"“The kids love the Batman! They love the gears and the steams and the punkiness! They also love mashing things together!”—someone, somewhere at Square-Enix, before deciding to unleash this wonderfully insane action figure onto the general populace."
"Ebola is one of the most frightening viruses of modern times and the recent outbreak in West Africa sparked a worldwide effort to contain it. Though it is far from under control in much of the region, there is a glimmer of hope as the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that in trials, a vaccine called VSV-EBOV has proven to be 100 percent effective in protecting individuals."
"Scientists say we blew it. We bought too many plastic trinkets from Walmart; we drove too many gas-guzzling Broncos. We made babies like rabbits without questioning if the planet could handle so many people. Well, it looks like it couldn’t. Climate change is here to stay, and it’ll probably end up affecting nearly every aspect of our lives over the next century."
"The “blue moon” made news on Friday, but what about a blue sun? This eerie and gorgeous image of the sun was snapped on July 15 using the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager aboard NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft, “which collects images in wavelengths of light that are invisible to the human eye.”"
"Fifteen years ago, there was a Dungeons and Dragons movie. And it sucked. Well now, Warner Bros. has cleared up the rights issues and announced they’re moving forward with a new movie not just based on the RPG, but on its immensely popular Forgotten Realms setting."
"Hard to think of a better way to start your work week than a juicy Star Wars rumor, right? The latest one is a doozy and it concerns Felicity Jones’ lead role in 2016’s Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Rumor is, she’s the daughter of Boba Fett."
"When physicists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar were tasked by DARPA to modify graphene so that it provided thermal sensitivity like that of infrared imaging devices, they didn’t know what they’d end up with. Now, through hard work and a little luck, they have a new kind of super material on their hands."
"We’re very deep into the Game of Thrones off-season, but that doesn’t mean news can’t break about the series anyway. Speaking at the Television Critics Association, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo spoke about the future of the channel’s flagship series, and how long it’s probably going to run."
"Complex molecules that could be key building blocks of life, the daily rise and fall of temperature, and an assessment of the surface properties and internal structure of the comet are just some of the highlights of the first scientific analysis of the data returned by Rosetta’s lander Philae last November."
"I gotta say, the guy is like a real-life superhero," Abrams told host Jon Stewart, 52. "We actually were filming a scene and there was an accident on set, there was a hydraulic door that went down. He was pushed down and his ankle goes 90 degrees. And he's down there and he's toughing it out. He's a super human being and he's literally lying there making jokes"
"Flip phones used to rule the world. Just ask Motorola: Its clamshell phone, the Razr, was one of the most popular phones of the last decade, selling more than 130 million units during its four-year run."
"It’s no secret that American businesses and the government are under constant attack from hackers around the world. That’s just the nature of living in the 21st century. But a new audit says that America is even less prepared to defend against these attacks than we thought."
"A new and surprising component of human hair has just been discovered, according to research recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association. Remarkably, it’s a discovery that could lead to improved hair products."
"Most humans can’t sing. But that doesn’t stop them from belting out songs in the shower or whistling a tune in traffic or drunkenly grabbing the mic during karoake. It should. Maybe this machine can shame us. It’s a singing machine that sings love songs from the 90’s with emotion unexpected from a machine."
"Last night’s Mr. Robot was intense—and arguably the most dystopian episode so far. After breaking into a world-class data center last week, Elliot’s next hacking assignment is a prison. But this time, there’s way more on the line. COMMENCE SPOILERS."
"The ESA’s attempt to land a probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko didn’t go as planned, but the mission has been far from a failure. A recent analysis of Philae’s harrowing journey across the comet has revealed some fascinating clues about its surface, while providing critical insights for future comet missions."