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Lost in translation? The one-inch truth about Netflix’s subtitle problem

Subtitling is an essential art form. So why, as the streaming giant scores more global hits with shows like Squid Game and Call My Agent, isn’t it trying harder to find the right words?“Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” So said the director Bong Joon-ho, as he accepted his best picture Oscar for Parasite in 2020, in a not-so-subtle dig at the dominance of English language content. The success of Netflix’s Korean serie...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Europe, Science, Television, Media, Film, France, Russia, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Language, US television, TV streaming

William Shatner in tears after historic space flight: ‘I’m so filled with emotion’

Star Trek actor, 90, says ‘I hope I never recover from this’ after becoming oldest human in space on Jeff Bezos rocket New ShepardThe Star Trek actor William Shatner declared himself “overwhelmed” at becoming the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, broke ...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, James Kirk

William Shatner completes flight on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Star Trek actor, 90, made a real-life leap into the stars, as Amazon owner Bezos aims to dominate space tourism industryThe Star Trek actor William Shatner has become the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, was invited by the private space company’s found...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, James Kirk

Ground control to Captain Kirk! William Shatner is off to the final frontier, for real

At the age of 90, the Star Trek star is set to board Jeff Bezos’s space ship today. It’s just the latest chapter in a long relationship between the sci-fi smash and real-life space odysseysWilliam Shatner to blast off on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space‘Risk is our business!” So declared William Shatner in the 1968 Star Trek episode Return to Tomorrow. His character, Cpt James T Kirk, in a speech worthy of his real-life inspiration President John F Kennedy, led his crew through an i...
Tags: Space, Science, Television, Nasa, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, John F Kennedy, Mars, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, Kirk, Shatner, Kirk William Shatner

William Shatner to blast off on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Famed Star Trek actor, 90, set for real-life leap into the starsAmazon owner Bezos bids to dominate space tourism industryWilliam Shatner, the veteran actor who spent four decades playing the fearless commander of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, is set for a real-life leap into the stars early on Wednesday on the next stage of billionaire Jeff Bezos’s quest to dominate the fledgling space tourism industry.The successful completion of the 11-minute flight alongside three civilian crew mates, with lif...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, Shatner, Van Horn Texas

Hawking: Can You Hear Me? review – a startling, harrowing look at Stephen’s secret life

This intimate portrait of genius physicist Stephen Hawking shows the true toll of his physical decline on his family, via revealing interviews with his first wife and childrenThe brief history of Stephen Hawking is one we all know. Diagnosed at the age of 21 with motor neurone disease and given three years to live, he went on to marry his sweetheart Jane, have three children and become – despite increasingly severe disability and many health crises – a groundbreaking physicist and cosmologist. H...
Tags: Science, Television, Documentary, Culture, Television & radio, Cambridge, Stephen Hawking, Factual TV, Royal Society, Stephen, Newton, Jane

Pandemic 2020 review – a masterly mapping of the Covid outbreak

The team behind Once Upon a Time in Iraq has compiled a moving and sometimes hopeful three-parter that offers a global perspective on the crisisLike the virus itself, the programmes about it have moved from localised subjects to a slightly wider field and now have expanded to take in a global view. It hasn’t been a perfectly linear progression, of course, but most of the first documentaries were composed largely of footage recorded by medical professionals themselves, at work and then – exhauste...
Tags: UK, Science, Television, Iraq, Time, World news, Medical Research, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Television & radio, Coronavirus

Tights! Spatulas! Action! The madcap world of chain reaction videos

Need your hair cut? Cake served? No problem! Lockdown has led millions to discover the work of Joseph Herscher and friends, whose absurdly complicated ‘labour-saving’ machines reveal the potential for magic in the everyday“It’s one thing to maim myself,” says Joseph Herscher. “But maiming someone else? I’m not sure I could live with that. At least I’d have it on tape, but it’d still suck to be killed by one of my machines.”Herscher, 36, is a chain reaction artist who works out of his bedroom in ...
Tags: Art, Comedy, Science, Technology, Film, Youtube, Culture, Brooklyn, Engineering, Art and design, Television & radio, Sculpture, Installation, Children's Tv, Rube Goldberg, Short Films

Listen up: making music from the northern lights

A biologist and composer have turned the aurora borealis into sound to create a magic melding of art and natureThere’s a hypnotic crackle before a whoosh of sound flies from ear to ear. It’s followed by a heavenly chorus that might be whales whistling, frogs calling or the chirping of an alien bird. It sounds celestial because that’s what it is. The noise is the aurora borealis: the northern lights. The vivid green lights that trace across the Arctic sky emit electromagnetic waves when the solar...
Tags: Music, Science, Environment, Earth, Bbc, Radio, Culture, Television & radio, Arctic, Experimental music, Radio 3

