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How Death Appears as a Constant Invisible and Equalizing Character Throughout Game of Thrones

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:41:50 +0000

In “The Repercussions of Mortality“, filmmaker Will Schoder offers an insightful perspective of how death is an invisible and equalizing character that constantly hangs over the characters of Game of Thrones, no matter how noble, evil, promising or innocent they may be. This, by design, will keep viewers interested and on edge. one of the […]

A Close Look at How ‘Paperfuges’ and ‘Foldscopes’ Could Save Billions of Lives for Just 68 Cents

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:21:41 +0000

Mark Rober visits Stanford University engineer Manu Prakash to take a close look at how the low-cost paper centrifuges called “Paperfuges” and foldable paper microscopes called “Foldscopes” developed at Prakash’s lab could help diagnose malaria in remote areas, potentially saving billions of lives for just 68 cents. Rober even tested the inexpensive tools by spinning […]

Couple Gives Loving Home to Tiny Puppy Without Front Paws Who Was Unable to Survive on His Own

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:20:39 +0000

Lou Robinson, founder of the animal awareness group “Warriors Educate About Rescue” (WEAR), and her husband Mark are a truly compassionate Texas couple who came to the rescue of a tiny boxer puppy who was born with severely underdeveloped front legs and an inability to survive on his own. With full understanding of the enormous […]

Pac-Man, A Previously Unreleased ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Parody of ‘Taxman’ by The Beatles

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:13:19 +0000

“Weird Al” Yankovic parodies the Beatles classic “Taxman” with the previously unreleased “Pac-Man.” The song is featured on the Medium Rarities album included in the career-spanning box set Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic! The set is available for preorder and will be released on November 24, 2017. This hilarious parody of […]

Partners, A Wonderful Film About the Inclusive Revival of Square Dancing Through Gay Clubs

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:57:13 +0000

Filmmaker Kate Imbach has created an award-winning documentary about the revival of square dancing that’s taking place at gay clubs in New York and California. While traditional dancing has specific gender roles, this new version welcomes every/anyone to join, particularly if they don’t have a partner. Entitled “Partners“, the film shows how a rich community […]

Puddles Pity Party Performs a Beautiful Cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:34:07 +0000

Puddles Pity Party performs a beautiful cover of Roy Orbison‘s song “Crying” in a video the sad clown said was a “bit treacherous.” Roy Orbison's "Crying" by request. I gave it a go. It was a bit treacherous. — Puddles Pity Party (@PuddlesPityP) February 17, 2017 Here is Orbison performing the song during a […]

Michigan Man Sets Guinness World Record for the the Largest Tunable and Playable Ukulele

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:30:54 +0000

Michigan dad Lawrence Stump has set the Guinness World Record for Largest Ukulele. This giant instrument is completely handcrafted, tunable and playable, measuring over 13 feet long. Stump got the idea for the titanic uke while helping his son build a more traditional sized version for a science class. The body of the instrument is […]

How Industrial Light & Magic Digitally Created the Planets of Jedha and Scarif for ‘Rogue One’

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:24:14 +0000

Industrial Light & Magic gives us a behind the scenes look at how they created their Oscar nominated visual effects for the 2016 epic space opera film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They feature their incredible use of visual effects during the destruction of Jedha and the battle on the beaches of Scarif. Related […]

Tom Scott Explores a Beautiful Mountain Scene Inside YouTube’s Mixed Reality VR Lab

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:15:03 +0000

Tom Scott explored a beautiful mountain scene inside YouTube’s Mixed Reality VR Lab at YouTube Space New York in his series Amazing Places. While Scott immerses himself in virtual worlds, the manager of new technology programs at YouTube Spaces Tom Small explained the technology at play in the lab and how users could create their […]

A Concerned Mother Cat Bravely Rescues Her Tiny Kitten From the Bottom of a Deep Construction Ditch

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:34:11 +0000

A worried mother cat, who was trying to figure out how to save her kitten from the edge of a construction ditch without putting both of them in danger, threw all concerns aside and bravely jumped into action after the tiny feline tumbled all the way down to the bottom. Following closely behind, the heroic […]