Vingtcinq espèces de primates sont en danger critique dextinction

first_imgVingt-cinq espèces de primates sont en danger critique d’extinctionMonde – D’après un rapport publié jeudi par l’Union mondiale pour la nature (UICN), vingt-cinq espèces de primates seraient en danger immédiat d’extinction. Toutes sont amenées à disparaître si aucune mesure efficace n’est rapidement prise pour les protéger.Sur les 634 espèces de primates vivant sur Terre, 48% sont inscrites sur la liste rouge des espèces menacées de l’UICN. Une situation d’autant plus inquiétante que cette progression est extrêmement rapide. En effet, en 2007, seul un tiers des primates était en danger.À lire aussiUne femme meurt après avoir été mordillée par son chiotD’après le rapport de l’UICN, élaboré grâce aux études de quatre-vingt-cinq experts internationaux, parmi les espèces les plus menacées de disparition, cinq se trouvent à Madagascar, six sur le continent africain, onze en Asie et trois en Amérique du Sud ou centrale. Le primate le plus en danger est le langur de Cat Ba. Vivant dans le nord-est du Vietnam, seuls 60 à 70 individus de cette espèce subsisteraient.L’UICN souligne toutefois que les espèces les plus menacées ne sont pas toujours celles dont les populations sont les plus réduites mais souvent celles qui sont encore chassées par l’Homme et dont les habitats sont détruits.”Les primates font partie des groupes de vertébrés les plus en danger” du règne animal déplore le président du groupe de spécialistes sur les primates de l’UICN, Russell Mittermeier. Dresser la liste des 25 espèces les plus menacées a pour but “d’attirer l’attention du public, d’inciter les gouvernements à faire plus, et plus particulièrement de trouver les moyens de mettre en œuvre les mesures de conservation à prendre de toute urgence” explique-t-il.Le 19 février 2010 à 10:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une application iPhone pour anticiper les allergies

first_imgUne application iPhone pour anticiper les allergiesUne nouvelle application iPhone baptisée Alerte pollen propose aux personnes allergiques de surveiller les niveaux de pollen et d’avertir des pics allergiques.Développée par Swiss Life en partenariat avec le Réseau de surveillance aérobiologique (RNSA), cette nouvelle application iPhone pourrait bien devenir le logiciel indispensable aux personnes allergiques.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Disponible gratuitement sur l’App Store, Alerte Pollen propose en effet aux utilisateurs de surveiller l’arrivée des pollens et d’anticiper les pics allergiques. Une fonctionnalité qui ne résout évidemment pas le problème de l’allergie mais qui pourrait permettre aux personnes de mieux gérer leur maladie.Via l’application, les utilisateurs ont la possibilité de créer des alertes pour se tenir au courant des niveaux de pollens et ce, dans le ou les départements de leur choix. Des alertes qu’ils reçoivent ensuite quotidiennement. De très faibles à très élevés, les risques sont classés en fonction de leur force et les informations fournies concernent tous les types de pollens, des arbres aux herbacées. Le 25 mars 2011 à 16:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le Palais de la Découverte célèbre les 50 ans du vol de

first_imgLe Palais de la Découverte célèbre les 50 ans du vol de GagarineAujourd’hui s’ouvre au Palais de la Découverte de Paris une exposition consacrée au cinquantième anniversaire du premier vol spatial habité, baptisée “Youri Gagarine, une révolution”. Maxisciences était présent à la soirée inaugurale d’hier, qui réunissait les plus grands spationautes de l’ESA et cosmonautes russes. L’occasion de rendre hommage au premier homme dans l’espace et d’évoquer le futur de la conquête spatiale.”Ce premier voyage dans l’espace (le 12 avril 1961, ndlr) a renversé les bases de la science et notre vision du monde”. Le ton de la soirée parisienne consacrée à Youri Gagarine est donné par Nikolaï Birioukov, directeur général de l’agence de presse russe RIA Novosti, dont le personnel a sélectionné les photographies nouvellement exposées au Palais de la Découverte. Ainsi, cinquante ans après, l’exploit de Youri Gagarine fascine plus que jamais. Car au cours du premier vol spatial habité de l’histoire de l’humanité, il a non seulement effectué une révolution complète autour de la Terre à bord du vaisseau Vostok, mais aussi ouvert l’accès de l’homme à l’espace. Une véritable rupture, que le Palais de la Découverte a donc voulu célébrer en images à travers l’exposition “Youri Gagarine, une révolution”. Conçue par l’agence de presse russe avec le soutien des agences spatiales française (CNES), européenne (ESA) et russe (Roskomos), elle présente une série de trente-trois photographies, infographies et vidéos sur ce vol historique. Elle comprend également des clichés de la poursuite de l’exploration de l’espace – les photos de la première femme cosmonaute, Valentina Terechkova, ainsi que celles de la station Mir et de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Une source d’inspiration pour de nombreux astronautesLors de l’inauguration de l’exposition, les plus grands spationautes européens dont Jean-Loup Chrétien (premier Français dans l’espace, en 1982) et Jean-Pierre Haigneré, ont salué le courage de cet homme qui a accepté d’entreprendre ce voyage hors du commun alors que personne ne savait à l’époque comment préparer quelqu’un pour un tel périple. Nouvelle recrue de l’ESA, le Français Thomas Pesquet, 33 ans, a expliqué avoir “énormément d’admiration” pour Youri Gagarine ainsi que pour les astronautes qui lui ont emboîté le pas, et avoir “à coeur de véhiculer toutes ces valeurs humaines ainsi que de perpétuer de tels succès technologiques”.Deux films inédits, projetés à l’occasion de cette soirée, ont beaucoup mis l’accent sur la personnalité de Youri Gagarine, “très ouvert, bienveillant, qui n’a jamais cherché à se démarquer”, et très admiré par les citoyens du monde entier et pas seulement en Russie. Suite à cela, Jean Pierre Haigneré, astronaute de l’ESA et précédemment du CNES, a déclaré : “C’est quelqu’un qui nous donne envie de continuer et aller encore plus loin”.Prochaine étape, la planète Mars ?Aller encore plus loin, mais jusqu’où ? Et quelles seront les prochaines étapes de la conquête spatiale, qui semble un peu morose ces dernières années depuis que la course s’est ralentie à la fin de la Guerre froide ? “On essaye de s’approprier l’environnement, de le maîtriser, cela prend du temps. Maintenant il est temps d’y retourner, d’aller voir au-delà de l’orbite basse terrestre. A l’avenir on veut aller vers la Lune et surtout vers Mars”, répond l’astronaute Thomas Pesquet. Premier Français a avoir voyagé dans l’espace, Jean-Loup Chrétien compare la situation actuelle à celle des “marins aventuriers du XVIIIe siècle, qui ont d’abord navigué sur les fleuves, puis ont décidé tout d’un coup de traverser l’Atlantique”.À lire aussiInternet : l’ISS double sa connexionMichel Tognini, Chef du centre européen des astronautes, renchérit : “On est dans un contexte où on peut partager nos moyens et nos ressources, c’est un moteur”. La coopération internationale paraît donc incontournable dans le futur. Un responsable de l’ESA fait même le pari qu’elle va s’élargir : “Dans l’équipe de Mars500, qui simule un voyage vers la planète rouge depuis juillet dernier, il y a un Chinois, c’est la première fois dans une équipe internationale”. En attendant ces prochaines étapes, qui nous paraissent encore comme appartenant au domaine de la science fiction, les astronautes continuent de s’entraîner très dur et de rêver des étoiles, comme le faisait Youri Gagarine avant le 12 avril 1961. Ceux qui ont envie de revivre son périple historique sont invités à découvrir ces photographies peu connues des archives de RIA Novosti installées au Palais de la Découverte jusqu’au 28 août prochain. Découvrez quelques uns de ces clichés sur Maxisciences. Le 5 avril 2011 à 14:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Freezer lauteur du logiciel condamné à 6 mois de prison avec sursis

