Disney is Developing an Aladdin Spinoff for Disney+ about Prince Anders

Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin earned just over a $1 billion at the box office this year, and with the launch with its streaming service Disney+, it looks as though the company is looking to continue the franchise into television....

/ December 7, 2019

Ross Ulbricht Clemency Petition Gathers 250,000 Signatures

On Friday, the Clemency for Ross Ulbricht petition hosted on Change.org surpassed 250,000 signatures. The solicitation for signatures started in July 2018 and gathered roughly 6,200 signatures during the first three days. Now with a quarter of a million signatures...

/ December 7, 2019

This Vibrantly Decorated South African Military Vehicle Is Guarding the Entrance to PULSE Miami Beach. Here’s the Story Behind It

During a Miami Art Week somewhat devoid of hard-hitting political work, Ralph Ziman’s massive sculpture SPOEK 1 stands out, and not just because it’s a massive armored vehicle covered in colorful, glittering beadwork. The piece, greeting visitors to PULSE Art Fair Miami...

/ December 6, 2019

To Understand Anakin Skywalker’s Full Story, You Need to Watch the Star Wars Animated Series

In Star Wars, Episodes I-IX are wrapped around the Skywalker family like a fluffy, strangling blanket of expectations and betrayal. This journey begins with one person in particular: Anakin Skywalker, the supposed Chosen One of the Jedi, later best known...

/ December 6, 2019

Lessons from the hockey rink could help Doug Ford tackle climate change

Winning sports teams have strong leaders. Governments need them too. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan DenetteThe Auditor General of Ontario’s recent report found the province’s current climate change plan is not based on “sound evidence” and will fall well short of Ontario’s...

/ December 6, 2019

China’s failed gene-edited baby experiment proves we’re not ready for human embryo modification

The team used CRISPR on human embryos in a bid to render them resistant to HIV infection. But instead, they generated different mutations, about which we know nothing. SHUTTERSTOCKMore than a year ago, the world was shocked by Chinese biophysicist...

/ December 6, 2019

Curious Kids: how do we know if a dinosaur skeleton is from a child dinosaur or an adult dinosaur?

This T. rex is very big, but was it a grown-up? Shutterstock When you find dinosaur skeletons, how can you tell how old the dinosaur was? Like, if the skeleton is from a child dinosaur or an adult dinosaur? –...

/ December 6, 2019

Tron and Poloniex Relationship Scrutinized After Digibyte Delisting

The crypto firm Circle recently revealed that it was spinning off the trading platform Poloniex and has since warned customers to withdraw assets or they may be sent to state governments. Following the announcement, the founder of the crypto network...

/ December 6, 2019

Cindy Sherman Has Unveiled Her First Non-Photographic Works at Art Basel Miami Beach: Tapestries Based on Her Instagram

A pair of giant-sized Cindy Sherman self portraits are on view at Art Basel Miami Beach, courtesy New York’s Metro Pictures. Self portraits are the artist’s bread and butter, of course—the shape-shifting photographer has recast herself in many roles since...

/ December 5, 2019

Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction: November 2019

All-powerful artificial intelligences, time traveling trains, and bloody body horror, oh my! This past month I read a lot of super speculative fiction from some seriously talented writers. Get ready to ponder some serious philosophical and ethical questions in the...

/ December 5, 2019

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Are Fighting to Escape Binance’s Shadow

It’s impossible to assess the cryptocurrency landscape without considering Binance. It looms large over the industry, dictating trends, soaking up liquidity, and compelling new exchanges to fight tooth and nail for market share. Most exchanges aren’t gunning to become the...

/ December 5, 2019

It’s the 10-year anniversary of our climate policy abyss. But don’t blame the Greens

In 2009, a Bob Brown-led Greens party voted against an emissions trading scheme – but they can't be blamed for what came after. Mick Tsikas/AAPFederal Labor this week commemorated a dubious anniversary – a decade of climate policy failure. And...

/ December 5, 2019

Tick, tock… how stress speeds up your chromosomes’ ageing clock

At a molecular level, stresses and strains can make your body clock break into a sprint. Lightspring/ShutterstockAgeing is an inevitability for all living organisms, and although we still don’t know exactly why our bodies gradually grow ever more decrepit, we...

/ December 5, 2019

Maurizio Cattelan Is Taping Bananas to a Wall at Art Basel Miami Beach and Selling Them for $120,000 Each

When I started dating my now husband, the decor in his dorm apartment included a banana that he and his roommates had drunkenly taped to the wall. There it stayed all semester, through winter break, and then until the end of...

/ December 4, 2019

Scientists fear insect populations are shrinking. Here are six ways to help

Scientists need your help to protect Australia's insects and track their numbers. Joe Castro/AAPAre you planning a big garden clean-up this summer, or stocking up on fly spray to keep bugs at bay? Before you do, it’s worth considering the...

/ December 4, 2019

The Time Invariance of Snow

The Devil made a mirror. A physicist broke it and shards fell through reality and changed everything forever.   1. The Devil and the Physicist Once,  the Devil made a mirror,  for the Devil was vain. This mirror showed certain...

/ December 4, 2019

Fingerprint login should be a secure defence for our data, but most of us don’t use it properly

Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. This is because people are often lulled into a false sense of security when they use fingerprint login. SHUTTERSTOCKOur electronic devices store a...

/ December 4, 2019

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high

Global emissions for 2019 are predicted to hit 36.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂), setting yet another all-time record. This disturbing result means emissions have grown by 62% since international climate negotiations began in 1990 to address the problem....

/ December 4, 2019

New List Claims 1.9 Million Bitcoin Held by Centralized Exchanges

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been discussing a newly developed exchange ranking developed by the crypto portfolio and trading bot startup Bituniverse. According to a leaked screenshot of Bituniverse’s “Exchange Transparent Balance Rank,” there’s roughly 1.9 million BTC held on centralized trading...

/ December 3, 2019

Agent Romanoff Gets in Touch With Her Roots in First Black Widow Trailer

Our first peek at Black Widow is finally here! It feels like we’ve been waiting years for this. Oh wait, that’s because we have… Suit up: This trailer seems to confirm timeline that adventure is at least post-Ultron if not...

/ December 3, 2019