Isabella Rossellini is probably the only renowned female actress who has fully embraced the medium of the web video. In her latest effort, Mammas, she takes an unsentimental look at motherhood — very unsentimental. The mothers in the new series of film shorts take multiple husbands, abandon their young, even cannibalize them. And they take maternal self-sacrifice to an extreme, letting their hungry young devour them. Studio 360 got the lowdown.
“I’m E.O. Wilson, biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, and author, most recently, of Letters to a Young Scientist. Ask me anything!”
If a work of art was described as being “alive,” most people probably would assume this meant it was an especially inspiring piece. Perhaps they would take it to mean the art was a stunning work of realism, or that it had the power to move in profound ways. They probably wouldn’t take the description literally.
But what if the art was actually alive? Well, some artists aren’t satisfied working with paint and easel, preferring to make their art out of the fluid nature of living things.
Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.
“People love chocolate.” Fits on a bumper-sticker.
Ginkgo Trees Stand Test of Time
“Living fossil” is an informal term used by biologists to describe species that lack living relatives. While you might not personally think being called a fossil is a compliment, these organisms are actually quite impressive survivors. The Ginkgo biloba tree, for example, is strange and unique amongst contemporary plants but incredibly similar to fossils dating back to the Permian, almost 270 million years! This means that even though every single other lineage of the Ginkgo’s relatives changed and adapted beyond recognition or died out, there are still Ginkgo trees growing today that would be indistinguishable from trees from hundreds of millions of years ago. If that fails to impress you, consider this: in Hiroshima, Japan there are still a handful of Ginkgo trees that survived the dropping of the atom bomb in 1945 living to the present day! If these hardy trees can withstand a disturbance of an A-bomb’s magnitude, it is no wonder they have managed to remain viable when so many other ancient plants could not.
Guest post written by Reggie Henke
FLUBBER DUCKY Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 54-foot-tall rubber duck is seen in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, on May 2 (top); after it suffered structural damage (middle); and finally, flat as a deflated souffle on Tuesday. Police are looking to question Bert the Muppet, who was seen fleeing the scene with a giant needle. (Photos: Bobby Yip / Reuters [top]; Tyrone Siu / Reuters [middle]; and Vincent Yu / AP via NBCNews.com)