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Disney has 6 'Star Wars' movies planned through 2020 — here they all are

"The Force Awakens" takes place 30 years after the events of 1983's "Return of the Jedi." The First Order has risen from the fallen Empire and the Resistance is fighting back. Featuring a group of characters from the original trilogy alongside a new team of young Rebels, "The Force Awakens" is the …

All-weather solar cell design generates electricity come rain or shine

Numerous research efforts have already demonstrated the potential for graphene to improve the efficiency of solar cells. Now a team of researchers in …

Clean Energy

Nonlinear rotational Doppler effect in light observed for the first time

Experimental physicist Prof. Thomas Zentgraf and his two colleagues from the University of Birmingham, Dr. Guixin Li and Prof. Shuang Zhang, have for …

An Ancient and Proven Way to Improve Memorization; Go Ahead and Try It

In January, I devoted every walk from my home to the train to the contemplation of work details, hoping to improve my recall of them. That was my New Year’s resolution, and so far I’ve stuck to it.<p>In every one of those walks I was also retracing a memorization technique known to the ancients and …

A First Look at the Wonder Woman Movie Brings Out the Amazonian Best in Robin Wright

The stakes are high for the first female-led superhero film in over a decade, but just look at the company she’s keeping.<p>Until <i>House of Cards</i> came along, <b>Robin Wright’s</b> most famous role was likely in the beloved fairy tale <i>The Princess Bride</i>, in which she played the titular character with long flowing …

Warner Bros. is planning 11 more superhero movies after 'Batman v Superman' — here they all are

The DC Universe will finally kick off Friday with the opening of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."<p>"Batman v Superman" lays the groundwork for a new series of superhero films with appearances from Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, with nods to even more icons.<p>While Marvel's "Captain …

Top 10 Design Flaws in the Human Body - Issue 34: Adaptation

The Greeks were obsessed with the mathematically perfect body. But unfortunately for anyone chasing that ideal, we were designed not by Pygmalion, …

Top 10

'Batman v Superman' is not worth your money, many reviews say

The much-anticipated showdown of superheroes, Warner Bros.' "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," opens Friday. But if early reviews from movie critics are any indication, audiences might want to hold onto their ticket money.<p>According to the site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has earned a measly 33% …

Ben Affleck

Why I Don't Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either

I don’t buy organic foods. In fact I specifically avoid doing so. It’s not my place to tell anyone else what to do, but I’d like to lay out three, seriously considered factors that have shaped my personal stance on organic:<p><b>Informed confidence</b> that we are safe buying “conventional” foods<br>• Recognizing …

Agriculture

Hardscaping 101: Solar Panels Pros and Cons

If you want to reduce your utility bills—and your carbon footprint—solar power could be the answer. The initial investment can be expensive, but …

Solar Power

The arrow of time

In T.H. White’s fantasy novel <i>The Once and Future King</i>, Merlyn the magician suffers from a rare and incurable condition: He experiences time in …

Why Kurt Russell Isn't Even the Most Exciting Addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy Sequel

Director James Gunn made an even more amazing announcement today.<p><b>James Gunn</b> finally confirmed the long-swirling rumor that <b>Kurt Russell</b> has joined the cast of the upcoming <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> sequel. But Russell may not even be the most exciting new member of the cast. Up-and-comer <b>Elizabeth</b> …

James Gunn

Jeb Bush’s gun tweet is a portrait of the American nightmare | Jonathan Jones

By posting an image of his gun, the Republican candidate is hoping to appeal to the irrationality that has enabled Trump’s rise. In fact, it reveals he is giving up<p>When a man hoping to be president of the United States can sum up his own country with a photograph of a monogrammed gun and the …

An inexcusable travesty: Canada sent a Syrian minor to solitary confinement

<i>Carmen Cheung is executive director of the Global Justice Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Samer Muscati is director of the International Human Rights Program at U of T's Faculty of Law.</i><p>In early January, Mohamed, a 16-year-old Syrian, arrived in Canada, alone. …

Gravitiational Waves Give Us A New Way To Look At The Universe

Imagine that instead of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars in the sky, all you had ever seen was clouds. Not the puffy white ones silhouetted against a blue sky, but the thick gray, expansive stratus clouds that are the hallmarks of a dreary winter. But unlike the winter clouds that last for weeks or …

6 NASA Technologies We Use Every Day

By: <i>Joe McGauley</i><p>@jwmcgauley<p>The Apollo missions were not only impressive for the fact that, you know, we succeeded in putting a man on the moon, but also because the push to reach it kickstarted a prolific era of innovation. It hasn't yet come to a halt as we continue to reap the benefits of the …

Apollo Missions

The radical plan to destroy time zones

By Adam Taylor<p>Adam Taylor<p>Foreign reporter who writes about a variety of subjects<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its …

Daylight Savings Time

New RNA letter regulates gene expression: Discovery brings RNA to the fore of epigenetics

Discovery brings RNA to the fore of epigenetics<p>A new study finds that RNA, considered the DNA template for protein translation, often appears with an …

Google quietly got out of the vertical farming business last year. Yep, you heard right.

Your first two questions should definitely be: “what the heck is vertical farming and why the heck was Google doing that?”<p>The first question is the easier one to answer. Vertical farming aims to use up less space by growing up, rather than out, in order to address increasing food shortages (yeah, …

In South Carolina, big leads on both sides

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump holds a broad 16-point lead among those likely to vote in South Carolina's Republican primary this Saturday, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton tops Bernie Sanders by 18 points in the state's Democratic primary, which will be held a week …

Donald Trump's continued poll dominance in 2 key states is striking

He has opened up a 16-point lead over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), his chief GOP rival, in South Carolina. And he holds a more than two-to-one lead in Nevada over both Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida).<p>Perhaps more impressive, however, is his strength on the underlying issues with GOP voters in …

Donald Trump

If you're going to fall into a black hole, make sure it's rotating

It's no secret that black holes are objects to be avoided, were you to plot yourself a trip across the galaxy. Get too close to one and you'd find …

Apple ordered to unlock San Bernardino gunman's phone

<b>Apple has been ordered to help FBI investigators access data on a phone used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.</b><p>Farook and his wife killed 14 people in the California city last December before police fatally shot them.<p>A court order demands Apple help circumvent security software on …

5 takeaways from the Democratic debate

Bernie's obsession, Clinton's credentials and a call for more scrutiny.<p>The suddenly scintillating battle for the Democratic nomination is shaping up to be a battle between the briefing book and the bumper sticker.<p>For years, critics have fly-specked Hillary Clinton for switching her message to suit …

I worked on Wall Street. I am skeptical Hillary Clinton will rein it in | Chris Arnade

Wall Street is very much intertwined with the Clintons. I doubt that will change anytime soon<p>I owe almost my entire Wall Street career to the Clintons. I am not alone; most bankers owe their careers, and their wealth, to them. Over the last 25 years they – with the Clintons it is never just Bill or …

Trump is 'your drunk uncle,' Susan Sarandon says

Susan Sarandon thinks that Donald Trump is like “your drunk uncle at a wedding.”<p>“He reminds me of your drunk uncle at a wedding, who gets up and starts talking and just loves the crowd,” the Oscar-winning actress said. “He’s like a figure from a Kurt Vonnegut novel … I can’t even address him …

Bernie keeps up pressure on Clinton over Wall Street

DES MOINES, Iowa — Bernie Sanders refused to back down on his criticisms of Hillary Clinton’s ties to Wall Street on Thursday, reiterating his dismay that the front-runner spent Wednesday night at a fundraiser in Philadelphia hosted by a financial firm.<p>And, he said, he doesn’t need that kind of …