Anti-Quarantine Protestors Are Dangerous and Weird

Anti-Quarantine Protestors Are Dangerous and Weird

For those of us who have been following every possible safety measure—washing our hands until our skin starts to crack, sewing T-shirts into face coverings, redirecting our neighborhood walks as soon we see someone approaching a block away, thereby confusing the hell out of our dogs—scenes of anti-quarantine protests on the news have been surreal.…

This 30-Year-Old Sci-Fi Epic Is a Saga for Our Times

This 30-Year-Old Sci-Fi Epic Is a Saga for Our Times

In 1992, German filmmaker Wim Wenders released an epic, globetrotting cinematic adventure called Until the End of the World. Set in the “near future” of 1999, the film follows the path of a mysterious traveler named Sam Farber (William Hurt) and an assortment of pursuers that include an obsessed French love interest, an Australian-aboriginal bounty…

The Top 3 Rugged Cameras for Daredevil Shooters

The Top 3 Rugged Cameras for Daredevil Shooters

Ricoh WG-70Ricoh’s latest entoughened camera has special modes for optimizing colorful foliage and pristine snowy vistas, but it loves getting up close too. A “digital microscope” mode shoots detailed macro photographs, thanks to a ring of LEDs around the lens that illuminates intimate encounters. When you take it underwater (it can withstand depths down to…

The Essential App Pack for Creating Awesome Social Videos

The Essential App Pack for Creating Awesome Social Videos

RtroThis app from Moment—the folks who make excellent snap-on smartphone lenses—comes with prefab filters created by filmmakers (including Shorty Awards finalist Ani Acopian) that give your videos a vintage Hollywood vibe. Swipe to pick a filter, choosing between Noir’s moody monochrome, Aria’s ’60s swank, or the scratchy, desaturated color of Ranger, then shoot your clip.…

MIT Cuts Ties With a Chinese AI Firm Amid Human Rights Concerns

MIT Cuts Ties With a Chinese AI Firm Amid Human Rights Concerns

MIT has terminated a research collaboration with iFlytek, a Chinese artificial intelligence company accused of supplying technology for surveilling Muslims in the northwestern province of Xinjiang.The university canceled the relationship in February after reviewing an upcoming project under tightened guidelines governing funding from companies in China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. MIT has not said why…

How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting Climate Change?

How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting Climate Change?

It is an invisible, deadly menace. It’s causing almost unfathomable economic destruction. We knew it was coming, but were caught woefully unprepared. It tricked nations into blaming one another—the US being the primary antagonist—instead of working together to stop it. It is the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, and it is climate change. The two are intimately…