Author: Sherife Lindi

Dance and Film: An Everlasting Marriage

Last weekend I had the pleasure of rewatching Footloose with my girlfriend (and don’t worry, it was the classic 1984 version). I had seen the movie a couple times when I was younger, but this time around the fusion of music, dance and carefully selected camera angles struck me as particularly mind-blowing. The seamless editing of the film highlights the most dynamic movements of Kevin Bacon and his co-starsat just the right moment, and in perfect sync with the nuances of the soundtrack. Perhaps it’s due to my hobby as a novice filmmaker, or my longtime passion for playing...

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Scientists Discover and Accidentally Improve Plastic-Eating Enzyme

An international team of scientists discovered the first plastic-eating enzyme, a naturally-evolved bacterium capable of breaking down plastic bottles, in a Japanese dump in mid-2016. A Japanese bug secretes this organism that is one of the only natural consumers of PET(polyethylene terephthalate), a plastic used to produce soft drink bottles. PET plastics currently account for 20 percent of total global plastic production and current recycling efforts only The international team of scientists conducted experiments on the bacterium from a Japanese bug; the enzyme was placed under the Diamond Light Source near Oxford, UK, a X-Ray 10 billion times stronger...

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More Than Just a Session Player

For those Americans who went to college, freshman year is the first time they experience a taste of prolonged freedom away from their families and set off on the path to full-fledged adulthood (and possibly, ill-advised drinking escapades). The depth of education, the social mecca that is the dormitory, and of course, college sporting events are all commonly discussed ingredients of a freshman experience. For myself (and probably a lot of fellow freshies), freshman year was also marked by something rather unique to the time period – the ability to, for the first time, stream endless hours of television...

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The Alienist: 25 Years in the Making

The Alienist, a new TNT 10-part series released in early 2018, is a dramatic, historical mystery based in New York just before the turn of the 20th century. Adapted from an award-winning 1994 novel by Caleb Carr, the long-anticipated miniseries spent almost a quarter century in development. The 500 pages of Carr’s book were originally purchased by Paramount Pictures before the release of the novel in 1994. Over the next few years, various screenwriters toyed with adaptations that all fell short of encompassing Carr’s dense writing. Paramount Pictures and its producers eventually put aside The Alienist, where it lay...

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Acting Across the Globe: an Interview with Gemma Karlsen

While Hollywood, the biggest movie industry center in the world, is an American product, every year some of the highest grossing and most awarded films to be produced in the United States feature foreign actors and actresses. Not only are most of these actors and actresses already acclaimed in their home country, but they debatably require more talent in order to penetrate the competitive niche that is Hollywood. Gemma Karlsen is one such actress making a name for herself in Europe, utilizing both her background in acting and her experiences traveling to propel her career to the next level....

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