The Brooklyn Philharmonic invited Brooklyn musicians to take Beethoven’s “Eroica” finale and run with it. Five artists have emerged in a contest to which one will be performed live on June 9 in Bed-Stuy. Here is one of the five contestants, Swaggbrarians, a group of high school students who used their voices to punctuate the remix.
Has the Scientific Fountain of Youth been Discovered?
The fountain of youth has long been a common trope of pop culture, but new research has shown the reservoir of youth might be less fantastical than we think.
It all has to do with Buckminsterfullerene, a molecule composed of 60 carbon atoms, bonded together in the shape of a geodesic sphere. The substance has potential medical applications in the treatment of cancer and HIV, and even in the creation of body armor.
But could Buckminsterfullerene — also known as buckyballs — be used make us live longer? Some new research out of the Université Paris-Sud suggests so.
In a clinical trial, three groups of rats were fed different substances. The first was given a control, the second was fed olive oil and the third was fed a combination of olive oil and Buckminsterfullerene. The control group had a lifespan of only 22 months while the strictly olive oil group lived an average of 26 months.
However, researchers got quite a surprise with the olive oil/buckeyball group. Rats that ingested that mixture lived an astounding 42 months.
No research has been done on humans yet, but as the crow’s feet start to carve their way into the corners of my eyes, a man can dream can’t he?
The researchers published their findings in the April 10 edition of Biomaterials. According to thier findings, Buckminsterfullerene works by reducing the oxidative stress that causes aging.
“These results of importance in the fields of medicine and toxicology should open the way for the many possible applications of fullerene, including cancer therapy, neurodegenerative disorders and ageing,” the article explains.
Scary Movies about to get Much Scarier
During the Sundance Film Festival in January, a midnight screening of V/H/S provoked the ultimate audience reaction of the horror movie genre. Some scenes were so graphic and gory that a man ran from the theater, collapsed in the lobby and had a seizure. His girlfriend followed suit and vomited while he was being treated. An ambulance even had to be called.
Fortunately, the man and his girlfriend were fine after being treated by paramedics. Unfortunately, horror movies are about to get even more nauseating thanks to the latest technology from Dolby Laboratories. But if you’re a fan of seizure-inducing horror movies, consider it your lucky day.
On Monday the company revealed its new sound system call the Dolby Atmos, capable of pumping out sound how we naturally hear it: from every direction. Unlike current sound systems that push sound from the sides of theaters, the Atmos system can not only deliver sound from above, it will be able to swirl sound around the theater.
Senior technical marketing manager for Dolby Laboratories, Stuart Bowling, said the new Atmos system is one of the biggest technological advances the company has made in the last 20 years.
“You can imagine watching a scary movie, and it’s a scene when someone is hiding in a basement and there are footsteps on the floorboards above,” Bowling said, according to the New York Times. “The Atmos system will actually play that audio from above people in the theater.”
The new system will feature 64 speaker feeds and will be in select theaters later this year.
“Dolby Atmos is our most significant innovation in years and represents the future for entertainment sound in cinema,” President and Chief Executive Officer, Dolby Laboratories, Kevin Yeaman said in a press release. “We have leveraged our deep insights into how people hear and experience sound to empower filmmakers, studios, and exhibitors with new technology that transforms storytelling.”
“It’s come to my attention that some of you have been…persuaded, perhaps, to vote for Summer Kennedy.” After his opponent recruited fellow Breaking Bad cast member Giancarlo Esposito for an endorsement video, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences student Maxwell Ulin contacted Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in hopes of locking up their support. Even if you don’t attend Crossroads, something tells us that this video will have you trying to figure out how you, too, can vote for Maxwell. (thanks Hypervocal) source
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