Michael J Fox: ‘Every step now is a frigging math problem, so I take it slow’

After living with Parkinson’s for 30 years, the actor still counts himself a lucky man. He reflects on what his diagnosis has taught him about hope, acting, family and medical breakthroughsThe last time I spoke to Michael J Fox, in 2013, in his office in New York, he was 90% optimistic and 10% pragmatic. The former I expected; the latter was a shock. Ever since 1998, when Fox went public with his diagnosis of early-onset Parkinson’s disease, he has made optimism his defining public characteristi...
Tags: New York, Science, Television, Drama, Film, Society, Fox, Medical Research, Culture, Television & radio, Back To The Future, Parkinson's Disease, The Good Wife, Michael J Fox, Lucky Man, Parkinson

Game of Thrones honoured in new classification of pterosaur

Targaryendraco wiedenrothi has been renamed after House of Targaryen in George RR Martin’s fantasy sagaGeorge RR Martin is celebrating after a palaeontologist, who named a new genus of pterosaur after the dragons of House Targaryen, agreed with him that dragons should have two, rather than four, legs.The fossilised bones of Targaryendraco wiedenrothi, which lived 130m years ago, were discovered by Kurt Wiedenroth in 1984 in northern Germany. The specimen was originally classified within the Orni...
Tags: Books, Science, Germany, Culture, Television & radio, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin, Martin, Palaeontology, House Targaryen, House of Targaryen, Kurt Wiedenroth

Julianna Margulies on her shocking Ebola drama: 'I panicked in my hazmat suit!'

The star of ER and The Good Wife is back – as a doctor fighting to save humanity. She gives her bodyguard the slip to talk about our imperilled planet – and her love of Sussex A-roadsBefore I meet Julianna Margulies, I spend three days staring at her bodyguard. He’s impossible to miss: one of those men whose every attempt to blend in flounders. Margulies and I are in Lille, judges at the Series Mania television festival, although our experiences differ a little. My cloak of anonymity allows me t...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Science, Television, Drama, Africa, Society, World news, Medical Research, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Television & radio, Paris, Microbiology, US television, Epidemics

Hello 2019 – what are you likely to bring?

Politics, science, technology, TV, books … here’s what to expect in the year aheadA year is much more than just 365 days, or one orbit of the Earth around the sun. One year produces so many events and human stories that in 2018 alone, the Guardian published more than 73,000 news articles.Much of what happens is unpredictable. But with 2019 only hours old, there are a few things that can confidently be foretold. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Business, Politics, Science, Television, Economics, UK News, World news, US news, Earth, Culture, Television & radio

BBC to reboot Tomorrow's World for one-off live special

Exclusive: much-loved technology show returns, updated for modern viewersThe BBC is reviving its science and technology show Tomorrow’s World, 15 years after it was axed.The popular series is making a comeback, with two of its original presenters Maggie Philbin and Howard Stableford, for a live special this month, which Philbin said was timely given “technology is moving faster than ever”. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Technology, Television, Media, UK News, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Children's Tv, Bbc Four, Philbin, Maggie Philbin, Howard Stableford

The Observer’s ultimate guide to autumn culture

A musical Twelfth Night, Michelle Obama’s memoirs and the last ever gig by Ennio Morricone: our critics preview the new season• Jay Rayner on the best of autumn food• Morwenna Ferrier on five key seasonal fashion trends• Andrew Rawnsley on what to expect from politics Bodyguard (BBC One, 9pm) has autumn’s new TV off to a roaring start. Jed Mercurio’s new series about an autocratic home secretary (Keeley Hawes) and the man charged with protecting her (Richard Madden), is a twisty political thrill...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Fashion, Music, Politics, Comedy, Science, Technology, Television, Podcasts, Film, Theatre, Sport, Culture, Architecture

Blue Planet II: from octopus v shark to fish that crawl, the series’s biggest discoveries

The documentary’s marvels are not just new to television – many are new to science as well. From hyper-intelligent fish to the origin of life itself, we round up the series’s breakthrough momentsIt is testament to the number of spectacles packed into Blue Planet II that a giant wrasse’s strategetic change of gender is – scientifically speaking, at least – one of the least remarkable. Changing gender, or sequential hermaphroditism, is a fact of life for more than 400 species of fish, and has alre...
Tags: Science, Television, Biology, Documentary, Animals, Environment, World news, Bbc, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Television & radio, Factual TV, Zoology, David Attenborough

