices made it much harder for property owners to get compensation from the government when zoning regulations restrict the …

Regulation

11 design Instagram accounts to follow right now

Feast your eyes<p>It’s a fact of life for the visually inclined: You can never follow enough cool accounts on Instagram, especially those unexpected gems that show you the designed world in fresh ways. We’ve already shared dozens of accounts that cater to lovers of architecture, traditional design, …

Architecture

MIT and Google researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight, and text to understand the world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need?<p>AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify …

Artificial Intelligence

Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP , are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found.<p>Russian authorities are …

Finding NASA's Curiosity rover, art-attacking microbes, and other amazing images of the week

Newsworthy eye candy<p>The Australian abyssal zone is full of mysterious creatures from penis-like to Game of Thrones-esque. To protect themselves from the intense pressure of deep sea living, these creatures use a variety of protective mechanisms from hard shells to slimy and gelatinous skin like …

James Webb Space Telescope

In Venezuela, prisoners say abuse is so bad they are forced to eat pasta mixed with excrement

Thousands of protesters have been arrested recently, and many allege mistreatment.<p>People took to the streets to either vote in or boycott a controversial election to choose members of an all-powerful Constituent Assembly.<p>CARACAS, Venezuela — The headquarters of the Venezuelan intelligence service …

Venezuela

A showstopping chocolate cake recipe

It happens every time. Nothing quiets the din of a great gathering, albeit briefly, like the appearance of chocolate cake. What music does to soothe a savage breast, so too does a chocolate cake with its ability to make the eyes of a crowd mist over. It inspires the familiar questions: how good is …

Dessert

Watch your raw memories become mind-blowing abstract art

Imagine if you could turn your memories and emotions into compelling, abstract paintings. It's basically every artist's dream.<p>A London-based creative …

Brainwaves

Indian Railways installing rooftop solar panels on 250 trains

Some of the world’s most polluting cities may be found in India, but the country’s government, as well as private corporations, are working hard to …

Celebrate Sonic’s 26th birthday with these rad sneakers

See Sega’s stylish Sonic slip-ons<p>Sonic the Hedgehog turns 26 today, an age accompanied with little fanfare. A Twitter account dedicated to his birthday does have a list of ways to help fans celebrate with Sonic, but these limited-edition sneakers seem like the coolest option.<p>Japan’s Anippon …

This Short Animation Follows a Panda Trying to Find His Zen

Cosmic Panda becomes one with the universe.<p>A small animated panda enters into a metaphysical journey to rediscover himself. The video, entitled <i>The Enlightenment of Cosmic Panda</i> is co-produced by the German sound studio, Studio Kamp and Brazilian design studio, Le Cube. His cosmic expedition is …

Animation

Why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask when it comes to networking

Jennifer Fonstad, cofounder of Aspect Ventures and a seasoned venture capitalist, admits she’s more of an introvert than an extrovert. But when it comes to networking with Silicon Valley insiders, she’s a pro. Her advice: Don’t be afraid to ask.<p>Fonstad offered her advice at the Catalyst Conference …

New Discovery Could Allow Us to Edit Memories to Make Them Less Traumatic

This is huge for those with PTSD.<p>Researchers have recently discovered two different types of memory use completely different processes in the same …

Neuroscience

AI is still several breakthroughs away from reality

While the growth of deep neural networks has helped propel the field of machine learning to new heights, there’s still a long road ahead when it comes to creating artificial intelligence. That’s the message from a panel of leading machine learning and AI experts who spoke at the Association for …

China, U.S. agree on aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be “complete, verifiable and irreversible”, Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.<p>“Both sides reaffirm that they will …

North Korea

This 3D-printed map from the original Legend of Zelda was worth every penny

The Legend of Zelda was the pinnacle of 1980s console games. Its sprawling levels spanned multiple regions and included desert, wetlands, and tree-lined forests. For the time, it was a massive map and an impressive display of pushing hardware to its limits. Due to the size of the world, it often …

Legend of Zelda