MARILYN MONROE'S tresses and dresses going up for auction

In this undated file photo, actress Marilyn Monroe smiles in
 a car after arriving from an all-night plane flight from 
Hollywood to Idlewild Airport, in New York.
 Locks of Monroe's hair are among things Julien's Auctions
 is offering onNov. 19-20, 2016, in Los Angeles. 
NEW YORK - Gentlemen prefer blondes — but will auctiongoers?

Two locks of Marilyn Monroe's hair, among a trove of memorabilia from the estate of an ardent fan-turned-friend, are going on the auction block in the fall and could sell for as much as $8,000.

The hair is from the estate of Frieda Hull, who obtained the locks from the actress' hairdresser.

Julien's Auctions is offering the items on Nov. 19-20 in Los Angeles. They're among selections from the auction that will be exhibited aboard the Queen Mary 2 during its weeklong crossing from New York to Southampton, England, beginning Aug. 9.

The locks of hair, contained in an ultraviolet-protected case, are in a single lot, with a presale estimate of $6,000 to $8,000. Hull asked Monroe's hairdresser for them before Monroe died in 1962, and Monroe gave the OK, Julien's said.

The auction house said that the two women had a long-lasting friendship, and that Hull had remarkable access to Monroe's personal and professional life.

The buyer will receive authentication papers from the Hull estate and the auction house.

The auction also will feature other Monroe memorabilia from the estate of Actors Studio artistic director Lee Strasberg and from David Gainsborough-Roberts, a British collector believed to own the largest private collection of the star's costumes.

The items range from $3,000 to $600,000. They include a sheer black beaded and sequined dress from the movie "Some Like it Hot" and a pink linen halter dress from the thriller "Niagara." Other artifacts include a large collection of photos of Monroe at the 1955 premiere of "East of Eden."

Monroe would have turned 90 last month.

Hair from other celebrities has gone up for auction previously, including Elvis Presley's and David Bowie's.

Top 5 Questions About Our Universe, Answered


Have you ever wondered how big the universe is? How it formed? How fast it's expanding? Whether it will ever die? 

Yeah, we've wondered about those things, too. And luckily for us, so has Paul Sutter, an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI Science Center. Sutter, who is is also the host of the podcasts Ask a Spaceman and RealSpace, and the YouTube series Space In Your Face, is a frequent contributer to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. 

Sutter has answered some astronomically huge questions for us here at Space.com, and we've had the pleasure of sharing his answers with you, our dear readers. So without further ado, here are 6 of the biggest questions we've had about our universe, answered by the astrophysicist himself. 



[FIRST UP: How do you measure the universe?]

Things in space are, appropriately enough, astronomically far away. The distance to the sun and other planets in the solar system is easy enough to calculate, especially because we can toss probes about here and there, and presumably, the probes will know how far they've traveled when they land.

But how can astronomers make the great leaps to measure the distances to the far-flung stars? How can we claim with any certainty the breadth and depth of the Milky Way? And what ruler spans the farthest reaches of the universe, separated from us by seemingly unfathomable oceans of darkness?

It starts with triangles

I want you to perform a science experiment. Come on, this will be fun. Start by shoving your nose right into the screen. That's it, right here. Close one eye. Now switch to the other. Continue alternating. If anybody gives you distraught glances, smile calmly, and with your sagest voice, tell them, "This is for science."

As you alternate eyes, the words on this screen should leap left and right, covering huge apparent distances. Now, back up to normal reading distance. Continue switching eyes. The words still shift, but not nearly as much as when we were a little more intimate.

Congratulations! You've discovered parallax. It's part of the reason it's useful to have two eyes: With binocular vision, your brain can judge distances without needing to evolve a ruler coming out of your forearm.

It's easy enough to calculate the distance: The span between your eyes forms the base of a long, skinny triangle. The amount of swing a distant object appears to travel as you switch eyes gives you one of the angles in the triangle. With a little bit of high-school geometry, you can know the distance to your desired target.

OK, great, but that's not exactly useful for stars, which are vastly farther away than this screen. But that's fine; we can still play the same game — we just need a different set of cameras. How about, say, Earth in the summer and Earth in the winter?

That's a pretty big triangle. Because we know the distance from the Earth to the sun, we know how wide our binoculars are. And by carefully measuring the teensy-tiny wiggle in a star's position between the seasons, we can compute the distance.

Well, to a point. I mean, most stars are so fantastically far away that we could never hope to measure their parallax, no matter how sophisticated — or big — our triangle gets. Read more about how to measure the universe here.

