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Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

Fantastic Beasts – experts explain the mysterious real life questions behind JK Rowling’s magic tales

From witching equality to what we'd see if we looked in a real Mirror of Erised, researchers explore the magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Still from 'The Matrix', 1999

The great movie scenes: The Matrix and bullet-time

When it was released in 1999, The Matrix introduced a new type of image: bullet-time. Bruce Isaacs explains why it has become one of the most influential special effects in the history of cinema.
Composite: Stills from Godfather (1972), Shutterstock

The great movie scenes: The Godfather

The final scene of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola deploys a technique known as parallel montage to great and rhythmic effect.
360-degree cameras are one of several innovative filming technologies being applied for science education at the National University of Singapore. NUS

How innovative videography can supercharge education

360-degree cameras are one of several innovative filming technologies being applied for science education at the National University of Singapore.
Bernard Herrmann’s music for the final scene in Psycho fragments and breaks down, echoing the psychotic episode experienced by the character Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Graphics: Emil Jeyaratnam/The Conversation; Image: Still from 'Psycho' (1960)

The great movie scenes: Hitchcock’s Psycho and the power of jarring music

In this episode of Close-up, Bruce Isaacs contrasts the unsettling musical score from Hitchcock’s Psycho with Howard Shore’s score for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
In a study on porn, viewers preferred to watch pleasure over aggression on a popular online pornography site. (Shutterstock)

Porn viewers prefer women’s pleasure over violence

Many claim that pornography is getting more violent. But a new study shows that porn has become less aggressive over the past decade, and videos in which women enjoy themselves are the most popular.
Despite being only about 10% of the population, there is a relatively high proportion of left-arm players in international cricket. Digitally altered image. Original by Dean Lewins/AAP

Video explainer: Bowling strategies and decision-making in cricket

In the final episode of our three-part cricket video series, we look at bowlers and how they find their rhythm and develop a game plan, and why left-armers are so successful.

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