The Mars Curiosity Rover Can Now Decide By Itself What To Shoot With Lasers, And It’s Going Swimmingly

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The Mars Curiosity Rover Can Now Decide By Itself What To Shoot With Lasers, And It’s Going Swimmingly Curiosity : No more waiting for human scientists to get into the office on Monday morning and tell it what to do. Curiosity : As you may know, NASA’s Curiosity rover has been trundling around Mars since it landed on the red planet in 2012. Curiosity is part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission and its task is to investigate the climate and geology of Mars, including looking for signs that it…

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Curiosity rover decides—by itself—what to investigate on Mars

Curiosity rover decides—by itself—what to investigate on Mars

Curiosity rover decides—by itself—what to investigate on Mars NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012, in part to analyze rocks to see whether the Red Planet was ever habitable (or inhabited). But now the robot has gone off script, picking out its own targets for analysis—precisely as planned. Directing a robot’s every move from another planet isn’t easy. Communication with programmers can be delayed by hours, thanks to issues with bandwidth and the alignment of relay satellites and antennas. So Curiosity was programmed to fill communications gaps by aiming…

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New superglue could seal the deal for stretchable batteries, soft robots

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New superglue could seal the deal for stretchable batteries, soft robots New ‘superglue’ could seal the deal for stretchable batteries, soft robots Superglue is great for fixing busted bookshelves, suitcase wheels, and—of course—shoes. But what if you want to fuse something a little more jiggly, like the gel cushions used to pad crumbling spinal discs? You’d be out of luck, until now. That’s because scientists have created a new kind of glue that can bond hard and soft substances to hydrogels, Jello-like materials used in everything from medical devices to…

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Inmarsats European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launches

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Inmarsats European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launches Inmarsats : A new Europe-wide wi-fi service for aeroplanes came a step closer on Wednesday night with the launch of a key satellite from French Guiana. Airline passengers will soon be able to connect to the internet either through this spacecraft or a complementary system of cell towers on the ground. The company behind the so-called European Aviation Network is Inmarsat, the UK’s biggest satellite operator. It is building the system in tandem with Deutsche Telekom of Germany. The pair hope to start services at the…

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Religion : Government hostility to religion spiked under Obama, new report finds

Government hostility to religion spiked under Obama, new report finds

  Religion : Government hostility to religion spiked under Obama, new report finds Religion : It’s hard to believe American teenagers could be arrested for delivering a prayer, but that’s the kind of nation we live in – a nation that was fundamentally transformed by the previous presidential administration. In 2011, the class president at Hampton High School in Tennessee wanted to deliver a pray at graduation. The principal issued an edict that any child who attempted to pray would be stopped, escorted from the building by police and arrested. That incident…

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HAN SOLO MOVIE TO FEATURE STAR WARS’ FIRST FEMALE DROID

HAN SOLO MOVIE TO FEATURE STAR WARS’ FIRST FEMALE DROID

HAN SOLO MOVIE TO FEATURE STAR WARS’ FIRST FEMALE DROID Last week it was reported that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be joining the Han Solo movie as a performance capture character. At the time I speculated that this either meant that she would be playing some sort of alien creature or a new Droid. A new unconfirmed report claims that Phoebe will be playing the first significant female droid in the Star Wars universe. Learn more about Star Wars first female droid, after the jump. Star Wars First Female Droid? The new info comes via Jeff…

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Cars 3 Box Office: Pixar Wins, But There’s A Catch

Cars 3 Box Office: Pixar Wins, But There's A Catch

Cars 3 Box Office: Pixar Wins, But There’s A Catch Cars 3 Box : Pixar roared back to them top of the box office this weekend as Cars 3 managed to top Wonder Woman, which still performed extremely well in its third weekend. Here’s this weekend’s chart: 1. Cars 3 $53,547,000 Total: $53,547,000 LW: N THTRS: 4,256 2. Wonder Woman $40,775,000 Total: $274,601,730 LW: 1 THTRS: 4,018 3. All Eyez on Me $27,050,000 Total: $27,050,000 LW: N THTRS: 2,471 4. The Mummy $13,916,010 Total: $56,526,710 LW: 2 THTRS: 4,034 5. 47 Meters Down…

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Why Marvel Fans Shouldn’t View Guardians Of The Galaxy 2’s Ending As Sad, According To Sean Gunn

Why Marvel Fans Shouldn't View Guardians Of The Galaxy 2's Ending As Sad, According To Sean Gunn

Why Marvel Fans Shouldn’t View Guardians Of The Galaxy 2’s Ending As Sad, According To Sean Gunn Fans Shouldn’t : While the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie ended on an upbeat note, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 went in a different direction by giving audiences a more melancholic and reflective ending. Sure the mid-credits scenes brightened moods afterwa rds, but Yondu’s death still hung heavy as we bid adieu to the MCU cosmic heroes when they were watching his funeral. However, Sean Gunn, a.k.a. Kraglin, Yondu’s former second-in-command, says that Marvel fans shouldn’t view Guardians of…

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How The First Guardians Of The Galaxy Movies Cocoon Ties Into Vol. 2

How The First Guardians Of The Galaxy Movie's Cocoon Ties Into Vol. 2

How The First Guardians Of The Galaxy Movies Cocoon Ties Into Vol. 2  Warning: SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy Movies Vol. 2 are ahead! Galaxy Movies : One of The Collector’s prized possessions in his museum before it was destroyed was a mysterious yellow cocoon, seen in both Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy Movies. When Marvel fans spotted this, there was immediate speculation that this cocoon contained Adam Warlock, as he emerged from such a chrysalis in the comics. That turned out not to be the case, and Warlock was later set…

