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The Problem With The Lady Aliens In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' (And Most Space Films)

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TMNT turtalises Guardians of the Galaxy at the US box office

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Even Michael Bay is sick of Transformers movies

Like a bratty child whose awful parents just let him do whatever he wants, Michael Bay keeps making crappy movies and America keeps rewarding him for …

Blame Benedict Cumberbatch for not getting a Sherlock/Doctor Who crossover

Given that <i>Sherlock</i> and <i>Doctor Who</i> share a showrunner in Steven Moffat, it would seem that a crossover episode isn’t just the stuff of daydreams. Some …

TV

Motion Picture Academy tweaks rules for Oscar eligibility

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a number of new rules Friday designed to tackle a persistent dilemma in the collaborative medium of film -- who, among the long group of artists involved in a movie, goes home with the statuette.<p>The rules will apply to actors, producers, …

The inane Filth puts James McAvoy in touch with his inner Bad Lieutenant

Like all of the very worst dark comedies, Jon S. Baird’s insipid and self-satisfied <i>Filth</i> isn’t content to merely tap into viewers’ most odious …

Mental Disorders

June 2014

The Normal Heart

Written, directed and acted with a passion that radiates off the screen, <i>The Normal Heart</i> is drama at its most incendiary, a blunt instrument that is …

Redskins' name change demanded

Half the US Senate has urged National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the Washington Redskins' name, saying it is a racist slur and the time is ripe to replace it.<p>In a letter, 49 senators cited the National Basketball Association's quick action recently to ban Los Angeles …

Thailand's citizens react stoically as military launches coup

Thailand's military on Thursday carried out the country's 12th coup in 82 years, arresting government and protest leaders in a move the army chief said would end six months of turmoil and deadly protests.<p>Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, flanked by uniformed security officers, announced on state television …

Tennessee Restores Electric Chair as Death Penalty Option

Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law Thursday allowing the state to use the electric chair when it can't get drugs for lethal injections.<p>Tennessee hasn't executed anyone since 2009 as lethal injection drugs have become harder to obtain, thanks to drug manufacturers that have grown queasy about …

How Climate Change is Killing Hundreds of Endangered Florida Manatees

A staggering number of Florida manatees have died this year, making 2013 the deadliest year yet for these gentle sea giants. In total, 769 manatees …

Climate Change Will Make These Breakfast Cereals More Expensive

<i>This story first appeared on Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>The price of popular breakfast cereals is set to soar over the next 15 years as a result of climate change, argues a new report from Oxfam International.<p>If left unchecked, the effects of …

Pat Sajak Would Not Like to Solve This Climate Puzzle

Pat Sajak thinks believing in global warming is "racist." But climate change is very real, and nobody asked Pat Sajak.<p><b>"Can I buy an 'O'?"</b> we asked Pat Sajak.<p>"Global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends," he responded.<p>"No, we said, '<i>Can I buy an 'O'?'"</i> we …

Ever Wonder What It Would Look Like If David Lynch Had Directed ‘Return Of The Jedi’?

A long, long time ago in this very same galaxy and country, George Lucas had approached David Lynch about directing <i>Return of the Jedi</i>. It’s a story that comes up every now and then, and if there’s no point in re-telling it, you’re bound to get a lecture from the Internet police. Fortunately, we can …

Mario Balotelli racially abused as Italy prepare for 2014 World Cup

Mario Balotelli was racially abused at the Italy training centre Coverciano on Wednesday as the national team continued their preparations for the World Cup.<p>The Milan forward, who has been targeted by fans throughout his career, was training with the rest of the squad as some fans shouted “black …

Pamela Anderson’s family ‘in shock’ over sexual-abuse allegations

Hours after Pamela Anderson's public allegation that she endured years of sexual abuse while growing up on Vancouver Island, the actress sent an e-mail, from France, to her mother in Nanaimo.<p>In it was a transcript of her speech, which detailed the abuse, from age six into her teens, at the hands of …

Inside the Scarily Lucrative Business Model of Human Trafficking

Though many people believe slavery to be a thing from the distant past or award-winning movies, new figures out from the International Labor …

The Life Cycle Of Ideas

How scientific concepts rise and fall<p>Every scientific idea has its day. Theories are born and experiments are designed; results are put to the test, then disproved or accepted as canon. As scientists discuss an idea, they cite the paper that proposed it in their own work. Then, as the conversation …

Climate Change Threatens Food Supply

Climate change could hit our stomachs and our wallets, cutting into the growth in food production even as the world’s population increases, according to a new bipartisan report.<p>The report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs predicts that global food production growth could be reduced by 2 …

With martial law, Thai government nearly powerless

BANGKOK (AP) — The question to Thailand's army chief was a basic one: After he declared martial law this week, would he be consulting the government? …

NGC 7789: Caroline's Rose Image Credit & Copyright: Albert Barr http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131026.html Explanation: Found among the rich starfields of the Milky Way toward the constellation Cassiopeia, star cluster NGC 7789 lies about 8,000 light-years away. A late 18th century deep sky discovery of astronomer Caroline Lucretia Herschel, the cluster is also known as Caroline's Rose. Its suggestive appearance is created by the cluster's nestled complex of stars and voids. Now estimated to be 1.6 billion years young, the galactic or open cluster of stars also shows its age. All the stars in the cluster were likely born at the same time, but the brighter and more massive ones have more rapidly exhausted the hydrogen fuel in their cores. These have evolved from main sequence stars like the Sun into the many red giant stars shown with a yellowish cast in this lovely color composite. Using measured color and brightness, astronomers can model the mass and hence the age of the cluster stars just starting to "turn off" the main sequence and become red giants. Over 50 light-years across, Caroline's Rose spans about half a degree (the angular size of the moon) near the center of the wide-field telescopic image. http://www.shutterstock.com/g/ajbarr Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=32353 #APOD

This is rape culture – and look at the damage it does

What do we mean when we say “rape culture”? You may have heard the term used recently. It describes a culture in which rape and sexual assault are common (in the UK over 85,000 women are raped and 400,000 sexually assaulted every single year). It describes a culture in which dominant social norms …

Court: Same-sex couples can't marry in Michigan as appeal continues

A federal appeals court decided Tuesday to continue the stay of a judge's ruling that struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, meaning that gay and lesbian couples cannot marry in the state while the appeals process unfolds.<p>U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman issued an order Friday that …

'Captain America 2' Behind the Scenes: See 16 Minutes of Footage

<i>You, Me and Dupree</i> directors <b>Joe</b> and <b>Anthony Russo</b> seemed like totally unexpected picks when they were tapped to helm <i>Captain America: The Winter …

Brian Tyler Composing 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Score – /Film

<b>Brian Tyler</b> is doing more work with Marvel Studios. The composer recently provided the scores for <i>Iron Man 3</i> and <i>Thor: The Dark World.</i> Now he will now …

Comics

Nymphomaniac Vols 1 & 2, already available to stream

A minor Twitter storm broke out last month after specialist distributor Peccadillo announced that the Cineworld chain would be pulling all scheduled screenings of their explicit gay cruising thriller Stranger By The Lake – not for sinister GLAAD-bothering reasons, as some commentators were quick to …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …