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When you think of Burberry, do you think of prim and proper English models wearing plaid coats or do you think of beautiful exotic scantily clad holographic models walking on a virtual runway in the middle of Beijing? Probably the former, but the truth is actually the latter (or perhaps both).
Burberry made a splash last year when it streamed its fashion show in Fall 2010 in 3D over the Web. The reviews were mixed but the effort was applauded widely. Then, it made an even more techno-spectacular splash when it opened its new store in Beijing, with celebrities, fanfare and a holographic models walking on a virtual runway, at times bursting into raindrops and snowflakes (see video below). It was official: Burberry had digital in its DNA.
Every luxury brand has since been playing catch-up with the endlessly digitally blessed Burberry. Ralph Lauren famously followed with a “4D Fashion Light Show” at their Madison Avenue store in November last year (see below). This year’s Fashion Week in New York (starting Sep 8) promises also more 3D catwalks. According to the New York Times, Designer Norma Kamali has created a 3D short film and lookbook that can be viewed on her website normakamali3d.com from Sep 15 onwards.
The only way to one-up a 3D model is to have an interactive one. Nicola Formichetti, creative director of Mugler, has created Zombie Boy, a dark creature from the night with tattoos on his cranium. “I’ve been working with a digital pattern cutter,” he said. “How crazy is that?” the designer told the New York Times. Zombie’s walk will be displayed on a seven-foot tall screen and the angle and speed can be manipulated by viewers using an iPad (apparently, no glasses will be required).
There is no doubt that we’re headed towards a world of avatars. Their presence will be felt most deeply and intimately as companions who reside on our mobile phones. But also as fashion icons that wear the most exquisite clothes, and perhaps throw the very life-like tantrums of the bold and the beautiful.
Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti get stuck in an infinite wedding time loop.
- Two wedding guests discover they're trapped in an infinite time loop, waking up in Palm Springs over and over and over.
- As the reality of their situation sets in, Nyles and Sarah decide to enjoy the repetitive awakenings.
- The film is perfectly timed for a world sheltering at home during a pandemic.
China moves to Russia and India takes over Canada. The Swiss get Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi India. And the U.S.? It stays where it is.
What if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of the country with the largest population would move to the country with the largest area? And the second-largest population would migrate to the second-largest country, and so on?
A recent analysis of a 76-million-year-old Centrosaurus apertus fibula confirmed that dinosaurs suffered from cancer, too.
- The fibula was originally discovered in 1989, though at the time scientists believed the damaged bone had been fractured.
- After reanalyzing the bone, and comparing it with fibulas from a human and another dinosaur, a team of scientists confirmed that the dinosaur suffered from the bone cancer osteosarcoma.
- The study shows how modern techniques can help scientists learn about the ancient origins of diseases.
Centrosaurus apertus fibula
Royal Ontario Museum<p>In the recent study, the team used a combination of techniques to analyze the fibula, including taking CT scans, casting the bone and studying thin slices of it under a microscope. The analysis suggested that the dinosaur likely suffered from osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that affects modern humans, typically young adults.</p><p>For further evidence, the team compared the damaged fibula to a healthy fibula from a dinosaur of the same species, and also to a fibula that belonged to a 19-year-old human who suffered from osteosarcoma. Both comparisons supported the osteosarcoma diagnosis.</p>
Evans et al.<p style="margin-left: 20px;">"The shin bone shows aggressive cancer at an advanced stage," Evans said in a <a href="https://www.rom.on.ca/en/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rare-malignant-cancer-diagnosed-in-a-dinosaur" target="_blank">press release</a>. "The cancer would have had crippling effects on the individual and made it very vulnerable to the formidable tyrannosaur predators of the time."</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"The fact that this plant-eating dinosaur lived in a large, protective herd may have allowed it to survive longer than it normally would have with such a devastating disease."</p><p>The fossilized fibula was originally unearthed in a bonebed alongside the remains of dozens of other <em>Centrosaurus </em><em>apertus</em>, suggesting the dinosaur didn't die from cancer, but from a flood that swept it away with its herd.</p>
Dinosaur fibula; the tumor mass is depicted in yellow.
Royal Ontario Museum/McMaster University<p>The new study highlights how modern techniques can help scientists learn more about the evolutionary origins of modern diseases, like cancer. It also shows that dinosaurs suffered through some of the same terrestrial afflictions humans face today.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Dinosaurs can seem like mythical creatures, but they were living, breathing animals that suffered through horrible injuries and diseases," Evans said, "and this discovery certainly makes them more real and helps bring them to life in that respect."</p>
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