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Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Nutcracker, Birmingham Hippodrome, review: So visually effective the audience gasp

First formed as a box-office blockbuster in America, <i>The Nutcracker</i>’s commercialisation has resulted in many reimaginings. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s …

'The Last Jedi' will be the longest Star Wars movie ever

As Internet culture gets more and more focused on short-term entertainment — heck, we can barely sit through a three-minute YouTube short — its …

Star Wars

5 Common Misconceptions About Darwin

Charles Darwin is celebrated as the mastermind behind the Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection. But some common beliefs about the scientist are …

Biology

HDMI 2.1 is here with 10K and Dynamic HDR support

Back in January, the HDMI Forum unveiled its new specifications for the HDMI connector, called HDMI 2.1. Now, that HDMI specification is available to all vendors who have already adopted HDMI 2.0. It's backwards compatible with all previous HDMI specifications.<p>The focus of HDMI 2.1 is on higher …

A NASA astronaut films his spacewalk — and a breathtaking view of Earth

On its surface, Earth is chaos. It is traffic jams and the threat of nuclear war and fake news operations trying to punk real ones but owning themselves spectacularly in the process.<p>But launch yourself a couple hundred miles above the atmosphere, and Earth seems a different world. It is quiet. It …

Space Exploration

This squishy little robot can lift 1,000 times its own weight

Sometimes being soft is an advantage.<p>Our future robotic overlords may have a gentle—but firm—touch. Researchers from Harvard and MIT have created a soft robot with origami-inspired muscles capable of hoisting incredibly heavy loads.<p>There are plenty of good reasons to make your robot a squishy one. …

This Octopus Creates a Seashell Suit of Armor to Hide from a Shark

Sure, Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is pretty badass with all of its repulsors and Pulse Bolts and Unibeams and whatnot, but you know what is just as …

DC Comics skewers right-wing politics in this new comic where a teen is made president

Out this week, "Prez" #1 doesn't feature Superman, Batman, or any super-powered characters — instead it's the near-future story about Beth Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl who is elected President of the United States via Twitter, written by a guy who recently rewrote the entire Holy Bible and called …