"Let’s be very clear here: There is simply no possibility that Asteroid 2013 TX68 will get close enough to hit Earth when it flies by on March 5th. What it may do, though, is come close enough to be visible."
"The stars are hyping it. The director has been teasing it. It’s really not that far off. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIIIwill be going into production very soon, and as that date approaches, we’ve already started thinking about what we’d really love to see in the movie come December 2017.'
"To anyone who ever tells you that programming isn’t creative, show them this. In this video, Sébastien Rannou recreates the whole of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic” using just a hundred or so lines of code. And it sounds pretty damn great."
"What do you get when you combine 15 radio telescopes on Earth and one in space? You get an enormous “virtual telescope” that is 63,000 miles across. And when you point it at a distant black hole, you get the highest resolution image every seen in astronomy."
"Scientists have long pondered what lies beneath the surface of comet 67P, but a study out in Nature this week has the answer: dust. Lots and lots of dust. I was hoping for space gremlins, but to planetary scientists this result is almost as exciting."
"On his 50th birthday in September, director Bryan Singer posted an Instagram photo of a script he’d co-written for a new adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, dubbing it “a story I’ve wanted to retell since childhood ... an adventure very dear to my heart.” And now, it’s happening."
"Villains from movies come in all shapes and colors and quirks and motivations but they all have one thing in common: their smile. They all smile that same maniacal howl where they’re in a joke that no one else is on. It’s proof that they see the world completely different from the rest of us. It’s that crazy darkness that pushes them. And to watch all these super villains from movies smile that same smile one after the other in this video by Semih Okmn, it’s almost sickening to see (even though we know it’s fake, duh)."
"Today, a Facebook post revealed that each Facebook user is an average of only 3.57 connections away from all users on the site. That by itself is interesting, but instead, Facebook’s comparing it to the popular theory of six degrees of separation—presenting its user base and the general population as two groups that, hell, may as well be considered one in the same!"
"It’s home to just a half-million people, but Luxembourg is not thinking small when it comes to the future. Earlier today, this tiny European nation announced its intentions to back commercial asteroid-mining ventures, and in so doing, is positioning itself as an international leader in this promising area.'
"There have been rumors that Marvel Studios has been going to turn Greg Pak’s hit comic saga Planet Hulk into a movie for years. It’s also been tied to Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, and now Thor: Ragnorak, too. But why are people obsessed with Planet Hulk getting a movie, when there are other, more appropriate Hulk stories available?'
"Physicists in Germany have used an experimental nuclear fusion device to produce hydrogen plasma in a process similar to what happens on the Sun. The test marks an important milestone on the road towards this super-futuristic source of cheap and clean nuclear energy. "
"Superman’s been having a rough time of it lately, but things are getting better after he made a rather dumb decision to get his superpowers back. It kind of worked, and it’s given Superman an entirely new power that is most definitely not on the level of heat vision or superspeed or something.
"Finishing this weekend with $1.983 billion and with a stack of box office records already under its belt, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the latest outing in cinema’s most famous sci-fi adventure — is destined for two final headline-grabbing achievements. By Sunday, it will become only the second film in history to pass $2 billion at the worldwide box office during its first theatrical run, and the first film to pass $900 million at the domestic box office (it’s already the first film to top $800 million in North America)."
"CineFix did a pretty solid job in creating a list for the best opening shots in movie history so its fitting that they would try and do something even harder, making the 10 best closing shots in movie history. If you’ve watched movies in your life, you should already know what will pop up on this sort of list and hopefully you’ll be reminded of some films you’ve forgotten or some you didn’t even realize ended so great."
"When NASA’s first mission to Mars kicks off in 2018, the goal is to make sure that their new rocket can make it out there, before they start sending people. So, instead of a crew, this first mission will be filled with equipment for 13 science projects, including a gigantic laser flashlight that will orbit the Moon."