A circus in Germany has come up with an incredible idea to put on a show without holding animals in captivity. Instead of using live animals in their show, Circus Roncalli replaced the live animals with 3D holograms.
The circus began using holograms last year as a part of their “Storyteller” attraction, but animal rights activists say that this should be the future of the industry.
Circus Roncalli founder and director Bernhard Paul, says that he has invested more than 500,000 euros into the hologram animal project.
The effort has paid off though, in the past year alone, over 600,000 people have come to the circus to see the hologram show.
With tickets costing anywhere between 29 to 70 euros, there is a good chance that Paul is already seeing a return on his massive investment.
The holographic experience was made possible by the Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM, in a partnership with Bluebox and Optoma. Together, the team installed 11 ZU850 laser projectors, which created the realistic holograms used in the circus.
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Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox told Bored Panda that he has been working with these projectors for about 6 years.
“We have been using Optoma projectors for 6 years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, performance, and reliability. We needed a high contrast projector with great colors for the 3D effect and the ZU850’s 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project,” Wunderlich says.
Markus Strobl, media director of the circus, told the German publication RP Online that animals were not the primary focus of the circus anyway, and that the artists and clowns have always been the main attraction.
“Most of the numbers in the show would already be done by the artists and clowns today anyway. The focus of the Circus Roncalli is on poetic and acrobatic numbers,” Strobl explained.
Janine Kunze, an actress from Germany who watched the show said that she was just as impressed as she would have been at a normal circus.
“I thought the hologram at the beginning was really great. You actually remember the circus, especially Roncalli, with horses and dogs, they always used to be part of it, and I think they really included it well. Also, in the beginning when they told the story in a new kind of way,” Kunze said.
The use of live animals in circuses may soon be coming to an end, at least in the UK and the US. A newly proposed piece of legislation in the UK called “The Wild Animals In Circuses Bill” seeks to ban the use of live animals in events like this.
For years, the UK government has been trying to deal with this issue in different ways. In 2013, a licensing requirement was introduced for wild circus animals in England, however, that didn’t do much to solve the problem.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove, one of the main proponents of the bill to ban the use of live animals entirely, says that traveling circuses should be obsolete.
“Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st century and I am pleased that this legislation will put an end to this practice for good,” Gove says.
Similar measures to ban the use of wild animals in circuses have also been proposed in the United States.
Reps Ryan Costello and Raul Grijalva recently reintroduced H.R. 1759, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) which will see an end to the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows in the US.
“Traveling circuses have raised concerns about the treatment and well-being of wild and exotic animals, such as their ability to move and socialize. The Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act will protect these animals from activities that are detrimental to their health. The residents of Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District are strong supporters of animal welfare and I’m proud to introduce this bill with Rep. Grijalva,” Rep Costello said in a statement.
The Instagram page below has some of the most stunning pictures and videos from a recent show at the German hologram circus.
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Great initiative…Bravo @circustheaterroncalli! _ A German circus replaces captive animals with holograms The use of animals in circuses, a sad spectacle for young and old alike, is well on the way to becoming history. The German circus Roncalli has invested a whopping 500,000 euros to adapt his show to the holographic technique and, thus, never make use of amimals. The result is to offer an experience with fauna, but without harming any living being. The use of animals in circus shows has become a controversial issue because of their wellbeing, health and safety. However, before most European countries began to legislate in favor of animal welfare, a German circus had already found a way for animals to continue being part of their circus shows while respecting their freedom. The circus German ‘Circus Roncalli’ offers an unforgettable experience with holograms of animals that not only give a sense of reality, but perpetuate circus magic. Via @culturainquieta _ #circus #hologram #holographic #holograms #3D #AR #captiveanimals #captive #animals #animalrights #tech #innovation #ideas #inspiration #circusroncalli #circustheaterroncalli #experience #animalwelfare #storytelling #culturainquieta
We Have a Cure for the Deadliest Form of Tuberculosis
The Food and Drug Administration just approved the third and final part of a new drug regimen shown to cure the deadliest strain of tuberculosis.
The regimen involves taking five pills every day for six months straight, but that’s nothing compared to the existing treatment, which requires 40 daily pills for two years, according to The New York Times. And in a small clinical trial, the new treatment was shown to cure the rare, deadly XDR strain of tuberculosis in 90 percent of people, suggesting that the disease could soon become much more manageable.
Tuberculosis is still a major problem in a large chunk of the world. The disease is the most common infectious cause of death on Earth, the NYT writes, and the XDR strain had already built up a resistance to all four types of antibiotics that doctors currently use to treat it.
Ten million people catch XDR tuberculosis every year. Three-quarters of those people die before they get any treatment, per the NYT, and existing cures only worked on just over a third of the remainders.
