Month: December 2019

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Throughout the span of this volatile decade, the entity known as television had a bit of an identity crisis. As the era of streaming began, more shows were available than ever before and on an increasingly diverse array of channels and technologies to boot. “TV” became something far beyond just the square box that sat
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What a difference 10 years make. We kicked off the 2010s with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii, and we’re ending the decade at the twilight of another generation of platforms. The PC remains a constant in our lives, but we’ll soon be saying goodbye to the era of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox
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Comedy television did a lot of growing up in the 2010s. As we kiss goodbye the decade, 2019 was another prime example that the genre continues to take bold creative risks, visually innovate, and push back on the inane idea that “edgy” material has been outlawed in contemporary comedy.  This year we saw the fine
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To cover and consume popular culture in this era of #PeakContent is to constantly be making choices. This means it is more important now than ever to reflect on the ways in which “best of” lists, just like pop culture itself, are subjective—shaped by a group of people with specific identities, interests, and storytelling sensibilities.
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This new Japanese trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog gives a quick look at the hedgehog’s originals, and he was pretty cute once upon a time… Check it out: <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>&#65279;</span> Here’s the film’s synopsis: Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of
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IMAGE: The only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the field of bioelectricity, publishing ground-breaking research and advances in a multitude of related disciplines. view more  Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers New Rochelle, NY, December 30, 2019–The delivery of ultrashort pulses of electrical energy represents a promising nonthermal, nonscarring method of inducing regulated cell death in common
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“I have suffered for my music,” Neil Innes admitted on the British comedy series Rutland Weekend Television. “Now it’s your turn.” The renowned comedian and musician, who played the John Lennon role in The Beatles spoof band The Rutles and collaborated with the Monty Python Flying Circus, died unexpectedly on Sunday night at age 75, according to his
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What a century this last decade has been. Seriously, the pace of change over the last 10 years has been steadily rising, and has been somewhere between “dangerous” and “murderous” for the last 3, and that isn’t just about geopolitics: the comics world of today is certainly recognizable to a time traveller from 2010, but
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The Mandalorian was recently renewed for Season 2 to the surprise of no-one, but it’s coming sooner than expected. Fans of the series will be able to catch the second season on streamer Disney+ in the autumn of 2020. Creator and showrunner Jon Favreau revealed the news via this Twitter account this week. Season 2 of #TheMandalorian
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This Steven Universe Future review contains spoilers. Steven Universe Future Episode 10 Review Aha, you thought all those Watermelon Steven’s in earlier seasons of Steven Universe were pointless! No no, they were actually all just establishing his ability to create new versions of himself. I’m glad they did because Cactus Steven is without a doubt the show’s best
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It’s tricky to pinpoint what would be considered the best Stan Lee stories, because he was a consummate collaborator. Lee was a writer, an idea man, and scripter who worked with some of the greatest storytellers in the business to bring characters to life in tales that were greater than the sum of their parts.
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The Mandalorian arrived like a ton of bricks on the heads of Star Wars fans who hoped that the show would fulfill all of their Boba Fett fantasies. What they received was more than even they could have expected. The first season wasted no time in revealing that this homage to spaghetti westerns and samurai
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Warner Bros. has brough a Harley Quinn animated series to the DC Universe streaming service. Harley’s star continues to rise as a character, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was a major factor in the success of the Suicide Squad movie. The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco will voice Harley in the new series. Harley Quinn is, of course, perfect for animation. She made
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This Star Wars article contains spoilers for The Mandalorian.  The Mandalorian episode 8 answers some major questions about how connected this show is to the Mandalorian lore we’ve seen elsewhere. Connections to The Clone Wars abound, as does some form of closure for Mando and Baby Yoda. All that plus a wrap-up and more reveals
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2019 was an important year for the gaming industry. Not only did 2019 usher in some fantastic new experiences on consoles and PC but it also marked the last full year of the current generation of platforms. By the end of 2020, we’ll have both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in our hands,
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IMAGE: FESEM images of Y2O3?MgO composite SPS ceramics sintered at 1100 (a), 1200 (b), 1250 (c) and 1300°C (d) view more  Credit: FEFU press office Scientists from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) teamed up with colleagues from Institute of Chemistry (FEB RAS), Institute for Single Crystals (Ukraine), and Shanghai Institute of Ceramics (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
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Date Show Network Thursday, December 26 Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Netflix Thursday, December 26 You Netflix Friday, December 27 The Gift Netflix Friday, December 27 Into the Dark: Midnight Kiss Hulu Sunday, December 29 Dare Me (10:00 p.m.) USA Monday, December 30 Alexa & Katie Netflix Monday, December 30 The Disastrous Life of Saiki
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IMAGE: Researchers at Princeton University have made an important step forward in the quest to build a quantum computer using silicon components, which are prized for their low cost and versatility… view more  Credit: Image by Felix Borjans, Princeton University Imagine a world where people could only talk to their next-door neighbor, and messages must be
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This Lost in Space season 2 spoiler-free review is based on viewing of all ten episodes. If there’s one thing that can be said about the excellent storytelling in Lost in Space, it’s that it’s remarkably consistent in presenting a danger for the Robinsons to confront through ingenuity and cooperation, in highlighting the importance of
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IMAGE: (a) Micrograph of the neuromorphic network fabricated by this research team. The network contains of numerous junctions between nanowires, which operate as synaptic elements. When voltage is applied to the… view more  Credit: NIMS An international joint research team led by NIMS succeeded in fabricating a neuromorphic network composed of numerous metallic nanowires. Using this
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Rodman Edward Serling (1924-1975), the creator and head writer of the legendary science fiction/fantasy/horror anthology TV series The Twilight Zone, was born in Syracuse, New York (but raised downstate in Binghamton), on Christmas Day. Though raised Jewish, and, according to his daughter Anne Serling (writing in her 2013 memoir, As I Knew Him: My Dad,
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Lost in Space is no stranger to cliffhanger endings, and once again this year, the finale of season 2 finds most of the principal characters in dramatic limbo. In addition to the children of the Resolute failing to reach Alpha Centauri and being “lost in space” once again, the Robinson parents and Don West have
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IMAGE: Cross-sectional field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) images of the as-prepared Si anode composed of spray-deposited nanoparticles on stainless steel current collector and the anode in the fully charged state…. view more  Credit: NIMS A new study led by NIMS researchers reveals that, in solid electrolytes, a Si anode composed only of commercial Si nanoparticles