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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a fan project, in the best and worst ways

Luc Besson is in love with the world of Valerian — but not the characters<p>Writer-director Luc Besson encapsulates the soul of his latest movie, <i>Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets</i>, in its first three scenes. The film opens on a sweeping, centuries-long history of Alpha, a space station that’s …

Science Fiction

Judge OKs gender surgery opposed by 48-year-old's parents

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her parents' effort to block the operation because they say she's mentally incompetent.<p>Christine Kitzler, testifying at an emergency hearing, showed a …

LGBTQ

Dad With Alzheimer's Gets His Speech Back When He Sees His Dog

Late-stage Alzheimer's disease can be a cruel and brutal thing, as the loss of vocabulary gives way to the inability to speak at all. That's the …

Dementia

Will nuclear-powered spaceships take us to the stars?

In the 1950s, rocket scientists dreamed of atomic-powered spaceships. Now these far-fetched designs might help a new generation explore the cosmos.<p>Project Orion has to be the most audacious, dangerous and downright absurd space programme ever funded by the US taxpayer. This 1950s design involved …

Nuclear Energy

Wallpaper of the Week - Positive Thinking

The wallpaper of this week is an amazing image that I created last week for the tutorial of the week and it's part of a series of wallpapers I am …

The best writing of the week, April 27

Your Sunday reading<p>We all know the feeling. You're sleepless in the sad hours of the night or stumbling around early on a hazy weekend morning in need of something to read, and that pile of unread books just isn't cutting it. Why not take a break from the fire hose of Twitter and RSS and check out …

George R.R. Martin

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression

A new study of adolescents found that those who derive joy from selfless deeds were less likely to be depressed over time.<p>Our entire lives, when you think about it, are built around rewards—the pursuit of money, fun, love, and tacos.<p>How we seek and respond to those rewards is part of what …