Summer Glau’s New Best Friend Is This Giant Robot In Webseries Jeff 1000

Summer Glau may not be a household name, but within a certain segment of the population, she’s a goddamned superstar. You love her, and you’ll always love her because she was in Firefly, not to mention the underappreciated Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She may have been a robot in that second show, but now in the webseries Jeff 1000 she’s become best buds with a 10-foot-tall, not-quite-killer mechanoid.


Here’s How Natalie Portman Says The Star Wars Prequels Almost Ruined Her Career

Natalie PortmanFor an actor, having a signature, career-defining role, can be a double-edged sword. Sure, it means that you’re permanently part of the pop culture landscape, and no matter what happens afterwards, you will always be remembered. That can also be part of the problem. No matter what, you’ll always be remembered for that one part. If it’s good, you spend the rest of your career trying to out do what you accomplished earlier, and if it’s bad, that failure will dog you. Such is the case with Natalie Portman, who claims her role in the Star Wars prequels almost ruined her career.

Prior to landing the Amidala role in George Lucas’ much-derided trilogy, Portman only had a few, largely supporting roles on her resume. She did, however, show a great deal of promise and skill beyond her young years in Luc Besson’s modern action classic Leon: The Professional. She was on the way up, but her turns in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones took her for a bit of a detour. These were big roles in movies that everyone saw, and she wasn’t particularly good. Granted, there are a great many terrible things in those movies, so it isn’t entirely on her, but her career took a hit.


This Double Amputee Controls Two Prosthetics At Once

double prostheticGFR has done a lot of reporting on the breakneck pace of the prosthetics development, including mind-controlled prosthetics and exoskeletons. It’s mind-blowing to think that someone without a limb can simply think/desire to move a bionic replacement and it will do just that, including allowing a paraplegic teen to kick a soccer ball. Now, in yet another first in the field, a double-amputee has become the first person in the world to control two prosthetic limbs at once.

40 years ago, Les Baugh lost both of his arms in an accident. He recently received two of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs, which look and feel like regular human arms; possess similar strength and flexibility; have over 100 sensors that aid in touch, pressure, and positioning; and connect to a wearer via a neural interface. In order to be fitted with the prosthetics, Baugh had to have target muscle reinnervation surgery—a recent surgical breakthrough that readies the nerves for connection to the arm by “reassigning” them.


Watch Dave Bautista Impersonate Tinkerbell In This Guardians Of The Galaxy Outtake

Dave Bautista is a big, scary dude, which is why he was the perfect choice to play Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, because the character is a big, scary dude. But the actor also has a silly side, something else that served him well in the James Gunn-directed space adventure. That has rarely, if ever, been as evident than in this outtake of him doing a Tinkerbell impression on set. Yes, this is footage of a 6 foot 6, 265 pound former professional wrestler and MMA fighter flapping around in the air like a tiny fairy, and it may be the best thing you see all day. Enjoy.


Birds May Be Able To “Hear” Approaching Storms, Here’s How

birds-sense-tornado-1_87193_990x742-578x420Animals are known for their ability to sense inclement weather before it arrives—horses get agitated, dogs get hyper and weird. As skies darken and wind kicks up, animals generally demonstrate that they know something’s up. But a new study on golden-winged warblers suggests that birds may have weather forecasting abilities that far eclipse anything we’ve previously observed.

Back in April, severe weather, including tornadoes, ripped through the Great Plains. In Tennessee, the warblers were busy breeding, when suddenly they took off and headed to Florida. Either they wanted to retire and play shuffleboard, or something else was going on. In a study published in Current Biology, researchers from the University of Tennessee and the University of Minnesota theorize that the birds were able to hear the incoming storms more than 24 hours before they hit thanks to something called “infrasound,” which is a low-frequency noise humans can’t hear.


This Creepy Helix Season 2 Trailer Has Cults, Zombies, Islands, And More

Season 1 of Syfy’s bio-thriller Helix was, by almost all accounts, an up and down affair. Still, it was strong enough that the cable network gave the Ronald Moore-produced series a season 2, which kicks off early next year, and to hype their original content, they released this action heavy new trailer.

If you’re caught up on Helix, you know that the narrative eschewed the ice cold confinement of an arctic research base for a less snow-bound locale, an island in the middle of the sea, which offers a different kind of solitude and isolation. After discovering what is best described as a death boat, the intrepid CDC team investigates, but they’re not going to like what they find.