The new treatment requires three separate drugs, the newest of which just got FDA approval. Gerald Friedland, one of the scientists who discovered the XDR strain told the NYT that he thought the recent experiment was “a wonderful trial.”
“If this works as well as it seems to,” he said, “we need to do this now.”
New Virus Takes Screenshots of Users Online Porn Searches
‘Sextortion’ in the making…
A new harmful virus is going after naughty victims searching for porn online, or using any other sex-related website in the most unexpected, low-blow way.
Slovakia-based IT security company ESET has warned French users about a new virus, dubbed Varenyky that allegedly records their device screens when it detects key words used to search for porn (i.e. XXX, pornhub, sex).
When these words appear, the malware could record the screen using an FFmpeg executable and then upload the video to the command-and-control (C&C) server using a downloaded Tor client.
As soon as the Spambot Trojan, which was first detected in May in France, makes its way onto people’s computers, it can get access to their passwords and emails, and potentially send the X-rated snaps to a victim’s family or friends – or even use them for blackmail.
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— ESET (@ESET) August 8, 2019
The malware, which is still being developed by unknown hackers, also sends spam emails pretending to be invoices or bills, and once people open an attachment, it is able to extract usernames and passwords.
“Researchers observed a spike in ESET telemetry data regarding malware targeting France. After further investigations, we identified malware that distributes various types of spam. One of them is leading to a survey that redirects to a dodgy smartphone promotion while the other is a sextortion campaign. The spam targets the users of Orange SA, a French ISP. We notified them before the release of this publication”, ESET said in a report.
Even though the Varenyky malware is able to spy on victims’ screens, at this point ESET is not aware of any kind of sextortion activity.
Not for the Faint of Heart: How the Human Body Decays
Researchers at the Anthropological Research Facility at the University of Tennessee (the Body Farm) are charged with studying how the process of decay on human bodies takes place.
There, donated cadavers are observed and examined outdoors under various conditions to determine just what happens at specific times to a body in the process of decaying.
Among other uses this information is invaluable in helping law enforcement officials accurately determine time of death in criminal cases. While the process is not for the squeamish it provides a interesting glimpse into how our bodies are reclaimed by the earth.
Death and Rigor Mortis
The moment a person dies their body begins to cool at the rate of about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. This cooling process continues until the cadaver reaches the same temperature as the air around it.
Rigor mortis, the stiffening of the bodies muscles due to a lack of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), begins within 2 to 4 hours after death at the head and neck. The process proceeds down the entire length of the body until finally disappearing within 10 to 48 hours.
Flies and other insects quickly arrive at a cadaver and lay larvae at bodily orifices where the maggots can most easily gain entry to the body’s interior. These entry points include the eyes, mouth, genitalia, and any open sores. The goal for the insect larvae is the fat that lies just under the skin which they can then feed and grow on.
Autolysis, The Body Eats Itself
In a living human body enzymes within cells metabolize various substances which are then used to fuel the body. When a person dies the cells no longer have the ability to control these enzymes and they begin to break down the cell walls with the interior fluid leaking out.
The liquid from the eyes is one of the first things to go in a cadaver, spilling out of the eye sockets. “Skin slip”, or “gloving”, occurs as this cellular fluid leaks between layers of skin and loosens them. Entire sections of skin can then slough off a cadaver.
Autolysis is the process of self-digestion that occurs within a cadaver as all this leaking fluid provides food for bacteria located throughout the body; in the lungs, the intestines, and on the skin for example.
Feasting on all this food, bacteria migrate throughout the body causing it to bloat as it fills with gasses that the bacteria expel as waste. A living human being expels this gas on their own, but with no working digestive system a cadaver just fills up with gas.
The most bloating takes place where the largest colonies of bacteria live, typically in the stomach, the mouth (making the lips and tongue bloat), and the genitals.
Bloating continues for about a week until some part of the cadaver gives way, usually the intestines or the torso itself splitting open releasing the pent-up gas. During all this autolysis and bloating the insects have been busy feeding with larvae continually growing larger and more numerous.
Putrefaction and Decay
Putrefaction is the dissolving of the body’s organs that takes place as bacteria continue to eat fluids that have leaked out of the cells. Because of their high concentrations of bacteria, the lungs and digestive organs liquefy first. The brain goes quickly also, as the bacteria in the mouth work through the soft upper palate, feeding on the organ from below.
Eventually the organs in the torso have all dissolved into an unrecognizable, soupy mixture. Meat-eating insects along with bacteria will also attack the muscles for food.
Depending on the environment and weather conditions the skin may or may not be consumed. With this the process is nearly complete and the body has quietly returned back to the earth from where it came.
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