New ‘Mad Max’ Trailer
Warner Bros. has released the first full trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road and this movie just keeps looking better and better. The costumes, sets, cars, and explosions are all looking top-notch in this trailer, which illuminates a little bit of the film’s plot. The movie will be released in May.
Sony has announced a limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight bundle edition, featuring a seriously cool looking PS4 with a Batman silhouette on it. Customers who purchase the bundle will also get exclusive access to some bonus downloadable content like bonus missions and custom skins for the Batmobile. Pre-order has already begun on this limited run, so you know, purchase now or forever hold your peace.
So a microbiologist and an Anglo-Saxon scholar get to talking about ancient alchemical recipes. No, this isn’t the beginning of a supremely esoteric joke, it’s the story of how an ancient remedy for eyelash follicle infections was discovered to have some useful modern-day applications. After recreating the recipe, scientists examining it realized that it had self-sterilized — killing off the bacteria that were introduced by its own ingredients. Next, they tested it on some skin cells infected with the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA, which is known to plague hospitals around the world with very few viable treatments. The potion killed 90% of the bacteria in the sample. Researchers have yet to discover why exactly the old remedy seems to work, but if and when they do, it could be the foundation of new drugs that would be instrumental in treating patients infected with antibiotic-resistant MRSA. Yay science!
So the creators of Cards Against Humanity, a game that would best be described as Apples to Apples for perverts, are creating a scholarship fund for women looking to get a college education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Women are hugely underrepresented in these fields at both the academic and professional level, which is why the creators of Cards Against Humanity have decided to do something about it. The scholarship will be funded by sales of a limited-edition “Science Pack” version of the game, which is on sale now. Potential scholarship applicants should sign up to get more information here.
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Go to Google Maps and start playing Pac-Man on any street, anywhere in the world using their special Pac Man feature (which is an early April Fool’s celebration, we think). This is so much fun. So much for getting anything else done today.
Taking care of your artistic tools — pens, brushes, pencils — is important! This great tutorial from projecteducate will teach you how to makeover your pencils so you get the lines you want when sketching.
Van Gogh Even More Of A Genius Than Previously Realized
This video from TED Ed — from the same group that brings you TED talks — demonstrates the unexpected princples of math and physics that exist in Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”
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Earth Getting Greener
There’s a glimmer of good news where the future of our planet is concerned. Satellite data shows that the amount of vegetation growing on earth has increased over the past decade or so. It’s nice to hear this because plants absorb carbon-dioxide, the levels of which are steadily increasing in our atmosphere, trapping in warmth. This news comes as something of a consolation prize, though, and global warming is as imminent a threat as ever. So while more trees and plants aren’t going to solve our climate crisis, they certainly isn’t going to hurt anything!
As March draws to a close, say a heartfelt happy birthday to DynamiteHearts!
‘Mulan’ To Become Live-Action Movie
Disney, after discovering with Cinderella — which has grossed $149.6 million so far so far — that it can successfully recycle content by taking beloved animated fairy tales and turning them into live action films, has announced a live-action Mulan film. Of course there’s been a Beauty and the Beast live-action film in the works for months now, but you can expect to see Disney repeat this formula with at least one or two more properties (The Lion King, we hope).
NaPoWriMo begins on April 1st! If you're unfamiliar, NaPoWriMo is when you challenge yourself to write 30 poems in 30 days. IrrevocableFate has posted some information, resources and tips to help you get poetic.
McDonalds To Test All-Day Breakfast, Possibly Causing A Rift In Space-Time
Starting in April, McDonalds is going to test out serving all-day breakfast at certain locations, in order to determine logistical obstacles and profitability. So if a location near you begins selling breakfast all day, please don’t ruin it for the rest of us — go and buy all the Egg McMuffins you can afford.
Custom Electric Motorcycle
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Yes, it costs $25,000, but can you really put a pricetag on being the coolest person you’ve ever met?
If you think broody Batman is overrated and campy Batman is your favorite Batman, we’ve got some good news. Adam West and Burt Ward confirmed yesterday that they will reprise their former roles as Batman and Robin (respectively) in an animated feature that we hope is full of shenanigans quotable quips. The film will be released next year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the seminal original TV series. If you are wondering why we’re so giddy over the return of Adam West as Batman, look no further.
Have you seen the Pixel Challenge for this week? The theme is Easter. Learn about the rules and how to get involved right here.
‘Doctor Who’ Alum To Continue Traveling Through Time On Different Show
Arthur Darvill, who was on Doctor Who as a companion of The 11th Doctor (Matt Smith), will be joining the cast of the upcoming Arrow/The Flash crossover series as Rip Hunter, a time-traveling hero. This might be the first time in TV history an actor has been typecast for his ability to move through time, and we’re very curious whether Darvill is a method actor or not.
‘Twin Peaks’ Book
In case you haven’t heard, the weirdest thing on TV in the 90s, Twin Peaks, is coming back to TV in 2016. In the meantime, the co-creator of the series Mark Frost is releasing a novel that details the events that have transpired in the town of Twin Peaks in the years between when the show was last on television and the present. Let’s just hope that this little mountain hamlet hasn’t gone-a-changin’ on us too much.
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Jay-Z Launches Music Streaming Service
Rap artist and music industry mogul Jay-Z has, alongside some other notable musicians like Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Daft Punk, and Jack White, relaunched an online music streaming service called “TIDAL.” The service’s defining feature is, if you feel like you can afford to shell out $20 a month, high-definition (lossless) streaming. If you’re really, really in to sound quality, this is definitely an appealing feature, and something you can’t get from other online streaming services. They are also offering a $10 regular streaming subscription, the price point of which is comparable to Spotify Premium. Otherwise, TIDAL will have high-definition video streaming, and is artist-owned. Presumably, that last part is a nod to the frustrations many artists have voices over Spotify’s low payment rates for the artists whose music it hosts. You can learn more about the service here.