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Hollywood’s special effects industry is cratering, and an art form is disappearing along with it

Pasadena, California<p>Allan A. Apone, a film and TV makeup artist with 35 years experience, had a recent job on the set of a TV commercial shoot. As he prepared to cover up a blemish on a well-known actor’s forehead, the director breezed past the chair and waved him off, saying, “Don’t worry about …

Animation

The Workflow App Favored By Designers At Airbnb, Dollar Shave Club, And Snapchat

Lingo not only helps keep designers’ assets organized, it makes syncing them across teams as easy as joining a Slack channel.<p>It’s sometimes hard to remember that iTunes once solved a real problem, given what a bloated mess it has become. Digital music was taking off, and so people had folders upon …

Pluto may have had lakes and flowing rivers once

At a news conference at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference on Monday, NASA scientists made it clear that we're not even close to being done puzzling out Pluto's weird little secrets. It's been more than eight months since the historic New Horizons flyby gave us an unprecedented look at that …

Planets

Master & Dynamic's brass earbuds mix style with great sound

So far, I haven't had the best luck with the earbuds I've reviewed: The OnePlus Icons were unremarkable, and though Earin sold me on the idea of totally wireless earbuds, the execution left something to be desired. And so my ridiculous, Goldilocks-ian journey to find my perfect in-ears continues, …

All your Mac's old install CDs won't work anymore

When Apple’s Worldwide Developer Certificate expired in February it caused problems for some developers, but another major problem that’s going to affect more people has just surfaced: it breaks OS X installers.<p>If you’ve created an OS X installation CD or downloaded an installer it won’t work …

OS X

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

A regular inkjet printer can spoof a fingerprint and unlock a phone in under 15 minutes

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Researchers at Michigan State University have found a cheaper and faster way to unlock mobile phones protected by fingerprint sensors using an off-the-shelf printer and special photo paper. The process can be done in well under 15 minutes, significantly faster than …

Information Systems

Oh, the places you can go with Google Street View

Google Street View uses in-house data-capturing tech that lets you see the world from the comfort of your own device. GSV allows us to see not only photos of certain gems on the planet, but provides new perspectives that only its cameras can capture.<p>Here are some of the most interesting projects …

9 USB-C accessories to give your new gadgets a boost

Ready or not, USB-C is the port of the future. There weren't many devices with the new, tiny, reversible USB-C port this time last year, but that's …

Gear & Gadgets

The next time someone tells you robots are going to destroy our jobs, show them this

Studies like these usually generate headlines like "Robots are putting people out to pasture" (the Mail), "After the robot revolution, these may be the only jobs left for human beings" (The Telegraph), and "Robots will steal your job" (er, Business Insider).<p>I, for one, welcome our new robot …

Gartner's Top 10 Internet Of Things Technologies For 2017 & 2018

• Gartner predicts that low-power short-range networks will dominate wireless IoT connectivity through 2025, far outnumbering connections using wide-area IoT networks.<br>• For enterprises to adopt and gain the full value of these technologies, significantly higher investments in training are …

Internet of Things

Free Logo Designs For Your Startup

Free& Open Sourced Logos<br>At Fairpixels, we had unused logo designs piling up on our hard drives and decided to make them available to the world, for …

Graphic Design

New data storage solution can store the world's data in your pocket. Forever

Imagine a world where you can literally store the entirety of the world’s history in your jeans pocket. Forever. Well, that world is here and that time is now. Researchers have not only already discovered – but have now improved upon – a way to store huge amounts of data on tiny slivers of quartz, …

Human Rights

The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Echo

Imagine Steve Jobs walking out onto the stage in January of 2007, holding up the never-before-seen iPhone, and saying, “It’s a phone!” Of course, he …

We tried Lenovo’s new $500 tablet that features a built-in projector

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is different than most tablets — it features a built-in projector. We tried the device out for a few days to see if it's worth the $500 price tag.<p><i>Produced by Justin Gmoser and Graham Flanagan</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Twitter

A Harvard psychiatrist says 3 things are the secret to real happiness

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest and most complete studies of adult life ever conducted. Waldinger described some of the secrets to happiness revealed by the study in a recent TED talk.<p>The study followed two cohorts of white …