Canal calm has to be better than road rage | Brief letters

Hurricane Irma | Doctor Foster | Soybeans | Veganism | Canals v roadsHurricane Irma has devastated many Caribbean islands (Report, 6 September). Sadly, there is little that can be done about the tragic loss of life. However, there would be no better course of action than sequestering the billions in evaded tax residing in many of the territories to fund the vital reconstruction needed to rebuild indigenous people’s lives.Jan WiczkowskiPrestwich, Greater Manchester• Lucy Mangan thinks nitric acid...
Tags: Science, Television, Environment, Life and style, World news, Chemistry, Culture, Cycling, Farming, Television & radio, Greater Manchester, Transport, Veganism, North and Central America, Caribbean, Lucy Mangan

Dreamer, rebel, lover: the hidden sides of Albert Einstein

A 10-part drama will explore the many facets of the physicist’s lifeHis image has beamed out at us from posters, T-shirts and even mugs, transforming his name into handy shorthand for eccentric genius and ensuring that Albert Einstein is considered the original mad scientist, science’s first celebrity and, arguably, still its greatest. Related: Albert Einstein in Manchester – archive, 10 June 1921 Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Drama, UK News, World news, Physics, Culture, Television & radio, Period Drama, Manchester, Albert Einstein, Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush

Miles of tunnels under Naples uncovered in BBC documentary

Historian Michael Scott says series builds most complete picture yet of ‘jigsaw’ of underground worldThe historian Michael Scott’s worst moment in the miles of tunnels deep under Naples, which he has been exploring for a BBC documentary, came not from fear of earthquake or volcanic eruption, nor among crumbling Roman quarries or the eerie rusting remains of cars seized and dumped under Mussolini’s regime. However, he was extremely unhappy when, in a cramped, airless space heated by volcanic gase...
Tags: Europe, Science, Television, Media, Documentary, World news, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Italy, Archaeology, BBC1, Factual TV, Mussolini, Naples

Tuesday’s best TV – The Living and the Dead; Life Inside Jail: Hell on Earth; Born on the Same Day

Victorian sleuths try to save an ailing estate; prison and drugs stateside, and birthday-sharing with Ricky TomlinsonCider with ghosties: after debuting as a box set on iPlayer, this Somerset chiller takes a terrestrial bow. A Victorian psychologist (Colin Morgan) and his free-spirited wife (Charlotte Spencer) abandon 1894 London to try to save his ailing family estate. But their new-fangled farming methods churn up more than just soil. Spectral voices, creepy scarecrows and an audacious twist c...
Tags: Science, London, Television, Drama, Documentary, Culture, Television & radio, Archaeology, Egyptology, Crime Drama, Factual TV, US prisons, Charlotte Spencer, Colin Morgan

Koko the rhyming gorilla and the woman trying to get her pregnant

She tells jokes, talks in rhyme and is pals with DiCaprio – but there’s one thing missing from Koko’s life: a baby. A riveting new documentary explores the controversial bond between one woman and her apeIt wasn’t the first time I had looked into the eyes of a gorilla, but it was the first time a gorilla had asked me to sit down so she could check out my nail varnish.Koko is a 44-year-old Western Lowland gorilla who communicates in sign language. I was in California to make a documentary about h...
Tags: Science, Television, California, Zoos, Animals, Culture, Television & radio, Animal behaviour, Animal Welfare, Factual TV, Koko, DiCaprio, Western Lowland

CSI Seville: park keeper addicted to TV series helps solve murder

Carmen Moreno collected vital evidence left behind by officers after woman was found dead in Spanish parkA park keeper and big fan of the CSI series of forensic criminal investigation TV dramas helped solve a murder in southern Spain when she bagged up vital evidence overlooked by police.Carmen Moreno, who has been sweeping leaves and collecting rubbish in the María Luisa park in Seville for 28 years, went to clean up the mess the police left behind after a woman’s body was found in the park. C...
Tags: Europe, Science, Television, Spain, World news, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Crime Drama, Seville, Forensic Science, Maria Luisa, Carmen Moreno

How to Stay Young review: what’s the best way to stay alive? (Be like Angela Rippon)

This show gave real-world tips on how to keep the reaper at bay in older age – and it’s good news for vegans. Plus: Russian oligarchs and their taste for stingray-veneered coffee tablesAre you sitting comfortably? Apologies to disturb, in that case, but this could be important. Pop off your shoes, stand on a spot of carpet, cross your legs, and lower yourself to the ground using as little support as possible. Lovely. Now try to stand up, ideally without leaning on any other part of the body.Star...
Tags: Science, Television, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Ageing, Angela Rippon

Microsoft Tay, Bodger & Badger, the sun, a chicken tikka Yorkshire pud – we review anything

Every Friday we apply critical attention to things that don’t normally get it. This is an important function that might hold civilisation together. Or, more likely, not. Drop your suggestions for reviews in the comments or tweet them to @guideguardian Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Television, Microsoft, Life and style, Culture, Food & Drink, Television & radio, Computing, Yorkshire, Artificial intelligence (AI), Children's Tv, Tay Bodger

The Secret History of My Family review: three thieving sisters get deported in 1830 – what happens next?

