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Why visual effects artists love this shiny ball

A chrome ball is a key visual effects tool. How do visual effects artists match their digital creations to real light? Sometimes, it involves using a very shiny ball. Leo Bovell of Tryptyc has worked on a range of visual effects projects, but one of his most memorable experiences might be shooting in the Lincoln Memorial for an episode of “The...

Tech platforms banned Trump. Now what?

Deplatforming Trump won't stop the big lie. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Former US president Donald Trump has now been kicked off of social media platforms from Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest. His suspension followed a violent insurrection on the Capitol in his name, and came months after Twitter had begun flagging hundreds...

Watch live: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris inauguration ceremony

Subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications (đź””) so you don't miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO At noon ET on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States. We will livestream the event from the west front of the US Capitol building from 10am ET to 2pm ET, which will include additional speakers...

The warning signs before the Capitol riot

No one should have been surprised. Subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications (đź””) so you don't miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Law enforcement agencies have said they had "no intelligence" indicating that a group of Trump supporters would overpower police and enter the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021. But journalists and researchers...

Why the American West is fighting for water protections

Not all rivers and streams are protected under the Trump administration’s new definition of “water.” Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO For most of its nearly 50-year history, the Clean Water Act protected all US rivers and streams from pollution. But the Trump administration redefined the types of waterways that get federal protection,...

2020, in 7 minutes

Let’s close out 2020 by looking back at the moments that inspired us and changed us in a year unlike any other. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO 2020 changed everything. From the deadly Covid-19 pandemic to protests against systemic racism and police brutality, from changing global leadership to the effects of climate change, Vox...

India's huge farmer protests, explained

Thousands of India’s farmers have set up camp in Delhi. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In November 2020, thousands of farmers marched from the northern states of India to Delhi to protest farming reforms passed by Prime Minister Modi’s government. Those protests have continued throughout the month of December and show little sign...

The real cost of smart speakers

Alexa's recording you. What’s she doing with it? Read Sara’s article about the privacy settings on your smart speaker: https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/12/9/22160427/amazon-alexa-google-assistant-siri-holidays In 2014, Amazon debuted a simple but industry-changing product: the smart speaker. Technically the Amazon Echo was just a microphone attached...

Why a US election in Georgia matters so much

The Georgia runoffs, explained. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The US 2020 election isn't completely over. That’s because, even though we know Joe Biden will be president, we still don’t know if he’ll have a friendly Congress to work with. Congress’s lower chamber, the House of Representatives, is under Democratic control. But...

How virtual reality tricks your brain

VR doesn’t need to look hyper-realistic for our brains to believe it. Watching someone play a game in virtual reality is a bit of a surreal experience in itself. They swing their arms around, turn their heads, and twist their bodies reacting to invisible cues all around them. From outside the headset, you might be able to see their experience on...

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