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Deadpool scores highest ever opening for R-rated movie at US box office

Ryan Reynolds’s $58m romp earned $260m in its first week and could alter Hollywood’s approach to superhero movie-making<p>The irreverent Ryan Reynolds superhero flick Deadpool earned $150m at the US box office over the four-day President’s Weekend – the highest opening of all time for an R-rated movie.<p>…

Film Industry

Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern join cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII

The follow-up to box office titan The Force Awakens is due to begin shooting at Pinewood Studios near London today<p>Disney has confirmed that Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern are to join the Star Wars universe, having signed on to Rian Johnson’s forthcoming follow-up to blockbuster megalith The Force …

Star Wars

The 50 best beaches in the world

Whether you’re seeking solitude or a party, shallow waters or pounding surf, find the perfect beach in our pick of 50, from Greece to the Galapagos, the Highlands to Hawaii<p>My favourite beach in the world – chosen by readers<p>BEST FOR WOW FACTOR<p>1 Source d’Argent, Seychelles<p>As if a beach like this …

PlentyOfFish

Physicists discover new properties of superconductivity

New findings from an international collaboration led by Canadian scientists may eventually lead to a theory of how superconductivity initiates at the …

Apple and Cisco acknowledge that 2.4GHz Wi-Fi is too unreliable and crowded

In a document released by Apple and Cisco this week, the companies all but declare 2.4GHz Wi-Fi dead.<p>The document, which was released on February 3, is targeted at enterprises and details best practices for Wi-Fi networks supporting iOS devices, but we can take that advice to the home too.<p>It says …

Wi-Fi

Scientists Find Strong Evidence That the Earth Was Hit Head-On by a Mars-Sized Planet

A new analysis of lunar rock and soil samples suggests that the Earth got full-on clobbered by an ancient planet called Theia.<p>The early solar system was, for lack of a better term, a chaotic hellscape. Everything we see today, from Mercury on out to the inner Oort Cloud, was a product of a series …

Molten iron rain and acid fog: the weirdest weather in the universe

Acid fog, rain made of glass and temperatures ranging from absolute zero to more than 2,700 degrees C -- the universe is a tough place to live if …

Why Are There No Planets in the Asteroid Belt?

Seven photos of spooky characters that live in the depths of the ocean

In 1979, the cult classic sci-fi thriller Alien unleashed one of the most blood-chilling monsters in movie history. When it lurches from a dark spaceship vent (or a human chest), we feel Ripley’s fear.<p>The alien’s terrifying traits were inspired by an amalgam of sources, especially a type of …

Woman sentenced to life in prison for holding disabled people captive

<b>(CNN) —</b> Four years ago, Philadelphia police found four adults locked in a basement room with no food and only a bucket for a toilet, authorities said.<p>A small group of captors led by Linda Weston had beaten the victims, kept them chained and captive in locked closets, basements and attics, deprived …

Crime

Watch NASA Test A Rocket Engine That Could Fuel Up On Other Planets

Let 'er rip!<p>Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that we're all very worried about here on Earth. But up in space? That's a whole different ballgame.<p>Unlike liquid hydrogen, which is the fuel of choice for today's rockets, methane is more stable, can be stored safely at higher temperatures, and is …

Scientists May Have Found Evidence of a Parallel Universe

Who's out there?<p>Ranga-Ram Chary, a researcher at Planck's U.S. Data Center in California, might have found evidence of another universe.<p>Chary …

Dark Matter

Reality is just part of our evolution: The wild new theory that tests our understanding of the physical world

A University of California cognitive scientist believes we learned to see things as they are as a means of survival<p>One of the deepest problems in epistemology is how we know the nature of reality. Over the millennia philosophers have offered many theories, from solipsism (only one's mind is known …

9 incredible natural landmarks that were inadvertently made by man

Mining has led to the accidental creation of stunning geysers in destinations like Nevada and Madagascar and the building of dams has led to lakes in unexpected places like the Egyptian desert and in the remote corners of the United Arab Emirates.<p>From the Door to Hell, whose continuous burning is …

Natural Gas