Why movies went from 15 minutes to 2 hours

Why movies went from 15 minutes to 2 hours

All of this kinda connects to this. We added sound. It’s a silent movie. This chart shows all the movies directed or produced by legendary director D.W. Griffith in 1912. He was a Hollywood titan, but most of his movies? They were about the same …

What a war with North Korea would look like

What a war with North Korea would look like

There’s no limited warfare option when it comes to open conflict with North Korea. We’re talking months of fighting. You’re going to see large amounts of artillery, large amounts of munitions, dropped from aircraft, from B-52s, B-1s, B-2s. You’re going to see a shelling of …

Everything is designed for this man, even drugs

Everything is designed for this man, even drugs

This is reference man. He’s a white, 30-year-old, male who weighs about 155 pounds. And he decides how we live. For decades, industries have considered this the standard human. And designed the world around him. Everything from air conditioning in offices, to cars, even military …

We’re melting the Arctic and reviving deadly germs

We’re melting the Arctic and reviving deadly germs

In December 2016, a remote community in Siberia experienced a mysterious outbreak. 90 people were hospitalized, and a 12-year-old boy died. Soon, Russian officials identified what had killed him: The deadly infectious disease anthrax. The outbreak had started among reindeer. To contain the spread, they …

American segregation, mapped at day and night

American segregation, mapped at day and night

This was Levittown, Pennsylvania, shortly after World War II. In a suburb that explicitly promised a white-only neighborhood. And it wasn’t some outlier. It was the prototypical suburb, built by the father of suburbia — Bill Levitt — who created several suburbs around the US, …

The first movie with CGI

The first movie with CGI

Both of these images are groundbreaking. And connected. On the left, you’ve got the world through Yul Brynner’s eyes in Westworld, the 1973 movie where he plays a robot cowboy. This is not a spoiler. I mean, he’s a robot on the poster, and if …

Vox Almanac is going on a road trip

Vox Almanac is going on a road trip

We’re going on a road trip. You may have seen other Vox Almanac episodes about the Concorde — the snoot would droop — or bowling or medieval snails. We’re trying something new. We’re gonna be doing five episodes on a theme. I’ve been spending a …

Why there’s a ring of natural disasters around the Pacific

Why there’s a ring of natural disasters around the Pacific

“Offer a magnificent view of nature’s greatest power display.” Mount Mayon in the Philippines erupted in January. It continued for over a month. In February, Mount Sinabung erupted in Indonesia. Here’s the ash cloud as seen from space. And in June an eruption in Guatemala …

Why this chair is on so many album covers

Why this chair is on so many album covers

This is Drake’s dad pictured on the cover of his 2017 album More Life. This is French comedian Jacques Bodoin in 1969. This is country star Larry Gatlin in 1979 and soul artist Al Green in 1972. This is the British synthpop band, Heaven 17, …

How scientists colorize photos of space

How scientists colorize photos of space

This is all the light in the universe that we can see. It’s just a fraction of what’s out there. Most frequencies of light are actually invisible to us. The light we can see appears red at its lowest frequencies and violet at its highest. …