By the time she stepped onto the red carpet at the VMAs in 2010, Lady Gaga was already one of the most recognisable people on the planet, famous for her show-stopping performances, outrageous interviews and game-changing pop tunes.Another reason Gaga was almost permanently in the headlines during that time was her outlandish fashion choices, and that year’s Video Music Awards saw her stepping out in what was probably her most iconic outfit to date... the meat dress.It’s now been 10 years since Gaga first donned the infamous dress, and it’s gone down in pop history as one of the most recognisable outfits of all time.But how much do we really know about the controversial ensemble that got the whole world talking?To mark the 10-year anniversary of Gaga’s meat dress, here are 15 facts about its history and its creation, as well as its legacy... 1. The dress was designed by Franc Fernandez, who has also worked with Scissor Sisters and BeyoncéBefore the meat dress took the world by storm, Franc’s biggest credit was designing one of the most famous outfits in Gaga’s Bad Romance music video – which she collected Video Of The Year for in 2010.2. Seriously, how much of it was actually made of meat?The whole thing. The dress, bag and even Gaga’s teenie little beret were all made from Argentinian beef, bought from the go-to butcher of Franc Fernandez (who originally hails from Argentina) in Los Angeles.3. Because of the material, there was no time for an actual fitting, so the first time Gaga put it on her body was actually at the VMAsFranc told HuffPost shortly after the VMAs: “We didn’t get a chance to have a fitting. The only time she had it on was for the VMAs. Only when I saw it in the monitor did I know it would be big.”In fact, Gaga didn’t even arrive at the event wearing the meat dress, but changed into it during the ceremony.4. Gaga’s intention behind the meat dress was to make a political statementThe meat dress was intended as Gaga’s protest against the US military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy on sexuality, which was still in effect in 2010. Prior to changing into the meat dress, the singer walked the red carpet with gay veterans as her guests.She later told Ellen DeGeneres: “If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights... pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.”5. The meat dress got plenty of attention from the celebs in attendance at the VMAs that yearGaga collected her Video Of The Year award from Cher, commenting on stage: “I never thought I’d be asking Cher to hold my meat purse.We have to say, we’re big fans of this iconic photo of Gaga with a then-burgeoning Drake, in the audience, too. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on Oct 16, 2019 at 3:02pm PDT6. The 2010 VMAs was a big night for Little Monsters – and not just because of the meat dressNot only did Gaga steal the show on the red carpet, Gaga took home eight awards on the night, for her Bad Romance and Telephone music videos, including the awards show’s top prize, Video Of The Year.After being awarded Video Of The Year, she announced her then-upcoming album would be called Born This Way, and performed a short – but still ever so slightly awkward – acapella blast of the title track during her acceptance speech.7. Yes, the dress did smell a bit“Gaga said it smelled good,” the designer told MTV. “It had a sweet smell.”Grim.He added: “It hadn’t been sitting out for more than five hours. And it’s not a heavy gross meat.” 8. The dress also had its own unusual method of transportation to keep it fresh“I had a little cooler that I carried it in,” Franc Fernandez later said. “Its own little coffin.”Franc said after the VMAs: “While it was being made it was refrigerated, [worked on] and then refrigerated [again]. It took a span of two days on and off. Maybe three with sourcing and getting materials and everything.”9. Gaga followed the VMAs by recording an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, still wearing the meat dressThis was only the second time that Gaga wore the meat dress, something which Ellen – a devout vegan – made no secret of her discomfort about.At the end of the interview, Ellen presented her guest with a bikini made out of vegetables, which curiously enough, we never actually saw Gaga trying on. 10. And unsurprisingly, the animal rights activists over at Peta were less than impressed with the meat dressThey said: “In her line of business, Lady Gaga has a hard time being ‘over the top’, and wearing a dress made from cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people upset by butchery than impressed by it – and that means a lot of young people will not be buying her records if she keeps it up.“Meat is the decomposing flesh of an abused animal who didn’t want to die, and after being under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh that it is and likely be crawling with maggots – not too attractive, really.” 