2017 is bound to usher in an assortment of changes to our society. Most of them will be bad — we're sure to suffer — but some will be good. For example, over the weekend a Los Angeles-based hero vandalised, or rather modernised, the city's iconic Hollywood sign to read "Hollyweed."
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Today, Ayn Rand is perhaps best known as your virgin cousin's favourite author to fawn over during Christmas dinner. But back in the 1940s, Rand was better known for helping root out Communists in Hollywood. She testified to US Congress and even wrote an entire pamphlet about how to make their movies as pro-America as possible that was sent to movie producers. Or at least, Rand's version of "America".
Indiana Jones proved just how useful a good bullwhip can be, both as a tool and as a weapon, but people are still surprised when neuropsychologist Jessica Cail tells them that one of her favourite hobbies is practising whip-cracking. She talks about this peculiar sideline in the latest instalment of the NOVA video series, Secret Life of Scientists.
If this year's Sundance Film Festival is any indication, virtual reality is about to hit the mainstream. Under a program called "New Frontier", the festival is promoting eleven independently produced VR films. The finalists have been chosen from hundreds of entries and among them are some short documentaries, horrifying acid trips and even a Reggie Watt music video.
Screw 360-degree film cameras on drones or Vines on 16-megapixel smartphones. Kodak's going old school with these little beauties. The design is inspired by the Super 8 fad from half a century ago, and these new cameras that shoot film on, well, actual film.