Christoph Waltz Goes Hairless For Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorem

A few weeks ago, shooting started on Terry Gilliam’s new science fiction allegory, The Zero Theorem. Apparently, Gilliam’s vision of a dystopian future involves a hairless Christoph Waltz. A photo of a bald and eyebrow-less Christoph Waltz hints at the look of Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem.


Alex Proyas And Eureka Co-Creator Team Up For ABC Sci-Fi Project

Writer/director Alex Proyas is no stranger to science fiction. After making a name for himself on The Crow, he’s gone on to helm Dark City, I, Robot, and Knowing. Now he’s taking his genre chops to television, teaming up with Eureka co-creator Jaime Paglia for a new series called Evolve. Proyas will direct and exec produce the pilot, while Paglia will exec produce and write the script.

Evolve is based on the Toxic City trilogy by British writer Tim Lebbon. The project will follow in the footsteps of Heroes and Alphas by exploring ordinary people who have gained extraordinary powers, with a nice dose of post-apocalyptic mayhem for good measure. Hopefully it will veer closer to Alphas than Heroes when it comes to the quality of the writing… Here’s the official description from Deadline:

Evolve is set two years after a mysterious biological agent is released over Los Angeles when the city is still deemed too toxic to inhabit and remains sealed off from the rest of society. A small group of ordinary citizens outside the quarantined zone, who do not believe the government’s story, embark on a mission to uncover the truth of what happened to their family members who were inside the affected area. What they discover is a world where once-ordinary humans now have extraordinary abilities and powerful government forces seek to destroy them.


Learn How A Sculptor Made An Amazing Model Of Ripley From Alien

London portrait sculptor Steve Scott recently blew people’s minds as photos of his latest work, a hyper-realistic model of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley character from the Alien films, made its way around the Internet. I understand journalists are supposed to be objective, but his work (including models of Dan Aykroyd, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Phil Davis, and Clint Eastwood) is amazing, and looks good enough to be filmed. If only he had also molded brains and central nervous systems.


Beer Head, Man’s Second Favorite, Could Be Perfected With Gene Identification

Beer is like music to the taste buds, in that the sub-classifications are getting ridiculous, and the most popular examples are bland and terrible. I love beer; taste, smell and all. Because there is a science behind its production, like wine, the final product isn’t going to be exactly the same every time, and the liquid inside the bottle or can cannot reach its optimum level of quality. Drinking a good beer is like filming a porn…You’re gonna need a little head first.

In a study published in ACS’Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Tomas G. Villa and colleagues report they have discovered the specific yeast gene, called CFG1, responsible for keeping a beer’s foam stabilized. The foam itself consists of bubbles filled with carbon dioxide, formed during the fermentation process. Proteins then gather around the bubbles, holding them in place, creating the attractive foam top that makes the potable instantly recognizable. The gene itself is not unlike those involved in the foaming of wines and sakes.

Now that the gene has been identified, it is assumed that researchers will soon be able to improve the character of a beer’s foam in the future. If it can be made to taste as good as it looks, I’m all for it.


Math Anxiety Means Physical Pain Inside Brain

Many people, even if they are terrible spellers, will never cop to actually being a bad speller. But few need any prompting to formally address the world about their hatred or fear of mathematics. Is it the fractions? The infinite values? All the parentheses? Whatever the reason, an understanding of math at any level isn’t ingrained in everyone. Well, according to a study by Sian Beilock and Ian Lyons, the brain associates math anxiety with physical pain, such as slamming your head against a desk because you can’t solve for n. Schoolhouse Rock didn’t set us up for this.

Beilock, a psychology professor from UnChicago, and Lyons, a PhD graduate in psychology from UChicago and postdoctoral scholar at Ontario’s Western University, published their latest study in the current issue of PLoS One. For it, they used 14 adults whose math-weariness were gauged by a series of questions dealing with their anxiety over receiving a math book, walking to math class, or realizing math requirements for graduation. (Honestly, just typing that last part made my stomach turn a little.) It’s worth noting that these are people whose anxieties are mostly limited to math-related instances. No casually nervous Nellies allowed.


Watch Humanity’s Entire Existence in Less Than Two Minutes

If you’re like me, you don’t have a lot of emotional connection involved in fast-forwarding through a movie or TV show. There’s a disconnect between the random images shown out of context and without sound. Now, if you just set up a camera somewhere, record a street corner for an entire day, and play the video back at high speed with some ethereal music happening behind it, it transcends the minutiae shown. Watching 30 seconds of a team taking hours to set up a gigantic dominoes display makes you appreciate the final product that much more, because removing the boring bits out of watching a process is exactly what our attention-bouncing brains need.

Now please pretend I didn’t make a dominoes display analogous with the creation of our universe and species, and take a minute and 37 seconds to enjoy this haunting, humbling look back to the beginning. For Mother Russia!