How to Create Raindrops of Light with Steel Wool


GoPro just released this 4-minute video tutorial titled “Creating Fire Rain: A Steel Wool Experiment.” It’s a look at how you can create raindrops of light by burning and spinning steel wool, a technique that has gotten a lot of attention (both good and bad) over the past few years.

Warning: This photography technique can be very dangerous and can cause serious bodily injuries and damage to a place if not done in a safe and controlled manner. In 2016 alone, steel wool photography has been blamed for burning down an iconic shipwreck and a 1920s landmark. Thus, it should only be done with appropriate care for surroundings, adequate safety equipment, and permission to use the specific location.

In the video, we see Rob Nelson and Jonas Stenstom from Untamed Science step through the process of creating fire rain. A model holding an umbrella was asked to stand in the path of sparks, creating dazzling results in long exposure photos.

The video above was shot entirely with the GoPro HERO4 camera.

300 Years Of Fashion At A Museum Exhibit In Paris

Diana Vreeland once asked, “where would fashion be without literature?” If she were still alive, would she also ask “where would fashion be without museums?” Nowadays it is not unusual that museums host fashion related exhibits. Large and small, museums around the world, are using these events not only to educate but also as a way to attract visitors and increase revenue.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert in London, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, to mention just a few, are part of this trend focusing in fashion.

“Fashion today is a worldwide cultural phenomenon that people have assimilated whether consciously or not into their daily lives”, says Pamela Golbin, Chief Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. This museum is currently celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its fashion collection with an exhibit titled “Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)”.

With the new heightened awareness of fashion, the general public is keen on learning more. They also have the tools to better understanding fashion exhibitions whereas they seem to be more apprehensive with straightforward art exhibitions.

More than 80,000 visitors have already visited the Parisian exhibit since it opened in the spring. Des Arts Décoratifs is responding to the public’s strongly expressed desire to at last be shown an all-embracing panorama of fashion history.

Fashion Forward’s scope is ambitious, covering chronologically three centuries of fashion, from 1715 to extremely contemporary pieces, including current 2016 collections. The most recognized and acclaimed designers throughout the ages are represented, creating intergenerational dialogues. Charles-Frederick Worth, Jacques Doucet, Paul Poiret, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Gabrielle Chanel, Christian Dior, Courrèges, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, and many more may be seen.

The exhibit brings together not only men’s, women’s and children’s wear but also masterpieces from the Decorative Arts collections. More than 350 pieces and objects on display were pulled strictly from the Museum archives that house the French National Collections of Costume and Textile. The display is quite spectacular, taking over the totality of the museum’s grande nave. But is fashion really art or is it something different? Ms. Golbin explains,

Today it is challenging to define art as the boundaries are constantly pushed. In fashion there are just as many nuances. Is it art? For some, fashion is considered art, while for others it is defined more as a craft. One thing is certain: fashion is an incredibly creative field that is also tied to a powerful and important industry.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is one of the most iconic Parisian museums, it is a private non for profit institution with a collection of approximately 400,000 works. Fashion Forward continues until August 14th, lesartsdecoratifs.fr
























Images courtesy of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Queen 'Frustrated' by Donald Trump After RNC Song Usage



Defiant Trump uses We Are the Champions as his entrance music at GOP convention even though Queen guitarist asked him to STOP playing the song at campaign events.

"Queen [does not] want 'We are the Champions' to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party," band writes.

Queen has lashed out at Donald Trump again for using their 1977 song "We Are the Champions" without permission.

"We are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign," the band said in a statement issued by their publishing company, Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

"Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country. Nor does Queen want 'We are the Champions' to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party. We trust, hope and expect that Mr. Trump and his campaign will respect these wishes moving forward."

A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

During the first night of the Republican National Convention, Trump walked onstage to "We Are the Champions" before introducing his wife, Melania, who gave the night's headlining speech (which, coincidentally, also came under fire for allegedly incorporating someone else's work without permission). On Twitter, Queen responded to the spectacle, posting, "An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes."

In June, Queen sparred with Trump over the use of "We Are the Champions," which was played before the candidate gave a victory speech after clinching the final round of Republican primaries. Guitarist Brian May wrote on his website, "This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump's platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool."

Along with Queen, the Trump campaign has earned the ire of several other musicians for using their songs without permission, including R.E.M., Neil Young, Everlast and Aerosmith.

Stephen Colbert’s Live ‘Late Show’ Tops Ratings for First Time Since February


Stephen Colbert topped the broadcast late-night leaderboard on Monday, marking the first time that’s happened since Feb. 15.

