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'The Hubble Cantata' Weds Live Music with VR Views of the Cosmos

Source: Live Science

Thousands of stars are forming in the cloud of gas and dust known as the Orion Nebula, which is featured in the VR immersive installation, "The Hubble Cantata."

Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team


As audience members don cardboard headsets and activate a free app, immersive VR animations created from actual Hubble photos will transform Prospect Park into a display of celestial objects. The 5-minute-long VR film, titled "Fistful of Stars," will offer viewers the perspective of actually traveling through space.

A concentric array of eight speakers surrounding the audience will enable the concert audio to travel around and through them in 3D space, according to the event's acoustics researcher and designer, Terence Caulkins.

The installation represents a collaboration among artists, engineers and scientists, developed at the New Museum in New York City as part of its art incubation program, New Inc.

The musical commission originated with the concept of accompanying Hubble imagery and collaborating with Mario Livio, an astrophysicist who worked with Hubble for 24 years, "Hubble Cantata" composer Paola Prestini told Live Science in an email.

Read more: http://www.livescience.com/55537-hubble-cantata-vr-performance.html

The marriage of science, technology and the arts... how exciting!

Rebel Rebel - Rockin'1000 That's Live Official

These are the same folks who brought us this:

Trump Lashes Out Again As Khan Family Gives New Interview

Source: TPM

Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared on CNN's "New Day" Monday morning, prompting Donald Trump to attack the family again on Twitter while they were still on air.

Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same - Nice!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2016

Asked to respond to Trump's latest tweet, Khan told CNN that his comments about Trump have been "appropriate."


Trump later followed up with another tweet trying to call attention to "radical Islam."

This story is not about Mr. Khan, who is all over the place doing interviews, but rather RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM and the U.S. Get smart!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2016

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-trump-khizr-khan-monday

Trump is imploding.

KHAN REACTION: Read The Letter The Families Of ELEVEN Fallen Soldiers Just Sent To Trump

Source: Addicting Info

The families of eleven American soldiers who lost their lives serving the United States have banded together and sent a letter to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, reacting to his attack on the family of deceased Army Captain Humayun Khan.

After his father Khizr Khan spoke to the Democratic Convention, Trump asked ABC News, “Did Hillary’s scriptwriters write it?” Minimizing the loss of Khan’s son, Trump also said:

“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”

Karen Meredith, who lost her son Ken Ballard in Iraq, organized a letter with the families of eleven other fallen soldiers to demand an apology from Trump. Here is the letter:

Read more: http://addictinginfo.org/2016/08/01/khan-reaction-read-the-letter-the-families-of-eleven-fallen-soldiers-just-sent-to-trump/

This is really blowing up.

20+ Powerful Photos Showing How a Smile Can Change a Human's Face

Source: WhereCoolThingsHappen

“So I asked them to smile” is the name of the multicultural project by Jay Weinstein that shows how much a stranger’s face can change by the simplest and the warmest gesture of them all – smiling.

“So there are no names. No occupations. No confirmed religions or ethnicity. No intriguing life lessons or heart strumming anecdotes. Just one human face. Without, and with a smile.”- Jay Weinstein says. He also adds that he is overwhelmed by the response of the project. Most of his photos are taken in India. If you visit his FB page you will see lot more of these amazing portraits exuding the transformational power of smiles.

More: http://www.wherecoolthingshappen.com/20-powerful-photos-show-smile-can-change-humans-face/

These Are The Foreign Leaders Who Are Eagerly Awaiting A Trump Presidency

Source: BuzzFeedNews


Like, for example, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president, who according to a pair of US lawmakers is looking forward to Trump taking the White House.

Sen. Chris Coons and Rep. Adam Schiff were in Zimbabwe to discuss wildlife trafficking when they got a surprise meeting with the nonagenarian president. They told Politico that when a discussion about US sanctions on the country went sour, Mugabe apparently told them: “Once Trump is your president, you’ll wish you’d been friendlier to me.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apparently penned a column — which ran on a state-run propaganda website — praising Trump.

“It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate,” the column in the May 31 edition of DPRK Today reads.

The author also praised Trump’s suggestion that he’d pull out US troops who have been stationed in South Korea since the 1950s if Seoul doesn’t chip in more cash. “Yes do it, now,” it reads. “Who knew that the slogan ‘Yankee Go Home’ would come true like this? The day when the ‘Yankee Go Home’ slogan becomes real would be the day of Korean Unification.”

