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18 mind-bending sci-fi movies to watch after Annihilation

Science Fiction Movies

The Wakanda Reader

Everything you wanted to know about Wakanda and urbanism, but were afraid to ask.<p>If you haven’t seen the Marvel superhero movie <i>Black Panther</i> yet, you must be at least a tiny bit mystified about all of the chatter and story-sharing happening on your timelines, particularly the ones about something …

Quincy Jones on the Secret Michael Jackson and the Problem With Modern Pop

In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s …

Meet the motorbike-racing robot

The development of a robot created to compete with human motorbike racing times has implications beyond the track.<p>The Thunderhill Raceway in California’s Sacramento Valley is soaked in the oil of motorsport history.<p>It is home to the longest automobile race in the United States, known as the 25 …

How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing Technique

Gothic novelist Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the author of over 30 novels. Her first novel, Interview with the …

At least 10 dead, 1,500 homes destroyed in Northern California wildfires

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Wind-whipped fires sweeping across California's wine country Monday killed at least 10 people, burned hundreds of homes and buildings and forced thousands to flee communities, hospitals and wineries ahead of the hard-charging flames.<p>Officials confirmed seven dead in Sonoma …

What we learned in the first episode of Game of Thrones season 7

We've seen Dragonstone, the first episode of Game of Thrones season seven, and here's what can be expected in the following episodes… without spoilers<p>…

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’

NEWARK — There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness.<p>On April 29, someone hit his employer, IDT Corporation, with two cyberweapons that had been stolen from the National Security Agency. Mr. Ben-Oni, the global chief information officer …

Cybersecurity

The summer movie sequels and reboots to watch, and the ones nobody needed

All of this summer’s rehashes, retreads, and reimaginings, ranked by anticipation.<p>The summer movie season is dominated by two types of movie: sequels (a new installment in a story) and reboots (reimagined versions of previously told stories). And then there are sequels that are reboots. Se-boots? …

23 summer movies to get excited about

From ghosts and soldiers to apes and superheroes, these are the movies to keep on your radar.<p>For many people, “summer movies” is synonymous with big-scale blockbusters, where things blow up and the world needs rescuing. And there are plenty of those on the docket for this summer, starring …

15 free games that will help you learn how to code

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.<p>While a game alone probably isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really …

27 Ways to Learn to Program Online

Whether you are looking to switch careers and become a full-time programmer, want to try to build a website or app on the side, or are just looking to round out your skill set, learning to code has certainly been something a lot of people have started to do lately. And while being a programmer …

Programming

Lollapalooza announces 2017 lineup

<b>(CNN) —</b> A hometown hero will headline Lollapalooza.<p>Chicago native Chance the Rapper will join the Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire, The xx, Lorde, Blink-182, DJ Snake and Justice for the music festival, which begins Aug. 3 in Grant Park.<p>Founded by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell in 1991 as a …

Music Festivals

Middle-Schooler Who Wrote G.O.P. Health-Care Bill Claims He Has Not Been Paid

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The middle-school student who wrote the Republican health-care bill that was unveiled earlier in the week complained on Friday that he still has not been paid for his work.<p>Kevin Tenco, a seventh grader from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s congressional district, in …

This Dutch video on Trump has gone viral because, well, just watch it

"We totally understand it's going to be America First — But can we just say 'The Netherlands Second?'"<p>This is the Dutch plan for Trump's …

Cover Story: Jennifer Lawrence, Star without a Script

In a mere six years, Jennifer Lawrence has blazed past every marker of Hollywood stardom, with no sign of slowing down: next month’s science-fiction romance Passengers will be followed by movies with Steven Spielberg, Adam McKay, and Darren Aronofsky. In unreal circumstances, Lawrence is learning …

These Comics Capture Exactly What Hogwarts Students Felt While Harry Potter Was There

Attending Hogwarts while Harry, Ron, and Hermione caused chaos (and saved the wizarding world) was probably the worst time to go. Simple activities like going to a Quidditch game or even taking your History of Magic final turned into yet another drama about Harry Potter. It's these feelings that …

Books

Your Essential Sci-Fi Reading List for December 2016

These are the winter science fiction books you're looking for.<p>Just because 2016 is almost over doesn’t mean there’s not still time to head into the …

Science Fiction

Alicia Keys: 'I’ve come to a place where I can be honest and raw'

Alicia Keys is <i>Here</i>.<p>Four years after she released <i>Girl on Fire</i>, the soulful phoenix is looking to take her artistry higher with her sixth studio album.<p>Punctuated by piano runs, acoustic guitar and boom-bap percussion, <i>Here</i> (out Friday) is a sonic love letter to the diverse sounds of New York. The …

The Strange Saga of JT LeRoy: Inside the Literary Hoax That Fooled the Stars

Author: The JT LeRoy Story humanizes the bizarre tale of a folk hero who turned out to be more fiction than fact.<p>If we’ve learned anything in the …

Safe Systems Programming in C# and .NET

Key Takeaways<p>Security is worse now than it has ever been. Buffer overruns account for approximately 24% of known Day 0 vulnerabilities.<br>• Safety is more …

Web Servers

Losing “The Nightly Show” matters: Larry Wilmore’s satire was crucial for our democracy

“The Nightly Show” had a major impact, and leaves a big hole — whatever Comedy Central or Malcolm Gladwell think<p>This week saw the end of one of the most significant satire news shows in our nation’s history. But if you listened to what Comedy Central said about it, you’d think the show was anything …

Ghostbusters Screenwriter Katie Dippold Needs a Nap After All That Backlash

"It's been a long time of going to sleep and waking up like, 'Ah!'"<p>After nearly two years of anticipation and countless dislikes, downvotes, and angry tweets, the new, all-female <i>Ghostbusters</i> has finally arrived. People predisposed to hate it are probably still going to hate it, but if you don't …

This 1996 "Simpsons" Political Parody Is Still Scarily Relevant

It's been two decades since "Citizen Kang" aired, and it has never been more timely.<p><i>The Simpsons</i> had made a point of avoiding references to current events in an effort to stay timeless, but that all changed with the 1996 installment of the show's annual Halloween anthology, "Treehouse of Horror." …

The Great Sci-Fi Reality TV Novel Was Published in 1974

We should have seen it coming.<p>Though his work is not as widely known as some of his contemporaries — J.G. Ballard, for example, or Anthony Burgess — …

Reality TV

The Bold Survive: The Story Behind Ferris Bueller's Weekend Out

Paying homage to a beloved movie by selling thousands of tickets for a weekend-long, city-wide re-creation takes military precision and logistical expertise. But David Blanchard has never done anything like this before.<p><b>In Chicago on</b> a Monday in mid-May, David Blanchard is running late. He’s rushing …

Samantha Bee Asks the Right Questions About Orlando

The Full Frontal host’s furious monologue on the massacre in Florida underscores her ascendency as the best political voice on late-night television.<p>Since the departure of Jon Stewart from <i>The Daily Show</i> last August, the oft-repeated question has been who would step into his shoes and assume the …

Comedy

Here Are the Best Books of 2016 So Far

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Books

The best albums of 2016 – so far

Afro Celt Sound System – The Source<p>The group’s first album in a decade toned down the electronica of earlier incarnations for a more acoustic, but no less propulsive, approach.<p><b>What we said:</b> It’s an often giddy mashup: nowhere else will you hear a female African chorus alongside Gaelic rap and jazz …

David Bowie

Ultra-cheap Raspberry Pi 3 may get Android support

There may soon be another reason to love the uber-affordable and portable Raspberry Pi 3.<p>An entry for Raspberry Pi 3, a $35, small and simple computer, appeared on Google's Android Open Source Project page, according to Android Police. It's part of the same directory that also includes other …

Raspberry Pi