An interesting article explaining how movies are historical artifacts and reflect the culture in which they are made.
It’s not uncommon for people to question why one might want to interpret a cinematic text – regardless of whether or not such an action was in search of a film’s implicit meanings, ideology or incidental revelations about the culture in which it was produced. These people commonly argue either that such an activity is of very limited value, or misinterpret the process as a whole and see it as the fallacious projection of intentions onto the film’s creator. In other words, they think it’s either a waste of time or a load of crap… or both. As I’m sure most readers would have gathered by now, I strongly disagree.
Read Article: http://curnblog.com/2013/10/02/movies-and-meaning-understanding-cinema-as-cultural-artefact/
CLARK GABLE AND VIVIEN LEIGH IN GONE WITH THE WIND (1939, USA, DIR. VICTOR FLEMING
In Colour Consciousness, Natalie Kalmus wrote that the ‘inherent desire for artists to show motion in colour’ has always existed 1. From the first cave paintings, man has tried to illustrate his perception of the world and replicate his field of vision as accurately as possible, and film became the best form to fulfil it. But it recorded a colourless world, unlike human vision. Black-and-white cinematography dominated, and people got used to it. When colour technology was finally elaborated studios were reluctant to employ it, mainly because of its deficient quality and limited practicality, its huge cost in parallel to its little demand and its stylistic devaluation by artists. The reasons why transition to colour took over three decades can be divided into three main categories: technological, economic and aesthetic issues.
Read Article: https://the-artifice.com/history-of-colour-film/
3D films like Avatar trick your brain, bringing images projected onto a flat cinema screen to life in full three dimensional glory.
If you look at an object near you and close your left and right eyes in turn, you’ll see that each has a slightly different view of the world. Your left eye sees a bit more of the left side of the object, and your right eye sees a bit more of its right side. Your brain fuses the two images together allowing you to see in three dimensions. This is known as stereoscopic vision.
To create a similar effect, 3D films are captured using two lenses placed side by side, just like your eyes (or by producing computer generated images to replicate the same effect).
Read Article: http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=56
Moore’s Law posits that the number of transistors on a microprocessor — and therefore their computing power — will double every two years. It’s held true since Gordon Moore came up with it in 1965, but its imminent end has been predicted for years. As long ago as 2000, the MIT Technology Review raised a warning about the limits of how small and fast silicon technology can get.
Read Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2016/09/12/7-surprising-innovations-for-the-future-of-computing/#753c7c541aed
A fascinating article about how today's smartphone has far greater computing power than combined computers that sent the astronauts to the moon in 1969.
That’s the year man first set foot on the moon. It’s really difficult to imagine the technical challenges of landing on the moon more than five decades ago if you’re not a rocket scientist, but what’s certain is that computers played a fundamental role – even back then. Despite the NASA computers were pitiful by today’s standards, they were proper enough to guide humans across 356,000 km of space from the Earth to the Moon and return them safely. In fact, during the first Apollo missions critical safety and propulsion mechanisms controlled by the software were used for the first time, which formed the basis for modern computing.
Read Article: http://www.zmescience.com/research/technology/smartphone-power-compared-to-apollo-432/
The way in which every single cancer cell spreads around the body has been captured in videos by a team in Japan.
The normal body tissues show up as green, while the cancer comes out as intense red spots.
The team, at the University of Tokyo and the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, says the technology will help explain the deadly process.
The research is on mice so far, but it is hoped the method could one day help with treatment too.
The spread of cancer around the body is a crucial moment called metastasis.
Read Entire Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40493876
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