11. But despite Peta’s reaction, others were more taken with the meat dressTime magazine named it the best fashion statement of the year, while a poll from a UK fashion website named it the most iconic outfit of the year, beating Kate Middleton’s engagement dress.12. The meat dress wasn’t actually the first time Gaga had worn meatDays before walking the red carpet at the VMAs, Gaga unveiled her cover photo-shoot for Japanese Vogue, in which she was seen sporting a bikini made out of beef.13. And she revisited the look on the Born This Way Ball tourAlthough she’s not usually one for repeating herself, Gaga referenced the meat dress on her subsequent world tour, in support of her Born This Way album.This time around, though, her outfit was made of fabric that had been designed to look like meat, which we imagine was a lot easier than lugging a load of beef around the globe with her.  14. The question is, where is the meat dress now?Well, it’s in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, where it was added to the exhibit Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, the year after it was first worn on the red carpet.It does look a little different to when it was first photographed, though.The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame paid a taxidermist $6000 (£4690) to preserve the dress… although it did have to be painted to look more like meat than what it actually is now… jerky. 15. And how do you top the biggest fashion moment of your career?A year after the meat dress, Gaga returned to the VMAs, where she was nominated for four awards, following the success of Born This Way.This time around, though, she took a rather different approach with her fashion, walking the red carpet as her male alter-ego, Jo Calderone. Jo was first seen in a Japanese Vogue Hommes shoot (published the same month as that meat bikini) and Gaga stayed in character the whole night, including when she presented Britney Spears with her Video Vanguard award.Gaga – or should we say Jo? – opened the show with a performance of her song Yoü And I, accompanied by Brian May on guitar.Take a look at Gaga in action in the meat dress in the gallery below:READ MORE: 10 Facts You Probably Never Knew About Lady Gaga's Bad Romance Lady Gaga And Ariana Grande Slay The VMAs Stage With Performance In Face Masks The Internet Is Having A Lot Of Fun With Memes Of Lady Gaga's Chromatica II/911 Transition
In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) caused consternation when it declared that Pluto was no longer a planet.Several bodies of similar size had been found in the Kuiper Belt, so the IAU created a definition that included the criterion that a planet must “clear the neighborhood around its orbit,” which Pluto does not.Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet, in a move which upset anyone who grew up learning about a solar system consisting of nine planets.Now, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has reignited the fierce debate over Pluto’s status by unexpectedly come out in favor of it being a planet.“Just so you know, in my view, Pluto is a planet,” Bridenstine said in a tongue in cheek clip posted to Twitter.Inspired by Bridenstine’s bold move against the anti-planetary-Pluto establishment, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May weighed in on Instagram.
The iconic "stomp-stomp-clap" of Queen's "We Will Rock You" was born out of the challenge that rock stars and professors alike know all too well: How to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert -- or a lecture -- and channel that energy for a sustained time period.Sang Won Lee, an assistant professor of computer science in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, and his collaborators tested some theories about not only engaging large audiences, but sustaining that engagement in a live music performance.While Lee isn't part of a world-renowned, stadium-filling legendary rock band, his team uncovered something that Queen guitarist Brian May and the late Freddie Mercury didn't have that helped audience engagement: live social media.Lee will present his findings at the Association for Computing Machinery's 12th Creativity and Cognition Conference in San Diego, California on June 26, 2019.He collaborated with Walter Lasecki and Danai Koutra, both assistant professors of computer science and engineering, and undergraduate sound engineering student Aaron Willette, all from the University of Michigan.In addition to presenting his research findings as a formal paper, he will also perform a concert to demonstrate his smartphone participatory app and create a real-time composition for smartphones using an interactive musical piece for large-scale audience involvement called Crowd in C. The sounds of the composition will be generated solely from the audience.
Queen's Brian May is getting his hair in a twist about climate change, and is suggesting that what we really need to get the urgency of the situation into the public consciousness is a massive pop concert akin to the Live Aids of old.Phil Collins is out of retirement, so it is possible.May says the younger generation should "take that bull by the horns" when it comes to grappling with the issues of climate change, but he'd be happy to get the Queen lads out on stage to offer their support should anyone be up for the administrative headache that is getting all of today's pop star on stage in one place at the same time without Concorde to make it easier.Brian seems to be dispirited and pouring cold water on his own idea at the same time, though, as he's not entirely sure a few greatest hits sets might beat down the cynicism of 20XX life, as he added: "People have seen so many concerts since Live Aid purporting to be solving the problems of the world so it's not quite as easy as it seems."