This painstakingly researched documentary asks: can a family escape its criminal past? Plus: Digging for Britain unearths religious mysteriesEast London in the 1830s was probably not an easy place to be law-abiding, and indeed, the teenage Gadbury sisters – Sarah, Caroline and Mary Ann – were not very good at it. What they were extremely talented at, however, was stealing. They trained hard at their work, in what imagines as a Fagin-esque cutpurse school in the Shoreditch back streets, and becam...
Tags: Science, London, Television, Culture, Britain, Television & radio, Archaeology, Sarah, Shoreditch, Caroline, Mary Ann, Fagin, Sarah Caroline, Newgate Continue

'Can you grow potatoes on Mars?’: Brian Cox and Robin Ince answer your questions

The presenters of Radio 4’s comic science show The Infinite Monkey Cage help our readers grapple with cosmic microwave background radiation, the linear superposition of winning the lottery and why Jedi knights are rubbishWhen I arrive at a large country house in Cheshire to meet Brian Cox and Robin Ince, I am directed to the library, a large chilly room notable for containing not a single book. The rows of heaving bookshelves behind Cox’s overstuffed chair turn out, on closer inspection, to be w...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Bbc, Physics, Radio, Culture, Television & radio, Radio 4, Brian Cox, Particle physics, Mars, Cheshire, Cox, Dara, University of Manchester, Robin Ince

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur review: Sir David at 90 – a man with a love of nature deep in his bones

Britain’s greatest natural historian is overjoyed as a 100 million-year-old titanosaurus is unearthed in Patagonia. Plus: James May’s Cars of the PeopleRetire? Pah! Have you noticed that the older David Attenborough gets, the more work he does? At nearly 90, he’s on the TV constantly – in the last few months he has done The Hunt, The Great Barrier Reef, and now this: Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur (BBC1, Sunday). Not just voicing it, going down there, to Argentina, scratching around in the ...
Tags: Science, Television, Documentary, David, Culture, Britain, Television & radio, Museums, Argentina, Patagonia, Dinosaurs, Factual TV, Motoring, Natural History Museum, David Attenborough, James May

George Monbiot meets David Attenborough: ‘You feel apprehensive for the future, of course you do’

He will be 90 in May, but David Attenborough has no intention of retiring – his latest film, about the world’s biggest dinosaurs, is broadcast this weekend, and his excitement and concern about the natural world remain undimmedYou cannot meet David Attenborough without reflecting on the lottery of life. He bounces into the room unaccompanied, a little stiff in the lower back perhaps, but otherwise breezy and lithe. He is sound in wind and limb, vision and hearing, his eyes sparkle, his face is s...
Tags: Science, Television, Documentary, Environment, Culture, Wildlife, Television & radio, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Factual TV, Zoology, David Attenborough, Fossils, George Monbiot

Star Trek stars endorse SNP's bid to establish Europe's first spaceport

SNP MP gives Vulcan salute during debate on UK space industry as William Shatner and George Takei voice their support The Star Trek stars William Shatner and George Takei have backed the Scottish National party’s ambition to establish Europe’s first spaceport in the UK.The SNP MP Philippa Whitford led a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday on the future of the UK space industry, which she concluded by giving the Vulcan salute. The MP made the case for a spaceport to be established in her c...
Tags: Europe, Space, Politics, UK, Science, Television, Scotland, UK News, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, Scottish National party (SNP), House Of Commons, SNP, European Space Agency, William Shatner

Panda Babies review – bamboozled by tummy tickling, toilet training

Watching panda cubs in a Chinese nursery being stimulated to poo marks a new, if somewhat cute, nadir in New Year’s Eve programming. Plus Emily’s Coronation Street getawayThere was a moment during Panda Babies (ITV) when I worried what my life has become. On screen, vet Steve Leonard was explaining that panda mothers usually lick their cubs’ bottoms to help them defecate. In this panda nursery in China he visited, where abandoned cubs are raised by humans for release into the wild, that is not p...
Tags: Science, Television, China, Animals, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Television & radio, Veterinary Medicine, Panda Babies, Panda Babies ITV, Steve Leonard, Ying Hua

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