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Edith Heard: 'We can't undo what our parents have given us in terms of our genes'

When something isn't working, Edith Heard is the kind of person who will try to fix it. And at the top of her list might well be the reputation of …

APOD: Venus' Once Molten Surface (2013 Jun 23) Image Credit: E. De Jong et al. (JPL), MIPL, Magellan Team, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130623.html Explanation: If you could look across Venus with radar eyes, what might you see? This computer reconstruction of the surface of Venus was created from data from the Magellan spacecraft. Magellan orbited Venus and used radar to map our neighboring planet's surface between 1990 and 1994. Magellan found many interesting surface features, including the large circular domes, typically 25-kilometers across, that are depicted above. Volcanism is thought to have created the domes, although the precise mechanism remains unknown. Venus' surface is so hot and hostile that no surface probe has lasted more than a few minutes. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00246 http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/imgcat/html/object_page/mgn_p38870.html http://nssdcftp.gsfc.nasa.gov/staging/request/captions/magellan/P38870.TXT http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/image/planetary/venus/mgn_alpha_regio.jpg Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130623 #APOD

The fast winds of Venus are getting faster

Since the 1960s, we’ve known the winds of Venus “super-rotate,” or blow faster than the planet rotates. Now a spacecraft has found Venus’ winds are …

Amazing video and photos of tornado at Denver Airport on June 18

A photogenic tornado developed near the Denver Airport yesterday. As of now, very little damage has been reported from this storm.<p>A weak tornado …

Weather

Joss Whedon Drops Iron Man Detail for THE AVENGERS 2

The Creepy 1983 Cult Movie 'Videodrome' Got Everything Right About Modern Life And The Internet

The movie, starring James Woods and Debbie Harry, is about a cable TV executive who becomes addicted to a secret "pirate" video channel that broadcasts a late-night torture porn show called "Videodrome." The show ends up taking control of his life, through a series of hallucinations.<p>The movie was …

Entertainment (Canada)

Johnny Depp's Film Financiers And Agent Are At Odds Over $20 Million Salary

But now, The Hollywood Reporter is citing several sources — some who say Depp is still set to star in the film and others who say he's no longer attached — giving an inside look into the wheeling and dealing that actually went down.<p>A source at Cross Creek, the film's financiers, explains to …

Google Says It Can Predict Which Films Will Be Huge Box-Office Hits

Google says it has found the key to whether a film will be a box-office bomb or success.<p>It all depends on movie trailer engagement and film search.<p>In a study called "Quantifying Movie Magic with Google Search," Google says searches for movie trailers a month prior to a film release help predict …

Box Office

9 Reasons Why Will Smith's 'After Earth' Is A Total Disaster

The film came up short opening weekend, earning $27 million behind "Fast & Furious 6" and "Now You See Me."<p>The movie was trashed by critics, receiving a 12% on critic site Rotten Tomatoes. It's the latest upset from "Sixth Sense" director M. Night Shyamalan who has seen a recent downward trend in …

'Avengers' Director Joss Whedon Won't Make Sequel Without Robert Downey Jr.

In a recent interview with The Daily Beast Whedon announced that:<p>Interesting comparison, considering that no less than five actors succeeded Connery as 007. Still, the man behind the upcoming Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." television spin-off series seems pretty confident his "Avengers 2" …

The First Poster For 'The Hobbit' Sequel Shows Bilbo Prepared To Face The Dragon

Warner Bros. has released the first poster for "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug."<p>The teaser release comes ahead of the first trailer for the film which will premiere online tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST.<p>The sequel to last year's "Lord of the Rings" prequel continues to follow Bilbo Baggins on his journey …

J.J. Abrams Hints That New 'Star Wars' Will 'Honor' The Old Films

"I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honoring but not revering what came before," said Abrams according to The Hollywood Reporter.<p>We see episode VII as a continuation of the saga, a natural progression of the "Star Wars" storyline in a linear fashion.<p>Whether that happens …

The First Epic Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Finally Shows The Dragon

The first trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is here and we get to see the villainous dragon.<p>"The Hobbit" returns to theaters December 13.

10 Awesome Moments In The New 'Hobbit' Trailer

If you haven't checked it out yet, watch it here.<p>Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues his journey from the first film with the dwarves and Gandalf in tow as they head to the Misty Mountains to defeat the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).<p>Before they meet up with Smaug, they'll run into elves, …

Johnny Depp Was Trampled By A Horse On 'The Lone Ranger' Set

Disney released a mini-featurette of its new film "The Lone Ranger" that shows a scare the crew had on set.<p>Near the halfway mark, star Johnny Depp (Tonto) is seeing falling from his horse and getting dragged alongside costar Armie Hammer before the horse tramples on the star.<p>Depp wasn't seriously …

James Franco Explains Why Studios Keep Remaking Superhero Films

Fans are chomping at the bit, rewarding "Man Of Steel" with glowing reviews and handing over a record-breaking $128.6 million at the box office over opening weekend.<p>If you haven't made up your mind about director Zack Snyder's reboot, let cinephile James Franco do it for you.<p>Franco reviewed "Man Of …

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Was Filming Outside My Apartment This Morning

I woke up this morning to find an interesting scene outside my window: a motorcade of 20+ police cars driving by Lincoln Center with their lights on, but no sirens.<p>It led me to believe something was going on, so I went downstairs with my iPhone. I first noticed this flyer saying they'd be filming a …