In the TED Talk “The Magic Ingredient That Brings Pixar Movies to Life” director of photography Danielle Feinberg explains the importance of lighting to create mood and tell stories in Pixar movies.
Danielle Feinberg, Pixar’s director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special “TED Talks: Science & Wonder.”
What happens when Hot Ones takes over your press junket? Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele found out as they did the rounds to promote their new comedy, Keanu, hitting theaters April 29. Hot Ones host Sean Evans unleashed five fiery wings on each of the comedians to get one of their craziest interviews yet.
Keanu is out in theaters now.
The D120 by The Dice Lab is a mathematically balanced 120-sided disdyakis triacontahedron die. The injection-molded die features 120 equal elongated triangular sides, the highest possible number of equal faces for a fair die.
The numbers on the D120 are paired with their opposite faces to total 121, and the numbers around each of the vertices are also balanced with each group of 10 numbers around the vertices totaling 605.
The D120 is available now from The Dice Shop at Mathartfun.com.
photos via Mathartfun
Kubo (Art Parkinson), Monkey (Charlize Theron), and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) must find Kubo’s father’s armor in the latest trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings. The trailer also features some more demonstrations of Kubo using his magical shamisen to create magical objects out of paper.
The film will be released on August 19, 2016.
image via Kubo and the Two Strings
China’s National Defense University unveiled the AnBot, an intelligent autonomous security robot, at the 12th Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair. The robot, which resembles a Dalek from Doctor Who, can navigate on its own with a top speed of 18 kilometers per hour but maintains a patrol speed of one kilometer per hour. The robot’s battery will last for eight hours of continuous operation, and it is capable of recharging itself on its own.
AnBot is equipped with audio and video monitoring capabilities, and bystanders can use the robot to contact police in the event of an emergency using a touchscreen button.
Besides monitoring operations, the AnBot is also capable of riot control. An article in The People’s Daily describes the robot as having an, “electrically charged riot control tool” that can be deployed remotely by the AnBot’s human controllers. Although that feature was not demonstrated at the event.
photos via China News
NASA‘s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured a stunning 4K view of the solar flare that occurred on April 17, 2016. The flare reportedly caused some radio blackouts according to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.
On April 17, 2016, an active region on the sun’s right side released a mid-level solar flare, which can be seen in this movie as a bright flash of light. The movie shows imagery from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which observes the sun constantly to help scientists understand what causes eruptions like these. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.
SpaceX has announced its intentions to land a Dragon 2 capsule on the surface of Mars by the year 2018. The Red Dragon mission, as it’s being called, will be the first steps in SpaceX’s larger plans for Mars they say they will unveil later this year.
The company has had some success using its Falcon 9 rockets and original Dragon capsules to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, but the primary challenges they face with the Red Dragon mission are using the larger Falcon Heavy rocket and successfully landing the larger Dragon 2 capsule on the Martian surface with its thin atmosphere.
Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018. Red Dragons will inform overall Mars architecture, details to come pic.twitter.com/u4nbVUNCpA
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 27, 2016
images via SpaceX