first_imgFreezer : l’auteur du logiciel condamné à 6 mois de prison avec sursisSimon Richert, le jeune créateur du logiciel Freezer, vient d’être condamné à six mois de prison avec sursis et 15.000 euros de dommages et intérêts. Avec son logiciel, l’étudiant lorrain de 20 ans permettait aux internautes d’enregistrer en MP3 la musique mise en ligne par les sites de streaming.En 2008, Simon Richert, étudiant à l’Ecole polytechnique de Lausanne en Suisse, avait développé et diffusé sur Internet un logiciel, baptisé Freezer, qui permettait de capter le flux d’un service d’écoute de musique en streaming et de l’enregistrer en format MP3. Un outil qui a bien sûr remporté un vif succès auprès des internautes, surtout avec la création de l’Hadopi.À lire aussiLe baladeur : du walkman au MP3… 30 ans d’évolutionLes sites de streaming, parmi lesquels Deezer, ont alors porté plainte contre le jeune homme. Une action soutenue par la Sacem (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs, et Editeurs de musique) et la SCPP (Société Civile des Producteurs Phonographiques). Toutes deux ont à leur déposé plainte, pour “incitation du public à l’usage de logiciel manifestement destiné à la mise à disposition non autorisée d’œuvres protégées”. Comme le rapporte ZDnet, la sentence vient d’être prononcée, et Simon Richert a écopé de six mois de prison avec sursis. Il devra en outre verser 15.000 euros de dommages et intérêts aux plaignants qui réclamaient 94.000 euros.Le 10 juin 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Windows 8 500000 copies de la preview téléchargées

first_imgWindows 8 : 500.000 copies de la preview téléchargéesEn douze heures seulement, quelque 500.000 copies de la version preview de Windows 8 ont été téléchargées. Un succès dont Steve Ballmer, le PDG de Microsoft, s’est félicité lors de la conférence Build, organisée chaque année par le géant de Redmond, et réservée aux développeurs.Douze heures après avoir été mise en ligne gratuitement par Microsoft, la première version de Windows 8 avait été téléchargée un demi-million de fois. Un succès dont s’est targué Steve Ballmer, le patron de la firme de Redmond, lors de la conférence Build, qui réunit chaque année les développeurs, rapporte le Figaro. Si la version préliminaire de Windows 8 est avant tout destinée à ces derniers, elle peut être téléchargée par tous.À lire aussiMicrosoft : le brevet du “câlin connecté” déposé !Le PDG de Microsoft a admis qu’il restait un “long chemin à parcourir” avant que la version définitive du système d’exploitation voit le jour. Et d’évoquer notamment le fonctionnement de l’OS sur des machines dotées de processeurs ARM, et non plus seulement Intel. Lors de sa présentation officielle, Windows 8 a été décrit comme un OS marchant “magnifiquement sur toute une gamme d’appareils, des tablettes aux ordinateurs portables de 10 pouces, jusqu’aux ordinateurs tout-en-un avec des écrans haute définition de 27 pouces” (voir notre article). Microsoft a distribué 5.000 tablettes Samsung fonctionnant avec la preview aux développeurs présents à la conférence Build qui ont ainsi pu avoir un aperçu du futur Windows 8.Le 15 septembre 2011 à 14:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nucléaire lASN recommande daméliorer la robustesse des centrales

first_imgNucléaire : l’ASN recommande d’améliorer la robustesse des centrales L’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) a rendu mardi 3 janvier, son rapport sur les évaluations de sûreté complémentaires menées sur les 58 réacteurs que compte la France. Si l’autorité ne recommande la fermeture d’aucun site, elle insiste sur la nécessité de renforcer leur robustesse en cas de situation extrême.”L’ASN considère que les installations examinées présentent un niveau de sûreté suffisant pour qu’elle ne demande l’arrêt immédiat d’aucune d’entre elles”, annonce l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire dans son rapport sur les évaluations complémentaires de sûreté (ECS) menées sur les 58 réacteurs du pays à la demande du gouvernement au lendemain de la catastrophe de Fukushima. Remis aujourd’hui au Premier ministre François Fillon par André-Claude Lacoste, le président de l’ASN, le document souligne toutefois la nécessité “d’augmenter dans les meilleurs délais, au-delà des marges de sûreté dont elles disposent déjà, leur robustesse face à des situations extrêmes”. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylL’Autorité annonce alors sa volonté d’imposer aux exploitants un ensemble de dispositions, et entend renforcer ses exigences de sûreté relatives à la prévention des risques naturels, de ceux liés aux autres activités industrielles, ainsi qu’à la surveillance des sous-traitants et au traitement des non-conformités. L’ASN a ainsi donné aux exploitants des réacteurs nucléaires français jusqu’au 30 juin 2012 pour lui présenter “un noyau dur” de mesures visant à “maîtriser les fonctions fondamentales de sûreté dans des situations extrêmes”.Elle prévoit également la mise en place progressive, et ce dès cette année, d’une “force d’action rapide nucléaire (FARN)”, qui proposée par EDF, réunira des équipes spécialisées et des équipements qui pourront intervenir en moins de 24 heures, sur n’importe quel site, en cas de situation d’urgence. “L’accident de Fukushima marque l’histoire du nucléaire comme ceux de Three Mile Island et Tchernobyl : il y aura un avant et un après Fukushima. Notre approche de la sûreté évolue pour renforcer la robustesse des installations face à des situations extrêmes. Les ECS sont le début de ce processus” a souligné André-Claude Lacoste lors de la présentation du rapport à la presse.Fessenheim ne fermera pas Cet audit avait relancé ces derniers mois le débat sur une éventuelle fermeture de la centrale de Fessenheim. Ce site du Haut-Rhin, le plus ancien du parc nucléaire français, inquiète riverains et écologistes en raison de sa situation sur une faille sismique. A la veille de la publication du rapport de l’ASN, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet avait affirmé sur BFM TV être prête à fermer cette centrale si l’autorité le recommandait, ou si les travaux s’avéraient trop coûteux. “Il n’y a que deux solutions : soit l’Autorité recommande la fermeture, et à ce moment-là il y a fermeture, soit l’Autorité recommande des travaux importants et à ce moment-là, il y aura le choix entre faire les travaux et intégralement les travaux, ou fermer si les travaux s’avéraient trop cher”, avait-elle déclaré.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 18:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Chine une taxe carbone bientôt créée

first_imgChine : une taxe carbone bientôt créée ? La Chine serait actuellement en train d’étudier la possibilité de mettre en place une taxe carbone pour réduire l’utilisation d’énergies polluantes dans le pays, aujourd’hui devenu principal émetteur mondial de gaz à effet de serre. Alors que le Canada s’est retiré du Protocole de Kyoto le 12 décembre dernier avant de devoir subir des sanctions quant à ces émissions, le principal émetteur mondial de gaz à effet de serre semble avoir la ferme intention de réduire son utilisation d’énergies polluantes. En effet, la Chine serait actuellement en train de réfléchir à l’instauration d’une taxe carbone, selon Su Wei l’un des principaux négociateurs chinois dans ces questions qui s’est exprimé mercredi à Washington.À lire aussiLa messagerie cryptée Telegram victime d’une cyber-attaque, la Chine pointée du doigt”Je pense qu’une taxe carbone est l’un des instruments qui pourrait être utilisé pour se diriger vers un modèle de développement avec peu d’émission de carbone”, a-t-il expliqué. Selon lui, le pays étudierait donc actuellement l’impact que pourrait avoir une telle taxe, entre autres par rapport au projet chinois de mise en place d’un système d’échanges de quotas d’émission de carbone. Néanmoins, M. Su a ajouté que les responsables chinois n’avaient encore pris aucune décision et que le terme “taxe carbone” n’était également qu’une possibilité. “Qu’on l’appelle ‘taxe carbone’, ‘taxe pour l’environnement’, ‘taxe pour les ressources’ ou même ‘taxe sur l’énergie’, nous avons déjà beaucoup de taxes. Il faut donc étudier attentivement son assiette et ses caractéristiques”, a-t-il poursuivi cité par l’AFP. La semaine dernière, un organe de presse a ainsi affirmé qu’un projet avait déjà été soumis au ministère des Finances. Celui-ci prévoirait une taxe de 10 yuans (environ 1,20 euro) sur la tonne de carbone d’ici trois ans, et viserait les utilisateurs locaux de pétrole, de charbon et de gaz naturel.Au cours de son discours, M. Su a également déclaré que la Chine étudiait la possibilité d’apposer, sur un mode volontaire, des labels sur les produits fabriqués avec peu d’émission de carbone, “pour envoyer un signal clair aux milieux économiques et industriels”. Toutefois, si le pays s’est engagé à réduire ses émissions, il a souligné qu’il n’était pas réaliste de vouloir qu’il réduise ses émissions en termes nets alors qu’il tâche de faire sortir de la pauvreté ses habitants. Le 12 janvier 2012 à 16:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Meet Bixby Samsungs New Virtual Assistant

first_imgStay on target Better late than never: Samsung this week introduced Bixby, a new intelligent interface that offers “a deeper experience” than other voice agents or assistants in the market.“It is the machine that needs to learn and adapt to us,” Injong Rhee, executive vice president of software and services at Samsung Electronics, wrote in a Monday blog announcement.“With this new approach, Samsung has employed artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the core of our user interface designs,” Rhee continued. “Bixby is the ongoing result of this effort.”The AI platform boasts proficiency in the three Cs: completeness, context awareness, and cognitive tolerance.That is, once Bixby-enabled, an application can support almost any traditional touch task using voice commands; seamlessly switch between tapping and speaking without losing your work.“At its core, Bixby will help remove friction,” according to Rhee. “It will simplify user education with new voice interfaces and will make using your phone even more seamless and intuitive.”A dedicated Bixby button, located on the side of new Samsung devices, eliminates hassle; instead of taking multiple steps to make a call, simply press the Bixby button and say a command.“We do have a bold vision of revolutionizing the human-to-machine interface, but that vision won’t be realized overnight,” Rhee said. “Ambition takes time.”As such, Bixby is Samsung’s “first step on a journey” to streamlining phone use—starting with the Galaxy S8. The new handset comes pre-installed with a subset of Bixby-enabled applications; look for additional functions added over time.The company also plans to release an SDK to enable third-party developers to build applications and services for Bixby.And, like Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant, Samsung’s secretary will gradually branch out from smartphones to the firm’s other branded appliances. In the future, the blog teased, you will be able to control your air conditioner or TV through the cloud-based platform.“Bixby is at the heart of our software and services evolution as a company,” Rhee wrote. “Innovating in software and services enables opportunities for creativity and the ability to build new experiences from the ground up. With the continued investment from Samsung on artificial intelligence, the possibility of what Bixby can become is endless.”Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

Doughnut Worry About Ordering Food With an App Again

first_img Convenience is the number one reason to own a smartphone – why go all the way home to get on your computer when you can carry one in your pocket? And when we think convenience, we think fast food. Needless to say, pretty much every major fast food chain in the world has an app to match, offering discounts, deals and other benefits. In this list, we’ll pick out the hottest and freshest fast food apps and leave the other ones in the grease trap.Fast Food FinderLet’s start out with an app that’s beholden to no single chain or franchise, but rather celebrates the world of fast food. Fast Food Finder pulls a massive database of dozens of different eateries and lets you filter by type, display on a map, and even call in your order directly from the app. It even supports voice control, so you can hunt down a restaurant hands-free if you’re eating a big slice of pizza or something.Android or iOSBurger KingThe King’s mobile app works as a sort of baseline for everything we expect from fast food on our phone. Locate nearby outposts, go through menu items for price and nutritional information, and place orders for pickup quickly and easily. They then add some solid extra features, including exclusive coupon codes and the ability to pair a Crown Card or other payment option, so you don’t have to pull your wallet out at the counter. It’s a solid, functional app.Android or iOSTaco BellEverybody’s favorite disturbingly inexpensive Mexican-esque chain has a surprisingly robust app that lets you do all kinds of things. In addition to looking up calorie counts and other nutritional information, you can also customize any item on the menu for your remote order, which certainly saves the aggravation of people standing behind you in line. The app also has a “Rotate To Reorder” feature, which allows you to instantly place a new order for a favorite meal simply by twisting your phone.Android or iOSJimmy John’sOf all the sandwich chain apps, the one that stands above is the choice of Brock Lesnar – Jimmy John’s. Their mobile app is slick, functional and reliable. It comes with all of the standard functionality but takes everything up a notch by letting you save multiple favorite orders, save delivery and pickup locations, and even place a “Freaky Fast” order with your smart watch. It also includes pretty much every customization option you could think of for a hoagie.Android or iOSRed RobinThis one’s right on the edge of “fast food,” but really Red Robin is just a glorified burger joint with tables, so we’ll let it slide because their app is so good. The Red Robin loyalty program is one of the best around – a free burger on your birthday, every tenth item is free, and even cash rewards for frequent visitors. The app even has a photo booth with themed stickers and a few simple games! Throw in the usual menu browsing, location finding, and other stuff, and you’re set.Android or iOSDomino’sSure, Domino’s no longer offers delivery in thirty minutes or it’s free, but their mobile app stands head and shoulders above just about any other pizza place. Using AnyWare, you can place and pay for orders with ridiculous ease. Special mention must go to their “Zero-Click” app, which literally requires no input from you: you just open it, and after a 10-second countdown it orders you a pizza.Android or iOSDoorDashWhat do you do if your favorite fast food restaurant doesn’t deliver, though? Thankfully, a whole ecosystem of services has sprung up to connect people with the munchies and their favorite food. For our money, the top pick is DoorDash, which partners with dozens of chains including Taco Bell, Carl’s Jr., P.F. Chang’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Delivery prices are pretty reasonable and the food gets to you nearly as fast as if you’d gone out and got it yourself.Android or iOSMcDonaldsThe Goliath of the fast food industry obviously has a lot of cash to dump into app development, and their offering is already really solid. It lets you find nearby restaurants, get nutritional information and learn about ever-changing weekly exclusive deals. The rewards program gets you a free McCafe with every five you purchase. But the big news is in the future: McDonald’s has pledged to be the first fast food chain to support in-app ordering at every store by the end of 2017.Android or iOSPizza HutPizza Hut has always been on the cutting edge of technology – they’re the guys who let you order a pizza delivery from inside World of Warcraft, after all – so it’s not surprising that their mobile app is very solid. You can place mobile orders for anything on their menu – pizzas, wings, pasta and more – up to a week in advance, which is some high-order planning for fast food. The app also brings you local deals, which is helpful.Android or iOSKrispy KremeThe absurdly popular donut chain has one of the best signup rewards: get a free donut just by installing the app and making an account. A free donut! Just like that! The app’s good for a lot more, though – you can check in with your local operation to find out exactly when the next batch will be coming hot off the production line, as well as enrolling in a reward program that gives you more goodies for every donut you eat.Android or iOS Stay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services last_img read more

Sony Tests US Waters With Koov Crowdfunding Campaign

first_img Sony’s all-in-one coding, robotics, and design kit is heading to the US.After releasing the Koov STEM learning toy in Japan earlier this year, the company is testing American waters with a new crowdfunding campaign.A modular system that helps creators of all ages (but mostly children) bring their imagination to life, Koov echoes Lego Mindstorms’ programmable robotics construction set. Which, like Sony’s new merchandise, is relatively simple to use but can produce incredibly complex designs.Seven kinds of translucent blocks can be assembled into any shape, which is controlled like a robot. Sony’s Scratch-like drag-and-drop coding system makes it easy for kids to learn and create; Koov automates finished instructions for the digital blocks to follow.via Sony Electronics“We believe that engaging educational materials for robotics and programming will play a major role in cultivating STEM literacy and nurturing the next generation of creative problem solvers,” the Indiegogo project page said. “That is why we built Koov—on the belief that STEM learning tools should be accessible to all children.”Interested customers can snag the starter kit—with core micro controller, 172 blocks and accessories, 15 electronic parts, and 14 robot recipes—for a special early-bird price of $287. The advanced kit—with additional blocks, parts, and directions—is discounted to $399.The kit is Sony’s first offering under the Global Education branch’s STEM101 curriculum, developed as an “innovative way” to teach science, technology, engineering, and math in primary schools around the world.via Sony Electronics“As rapid changes in technology and the climate give rise to an increasingly complicated modern society, more and more problems are turning into truly global issues,” Sony Global Education said last year. “These problems demand solutions, and knowledge alone cannot solve them.“Rather, the ability to utilize one’s knowledge to work through a problem and come up with a solution is what is key, perhaps more so than ever,” the company added.Since its Monday launch on Indiegogo, Koov has collected more than $21,500—well on its way to reaching the $100,000 fixed goal. Customers have one month left to pre-order the kit, expected to ship this November.Let us know how we’re doing Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews BABY DRIVER 2017

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Baby Driver GoodVery good!Wow! That sounds enthusiastic!It’s been a rough year…So what’s this one about?It’s a bank-heist/car-chase/young-adult/romance/action/musical/comedy set in Atlanta, Georgia.…you’re gonna have to be more specific.Ansel Elgort plays “Baby,” a soft-hearted twenty-something kid with near-supernatural (superhuman, at least) car-driving skills who, because of a childhood accident, has to listen to music 24/7 in order to drown out a constant ringing in his ears. He owes a substantial debt to a ruthless (but also oddly laid-back) criminal mastermind played by Kevin Spacey, who forces him to use his automotive skills as the getaway driver for a series of daring bank heists. Not long after squaring this debt, he meets and falls hard for a diner waitress with a heart of gold who offers him love and a chance at a normal life, but he soon finds that a life of crime is not as easy to escape as he’d hope and finds himself stuck in a rapidly-deteriorating series of chaotic events that will challenge what he thought he knew about his criminal colleagues and ultimately force him to get his hands dirty in a way he’d been desperately trying to avoid.That sounds like a Jason Statham movie.Basically, yeah; but with a tone and main character more suited to a Nicholas Sparks YA Romance thing. Also, the conceit of Baby effectively “scoring” every moment of his life with several iPods full of eclectic pop music means there’s a song underpinning almost every scene more or less turns it into a kind of action-musical.This sounds insufferable. What’s so good about it??Well, it’s directed by Edgar Wright, so…Oh! Now I want to see it! You should probably have led with that.Yeah, Edgar Wright basically specializes in movies that should be completely insufferable but actually turn out kind of great (see: Pilgrim, Scott), and this is right in that wheelhouse. “The Transporter: Heartwarming Millennial Musical Romp Edition” sounds like pure torture, but when you’ve got a timing, pacing and scene-geography savant-like Wright directing and a killer cast (Elgort, Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, John Hamm) bringing their A-game it all kind of clicks into place. It’s a very fast-paced, involving, compelling little movie that doesn’t overreach – despite all the weight and excitement that gets attached to every Edgar Wright project by the critical set; it really is “just” a mid-scale action movie with a more whimsical romantic subplot and a slick soundtrack. And that’s just fine.Is Baby an interesting hero?He is. I didn’t expect anything special out of Elgort based on his previous movies, but he brings it here in a really challenging and different kind of role. There’s something… “off” about Baby that the film never specifically identifies. But it’s an unusual energy that makes him at once compelling, off-putting, weirdly intimidating but also weirdly child-like; and once the plot has been laid out the film is mostly driven by the way the other ostensibly older, jaded “grown-up” characters and compelled to act toward him. Some friendly, some bullying, some nurturing, some hurtful, some bouncing back and forth between all of the above. It’s as though his actual personality is so guarded and inscrutable that the other characters are driven to project one onto him. And that’s an interesting “real-feeling” dynamic that ultimately pays off with a freewheeling third act where surprise character turns as to which of the “bad guys” are or are not actually “bad” plays out in clever, interesting ways.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Data Miners Discover 135 Gen 3 Pokémon in Pokémon Go

first_img Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Stay on target Outside of the disastrous Pokémon Go Live event, there hasn’t been much in the way of news about Niantic’s extremely profitable mobile game. Today, something was revealed that should make those still playing the title very happy.The latest patch for Pokémon Go didn’t exactly add much to last summer’s hit game. On the surface, at least. A collection of Pokémon Go trainers calling themselves The Siph Road dove into the patch’s data and discovered something special. Namely, the names of all 135 gen 3 Pokémon species.As pointed out by Kotaku, this also happened just before the release of Gen 2 Pokémon. As is likely the case here, data for each creature was added weeks before the new species became available. Though all 135 gen 3 Pokémon are in the game, there is no audio data or move sets for any of them. However, since the data is already in Pokémon Go, it is only a matter of time before the creatures are rolled out.The Siph Road also discovered other upcoming features. These include an update to the Raid system that will support an upcoming exclusive Raid mechanic, a new “super” incubator to hatch eggs faster, and some minor bug fixes. It is likely we’ll see these features go live around the same time the gen 3 Pokémon begin to show up.Including Gen 3 Pokémon into Pokémon Go should go a long way to restoring life into the once-popular title. There are many fans of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire (where these Pokémon originated), so I’m sure they will jump on board when this update goes live. With this update, there will be 380+ Pokémon in the game. New folks who are just starting out will have a ton of creatures to find and capture. Hopefully, Niantic’s servers can handle the sudden influx of people when this update goes live.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Chinese Sex Doll Sharing Service Gets Shuttered

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Chinese sex-bot manufacturer, Touch, was ordered to pull its dolls from the market and apologize. This, less than a week after it began its “shared girlfriend” doll rental service.China’s long had strict pornography laws, often restricting access to sexual material. And while some products skirt the line, this may have been too much. Chinese media said that the company was fined by law enforcement and then ordered to stop promoting its new toys.“We are sorry to announce that Touch will suspend the operation of the shared girlfriend project, our intention was for more people to experience erotic fun,” Touch said via Chinese micro-blogging site, Weibo.The company had a line of ten dolls that became available for rental by smartphone app starting Thursday. Reports say that they were marketed as one of five different models — four representing women of different ethnicities like Russian and Japanese — and a fifth resembling Wonder Woman from this year’s superhero flick.Each was available for about $45 a night, but customers had a few upgrade options. Some including special preparations that are only referred to via euphemism and still others would add sound effects for certain types of play.According to correspondence with the BBC, it seems the company will be paying its customers double what they had put down for rentals to compensate them for their trouble.Another statement translated by tech blog Gizmodo asserted that Touch just wanted people to have fun and be happy.“Because our third-party marketing staff failed to comply with related regulations, certain promotion campaigns were suspended by regulatory agencies, considering the widespread controversy, we decided to stop the project.“Ever since the project began, we’ve used the slogan ‘Shared girlfriend—your heartwarming companionship.’ We hope to introduce expensive silicon sex dolls to the public, in order to provide love and companionship …. We sincerely apologize for the negative impact caused by the project, especially its negative impact on online discourse at a time of major meetings … In the future, Touch will continue to put corporate social responsibility as a priority while actively exploring healthy and harmonious sexual lifestyle. Sex itself is not vulgar. Making more Chinese people experience the pleasure of sex is still the goal we strive for.”That’s fair and good, for the most part, but there’s obviously the creepy marketing and weirdness around sharing sex toys with others.I will be among the first (and loudest) champions for sexual progressivism, but it’s a bit bizarre to have a cadre of dolls that are shared among several anonymous partners. Now, with proper cleaning, that’s not really a huge issue, but that’s also something that you generally have to regulate and enforce, something China’s sex-negative government probably doesn’t want to put up with.There’s another facet to this. As Touch notes, Chinese culture isn’t very accepting of sexual openness. Decades of utilitarian-themed propaganda and suppression of sexual content have limited discussions about these topics. From that perspective, what the company’s looking to do is pretty noble, but I definitely wouldn’t blame you for being a little weirded out by a company personifying their dolls and advertising them as “totally submissive” and able to “meet the needs of the single homeboy.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Microbiome Research Challenges Classical Concept of Self

first_imgNew research suggests humans are not the individual, unique characters we believe ourselves to be.It turns out, we’re actually a walking, talking collection of trillions of organisms. (A “megaorganism,” if you will.)“Evidence shows that our resident microbes orchestrate the adaptive immune system, influence the brain, and contribute more gene functions than our own genome,” according to an article published in the open-access journal PLOS.The three classic biological explanations for the individual self—the immune system, the brain, the genome—are being “challenged,” the study said, by the new field of microbiome research.The more scientists learn about the microbiome, the less the idea of humans as a singular organism rings true.“There is now overwhelming evidence that normal development as well as the maintenance of the organism depends on the microorganisms (collectively the microbiome) that we harbor,” the article states.Comprising about half the cells in our body, microbes wield great power over the human brain, immune system, and gene functions.“The realization that humans are not individual, discrete entities but rather the outcome of ever-changing interactions with microorganisms has consequences beyond the biological disciplines,” study authors Tobias Rees of McGill University, Thomas Bosch from the University of Kiel, and Angela Douglas of Cornell University explained.This is not to say that humans are not unique; look around and you’ll see that we are all different from each other. The real takeaway is that our uniqueness doesn’t come just from genetics or our brains, but also from the hoards of other organisms crawling around us.“The challenge is big, the opportunity even bigger: It is time, and perhaps past time, to rethink collaboratively—beyond arts and science divisions—what it means to be a living human being at home in a microbial world, one on which we depend and with which we are inseparably interwoven,” the researchers said.“Microbiome science has the exciting—and important—potential to catalyze the breakdown of the anachronistic barriers between the natural and the human sciences and enable a truly integrated understanding of what it means to be human, after the illusion of the bounded, individual self.”After all: “The human is more than the human.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Warning: Don’t read this if you struggle with your sense of self.last_img read more

MoviePass and More Your Guide To Movie Theater Subscriptions

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target SinemiaThe most direct competitor to MoviePass on here, this one-time California-exclusive movie subscription service has now spread to America, Canada, Turkey, the U.K., and Australia.What You PaySinemia has a wide range of plans depending on how many tickets and perks you want with your subscription. You could pay as low as $5 per month up to $55 per month for individual or discounted family plans. Occasional limited discounts, like during the summer, even drop the price to $4.What You GetSinemia’s cheapest plan gives you one ticket per month with no limits on what theaters you can go to and the ability to buy tickets in advance. Its priciest plans grant three tickets per month including tickets for premium formats like 3D and IMAX.Where You Can WatchLike MoviePass, Sinemia is supported at a wide range of theaters, and you can see for yourself in the app if your local theater is included. Cinemark Movie ClubCinemark isn’t AMC, but it’s still a huge theater chain that can totally pull off having its own movie subscription service.What You PayCinemark Movie Club starts at $9 per month and each new ticket you want costs an additional $9 per month.What You GetAlong with the a la carte ticket pricing, Cinemark Movie Club members get discounts on food, reserved seats, and the ability to rollover unused tickets. However, premium formats aren’t covered.Where You Can WatchLike AMC, Cinemark’s service is limited to Cinemark theaters. That’s great news if you’re in Brazil, where it’s the largest theater chain. But even in America that means you’re looking at nearly 350 locations. For decades movie theaters have tried weird gimmicks to stave off rival forms media. Sure in 1950s you could watch stuff at home on your TV, but only True Cinema could offer experiences like 3D, super-duper widescreen, and whatever else convinced you to pay up for a ticket. And that dynamic really hasn’t changed at all, right down to 3D still being a thing.In a world where there’s seemingly endless content to watch on every screen phone, laptop, and internet-connected TV screen imaginable, movie theaters mainly exist as place for film fans to collectively mourn the form and for everyone else to make sure Twitter doesn’t spoil a Marvel stinger for them. We’re in a new age of theater desperation, so naturally there’s been a rise of a new gimmick to stave it off.Subscriptions are the hot new movie theater trend. Instead of paying Netflix every month to watch overlong TV shows, why not pay the theater or an outside service every month to see whatever current movie you want wherever and whenever you want (to a point). It’s like Spotify or Blue Apron but for freeing yourself from a la carte movie-watching instead of record or grocery stores. And also like Spotify and Blue Apron, the space is becoming increasingly competitive.When you think of movie theater subscriptions, the only name you’ve probably heard of is MoviePass, which pioneered the concept but is perhaps so convenient that it’s actually not profitable. Still, the industry clearly sees this model as the future as there are now multiple movie theater subscription services competing for your monthly tickets. The business, while not yet proven sustainable, has been validated.With competition comes consumer choice, choices you should be informed of before making. So here’s our guide to movie theater subscription services. They make all their real money off the popcorn anyway.MoviePassArguably the most recognized movie subscription service, with a MoviePass card or mobile app you gain access to countless movies at countless theaters.What You PayMoviePass’s two pricing tiers are the $7.95 per month MoviePass and $9.95 per month MoviePass Unlimited. Surge pricing also affects more popular movies.What You GetA base MoviePass subscriptions lets you watch three new movies per month (as well as a three-month trial of iHeartRadio All-Access). MoviePass Unlimited removes the cap and lets you watch as many movies as you’d like. The catch with both though is that you can only watch an individual movie once, a recent concession for actually making money instead of losing millions. So no repeat marathon sessions of Avengers: Infinity War.Also as the company’s money problems continue, random outages for certain popular new releases has become more common. For example, many users were unable to see Mission: Impossible- Fallout over opening weekend. Be aware that, unless MoviePass suddenly starts making ore money than it’s losing, these problems don’t seem to be going away. At a recent all-hands meeting MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said subscribers shouldn’t expect to see big movies right away going forward.Where You Can WatchMoviePass works across theaters, big chains and local multiplexes, and it’s up to them whether or not to participate. But MoviePass brags that it is accepted at over 91 percent of theaters nationwide. And you can check in the app if your theater is supported. Alamo Drafthouse Season PassGoing to an Alamo Drafthouse is a curated experience in and of itself. It can be more exciting than watching whatever movie you’re there for. The chain is small, with just 35 locations spread across major cities, but the cinephile fanbase is more than passionate enough to support a monthly subscription service.The Alamo Drafthouse Season Pass hasn’t started yet. In keeping with the company’s bespoke, deliberate nature the Yonkers, NY location will start sending out invites in July 18. So we don’t know what it will cost or include. This won’t rival MoviePass in terms of reach, but it could certainly be cooler. Now if only Alamo Drafthouse would deal with all those damning sexual assault issues.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. AMC Stubs A-ListWhy let third-party services make all the money from movie subscriptions when specific theaters, who already have customer loyalty programs, could just do them in-house? As the largest American theater chain, AMC is uniquely positioned to pull this off.What You PayAMC Stubs A-List is a single, $20 per month plan that includes all the benefits of regular old AMC Stubs.What You GetIn addition to seeing three movies a week in any format (and that’s week, not month), subscribers also get cash back, free and discounted food, and access to priority lanes when the theater is particularly crowded.Where You Can WatchObviously, the AMC subscription only works at AMC theaters. There are over 650 AMC theaters in North America alone, but your choices will be more limited compared to brand-agnostic movie subscription services.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Young Link

first_imgWho Are They?Part of what made The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time so memorable was its focus on “time.” Before being hurled into the future to play as adult Link, player spent the first dungeons as the more innocent Young Link, just a little elf boy with a sword hanging out in the forest. This same Young Link, after regaining his childhood in one of the three split timelines, also starred in the much darker and weirder Majora’s Mask.Smash HistoryAs far as the secret clone characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee go, at least Young Link’s clone status is right in his name. So both of Link’s N64 Ocarina forms were represented. Many interpreted the appearance of cel-shaded Wind Waker “Toon Link” in later Smash Bros. games to be the next evolution of Young Link. But now both child heroes of Hyrule can battle it out in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.What Looks New in Ultimate?Young Link’s whole deal is that he’s smaller, faster, yet weaker than Link. His moves are also somewhat tweaked, like his fire arrows and traditional boomerang. Plus he can wall jump. But while he struggled in Melee, Young Link is looking surprisingly promising in Ultimate. He might be the best Link. Also, he’s now the only Link from the Ocarina of Time-era, arguably the definitive Zelda style.Our Hopes?With his Breath of the Wild makeover, Link is now fairly distinct from his two young counterparts. However, we are a bit concerned that having both Young Link and Toon Link will be a little redundant and we hope they have some significant differences we haven’t noticed. Everyone is here, but everyone should at least be slightly unique, even if they are technically reincarnations of each other.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… center_img Young Link Grows Up!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Young Link.last_img read more

Prince Harry Wants Fortnite and Other Addictive Games Banned

first_img With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits As a stupid American most of my time spent thinking about modern day Britain is just constant failed attempts to understand Brexit. And when I do think about the royal family it’s either something like “Why is this still a thing?” or “When is The Crown coming back to Netflix?” But Prince Harry, who went from dressing up like a Nazi to marrying Meghan Markle, can’t help but leave an impression.And maybe the reason I’m so ignorant of current United Kingdom affairs is because I spend too much bloody time playing video games. Fortunately, now Prince Harry himself wants to put a stop to that. While speaking to mental health experts at a West London YMCA, the Duke of Sussex called for addictive games, particularly smash hit Fortnite, to be banned.“It’s so irresponsible,” the Prince said according to The Daily Express. He called Fortnite “An addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible.” He urged parents to protect their children from getting their minds altered from a threat worse than drugs and alcohol. Ultimately, real human connection is what Harry wants us to return to. “The only place you might go is online and you will probably end up getting bullied.”While the idea of banning Fortnite or any “addictive” video game is totally ridiculous we see where the prince is coming from somewhat. Kids shouldn’t spend all their time on the internet. Fortnite gets much of its fortunes from psychologically and financially exploitative free-to-play tactics governments should really regulate. And after the recent Fyre Fest-esque disaster of a recent Fortnite party in Norwich, we get why someone English would have a particular grudge against Fortnite.But man is it funny watching an actual prince in the year 2019 try to look hip and with it by commenting on what kids these days are into. I wonder what Prince Harry thinks about flossing? Meghan could probably teach him. For more on Fortnite check out the new account merging features and watch us get coached by a Fortnite professional. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Star Trek Discovery S2 Finale Recap When No One Has Gone Before

first_img Season Two of Star Trek: Discovery was a definite improvement over the first. The storytelling was more cohesive, the characters were better fleshed out, and it more consistently nailed that quintessential Star Trek feel. With its finale, it even fixed one of its most nagging issues: If it’s a prequel, why haven’t any of these characters been mentioned before? Of course in doing so, the episode itself introduces a ton of little problems and logical inconsistencies. But hey, it gets where it’s going eventually and has a great time doing it.The episodes starts with all the chaos and excitement we were hoping to get to last week. Section 31 ships, taken over by Control, have surrounded both the Discovery and the Enterprise. And yes, the moment we see Pike in the captain’s chair giving orders to his crew is what I was really hoping for last week. The first time we set foot on the Enterprise should be a big moment. This is the first time we’ve really felt it. We’re on the bridge of the Enterprise in the middle of a giant ship battle! Not often a season finale opens with something that cool.Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham. Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSBurnham, Spock, Stamets, Reno and Tilly are racing to finish the angel suit while Leland’s ships fire on them. They really did save all the excitement for the finale. The outer space shots of the ships firing on each other are truly spectacular. They also constantly remind you of what the stakes are. Better than any ticking time bomb, a raging battle that could rip the ship apart at any minute fills each scene with stress and tension. I barely took a breath for the entire hour. I get now why last week’s episode was all grand speeches and tearful goodbyes. There wasn’t any time for them this week. That doesn’t make last week’s episode any less groan-inducing, but we can at least see the logic behind it.Every character gets a moment to shine in this episode. Anson Mount is a natural commander as Pike aboard the Enterprise, and I’m so sad this is his last episode. Queen Po steals a Federation transport and flies under the battle to give Pike some much-needed information about Control’s tactics. At one point, the Discovery’s shields go down, and Tilly needs to fix them by hand, a task she’s only done blindfolded as part of a drinking game. I’ve said it before and it bears repeating here: Tilly’s the best.Burnham leaps out into space with Spock flying ahead of her to ensure she makes it away from the battle. Once they make it to a safe distance, she tries to open the wormhole, but can’t. She doesn’t have a destination in the future set yet.  Here’s where the visions we we saw whenever someone touched a time crystal really pay off. While the events play out mostly like they did, suggesting the future is indeed set, there are small differences. A photon torpedo does get lodged in the Enterprise’s hull, but it doesn’t destroy the ship. Admiral Cornwell and Number One try everything they can to defuse it, but they run out of time. Cornwell makes a heroic sacrifice, manually closing the blast doors and dying in the explosion. Yeah, that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Why can’t you close the blast door from the other side? Seems like a poor design choice. And even if that is the case, we just saw a bunch of little repair robots try to address the breach caused by the torpedo. Why can’t one of them close the door? Why even show them if they’re only around for once scene? Clearly because a season finale needs one stakes-raising game-changing death. Cornwell’s noble sacrifice might not make a ton of sense, but it does that job at least.Jayne Brook as Admiral Cornwell. Photo Cr: Russ Martin/CBSWith Spock’s help, Burnham realizes that the future she saw is only one of many possible futures. Nothing is set in stone. She also realizes that she can’t create the wormhole yet because they’re stuck in an open loop. All the signals have led them to places and people the Discovery would need to survive this battle. Including a safe place to escape to: That underdeveloped planet of people saved from war by the Red Angel. Burnham realizes that to move forward, she has to go back in time and make all that stuff happen. It’s treated like a big revelation, but it’s something the series has been strongly hinting at all season, so it comes off a little weird. Like, the only way you’d be surprised by this development is if you’d been staring at your phone with the show in the background all season. And yeah, we just watch Burnham go back and do the things we’ve already seen the Red Angel do all season. She doesn’t learn anything new or do anything differently, she just does the thing. Which is fine, but it is weird that we don’t even get a new angle or perspective on these events. That said, watching her leap through the wormhole over and over again is so cool. Like, mouth-hanging-open cool. So this part of the story has that going for it.Honestly, this episode feels a lot like the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies, in both good and bad ways. I genuinely love the 2009 movie, and appreciate it as a totally different take on Trek. Even when it’s stupid, it’s fun stupid. You see that here when both the Klingons and Kelpians arrive to blast some Control ships and save the Enterprise and Discovery. It’s a big, explosive moment that elicited a small cheer from me. It’s reminiscent of the scene from the 2009 movie when the Enterprise appears out of nowhere to save Spock from Romulan fire. That’s a good moment. Towards the end of the episode, there’s a moment that dips into the bad kind of stupid. The Star Trek Into Darkness kind of stupid.Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou. Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSLeland beams onto the Discovery while its shields are down, but he doesn’t kill everyone on the bridge, like we saw in the time crystal vision. Instead, he wounds a few people and heads straight for the Sphere data. Georgiou and Nhan follow suit, but move the data somewhere he can’t get it. Here, we get a long anti-gravity fight scene, and every part of it is just so cool. This show has some fantastic action directors on board. Georgiou’s time to shine comes when she tricks Leland into getting trapped inside the spore chamber. She magnetizes it, pulling control out of Leland’s body and killing it. With that, Control is dead. All the drone ships stop working. It’s later confirmed that all traces of Control have been scrubbed from Starfleet and Section 31. And still, Michael makes the jump into the future with Discovery behind her. So what’s the point of that? If Control is dead and can be deleted so easily, why does the Sphere data still have to be sent to the distant future? Maybe at that moment, there was still some small surviving bit of its code that could become a threat, but that’s never explained.Again, this was a decision made to get us to the next season. The show wanted to stop having to fill in the gaps caused by it being a prequel. It needed to explain why no one ever mentions the Discovery, Burnham or the spore drive after this. It needed to stop creating things it would have to explain away because of decisions made for a 1960s TV show. It wanted to send the Discovery into the far future for Season Three, and to be fair, I want to see that. Even though the show took the dumbest path to get here, I have to admit it worked. The Discovery is in a truly exciting place, and I’m sad we have to wait so long to see what it looks like.Rebecca Romijn as Number One. Photo Cr: Russ Martin/CBSDespite some pretty serious story problems, this was an overall satisfying season finale of Star Trek: Discovery. It had probably the best space battle Star Trek has ever seen, so it’s hard to complain too much. Besides, those story problems were all limited to this episode, and won’t affect the show in the future. Discovery can go anywhere it wants now, and that’s exciting. It’s a situation the show has never had before. This episode even found time for some genuinely touching character moments. That bit in sick bay when Culber puts Stamets into a coma to save him was so well done. “You’re my home,” Culber says as he comforts his husband. Yeah, that made me cry. Now I need them to survive into next season. It wouldn’t be Discovery without Stamets around.Star Trek: Discovery is available streaming on CBS All Access.Previously on Star Trek: DiscoveryStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 13 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 12 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 11 Recap Stay on target ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ last_img read more

Sting set to kick off this Monday’s WWE RAW in Tampa

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Facebook Google+center_img WWE has announced that Sting will be opening this Monday’s WWE RAW live in Tampa just one week after his return when he confronted Seth Rollins.Source: WWE.com WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Former WWWF Champion Pedro Morales passes away at 76, WWE issues statement

first_img Twitter Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE to honor Hall of Famer in Japan this Friday; Bruce Prichard rushed home for oral surgery Jerry Lawler sues Hardeman County for $3 Million over death of his son Brian Lawler Former WWWF Champion Pedro Morales has passed away.Morales, 76, was battling Parkinson’s disease according to PWInsider.Morales was the first wrestler to accomplish the Triple Crown title by capturing the WWWF World, Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships during his career.Morales was a native of Puerto Rico and “developed a passionate following in the northeast” per a statement by WWE among the Hispanic population.One of his most high profile matches took place in 1972 in Shea Stadium in front of more than 22,000 fans against Bruno Sammartino at the Showdown at the Shea wrestling card.He retired from wrestling in 1987 and was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 1995. Morales was also a commentator for WCW and WWE.WWE posted a full statement online about Morales’ passing earlier today.center_img CMLL President Francisco “Paco” Alonso Lutteroth passes away on July 6 at the age of 67 Google+ Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more