Thanks to the massive success of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, a whole crop of celebrity-branded cans have popped up. But are they any good? Our audio-obsessive friends over at Sound+Vision have lent their finely-tuned ears to the task, reviewing en masse headphones from Bob Marley, Ludacris, Miles Davis, Justin Bieber, and the originals, the Beats by Dr. Dre. How did they stack up? Check out the review to see if they'd be a worthy accompaniment to your soon-to-be new iPhone. [Sound+Vision]
A candy commercial in Japan set fans of supergroup AKB 48 atwitter last week when it appeared the iconic 61-member all-female act had added a 62nd member, one Aimi Eguchi. But looks can be deceiving. After conspiracy theorists and fans spent a week swapping fervor, curiosity, and eventual skepticism across the Nets, the truth came out: Aimi Eguchi isn't real.
Isabella Rossellini returns this month to the Sundance Channel with a new set of episodes of her Green Porno series, which focuses on the mating habits of the animal kingdom. The very short films are set in a post-Muppet landscape of bright colors, simple sets, and massive paper costumes. The sequences are designed to be simple and punchy, to carry well on the Internet, mobile devices and other iterations of "the third screen."
This season moves from the insect world to the water, and includes a whale, a starfish, a limpet, and an anglerfish (although not all at once -- that would break with the scientifically accurate nature of the program).
George Michael isn't the only one who can bring together toilets and sex appeal. Some countries are using flashy ads and celebrities to promote sanitation and raise awareness of diseases.
Also in today's links: oily hair, oil use by the military in Iraq, and more.
The troubled Large Hadron Collider, switched on last fall and then off again when its magnets broke, has a bright future.
Tom Hanks, star of Big and The Polar Express, has been invited to turn on the system when its repairs are complete, in what may be history's first celebrity restarting of a particle accelerator.