More: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/these-are-the-foreign-leaders-who-are-all-in-for-a-trump-pre?utm_term=.mxVprXP7e#.yxvgyx4N3

Stephen Colbert kills 'Stephen Colbert,' meet identical cousin Stephen Colbert

Source: Mashable


Colbert (the real one) brought back Colbert (the character) to The Late Show on CBS earlier this month for a special appearance at the Republican National Convention. Comedy Central, which technically owns the character as intellectual property, took immediate umbrage of the legal kind.

Instead of digging in for battle, Colbert took the tongue-in-cheek approach, ostensibly putting the character to rest on Wednesday night: "It is with a heavy heart that I announce that thanks to corporate lawyers, the character of Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, will never be seen again."

Introducing his identical twin cousin, Stephen Colbert:

Will Comedy Central buy this razzle-dazzle?

Can Stephen Colbert rightfully claim that Stephen Colbert is not Stephen Colbert but, instead, Stephen Colbert?

More: http://mashable.com/2016/07/28/stephen-colbert-comedy-central-identical-cousin/#PJb4ZqS2pEqQ

As the country gets to know Tim Kaine, we reflect on a compassionate and unpretentious friend to ani

Source: Richmond SPCA

As the country gets to know Tim Kaine, we reflect on a compassionate and unpretentious friend to animals

The morning after Election Day in 2005, I got a call in my office from a staff member in our adoption center. She told me that Tim Kaine, Anne Holton and their kids were in an adoption center living room meeting dogs. I was incredulous since he had just been elected Governor of Virginia the night before. But, sure enough, I went downstairs and there they were. Tim had done many great things for our organization over many years and we knew both Tim and Anne well. They told me that they were fulfilling a promise to their kids that, regardless of outcome of the campaign, their family would adopt a dog as soon as the campaign was over. That morning, they adopted a precious little terrier mix who we had named “Baby Girl” but the Kaines renamed her “Gina” in honor of Anne’s childhood dog, Gina Lollabrigida.

Tim Kaine has recently been chosen as the running mate of Hillary Clinton and may become our next Vice President. While the rest of the country will be getting to know him in coming weeks, many of us in Richmond have known him well for many years. Tim and Anne have been active participants in our community and deeply dedicated public servants. What others may be less familiar with is that Tim has been a great friend to the Richmond SPCA over many years and has helped us to make our community one of the most progressive and life saving ones in the country for homeless animals.

Our early relationship with Tim included his helping us to make a TV commercial promoting pet adoption that featured his pant legs and shoes walking along next to the adorable John Henry through our adoption center. He led the support when he was on City Council for us to create a working partnership between our private Richmond SPCA and the City of Richmond Animal Control agency. It was a fairly contentious issue at the time but Tim was such a dedicated consensus builder that he got Council to approve it. That partnership survived for years and achieved great success in life saving until its continuation was rejected in recent years by the current Mayor’s administration.

More: http://richmondspca.typepad.com/richmond-spca-blog/2016/07/kaine.html#.V5oaBEv9snx.twitter

In Case You Missed It, Giuliani Wants To Start Electronically Tagging Muslims

Source: Think Progress

Former New York City Mayor and current Donald Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani said on Wednesday that he thinks it’s an “excellent idea” to monitor Muslims on the federal watch list through electronic monitoring tags.

“I would think that’s an excellent idea,” Giuliani told reporters at a press conference, according to NJ Advance Media. “If you’re on the terror watch list, I should you know you’re on the terror watch list. You’re on there for a reason.”

Giuliani said he would suggest that Trump use the same measure of electronically monitoring people as in France. Both the attackers involved in the killing of a priest in Normandy on Tuesday were already known to French security services and on watch lists, and one was being monitored through an electronic tag.

The terrorism watch list and no-fly list are notorious for ethnic and religious profiling, and many innocent people end up on the list — but Giuliani’s comments come as no surprise given his own penchant for surveillance of the Muslim community, another ineffective practice, during his time as New York’s mayor.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/07/28/3802867/giuliani-muslim-tagging/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Netflix Launches Mixtape-Like Playlists for TV Shows and Movies Dubbed Flixtapes

Source: Variety

Playlists are finally coming to Netflix: The video service rolled out a new feature dubbed Flixtape Friday that makes it possible for viewers to compile and share their own playlists of shows and movies. Netflix’s Flixtape micro-site also comes with a few pre-compiled playlists, including “The Summertimes Flixtape,” “The Kiss and Tell Flixtape” and “The Family Reunion Flixtape.”

More: http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-lplaylists-flixtape-1201815363/
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