Walt Mossberg: Go forth and make YouTube video clips!
Let's face it - deep down, you secretly long to create a popular YouTube video clip that you can brag about to your friends and colleagues. About two weeks ago in the Wall Street Journal, personal technology guru Walt Mossberg explained just how easy it is to make one of these clips: "Everyone can now be a video producer. YouTube and other Web sites are filled with short amateur videos created on typical home computers. Even print journalists like me have joined the trend..." With that in mind, Walt walked through the basic tools and process for creating Web-ready videos.
Inspired by Walt, I went out over the three-day holiday weekend and made a quick 4-minute video clip about my visit to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. (A new exhibit called "The Hall of Human Origins" just re-opened to the public, and has been generating a bit of buzz in the local media). As much as I would like to think of this clip as worthy of the great masters of cinematography (Fellini, Antonioni and Basulto!), it's basically an amateur hack video edited with Windows MovieMaker software and a basic, run-of-the-mill laptop PC. Even with these rudimentary tools, I was able to put together an "Endless Innovation" video clip with an opening title sequence, closing production credits and soundtrack. (I like to think of it as a template for an upcoming "trailer" for the Endless Innovation blog and will be posting it a bit later this week.)
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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