‘Andor’ costume designer Michael Wilkinson talks Star Wars chic

With “Andor’s” mature, sophisticated take on the “Star Wars” universe, writer/creator Tony Gilroy (“The Bourne Franchise”) has elevated the storied franchise to new levels of engagement in its first season now coming to an end this week on Disney+. As a 12-episode prequel to 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” chronicling the early days … Read more

‘Nope’ sound designer reveals sci-fi film soundscape secrets

Award-winning British sound designer and re-recording mixer Johnnie Burn has an appetite for dark, compelling material when he’s searching for projects to lend his sonic talents to, and so his work on director Jordan Peele’s new thriller, “Nope,” was the perfect vehicle for building a multifaceted, immersive soundscape for audiences. Burn’s artistry had already been … Read more

Designer materials to keep plastic out of landfills

Two different PDK plastics in acidic solution, demonstrating how each polymer easily breaks down into individual monomers in different steps conducted at different temperatures, which allows for complete recycling of both plastics. Credit: Jérémy Demarteau/Berkeley Lab Scientists have designed a new material system to overcome one of the biggest challenges in recycling consumer products: mixed-plastic … Read more