From 11:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. ET, the live “Late Show” averaged a 2.1 rating in the 56 overnight metered markets, up 24 percent from the same night last week. That’s the CBS show’s best overnight household rating since May 10.

Jimmy Fallon‘s “Tonight Show” landed a 2.0, while Jimmy Kimmel had a 1.5, according to Nielsen.

Among those ages 18-49, “The Late Show” averaged 0.5 rating, its biggest number in the 25 local people meter markets since that aforementioned mid-February date.

By that metric, Fallon bested Colbert with a 0.7. Kimmel put up a 0.4. The demo order was the same among adults 25-54.

Last night’s live “Late Show” followed the Republican National Convention’s opening evening. It featured an appearance by Jon Stewart and the reprisal of Colbert’s “Colbert Report” character from the Comedy Central days.

Tea, The Ugly Beverage

"The Ugly Beverage" is a story of tea—but in a way that has never been told before.

When someone talks about tea and tea gardens, a picture of lush green plantations filled with the beautiful, happy-looking faces of workers comes to mind. Indeed, that's the way big corporations would like these gardens to be portrayed to the outside world.

My project offers a different picture and a different truth: a darker one, about starvation, malnutrition, epidemics, human trafficking, illiteracy, superstitions and hopelessness.

After my graduation from the Delhi School of Economics, I completed a dissertation on the Plantation Labor Act of 1951. My research delved into the various labor issues related to the closed and abandoned tea plantations in the Dooars region of West Bengal. As I discovered, while tea plantations have been exploitative for generations, but they also provide much needed employment and revenue. When a tea garden closes, social fabrics begin to unravel...

After completing this written work, I started a photo project to further explore the aspects of the workers' lives. I intend for these photographs to cover the socio-economic struggles of these people along with their hopes, dreams and the every day struggle to survive.

Editors' Note: To learn more about the problem of rural poverty in India, visit this informative portal, covering not only the sub-continent but regions around the world.

Photographs and text by
Ashutosh Shaktan / United Photo Press 2016

Hawaii: Best places to see Kilauea's latest fiery lava flows

The lava flow from Kilauea volcano on the southern tip of Hawaii Island on July 2. (U.S. Geological Survey)
Pele, the mythical Hawaiian goddess of fire, is putting on a dramatic performance once again in and near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 

The Puu Oo vent of the active Kilauea volcano has seen recent and ongoing eruptions of red and orange molten lava snaking across the volcano’s south flank toward the ocean.

The Kalapana Lava Viewing Area outside the park opened in late June to allow visitors to see the fiery flow called 61G. It’s nearly 5 miles long, according to the Volcano Global Update Center.

You can look from the viewing area’s parking lot or walk 6 miles round-trip along a designated route. The area is on Highway 130 and open 3 to 9 p.m. daily. 

The front of the fiery lava flow on June 29. (U.S. Geological Survey)

“The flow can be seen starting from just beyond the parking lot all along the viewing area route,” a July 3 statement from the County of Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency says. Sturdy shoes, plenty of water and flashlights are recommended for the trek.

The recent eruptions are taking place in a remote part of the national park, which is near the southern tip of Hawaii Island. And it’s drawing large numbers of tourists too.

“There’s definitely been an increase in injuries since the 61G lava activity amplified,” chief ranger John Broward said in a news release.

The Fourth of July weekend saw rangers responding to calls from people suffering from twisted ankles, dehydration and lacerations caused by the razor-sharp rocks in cooled lava fields.

Spattering from what's called the "lava lake" at the summit of Kilauea on June 29. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Though it’s not illegal to walk across those fields to get a closer look, park officials discourage it, especially after dark. They say it’s easy to get disoriented, injured or become overcome by toxic fumes from the volcano.

Within the park, rangers suggest driving to the end of Chain of Craters Road past the Holei Sea Arch to get good views of the lava. However, visibility may be hampered by volcanic gas.

Also, you can see the lava glow from Kilauea’s summit, from the Jaggar Museum overlook and other stops along Crater Rim Drive, according to the park’s website.

Viewing within the park is accessible 24 hours a day. Additional hiking tips are available online.

The Truth About What's Really in Your Food Might Shock You


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the sushi you had for dinner last week might have been just as fake as Cheez Whiz. A lot of the foods you're eating might not be as wholesome as you think they are, actually. That's exactly what writer Larry Olmsted spends nearly 300 pages discussing in his new book, Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do About It. 

Without going into too many spoilers (I'll leave some disappointment for you to discover on your own, and I highly recommend reading), I wanted to highlight some of the most common foods in the book. Based on Olmsted's extensive research and conversations with experts in the food industry, he uncovered some unsettling information. Here's the unfortunate truth about what's really in some of the foods you likely eat regularly, like parmesan cheese and tea.