What Google, Facebook, Apple, and other popular websites used to look like

What did your favorite sites look like when they first started? What did the internet even look like in the '90s?<p><i>Produced by Joe Avella. Original Reporting by Jillian D'Onfro and Alyson Shontell.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Twitter

Watch: The Zika Virus Explained, In Three Minutes

How a relatively benign virus became a major public health threat<p>As the Zika virus continues to spread across the world, scientists are scrambling to understand the probable link between the virus and the rise in birth defects and other neurological conditions. Earlier this month, the World Health …

Public Health

NASA just released some stunning space-themed posters — here they are

These posters were created as part of an internally distributed NASA calendar, but all of the images they created are going to be posted for free online. You can also buy prints from their online store.<p>The three released so far: "The Grand Tour," "'Mars," and "Enceladus" are all focused on Mars …

Why sitting is the new smoking (and my $25 solution)

Disclosure: The author is the CEO of Hootsuite. Oristand is Holmes’ side venture.<p>Maybe it’s time for a Surgeon General’s Warning: “Using this product …

Acre Designs Wants To Change The Way We Buy And Build Houses

Most new homes that are being built in the U.S. today really aren’t all that different from those that were built 30 years ago. Some materials may be different, but most builders haven’t really kept up with the times. Y Combinator-backed Acre Designs wants to change this by building zero-energy …

Housing

8 Stylish Home Libraries Every Bibliophile Will Love

Even in this tablet-obsessed age, bookshelves provide a stylish focal point for any room.<p>Even in this tablet-obsessed age, bookshelves provide a stylish focal point for any room.

Six real-world inventions that are way cooler than sci-fi

Our world doesn't look much like the ones envisioned in sci-fi flicks like <i>Star Trek</i> or <i>Back to the Future</i>, let alone the latest installment of <i>Star Wars</i>. Kids aren't buzzing around on flying skateboards, and we aren't dueling with light sabers.<p>But who needs movies when real-world innovations are way …

Powerful Mac email client Airmail has finally landed on the iPhone

Airmail, the powerful desktop email client for Mac, has finally come to iPhone.<p>After a long beta period, Airmail for iPhone brings much of what you may like about the desktop client, but adds a few clever tricks for mobile.<p>In addition to the normal email app things you might expect (aggregated …

Apps

Facebook secretly makes kickass ASCII art of every picture you upload

Here’s a fun, amazing fact about Facebook: every time you upload a picture, the service is automatically generating an ASCII art version of your photos.<p>All you need to do is grab the link to an image on your page by right clicking on it, then clicking ‘copy image URL.’ Paste that into your address …

Amazing

Explore Mars In 360 Degrees With Rover's New Interactive Photo

Curiosity captures the Red Planet in all its glory.<p>Experience what life could be like on Mars with this awe-inspiring 360 degree photograph.<p>NASA released the picture taken by its Curiosity Mars rover on Saturday, just a day after dazzling us with a stunning selfie beamed back from the Red …

Mars

A research team has an unsettling explanation for why we haven't found aliens

Given the size and age of the universe, he said, and the statistical probability of life emerging in other solar systems, why is it that humanity has not seen any indications of intelligent life in the cosmos?<p>This query, known as the Fermi Paradox, continues to haunt us to this day.<p>If there are …

Smoking high-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres in brain

Study suggests high levels of skunk use may affect the brain’s white matter, making communication between the right and left hemispheres less efficient<p>High-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres that handle the flow of messages across the two halves of the brain, scientists claim. Brain scans of …

Cannabis

The 40 Best Google Fonts—A Curated Collection for 2018

Do you have any recommendations for pairing Google Fonts?<p>Clicking any of the font names above (or image samples) will take you to a page that shows …

The urban ultimatum: what should our future cities be like?

The landscape has changed radically in the decade that LSE Cities’ Urban Age programme has travelled the world – but the questions it explores are more important than ever, writes Deyan Sudjic<p>Outside the echo chamber of religious fanaticism of all descriptions, this is not a moment in which the …

Urbanism