It’s been a big day for medical science news, but then again, you could say that about pretty much any day. Suffice it to say, the future is going to be damn interesting, thanks in part to rapid and numerous advances in biotechnology. Here’s one more to add to that list: the creation of a synthetic—and possibly improved—yeast chromosome.
More artificial than intelligent.
Lock the chevrons in place…
The future is history.
We’re getting to the point where we can damn near expect to hear daily news from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Godzilla reboot. Before long it’s going to be every hour on the hour. Last week we got more than half a dozen TV spots, plus an extended look. Yesterday we saw a cool, high-contrast black and white poster. Today brings two short featurettes that introduce viewers to director Gareth Edwards.
According to reports, J.J. Abrams and company have already begun filming their return to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away. In addition to that, we recently learned that they also plan to revisit at least one world that fans will be familiar with. While we knew that the production is building an “extensive recreation” of Tatooine, we didn’t know where this was all going down. That, however, has all changed now, as we received word that Abu Dhabi will serve as a stand-in for the barren, desolate planet.
Scientists and transhumanists like Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey believe that humans can, should, and will eventually “solve” the problem of aging and death. They believe the human body can be altered on a biological and genetic level and programmed away from age-related decay and disease. It’s a controversial topic, but regardless of your stance on the pursuit of radical life extension and immortality, science has moved one step closer to realizing this goal. For the first time, scientists have regenerated a living organ.
The Guardians of the Galaxy crew is back with three awesome new stills. And if that isn’t enough to sate your hunger for the upcoming cosmic adventure, director James Gunn also drops a few hints about how the film connects to the rapidly expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. There is also news about a novel, yes a novel, that follows the continuing adventures of bestest buds Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel).
I wasn’t born yet when Psycho or Jaws were originally released in theaters, so I never quite had the innate fear of showers and sharks that those films inspired. But I’m pretty sure Matt Reeves’ hairy scary thriller Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is going to give some kids nightmares about smart monkeys walking through the woods behind their houses, guns and lanterns in tow. Before we get to these new stills, though, I’m just going to go over and close my windows, blinds, and curtains. You guys don’t hear that horrible squealing out there do you? I didn’t think so.