1. Parmesan cheese

In case you missed it, your parmesan cheese might not actually be parmesan. It might contain — brace yourself — wood pulp. Going for that pricier block of parmigiano-reggiano imported from Italy is completely worth if it you care about what's really in your cheese. "The green can calls itself Parmesan but has nothing in it that I think can actually even be called cheese," James Beard Award-winning author Laura Werlin is quoted in the book.

2. Steak

A package of steak that says "grass-fed beef" might not actually mean much. "Grass fed just means it ate grass at some point in its life, which every cow does," said Casey Cook, a former US Army Special Forces soldier. After that, there's a chance the cow could have eaten corn, grain, and any number of hormones.

3. Honey

Honey laundering is real. Be sure to read the ingredient list the next time you buy honey, and go for local whenever possible. Because there are so few federal standards for honey, you could "end up with an unlabeled blend, adulterated with impossible-to-detect cheap sweeteners or illegal antibiotics," Olmsted discovered in a Seattle Post-Intelligencer article.

4. Olive oil

Pure olive oil is basically fruit juice (pressed olives), but so much of the olive oil you find on shelves is contaminated with unsettling additives. In the "Spoiled Oils" chapter, Olmsted writes, "Most of our oil comes from Italy, where Italian investigators have found all sorts of other unsavory substances: hydrocarbon residues, pesticides, and pomace oil, the most common adulterant, sometimes laced with mineral oil as well as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, proven carcinogens that can also damage DNA and the immune system." Yikes!

5. Tea

There could be a lot of unidentifiable ingredients in a variety of dried herbal teas. The book describes an experiment in which Rockefeller University's Dr. Mark Stoeckle and his students "tested herbal teas and a third of them had things not listed on the label, like 'weeds.' It didn't matter whether they were low end or high end."

6. Cheese

"Bearing in mind that the US has the most lax cheese-labeling laws of pretty much any developed nation, American 'cheese,' with its saturated fats, emulsifiers, and other additives, ventures so far from the basic definition that it can't legally be called cheese, and when I was younger, it used to be widely known as 'American cheese food.'"

7. Spices

"Spices, especially when sold dry — as most are — have lots of similarities to tea, so there is plenty of fraud."

Eerie pictures show untouched Fukushima 'exclusion zone' as photographer risks safety to sneak into nuclear disaster site

Photographer Keow Wee Loong captured the images of the highly radioactive ghost towns five years after the tragedy.

A photographer has shared haunting images of the abandoned Fukushima earthquake 'exclusion zone' after risking his safety to sneak into the disaster site.

Wearing a gas mask but no other protective clothing Keow Wee Loong visited four of the evacuated towns in Fukushima - Tomioka, Okuma, Namie and Futaba - in June this year.

Lying completely untouched since March 2011, the city of Fukushima was evacuated suddenly after the east coast of Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake followed by a huge tsunami.

The 27-year-old's images give an eerie insight into the panic that followed the disaster.

They show a city stuck in time as calendars remain on the same date, families' clean washing is half-removed from driers and newspapers remain forever unsold.

Inside the abandoned Fukushima earthquake 'exclusion zone

Houses and shops were abandoned during the disaster

Malaysian-born Loong said: "The residents of these three towns in the red exclusion zone left so quickly they didn't even pack or take anything valuable with them.

"If you visit any boutique or shopping mall in these towns, you will see the merchandise exactly where it was since 2011, nothing has been changed or moved."

On March 11, 2011, a 50ft wave swamped the sea wall at the Fukushima power plant, sparking equipment failures and allowing radioactive materials to escape - triggering the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

 
The daredevil rummages through an abandoned laundrette

Loong found apocalyptic scenes left behind

Towns and villages housing hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated as a major nuclear event was declared and a 12.5-mile no-go 'red zone' put into place.

Keow, who was joined by friends Sherena Ng and Koji Hori, added: "I even found money laying around the pachinko parlour, books dating back to 2011, gold and other valuables all still in place.

"Fukushima is like an untouched ghost town."

The exclusion zone is still out of bounds five years on


Book shops remain untouched

Due to the high level of radiation, the adventurers only had a limited amount of time to explore all four towns and had to wear gas masks to protect themselves from the contaminated air.

Keow said: "The radiation level in the red zone could go as high as 4.8mSv - 6.5 mSv according to the reading on the electronic signboard on the road.

"Upon arrival in the red zone, I could smell chemical and felt a burning sensation in my eyes."


