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Young Ones Is An Ambitiously Artsy Story Of Survival And Desperation

Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.

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Why You Should Be Watching Black Mirror

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Oblivion’s Joseph Kosinski Directed This Live-Action Destiny Trailer

Bungie is launching its next great gaming franchise next week with the much-anticipated release of Destiny. Well, they apparently wanted to introduce the game to the world in style, since they hired Oblivion/Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski to direct a badass live-action Destiny trailer. Here’s the official synopsis for Kosinski’s Destiny short, which you can see above:

A Fireteam heads out on an epic, action-packed road trip across our Solar System to face our enemies, take back what is ours and, in the end, Become Legend. Featuring ‘Immigrant Song’ by Led Zeppelin.

Destiny is set in the distant future, after mankind had spread throughout the solar system in a Golden Age jumpstarted by a mysterious alien sphere/artifact known as “the Traveler.” Unfortunately, that Golden Age was smacked back down to Tin after enemies of the Traveler arrived to ruin everyone’s day. Players take on the role of Guardians, defenders of the last great human city on Earth, as they attempt to drive back the darkness and reclaim Earth, Mars, Venus, and beyond.

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Scientists Sequence A Coffee Bean Genome

coffeeSequencing genomes is a pretty big deal in the science world. It can help diagnos previously elusive conditions or give us insight into the human race that we didn’t previously have, such as how much DNA we share we Neanderthals. The first sequencing was of a specific kind of bacteria back in 1977, and not long after, scientists sequenced the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mono. Since then, scientists have sequenced all kinds of genomes of vegetables, fish, birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals, as well as that of the woolly mammoth. And of course, the human genome. Now, scientists have sequenced the Coffea canephora genome, a particular coffee bean that helps about a third of the world’s coffee drinkers get their fix.

Certainly, we don’t need to understand the genomic sequence of coffee to enjoy its benefits. But sequencing this particular bean gives scientists insights into how coffee has evolved over time, particularly when it comes to producing caffeine. Turns out, it’s unclear how exactly caffeine comes from these plants. The recent study published in Science may provide some answers—or at least some leads.

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Homemade Inception Trailer Will Make You Dream Of Cardboard And Paper

Are you actually sitting down and reading this right now? Or are you only dreaming about dreaming about reading this story? Is Leondardo DiCaprio here, or is it just a guy acting like him? Questions like this come up all the time when homemade versions of the original Inception trailer are afoot. And look, there’s one now.

The crafty squad at CineFix are at it again here, taking Christopher Nolan’s $160 million sci-fi actioner and bringing it down to a “summer camp arts and crafts group meeting” level. Which is far more glorious than my description may have you believe. I can barely draw on paper, much less turn mass amounts of it into anything that resembles a movie set depicting a city block turning over on itself. When people say go big or go home, I’m usually already at home.

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The Walking Dead: AMC Orders Spinoff Pilot, Surprising Absolutely No One

The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-PromoGiven the popularity of the flag-ship franchise, this should come as no surprise, but AMC has officially ordered a pilot for the long-gestating spinoff of their hit zombie drama The Walking Dead. The pilot is scheduled to begin production sometime later this year, but aside from that there’s no word on locations or casting or any of the usual stuff that might give us an idea about the plot.

Since its beginnings in 2010, The Walking Dead has been a huge hit, and has been the number one television show for the coveted 18-49-year-old bracket for the last two years, and it’s already stunning popularity is only increasing. It still maintain that this was as much of a surprise to the network as it was for the rest of us, otherwise why did they only order six episodes for the first season.

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Scientists Swap Out Bad Memories For Good Ones In Mice

miceBoth science fiction and actual science have demonstrated the malleability of memory, from implanting artificial memories to suppressing bad ones. MIT researchers recently added to the body of memory work with their recent publication in Nature about swapping positive and negative memories in lab mice.

Memories are complicated. For one thing, as soon as we experience something, our brains go to work, associating the memory with context, whether it’s emotional or geographical or involving the people surrounding the event. Because memories aren’t exact recordings of what has actually happened (which is what makes eyewitnesses notoriously unreliable), psychologists and scientists have long been toying with it, seeing how they can manipulate people to either create new associations surrounding an event, remember things that had been long buried, or even implant new memories. MIT’s recent study sought to identify the neurological basis for such ideas.

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Al Pacino Loved Guardians Of The Galaxy, Would Make A Marvel Movie

Al PacinoAl Pacino is a living legend, but recent times have seen some of the sheen come off the Academy Award-winner. Seriously, why does he rap on Jack and Jill? Actually, why the hell is he in that movie at all? Despite a lull, it’s looking like he might be in for a bit of a career renaissance, getting good reviews for his turns in indies like Manglehorn and The Humbling, both of which recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. But could this resurgence include a stint in a Marvel movie? Pacino seems like he’s rather fond of the idea.

The Godfather star must have recently watched Guardians of the Galaxy, because he spent part of this past weekend raving about it. He said, “I just saw Guardians of the Galaxy…It was amazing. I did find it the most entertaining, inventive, beautiful film.”