Today on the list: Cell phone companies conceal a health warning, Michelangelo’s David the way it was meant to be seen, and Hollywood doesn’t care about poor people—or old people.
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Spillcam, vuvuzela are top words of 2010
“Spillcam” and “vuvuzela” were the top words of 2010, reflecting the global impact of the months-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the noisy South African horns at the World Cup soccer tournament, according to a survey released on Sunday.
Hollywood’s Vanishing Have-Nots
NIGEL COLE, the British director of 2003’s “Calendar Girls,” was only half joking when he said, “In England we only make films about the working class or the aristocracy.”
Why flops are good for the movies
An era’s great flops serve countless functions in pushing the art and industry of filmmaking forward. They introduce technological innovations. They help filmmakers and actors—those that manage to work again, at least—learn how to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. And for the people involved in them, flops are something more than a wake-up call: They can even rescue a career.
Great Moments in Academic Research
Scenario: You are applying for a job via e-mail—is it a good idea to attach a smiley?
That depends—according to a report presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology (2010).
The Shadow Scholar: Confessions of an Academic ‘Paper-for-Hire’ Writer
The request came in by e-mail around 2 in the afternoon. It was from a previous customer, and she had urgent business. I quote her message here verbatim (if I had to put up with it, so should you): “You did me business ethics propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?”
MICHELANGELO’S DAVID AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE SEEN
Standing on a pedestal high up by Florence Cathedral’s dome, a 400-kilogram (800-pound) fiberglass reproduction of Michelangelo’s David has shown today how the towering sculpture acclaimed for its depiction of male beauty would have looked in the destination first envisaged for it.