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Elisabeth Moss stars in the latest adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel. Universal Pictures

A brief history of invisibility on screen

Invisibility has been used to indulge fantasies of good and evil, level social critiques or warn of the dangers of power in the wrong hands.
Thanks to algorithms, outrage often snowballs. Andrii Yalanskyi/Shutterstock.com

Hate cancel culture? Blame algorithms

Algorithmic forces fuel cancel culture. Paradoxically, they're also used to rehabilitate those who have been canceled.
Trevor Noah appears on set during a taping of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in New York, 2015. Researchers say humour is one of the best tools to fight against climate change. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

A little humour may help with climate change gloom

Studies show that humour is useful for engaging the public about climate change
Matt ‘Airistotle’ Burns performs during the 2017 Air Guitar World Championships in Finland. Eeva Rihel/Lehtikuva via AP

How air guitar became a serious sport

An ethnomusicologist traces the origins of the practice, from early 20th century 'air conductors' to Joe Cocker's air riffing at Woodstock to the rise of international competitions.

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