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Singapore museum adds an interactive virtual forest

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This is one unusual forest that visitors aren't likely to forget soon.

At the National Museum of Singapore, a new permanent exhibit will come alive as more people fill the room.

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Housed in a three-story deep circular structure, visitors enter at the top floor into a dark room with a panoramic full-ceiling projection of falling petals.

Pushing a curtain aside, they're then invited to walk down a 144-meter (472 ft) spiral pathway. The walls along it show vivid laser-projected animals running through a forest.

The landscape designers, Japanese digital art collective teamLab, were inspired by Southeast Asia's ecology, says Angelita Teo, the museum's director. Read more…

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The Obamas sent out their final White House Christmas card and Twitter is in love

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The Obamas have sent their final Christmas card from the White House and as you might expect, it's perfect.

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Twitter user @j3ssir posted a video showing the full card.

Got the Obama Xmas card 💅🏼 pic.twitter.com/VBr963HUl5

— Jess (@j3ssir) December 8, 2016

Even Bo and Sunny signed.

Of course, given the card's level of perfection, Twitter users are not okay.

@BmoreFab pic.twitter.com/IK7wEzFfMn

— lul1104✨ (@itstifftiara) December 7, 2016

@BmoreFab staayyyyy pic.twitter.com/jB24UEV4nr

— Pim Diffy 🖖🏾 (@_keetikat) December 8, 2016 Read more…

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Get the popcorn: It might finally be time for new movies at home

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If you pay $14 to watch a movie in theaters, would you pay $25 to watch that same movie at home?

The biggest tech and media companies believe the answer is yes, and they're now jockeying for position in a market that many in the industry are convinced will be the next big thing in entertainment — home access to movies shortly after they debut in theaters.

It's an idea that's been around for a while, but one that always seemed to be a ways off. But with executives publicly teasing the idea and reports emerging of ongoing negotiations, it seems like the time may have come for a true home theater experience, movies and all. Read more…

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ trailer sets stage for a species-ending battle

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A battle for the planet is a classic movie premise, but in War for the Planet of the Apes, both sides lay claim to Earth. Like 1973's Battle for the Planet of the Apes, War sees the sentient simians rising against the humans they see as oppressors and waging a full-on rebellion.

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"All of human history has led to this moment," says Woody Harrelson's colonel over a chilling shot of him shaving his own head to look less like his adversaries. Will human history meet its end?

In addition to Harrelson the cast includes Steve Zahn, Gabriel Chavarria, Judy Greer and Apes motion-capture vet Andy Serkis. Read more…

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Dad builds giant ‘Star Wars’ AT-ACT playhouse in backyard

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For a young Star Wars fan, an enormous AT-ACT walker that you can actually play in is a dream come true. Inventor and YouTube personality Colin Furze partnered with eBay to bring the fictional cargo carrier to his own backyard.

In the span of just a few weeks, Furze and a team of builders erected an enormous AT-ACT replica featuring a motorized drop-down staircase, a comfortable interior (stocked with Star Wars merch) and switches that operate the replica's head and "guns".

But delighted as his kids were to finally test out the new playhouse, they'll only have a few weeks to play before eBay gives the replica to a lucky fan. Read more…

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