A new microscope developed by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Chicago is allowing scientists track the position and orientation of individual molecules in living cells. It has the potential to reveal unknown aspects of molecular behavior, including those that turn cells into agents of disease.
October is nearly here, which means it’s time to re-up your pile of reading material for a new month. And there is some excellent subject matter here: Twin Peaks, political intrigue, magicians, artificial humans, the apocalypse, vampires, and Young Frankenstein, to name just a few.
There’s already a ton of stuff in Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods for showrunner Bryan Fuller’s TV adaptation to cover, but now we know the series is going to start delving into less-explored areas of the book’s world of deities—especially, it seems, the mysterious Mad Sweeney.
Our perpetually-dropped smartphones have pushed glass manufacturers to create stronger and more durable materials to survive our clumsiness. But if you’re curious just how advanced glass making techniques have gotten, someone has made a 30-foot working glass slide that’s completely transparent.
The Samsung Gear VR is one of the easiest ways to experience virtual reality, but some users are learning that convenience comes with its costs. Owners of Samsung phones such as the S6, S6 Edge, S7, and S7 Edge are reporting that Oculus app is destroying their phone’s battery life.
In one of the least surprising turn of events in history, the people who worked on Star Trek—a show which envisions a future Earth without sexism, racism, religion, and even money—find the thought of a Trump presidency abhorrent. More surprisingly, they all want to be clear that a vote for a third party is a vote for Trump.
The camera on the iPhone has developed such a reputation for excellence that it’s one of the device’s central selling points. It’s worth upgrading to a new phone just to get the latest and greatest camera. After a week of rigorous shooting, one thing is totally clear: the iPhone 7 has a damn fine phone camera that’s the best you can buy right now.
Textbook illustrations and museum dioramas could soon be even more accurate in their depiction of the rich colors of long-extinct animals like dinosaurs. An international team of scientists used advanced X-ray imaging techniques to map out elements related to pigmentation in modern birds of prey, which they will use to reconstruct the likely color patterns of fossil specimens.
Though A Monster Calls is about a child and a talking tree, it’s more layered, emotional, and powerful than most movies starring adults. The film is a tale of loss, filled with life lessons anyone, children included, will find challenging and heartbreaking.
Speaking to 60 Minutes, the director of The Birth of a Nation says he sees things through ‘a different lens’ than he did when he was 19 years old
Parker has spoken out in the past about the 2001 trial against him and his college roommate Jean Celestin, who shares story credit with Parker on the film. Parker was acquitted of the charge of raping an unconscious woman, and Celestin’s conviction was later overturned. Parker and the woman had had an earlier, consensual sexual encounter.Continue reading...
We’ve not actually seen all that much from Disney’s upcoming remake of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast—but new images that have emerged today make up for it by basically being ripped straight out of the original movie. Plus, they give us our first good look at Dan Stevens as the titular beast.
This wonderful photo series comparing the size of things by Kevin Wisbith is a really fun way to earn some brain wrinkles, because it gives you a better sense of the true size of random buildings, ships, machines, and other objects. You get to see things like the Death Star hover over Florida in space, a B-2 bomber stretch across the width of an entire football field, and the Titanic lay out on top of a freaking aircraft carrier.
Westworld, HBO’s long-gestating adaptation of the 1973 movie of the same name, finally premieres this Sunday. In a lot of ways, the first episode already lives up to the hype—but you’re also going to have to be okay with being confused.... at least for now.
Craig Atkinson’s documentary about police militarization in America asks an important question: how did we get here?
Craig Atkinson’s documentary about police militarization, Do Not Resist, is filled with unsettling scenes like the one where a Swat team destroys a family’s home during a drug raid that nets small amounts of loose marijuana. But the most disturbing scene transpires during the relative placidity of a seminar when a hugely successful lecturer tells a room full of police officers: “We are at war and you are the frontline.
“What do you fight violence with? Superior violence. Righteous violence. Violence is your tool … You are men and women of violence.”Continue reading...
The evidence is mounting that our solar system is rife with oceans. Last week, scientists reported that Pluto could have an insanely deep liquid water swimming pool beneath its surface, and on Monday, NASA revealed new evidence for geyser activity on icy Europa
A series of quakes under the Salton Sea may be a signal that the San Andreas Fault is on the verge of buckling. For the next few days, the risk of a major earthquake along the fault is as high as 1 in 100. Which, holy crap.
DC Comics has confirmed the Amazonian princess is bisexual, so why not celebrate the superhero’s queer identity on the big screen?
The Twitter campaign to alter Captain America’s traditional sexuality was always going to be a struggle. In May, the hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaaBoyfriend was trending like a Kardashian selfie on the social network. But given Chris Evans’ patriotic superhero has been shown to have feelings for both Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter and her grand-niece Sharon during his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such a major canonical shift always looked about as likely as Hulk agreeing to attend anger management sessions.Continue reading...
Yesterday, a fake story about a beautiful cake that read “Sorry I Tased You” went viral. It was debunked
We already knew Ash vs Evil Dead was one of the goriest shows on television. But it’s incredible to see how much prep work goes into staging those splatter-y scenes—and how many practical effects are used. This new featurette offers a peek at some of the show’s grosser effects. (Two words: “blood cannon.”)
The Selma director unravels the ‘American quilt of injustice, oppression and systemic racism’ that is mass incarceration in her new documentary, 13th
Raised in Compton, and educated in African American studies at UCLA, film-maker Ava DuVernay said that her life experiences have left the ravages of the US criminal justice system a subject very close to her heart.
“Having had the experience of being around folks who have been touched by mass incarceration” along with an education that offered a “framework for why and how things are happening” has had a major impact on the acclaimed director of Selma.Continue reading...