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Science

Tiny Soviet Moon Rocks Sell For Almost $1,000,000

When we hear that someone is selling ‘moon rocks’, we often imagine it’s the modern day snake oil. It’s just something that is hard to believe. If someone was the holder of some extraterrestrial rocks, then why would you ever choose to sell such an item?

It makes it easy to believe that they must be talking nonsense, then. However, with the help of an auction taking place at the moment, we might just get to see the real thing – actual moon rocks. This will go on sale at the Sotheby’s Auction House, and is expected to sell for as much as $1m when the auction takes place his week to come.

Indeed, according to Sotheby’s Auction House’ senior specialist for books and manuscripts, Cassandra Hatton, the product is legit. She said that: “You cannot buy or sell lunar material unless you have documentation proving that it can be owned by a private individual,

“As far as we know, this is the only lunar material that actually has that documentation, so it’s the only lunar sample that can be legally bought by a private individual.”

Where does it come from?

This particular lunar material is supposed to have been part of the 1970 lunar missions carried out by the Soviets. It was provided to the auction hose by Nina Ivanova Karoleva, the widow of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev. Korolev was the former director of the Soviet space program, and the rocks were then sold by Sotheby’s to an anonymous American for a fee of $442,500. These were sold in 1993, and now look to go for even more in 2018.

With a pre-sale estimate of $700,000-1m, they were auctioned on November 29th. In the end, the rocks eventually went for $855,000. This shows that the price and value of the rocks has almost doubled since they last went on sale in the 1990s.

This was not the first major sale this year either, in relation to the moon. A bag was sold by Sotheby’s last year which was supposed to have been laced with moon dust, and was used by US Astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first ever manned mission to the moon. It sold for around $1.8m.

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When we hear that someone is selling ‘moon rocks’, we often imagine it’s the modern day snake oil. It’s just something that is hard to believe. If someone was the holder of some extraterrestrial rocks, then why would you ever choose to sell such an...

Humans Are Awesome

Moon Hooch – A Band Playing Safety Cones

All of us have had a chance to hear a lot of different music genres and enjoy all kinds of remakes and remixes, blending together various sounds. Browsing the web, you can come across plenty of remixes of classical compositions, hits from you parents’ youth with a modern techno beat, or a punk version of Fergie’s old hit London Bridge. Now, you can think that you have already heard it all, but think again. These artists manage to surprise us even when we think there’s nothing left to discover.

Wandering around through the crowd on the Street Musicians Festival which took place in the fortress of a suburban place in Novi Sad, Serbia, I had trouble finding a stage with a performance that would really catch my attention. But then, I heard a funky dance beat, similar to the music you would usually hear at a party on the beach at a summer night, but there was something different about the sound. I realized that I can’t identify the instruments I hear, so I came closer to the stage in order to see what the music was played on. When I was finally able to see the stage, I couldn’t see the musicians, because all I was able to see from the crowd dancing in front of the stage was a big safety cone, like the ones you would see on the road warning you that there is a hole on the way, or at the construction site.

Since it was moving in the rhythm of the music, I assumed it was used as an instrument, but I still couldn’t figure out exactly what’s going on. Then I realized that there were two guys playing saxophones with big safety cones taped to their instruments, changing the sound that’s coming out of the instrument’s bell. The people in the audience were full of energy, dancing their hearts out like they were on the best party of their lives. The third member of the band was playing drums, making the music sound modern and energetic, but still odd in comparison to what all of us have got used to hearing in the clubs or on the radio. The transitions between the songs and different rhythms were sudden, but completely smooth, leaving the listeners surprised and amazed with this experimental musical expression.

Later I found out that Moon Hooch is a band trio from Brooklyn, New York, and their music is often described as dance-oriented fusion jazz which is highly influenced by electronic music. The members of the band, Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur and James Muschler started playing music in the subway and they claim that paying attention to the things happening around you and people passing by while integrating everything that’s happening around you into your musical expression makes a unique sound full of feeling.

All in all, you can’t even imagine what Moon Hooch’s music sounds like until you hear it. So, you can either try to make music using objects from the construction site or just let the band do it for you and search their music on the Internet – it’s up to you.

All of us have had a chance to hear a lot of different music genres and enjoy all kinds of remakes and remixes, blending together various sounds. Browsing the web, you can come across plenty of remixes of classical compositions, hits from you parents’...

Entertainment

Top 30 movie posters – Part 2

Here we continue our journey through cinematography by prolonging our list of most impressive movie posters. The second part of the list brings us more of this fine piece of art, included in every movie.

Vertigo (1958)

This is the one of the most iconic artworks for Hitchcock movies, although some might see it as a predictable addition to a film student’s apartment today. Besides it looking so cool, this is actually the second Saul Bass poster, after Anatomy of a Murder, which only proves his greatness in this area of art. Bass somehow managed to transform the simple movie advertisement into an artwork that has been remembered ever since.

Straw Dogs (1971)

Although this poster doesn’t contain elements that would be considered as fancy, like intricate border, bright colours or jazzy fonts, it is classic. This simple photograph with a white border, showing the close-up of Dustin Hoffman with smashed spectacles was surely enough to demonstrate the spirit of this controversial story about violence.

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979)

This one looks like a typical copy of American Graffiti poster made six years before this one, but it’s not that simple to give a final conclusion about this poster. This movie is known for the so called kids-versus-adults plot in an atmosphere of Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Pop and its poster presents the anarchic lifestyle of some punk-rock teen movie that appreciates the band massively.

The Fan (1981)

One of those that didn’t grab that amount of attention like other movies in the list, talking about the stalker obsessed with a movie star played by Lauren Bacall, has the poster that can freely be considered as a design genius display. Having a generic subgenre in relative manner, this sharp and brutal image might be seen even as the best piece of the entire film. Although it’s not a blockbuster that everybody has seen, it is pretty obvious what’s the ambience by looking at its poster.

Moon (2009)

This immersive sci-fi film made by Duncan Jones has a poster that was magnificently and yet simply advertising the movie. Rockwell’s tragic astronaut who’s trapped in this mysterious future space ship shape is just a perfect description for the movie. This is a mix of the retro titles and a contemporary poster that goes along very well.

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Here we continue our journey through cinematography by prolonging our list of most impressive movie posters. The second part of the list brings us more of this fine piece of art, included in every movie.
Vertigo (1958)
This is the one of the most iconic...