Queen's Brian May is getting his hair in a twist about climate change, and is suggesting that what we really need to get the urgency of the situation into the public consciousness is a massive pop concert akin to the Live Aids of old.Phil Collins is out of retirement, so it is possible.May says the younger generation should "take that bull by the horns" when it comes to grappling with the issues of climate change, but he'd be happy to get the Queen lads out on stage to offer their support should anyone be up for the administrative headache that is getting all of today's pop star on stage in one place at the same time without Concorde to make it easier.Brian seems to be dispirited and pouring cold water on his own idea at the same time, though, as he's not entirely sure a few greatest hits sets might beat down the cynicism of 20XX life, as he added: "People have seen so many concerts since Live Aid purporting to be solving the problems of the world so it's not quite as easy as it seems."
Asteroid Bennu is full of surprises.Not only has it been spewing out plumes of particles, but it also turns out to be much less smooth on its surface than expected, with large boulders densely packed on the rough surface.Now one particularly large boulder has been imaged: a massive 170-foot long (52 meter) boulder sitting on the southern hemisphere of the asteroid.NASA has released this stereoscopic image of the boulder, consisting of a pair of images taken from slightly different viewpoints.This enables viewers to see the illusion of depth in the image.Tilting your head to the side can help the image come into focus.
Bohemian Rhapsody, which won four Academy Awards awards Sunday night, chronicles the rise of the band Queen, and appropriately focuses on lead singer Freddie Mercury.It covers 15 years of Queen's rise and comeback and it's as much a concert as it is a biopic -- especially while showcasing the band's performance at Live Aid, a global charity concert in 1985 that raised money to fight hunger in Ethiopia.There are so many Queen songs featured in the film it's worth seeing it just to hear the music over theater speakers.Malek is adept at portraying both the rock star and the person.Without Mary, as the film shows, Mercury might not have fully explored his talent or come to terms with his sexuality.Legendary guitarist Brian May is wonderfully played by Gwilym Lee under a mop of curls, Ben Hardy plays drummer Roger Taylor and Joe Mazzello plays bass guitarist John Deacon.
The fact that most drivers occasionally have trouble maneuvering a car into a tight space makes it all the more remarkable that the very same species has just parked a satellite onto a small boulder-strewn asteroid hurtling through the universe millions of miles from Earth.The astonishing feat was achieved by Japan’s space agency (JAXA) at about 3 p.m. PT on February 21 when it landed Hayabusa2 on the asteroid Ryugu.The successful touchdown on the 900-meter-wide space rock was met with enthusiastic applause at JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Center near Tokyo, and allowed the team to proceed to the next stage of the highly complex mission, which should ultimately see a sample from the space rock returned to Earth.Shortly before descending onto Ryugu, Hayabusa2 fired what is essentially a 2-kilogram bullet into the asteroid in a bid to throw up particles that it’s now attempting to collect.JAXA has confirmed that the bullet fired as planned, though we’re still waiting for news about whether the rock sample has been successfully gathered.Next, Hayabusa2 will return to its home position a short distance from the asteroid, a maneuver that’s expected to take around 11 hours to complete.
Japan's Space Agency (JAXA) has been in a cosmic car chase with the spinning top asteroid, Ryugu, since June 2018 -- and now, it's fired the first shot.JAXA's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully landed on the potentially-hazardous asteroid Ryugu just before 3 p.m. PT on Feb. 22 to a spattering of applause and high-fives.said Seiichiro Watanabe on the livestream, project scientist with Hayabusa2, moments after touchdown.Hayabusa2 was designed to land on the rocky asteroid and collect a sample from its surface within just a matter of minutes.The team had previously simulated this process on Earth and crossed their fingers that all would go well 180 million miles away, too.Hayabusa2's landing site on the asteroid was close to the equator, just east of Brabo crater, which gets its name from a Dutch story "Brabo and the giant".