The pictures have an eerie quality.


A calendar lies untouched from the date of the disaster


Magazines left as mementos of a time before the disaster

The urban explorers entered the so-called 'red zone' - the site of maximum radiation - in the middle of the night to avoid being caught by the police.

He said: "Due to high level of radiation the town was filled with police so we had limited amount of time to explore everything in all four towns, we entered the red exclusion zone in the dark around 1am, to avoid attention from the cops."

Shops have remained untouched ever since


Evidence shows how the area was abandoned at a moment's notice


Personal mementos were found left behind

Among the locations Keow explored during his time there was an empty mall with shops full of merchandise dating back to 2011 - a reminder of the 150,000 people that were forced to leave the area following the disaster.

He said: "When I walked into the mall I felt an eerie silence, like time had frozen.

"The mall was completely empty with no people in it but all the merchandise in place and I could explore anywhere I wanted."


Cars are left amongst overgrown weeds since 2011


Inside the abandoned Fukushima earthquake 'exclusion zone'

Shops are as they were left when disaster struck

"I always had a childhood dream of going into a mall alone when it is empty, so my dream came true, it was like deja vu, everything is exactly the way it is since 2011, the books marked with 2011, DVD movies of 2011.

"This was one of the creepiest things I have ever seen, I have been to many places, but nothing like Fukushima, the traffic lights are still operating but there are no cars around.

"It all reminded me of the movie I Am Legend, like stepping foot into a post-apocalyptic city."

Million Dollar Listing: New York's Ryan Serhant Calls His Wedding Band 'Pretty Baller' Plus More Fashion Details from His Big Day

Million Dollar Listing: New York star Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis’ recent nuptials involved four wedding planners, a year of organizing and started off with a million dollar budget! And the results were a big, beautiful week-long celebration in Greece with 150 of their closest friends and family, that included some major high-fashion moments. And we have the full scoop on their wedding couple style straight from the newlyweds themselves.


The bride chose a champagne-color strapless gown by Romona Keveža featuring a hand draped tulle bodice and flowing skirt with pearl beading. 


“It’s exactly my style,” Bechrakis tells People in this week’s issue. “It’s what I envisioned, all these other dresses I tried on didn’t feel like me. This is made for me.”


As for the always-dapper Serhant, he pulled out all the stops in a shawl collared tux by VK Nagrani that incorporated the Mediterranean setting of the location. 

He chose a deep ocean blue hue and kept the fabric light (it was made of linen and mohair) to keep him cool and comfortable in the hot sun. He completed the look with handmade suede slippers by Scarpe di Bianco.



The couple chose custom jewelry and wedding bands from the same designer who created Bechrakis’s engagement ring, New York-based jeweler, Desiree Nemati. “The earrings I wore were custom 15.12 carat total weight pear shape diamond drop earrings that I designed for the wedding,” the newlywed explains.

The groom also made sure to make his piece one-of-a-kind. “I don’t really wear a lot of jewelry but it’s going to be a pretty baller ring,” he tells People. “If I’m going to show everyone all the time that I’m taken, I want people to walk down the street and go, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa!'”

And if you still can’t get enough of their wedding details, you can get the full breakdown on the Bravo spin-off, Million Dollar Listing New York: Ryan’s Wedding, set to premiere this fall.

Remote Islands Create Street View by Strapping Cameras to Sheep

Strapping 360-degree cameras to sheep is clearly the way to image this archipelago​. ​

If you have trouble learning the geography of the Faroe Islands, located in the Norwegian Sea between Norway and Iceland, it might be because the remote archipelago has yet to receive the Google Street View treatment. But now, a new campaign is looking to change that through the wondrous power of sheep.

With less than 50,000 people living on the islands, and more than 80,000 sheep, the local tourist organization decided that the best move was to make use of the abundant natural resource to entice Google.

Durita Dahl Andreassen of Visit Faroe Islands decided to enlist the services of the wooly locals by attaching a solar-powered, 360-degree camera to the back of a sheep and letting it waltz around, capturing the hilly terrain. They call it Sheep View 360.

As the sheep graze around the islands, pictures are sent back to Andreassen with GPS co-ordinates, which are then uploaded to Google Street View. So far, the Sheep View team have taken panoramic images of five locations on the island, seen on the map below. A 360 video has also been produced so you can fully experience the sheep's life the way you've always wanted.



The islands' name translates to 'The Island of Sheep,' and the country's old coat of arms also features the ovine, so the connection is clear. Whether it's enough for Google to begin documenting the terrain remains to be seen.

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