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Tarzan Animated Trailer Has Ape-Men, Jungles, And…Alien Worms?

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We’ve seen variations on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ tales of Tarzan many times over the years, from the classic Johnny Weissmuller serials of the ‘40s, to 1984’s Graystoke: The Legend of Tarzan starring Christopher Lambert, to Disney’s 1999 animated version. The trailer above for a new version of this story follows the normal pattern: a young boy, raised in the jungle by apes. A beautiful girl named Jane. The incursion of civilization into Tarzan’s untouched wilderness home. And, of course, aliens.

Wait…what?

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Cloned Horses Allowed To Race And Zombie Worms Found In Antarctic

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The animal kingdom is capturing all kinds of headlines this week, what with newly discovered carnivorous mammals making cloud forests all the more frighteningly cuddlesome. But those guys aren’t quite as disturbing as the zombiezombie worms terrorizing the Antarctic floor. More on them later, because we’re going to talk about how cloned horses can legally race now. (It’d be really nice if someone could figure out a way to make the above paragraph translate into one of Nostradamus’ quatrains.)

Since 2007, a small number of members from the American Quarter Horse Association, one of the largest horse breeding groups in the country, have been trying to get a rule change on allowing horses or relatives of horses created by cloning to be allowed registration into the group. This week, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ordered the AQHA to change its policies, allowing the cloned horses into the mighty ranks of their non-genetically-altered money-making brethren. While the MLB is up to its metaphorical eyeballs in athletes getting popped for performance-enhancing drugs, horse racing will soon see science-based creations get the red carpet laid out for them. Obviously those two instances aren’t directly related, but it strikes an odd chord. Can you imagine once people get into the genetic modification game?

The decision doesn’t come without some backlash, of course. The privately-run AQHA, home to 280,000 members and over 750,000 animals, are appealing the ruling, claiming their rules are lawful and that cloned horses do nothing to improve the bloodline of the breed and could potentially narrow the gene pool down, causing worse genetic diseases to occur. Robinson will likely sign the documents later this week, and it’ll be another 30 days before it will go into effect. So the AQHA better hope that appeal goes through almost immediately.

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Genetically Mutated Silkworms Create Glow-In-The-Dark Silk, Because It’s Cooler Than Not Doing That

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WeddingAnimals that glow in the dark, or animals that make things that glow in the dark, are among the coolest animals ever to exist. I don’t know where that particular notion is specifically stated elsewhere in the world, but I know it to be true. Just behind them are animals that know how I take my coffee, and then make my coffee. In 10 years, my dog has yet to make this happen. Bad dog.

A group of Japanese researchers recently published a study revealing they’ve been hard at work genetically altering silkworm DNA to produce florescent strands of silk, even going so far as to make the silk viable for everyday use. We all know that mutant animals sometimes end up saving the world, so this sounds pretty radical, right? Cowabunga!

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Joss Whedon Calls The Climax Of Avengers: Age Of Ultron “Unhinged”

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AvengersWe’ve seen footage of a crazy ass battle from Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Iron Man and his Hulkbuster armor butt heads with the Hulk. That looks awesome, but we’ve also heard that’s not from even anywhere near the climax. And if you thought Earth’s Mightiest Heroes facing off against Loki’s Chitauri army at the end of the first film was nuts, according to Joss Whedon, we haven’t seen anything yet.

Avengers 2 looks to be bigger in every way than the first. The director says that wasn’t the intent, but it apparently didn’t stop him from going all out with Age of Ultron. Talking to Yahoo, he says, “I didn’t mean for it to get larger, but the climax that I pitched was completely unhinged and nobody said no, so that’s that.”

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Old Friends Collide In This Avengers: Age Of Ultron Photo And Promo Art

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Avengers Age of UltronDespite what anyone says, and no matter how many time James Gunn speaks to the contrary, The Avengers is the centerpiece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s not to say that there isn’t room for films like Guardians of the Galaxy to be their own thing, but Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is the sun that all these planets orbit around. This is where the individual threads like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and others all come together, and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be a massive collision. To further their impending cinematic takeover, the studio has released this new image of the key players and some badass promo art.

The first Avengers movie isn’t just an end, it’s also a beginning. It’s where all of these various storylines finally come together, but at the same time, it’s the embarkation point for a variety of new directions for the MCU. Out of nowhere you have all these other things to contend with, like gods and aliens, and while up to this point these operations had all taken place in relative secret, now they’re out there, part of the public consciousness, which is a whole other can of worms.

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Computer Vision Is Closing The Gap

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image recognitionOne of the biggest breakthroughs in computer science has been the ability to simulate human neural networks via programs and algorithms, thereby combining the power of artificial intelligence with the computing power of the human brain. This advancement will aid in creating artificial “superintelligence,” as well as figuring out how the human brain works in an attempt to simulate it — and perhaps consciousness itself — in a machine (which scientists recently did with a worm). One specific aspect of mimicking human neural networks that has been particularly challenging is vision and object recognition, which has recently yielded some impressive and promising results, and now has taken another leap forward. Neuroscientists at MIT recently conducted a study that indicates that recent advancements in “deep neural networks” allow computer networks to see and recognize objects just as well as primates.