Queen guitarist Brian May has posted an apology, after posting a defence of film director Bryan Singer, in the wake of sexual abuse allegations levelled against him.The pair worked together on the Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, on which May was a producer and Singer served as director, until he was let go from the project weeks before filming was completed.Earlier this week, The Atlantic published a piece in which they interviewed four men who accused the director of sexual abuse, prompting one Queen fan to tell Brian May he needed “to unfollow Bryan Singer after all that he has done”.And you need to learn to respect the fact that a man or woman is innocent until proven guilty.”However, he’s clearly since had a bit of a change of heart, posting a public apology to his fans en masse, as well as the woman who reached out to him in the first place.Steve Granitz via Getty Images
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is off to a flying start at this year’s awards season, scooping two Golden Globes over the weekend from the top categories of the night.What’s more, the film has also managed to land an impressive seven nominations at the upcoming Baftas, including Outstanding British Film, Best Leading Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Makeup And Hair.It seems this isn’t quite enough for producer and Queen guitarist Brian May, though, who has publicly called out the Baftas for snubbing the film in the special effects category.“I think there is a wee subtle message here, from our homeland critics, which I’m sure some people will be smiling about,” he wrote on Instagram, potentially referencing the fact it was up for Outstanding British Film but not Best Film, before adding: “But I will refrain from comment!”Steve Granitz via Getty ImagesAfter running through the nominations the film did receive, he continued: “Very strange to me that Lucy Boynton is ignored as either leading or support actress.
I'm in a Mandalay Bay exhibition hall for CES 2019 and spot a guy holding a guitar.He's wearing a sleek black smartwatch on his wrist that lights up at regular intervals with a green light ring.The guitarist turns the edge of the watch face and the pulsing light speeds up.Then he turns it the other way and the pulse slows down.It turns out the guitarist is Florian Simmendinger which has to be the best name there is for the CEO of a company that makes smartwatches for musicians.Simmendinger founded the company Soundbrenner and the watch he is wearing is a new smartwatch called the Soundbrenner Core.
Bohemian Rhapsody, which won two Golden Globe awards Sunday night, chronicles the rise of the band Queen, and appropriately focuses on lead singer Freddie Mercury.It covers 15 years of Queen's rise and comeback and it's as much a concert as it is a biopic -- especially while showcasing the band's performance at Live Aid, a global charity concert in 1985 that raised money to fight hunger in Ethiopia.There are so many Queen songs featured in the film it's worth seeing it just to hear the music over theater speakers.Malek is adept at portraying both the rock star and the person.Without Mary, as the film shows, Mercury might not have fully explored his talent or come to terms with his sexuality.Legendary guitarist Brian May is wonderfully played by Gwilym Lee under a mop of curls, Ben Hardy plays drummer Roger Taylor and Joe Mazzello plays bass guitarist John Deacon.
As the world celebrated the start of 2019, scientists with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft partied with them.But the bigger celebration came just over 30 minutes later, when New Horizons made history with the flyby of Ultima Thule, a mysterious object 4.1 billion miles (6.6 billion kilometers) from Earth in the Kuiper Belt, home to frozen relics left over from the birth of the solar system.It's the farthest flyby of an object in our solar system; and the second rendezvous for New Horizons, which visited Pluto in July 2015.Never before has a spacecraft explored something so far away," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, said after the flyby today (Jan. 1).[New Horizons at Ultima Thule: Full Coverage]New Horizons flew by Ultima Thule at 12:33 a.m. EST (0533 GMT), hurtling past at a mind-boggling 32,000 mph (51,500 km/h) as it captured the first close-up views of a Kuiper Belt object.
