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Richard Feynman’s Legendary Physics Lectures Are Now Online For Free

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Richard FeynmanRichard Feynman is a total badass, though maybe not in the way we traditionally use that term. We’re not talking about a grim, grizzled action hero in the Snake Plissken or Ellen Ripley mold. There’s no gun-slinging or alien fighting. No, this time we’re talking about more of a mad scientist, crazy genius kind of badass. If you’re in the mood for some light reading—and by light, I mean theoretical particle physics, fluid dynamics, quantum mechanics, and more—you can now access his legendary Feynman Lectures on Physics online for free. And what better way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend than by diving into some quantum electrodynamics?

These celebrated lectures, which have previously been collected in various volumes and editions, are now online, again for free, and available to anyone with an internet connection thanks to the folks a the California Institute of Technology, where Feynman taught and did some of his most notable work. (Check them out HERE.) All three volumes are up for your perusal. There’s Volume I: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation and Heat, Volume II: Mainly Electromagnetism and Matter, and Volume III: Quantum Mechanics. Each one is broken down into chapters and subchapters galore. Like I said, light reading.

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Firefly, Ghostbusters, And More Get Kid-ified In Art That Will Make You Go Dawwwww

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Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the few true box office saviors this summer, so have having raked in $425 million worldwide so far. While moviegoers might be getting weary of seeing superhero origin stories, Guardians’ tale of how Star-Lord, Rocket, and the rest became a team was so damn charming and funny that it’s almost impossible to dislike. But what if they’d met and decided to guard the galaxy much earlier in their lives? Say, when they were all still knee-high to a Kree? It might look something like this.

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The Sci-Fi Expendables: We Recruit The Ultimate Team Of SF Badasses

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Sly Stallone and damn near every other aging action star on the planet took to the big screen again this past weekend in The Expendables 3. We can take that franchise or leave it, but we do have to admit we love the concept of uniting a team of utter badasses from assorted franchises we know and love (or love to hate). So let’s eject Stallone, Statham, and the rest and instead assemble the ultimate Sci-Fi Expendables team, the first and only people you need to call if you need some dirty deeds done right (but not dirt cheap). The GFR team put our heads together to figure out who should make the team, and after some arguing, a lot of swearing, and one really undignified slap-fight, we came up with 16 candidates…the same number of folks on the Expendables 3 poster. Here’s who made the cut.

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When you first met Sarah Connor, she was a meek, mild-mannered waitress just sort of floating aimlessly through her life. Encounters with a vicious, single-minded cyborg from the future, sent back to hunt you down so your son is never born, have a way of changing that. Over the course of the first two movies in the Terminator movies, Sarah transforms into a serious action star, teaching herself all manner of combat and survival skills, actively seeking out any and all knowledge that might help her in her one-woman war against Cyberdyne Systems and a future ruled by human-hunting machines. Basically, she’s a perfect addition to your team of mercs, and will always be working to improve her already ample skill set and add to the team.

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Alien: Isolation Improvises A Cinematic New CGI Trailer

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Some of you may still be looking for a way to forget Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s latest foray into the universe he created in 1979 with Alien, and wash away that experience. (It’s a deeply flawed movie, to be sure, but I still kind of dig it.) If that’s the case, and you’re into video games, we might have just the thing for you. We’ve been talking about Alien: Isolation for a while now, and with the game dropping on October 7, the promotion for Creative Assembly’s newest offering has been coming in a steady stream. The latest piece is this intense trailer, titled “Improvise.”

In this footage, which a little tag informs you is not actual gameplay, the idea of improvisation references the character’s action, using parts from a toy to fix an alien detection device. In a larger sense, it has to do with how the game is set up. The creative team went to great lengths to make sure that the way you play the game is never the same twice. Creatures and items aren’t in the same place every time, and they wanted to give it a real world feel by adding these elements and this sense of improvisational fluidity.

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Check Out This Classic Press Video For James Cameron’s Aliens

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Being the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s horror sci-fi classic Alien it’s easy to overlook that James Cameron’s follow up, 1986’s Aliens is also a badass piece of sci-fi cinema in its own right. If you need a reminder of that fact—you probably don’t need anyone to remind you about how awesome this movie is—just check out this vintage behind the scenes look at the film from the original release.

Aliens picks up 50 years after the events of the original. Heroine Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) has been asleep the entire time, haunted by dreams of what happened on the Nostromo, which, we all know, would be more than enough to traumatize every last one of us. When she wakes up, she finds herself in another kind of nightmare, one where no one believes her and acts like she’s crazy. There can’t possibly be an unholy army of armor plated alien killing machines with acid for blood lurking out there in space, can there?

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Sigourney Weaver And The Original Cast Of Alien Talk Alien: Isolation

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Every few years a video game comes along that makes me wish I played video games. Red Dead: Redemption is like they went into my brain and pulled a sprawling western narrative directly out of my skull. But I played it for like five minutes before I handed the controller over to a friend. Alien: Isolation is the latest addition to this pantheon. Again, it’s like they made a game specifically with me in mind, and while I know that I’m not going to play it, I very much appreciate that it exists. And the fact that the original cast from Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien got back together for some additional DLC missions only makes it that much more awesome. Check out this video of Ellen Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver, and her shipmates on the Nostromo talking about their role in the game.

Set between Alien and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens, Isolation puts you in the point of view of Amanda Ripley, Ellen’s daughter who is first mentioned in the Aliens director’s cut. It’s 15 years after her mother’s disappearance, and Amanda works for the ubiquitous Weyland-Yutani Corporation. When they come across the flight recorder for the ill-fated Nostromo, her search for mommy dearest takes her to the planet Sevastopol, where she finds more than she’s looking for. And by that I mean aliens, nasty, acid-blooded aliens.