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Darth Vader Almost Showed Up In Guardians Of The Galaxy

Darth Vader Almost Showed Up In Guardians Of The Galaxy

Darth Vader Almost Showed Up In Guardians Of The Galaxy   Darth Vader : There’s few fictional characters quite as massively popular as Star Wars‘ Darth Vader. The conflicted villain is the mascot of the franchise as a whole, with the fandom obsessed with every lightsaber swing and strained breath the the Sith Lord takes. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story provided a fantastic new battle sequence for Vader, although now it appears that he very nearly appeared in James Gunn’s original Guardians of the Galaxy movie. And while he wouldn’t have shown up to…

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Why Wonder Woman’s Ballroom Scene Was So Tricky To Shoot

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Why Wonder Woman’s Ballroom Scene Was So Tricky To Shoot Wonder Woman’s : Wonder Woman is becoming one of 2017’s top films, which must be nice for the cast and crew because for them making the movie required a lot of hard work. Surprisingly, the toughest scene to get right wasn’t any of the big action sequences. According to Wonder Woman‘s Director of Photography, the trickiest scene to shoot was actually the part in the ballroom. This was primarily due to the location where it was filmed, an old historic building, which…

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Why Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Sequel Won’t Use Villains From The Other Franchises

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Why Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Sequel Won’t Use Villains From The Other Franchises Homecoming’s : In about a week’s time, Spider-Man: Homecoming will finally arrive in theaters. And with Peter Parker now a major player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we should expect more solo films, jam packed with iconic villains from the pages of the comics. But considering that two major Spider-Man franchises have been in theaters lately, there are certain villains that have already lived on the silver screen- possibly twice. So should we expect characters like the Green Goblin, Lizard, and…

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How Matt Reeves’ Batman Will Be Like A Hitchcock Movie

How Matt Reeves' Batman Will Be Like A Hitchcock Movie

How Matt Reeves’ Batman Will Be Like A Hitchcock Movie   The upcoming standalone Batman movie is still more theoretical than real, but that doesn’t mean that director Matt Reeves doesn’t have an idea of the sort of film he wants to make. The director of the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, says that his goal with the DC Extended Universe Batman film is to use the camera to connect the character and the audience in a way reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcocknoir movie. According to Reeves… What I try to…

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How Wolverine Bizarrely Influenced The Greatest Showman’s Songs

How Wolverine Bizarrely Influenced The Greatest Showman’s Songs

How Wolverine Bizarrely Influenced The Greatest Showman’s Songs It is a well known fact that Hugh Jackman can belt out a tune as well as anyone else in Hollywood. The last time audiences got to hear the Australian in song on the big-screen was actually all the way back in 2012 when he played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Thankfully Hugh Jackman is going to right that wrong before the end of the year, as we’ll get to hear and see him in action as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. But it turns…

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How Warlock Might Be Portrayed In New Mutants

How Warlock Might Be Portrayed In New Mutants

How Warlock Might Be Portrayed In New Mutants   Portrayed : The New Mutants movie has most of its main cast assembled, but there’s still one heroic character left to be taken care of for the spinoff. Unlike the previous X-Men entries, New Mutants won’t only have mutants as its main protagonists. Well, a mutant from Earth, anyway. One of the members of this team will be Warlock, who is a mechanical organism from outer space. This franchise hasn’t used aliens before, so including Warlock will be uncharted territory for New Mutants. As for how Warlock…

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How You Can Get A Gorgeous Limited-Edition Shaun Of The Dead Poster

How You Can Get A Gorgeous Limited-Edition Shaun Of The Dead Poster

How You Can Get A Gorgeous Limited-Edition Shaun Of The Dead Poster   Gorgeous : While the cinematic universe is currently focused on Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver — as well it should, it’s amazing — Focus Features and CinemaBlend want to take you back a tad. As part of its 15th anniversary celebration, Focus Features is hosting a screening series of some of its most iconic works from the past 15 years. One of those happens to be Wright’s seminal zombie comedy, Shaun of the Dead, the first film to introduce mainstream crowds to Wright’s humor……

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The Polaroid Trailer Is Disturbing And Intriguing

The Polaroid Trailer Is Disturbing And Intriguing

The Polaroid Trailer Is Disturbing And Intriguing They say a picture is worth a thousand words… and that a scream can pretty much cover a thousand words in 3.4 seconds. With those statistics in mind, there’s quite a bit of material that Polaroid is about to cover in its trailer. And you can see just how the film is planning to drum up some scares from the audience, as we’re about to share that first look below. So the story of Polaroid is pretty simple, but very deadly. Some teens that work in an…

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Baby Driver Off To A Fast Start At The Box Office

Baby Driver Off To A Fast Start At The Box Office

Baby Driver Off To A Fast Start At The Box Office   Baby Driver : If we were still on the original box office schedule that Sony had laid out for itself in 2017, we’d still be waiting for the August 4 date that Baby Driver would have originally debuted on. But when you have an Edgar Wright film that takes SXSW by storm, and a populace that’s begging for their chance to test drive this sweet new ride, you’d be a fool not to push up the film’s release date. Well, Sony’s…

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