In the outer reaches of our stellar neighborhood, an icy, ancient space rock nicknamed Ultima Thule has drifted alone for billions of years, unchanged since the earliest days of the solar system.On January 1, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft became the first explorer to fly past the mysterious object located some 4 billion miles from Earth.The closest approach, when New Horizons was just 2,200 miles (about 3,500 kilometers) from the surface of Ultima Thule, occurred at 12:33 a.m. EST Tuesday morning.The intrepid robotic explorer, originally launched in January 2006, barreled past the most distant world we've yet explored at 32,000 miles per hour -- or 9 miles per ."Studying this primitive world -- which has been around, unaltered, since the beginning of the solar system—will provide us with vital insights into the origins and evolution of our celestial neighborhood," wrote Alan Stern, principal investigator with the New Horizons team, hours before the climactic flyby.Earlier in the evening, Queen guitarist Brian May premiered a brand new, stirring-but-somewhat-kitschy song dedicated to New Horizons' latest endeavor.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft it set to ring in 2019 by photographing the most distant world ever explored.It's a historic mission, and it's getting a theme song worthy of its status.Legendary queen guitarist Brian May, a space enthusiast who holds a doctorate in astrophysics, has written his first solo song in two decades for the flyby of 2014 MU69, a mysterious space rock nicknamed Ultima Thule that orbits the sun 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt."This mission is about human curiosity," May wrote on Instagram Monday.Me at my press call a couple of hours ago - in JHUAPL.4 hours to go here before we count down into the New Year, and we premiere my theme for New Horizons !
Queen’s iconic 1975 track Bohemian Rhapsody has become the most-streamed song from the 20th century.Universal Music Group said this week that data from streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube show that the Bohemian Rhapsody has now been streamed 1.6 billion times globally.Boosted by the recently released biopic of the same name, the hit song from Queen’s A Night at the Opera album jumped ahead of Nirvana’s 1991 grunge classic Smells Like Teen Spirit — now in second place with more than 1.5 billion streams — and two Guns N’ Roses tracks, namely Sweet Child O’ Mine and November Rain, in third and fourth spots, respectively.Responding to the news, Queen guitarist Brian May said: “So the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams.Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max.”When it was released 43 years ago, critical reaction to the gloriously grandiose song was decidedly mixed — hardly surprising considering that no one had ever heard anything quite like it.
Famed musician Brian May, who co-founded the band Queen in 1970, published a long, detailed complaint about Apple USB-C connectors to his Instagram account on Wednesday.And just as with his music, May struck a popular chord.May, who's now being portrayed by Gwilym Lee in the film Bohemian Rhapsody, posted a photo of a bent connector, declaring, "This is one of the reasons my love for Apple is turning to hatred."He went on to bemoan having to carry multiple adapters around and spend money purchasing new ones, and he decried the replacement of Apple's much loved MagSafe magnetic charging cable."And if one of these things is plugged into the left-hand side and we roll the computer to the left to insert in into the right-hand side -- THIS happens," he groused."A bent USB-C connector which is instantly useless."
Even before Bohemian Rhapsody begins, the 20th Century Fox logo appears on screen and the familiar trumpet fanfare morphs into an electric guitar with Queen-like flourishes.Bohemian Rhapsody, which hits US theaters Friday and already opened in the UK and Australia, chronicles the rise of the band Queen, and appropriately focuses on lead singer Freddie Mercury.It covers 15 years of Queen's rise and comeback and it's as much a concert as it is a biopic -- especially while showcasing the band's performance at Live Aid, a global charity concert in 1985 that raised money to fight hunger in Ethiopia.There are so many Queen songs featured in the film it's worth seeing it just to hear the music over theater speakers.Malek is adept at portraying both the rock star and the person.Without Mary, as the film shows, Mercury might not have fully explored his talent or come to terms with his sexuality.
Even before Bohemian Rhapsody begins, the 20th Century Fox logo appears on the screen and the familiar trumpet fanfare morphs into an electric guitar with Queen-like flourishes.It covers 15 years of Queen's rise and comeback and it's as much a concert as it is a biopic -- especially while showcasing the band's performance at Live Aid, a global charity concert in 1985 that raised money to fight hunger in Ethiopia.There are so many Queen songs featured in the film that the movie is worth seeing to just hear its music over theater speakers.Perhaps the closest in physical resemblance is Sacha Baron Cohen, who was one point lined up to play Mercury in an earlier version of this film.While onstage, Malek is outlandish, flirty and mesmerizing as he swaggers and preens with every ounce of confidence of the real Mercury.Malek is adept at portraying both the rockstar and the person.
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