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The Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' Moves to February 2015

Oh, boo. We were really looking forward to the Wachowskis' latest mind-bending saga, "Jupiter Ascending," which was due to descend into theaters on July 18. Unfortunately, "Jupiter" is spinning into next February, and the rumor is that the special FX aren't very special yet. Deadline's Jen Yamato …

The ABC's of STAR WARS Poster

APOD: Melotte 15 in the Heart (2013 Dec 27) Image Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Walker http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131227.html Explanation: Cosmic clouds seem to form fantastic shapes in the central regions of emission nebula IC 1805. Of course, the clouds are sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars in the nebula's newborn star cluster, Melotte 15. About 1.5 million years young, the cluster stars are near the center of this colorful skyscape, along with dark dust clouds in silhouette. Dominated by emission from atomic hydrogen, the telescopic view spans about 30 light-years. But wider field images reveal that IC 1805's simpler, overall outline suggests its popular name - The Heart Nebula. IC 1805 is located along the northern Milky Way, about 7,500 light years distant toward the constellation Cassiopeia. http://jwalk.smugmug.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131227 #APOD

Retro Movie-Inspired Travel Poster Art Series

Fan-Made BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy Poster Art

Supervolcano Beneath Yellowstone Far Bigger Than Previously Thought

The supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is far bigger than thought.<p>A new study shows that the magma chamber is about 2.5 times …

APOD: Gibbous Europa (2013 Dec 15) Image Credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA; reprocessed by Ted Stryk http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131215.html Explanation: Although the phase of this moon might appear familiar, the moon itself might not. In fact, this gibbous phase shows part of Jupiter's moon Europa. The robot spacecraft Galileo captured this image mosaic during its mission orbiting Jupiter from 1995 - 2003. Visible are plains of bright ice, cracks that run to the horizon, and dark patches that likely contain both ice and dirt. Raised terrain is particularly apparent near the terminator, where it casts shadows. Europa is nearly the same size as Earth's Moon, but much smoother, showing few highlands or large impact craters. Evidence and images from the Galileo spacecraft, indicated that liquid oceans might exist below the icy surface. To test speculation that these seas hold life, ESA has started preliminary development of the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), a spacecraft proposed for launch around 2022 that would further explore Jupiter and in particular Europa. Recent observations by the Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered new evidence that Europa, like Saturn's moon Enceladus, has ice venting from its surface. http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/galileo/ http://planetimages.blogspot.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131215 #APOD

The 8 Bits of Subcon by James Franzen

Tim Burton Meets DOCTOR WHO in These Reimagined Doctors

STAR WARS Personality Chart

Disney Villain Fan Art - So Wicked Series

More Mythological Creature Inspired Travel Posters

The Avengers League of Justice...Assemble

Disney Princesses as Star Wars Characters by Ralph Sevelius

12 Underrated Psychedelic Bands You Need to Hear

This week, stoner rock stalwarts The Warlocks released <i>Skull Worship</i>, their first album in three years. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard many people …

Meet Mapei, The Singer Out To Reinvent Modern Soul

Be prepared to have her on repeat.

Film Noir Batman Character Art

Batman in STAR WARS by Phillip Sevy

How we made Naked

'We spent weeks in that big house entirely in character – just being really horrible to each other'<p><b>Mike Leigh, director</b><p>Naked was my big international breakthrough. I'd never had a film in Cannes before – and in 1993, I won best director and David Thewlis took best actor for his extraordinary …

APOD: The Jets of NGC 1097 (2013 Nov 14) Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131114.html Explanation: Enigmatic spiral galaxy NGC 1097 shines in southern skies, about 45 million light-years away in the chemical constellation Fornax. Its blue spiral arms are mottled with pinkish star forming regions in this colorful galaxy portrait. They seem to have wrapped around a small companion galaxy below and left of center, about 40,000 light-years from the spiral's luminous core. That's not NGC 1097's most peculiar feature, though. The very deep exposure hints of faint, mysterious jets, most easily seen to extend well beyond the bluish arms toward the lower right. In fact, four faint jets are ultimately recognized in optical images of NGC 1097. The jets trace an X centered on the galaxy's nucleus, but probably don't originate there. Instead, they could be fossil star streams, trails left over from the capture and disruption of a much smaller galaxy in the large spiral's ancient past. A Seyfert galaxy, NGC 1097's nucleus also harbors a supermassive black hole. http://www.martinpughastrophotography.id.au/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131114 #APOD

Oceanhorn: A loving tribute to The Legend of Zelda

The stunningly rendered new game for iOS puts to rest any doubt about the power of mobile devices as gaming consoles.<p>Nintendo has stated, firmly and …

Emotional BREAKING BAD Art by Isabella Morawetz

Why?: Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy

This sweeping science book for young adults is just plain fun to read, being packed with interesting scientific facts that are clearly written and carefully researched.<p>If you're a parent or teacher, you probably are asked "why questions" by young people several dozen times each day. Why can't we …

Inside Guillermo Del Toro’s sketchbooks

A new book by the Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director reveals how some of his most memorable monsters came to life. Commentary by Steve Rose

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Two X-flares, and two radio blackouts, Friday

The sun was very active on Friday! It released two X-flares, the most powerful kind of solar flares, causing two temporary radio blackouts.<p>The sun …

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Lightning Returns: FFXIII - Wildlands Gameplay Trailer

Take a look at this gameplay demonstration featuring the Wildlands environment as well as Lightning's fight with a Chocobo Eater.<p>by on

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …