Get curated editors’ picks, peeks behind the scenes, film recommendations and more.
‘The Universe becomes a cosmic boneyard, strewn with remnants of dead stars.’
This is the way the Universe ends, not with a bang, but with an unfathomably profound and gradual chill. Or, at least that’s one guess held by many scientists – but we don’t really know, and it’s entirely possible that we never will. This video from the US filmmaker and musician John Boswell starts in 2019 and plays out one theory of how everything – truly everything – will end. With the speed of the passage of time doubling every five seconds, inventive visual interpretations of cosmological phenomena, and narrated by science luminaries such as Stephen Hawking, Martin Rees and Janna Levin, the video guides us deep into a possible evolution of the Universe. Impressively translating theoretical physics and astronomically vast scales of time and space into 29 breathtaking minutes, Timelapse of the Future takes us all the way into the sublime of the unimaginable, with all the wonder and terror that might provoke.
Video by John Boswell
Design and fashion
Refined towards imperfection – a ceramic artist recreates a rare Korean treasure
Politics and government
‘Without a poster, you don’t exist!’ – on the curious political banners of Mumbai
The famed medieval map that stretched beyond Earth to heaven, history and myth
Earth science and climate
A biologist on the sorrows of documenting the Great Salt Lake’s collapse
Design and fashion
Household items are reborn in a ‘visual symphony of everyday objects’
As a pianist strikes a chord, visualisations of his notes appear in real time
Human rights and justice
Meet the man who uncovered the scandal of nuclear testing in South Australia
Why aren’t our everyday lives as ‘spooky’ as the quantum world?
The strange journey of the Parthenon Marbles to the British Museum