Daily Archives: January 18, 2018
Pirates of the Caribbean’s VFX Wizards Reveal How They Brought Skeleton Ghost Sharks to Life
With a team of over 700 visual effects artists and other on-set crew working in studios around the world, the Moving Picture Company produced 1,200 shots for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, including bringing to life—or afterlife—ghostly great white sharks.
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YouTube Unveils New Monetization Rules Killing Ad Revenue for Small Creators
Amid seemingly endless controversies about content on YouTube (including, most recently, a Logan Paul video shot in Japan’s “suicide forest”), Google announced major changes last night to how videos would be monetized on the site. Going forward, the company says big channels included in its coveted Google Preferred program will be manually vetted for ad friendliness. Far more drastically, the video-sharing site is making it a lot harder for small channels to make money off the platform—and uploaders are pissed.
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Lightning, meet snowstorm: The makings of thundersnow
When Winter Storm Grayson plowed into the East Coast earlier this month, it brought a few unwelcome gifts—namely brutal cold, power outages, coastal flooding, and whiteout conditions from Virginia to Maine. But the blizzard also gave parts of New York and New England the chance to experience the rare and thrilling weather event known as thundersnow. It happens when a snowstorm produces thunder and lightning, and has been known to send meteorologists into ecstasies of delight.
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NASA JUST PROVED IT CAN NAVIGATE SPACE USING PULSARS. WHERE TO NOW?
HALF A CENTURY ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable regularity. So consistent was the object’s signal that astronomers jokingly nicknamed it LGM-1, short for “little green men.”
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