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Netflix, Will Smith bring the blockbuster home with ‘Bright’ – CNET

As far as early film screenings go, this one’s a bit unorthodox. I’m in Hollywood to watch Netflix’s “Bright,” a buddy cop film starring Will Smith as a grizzled veteran and Joel Edgerton as his orc partner. (You read that right, a goblin cop.) The movie will be released three days before Christmas, but I get to watch it now. Rather than filing into a traditional theater, I enter a small screening room on the sixth floor of Netflix’s Hollywood offices. There are a half-dozen plush leather chairs decorated with…

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Is Star Wars science fiction? ‘The Last Jedi’ settles this age-old argument.

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE “The Last Jedi” is set in large part in a green, mountainous landscape inhabited by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) — an old, grizzled dude with flowing robes and mysterious powers. The plot involves talk of royal bloodlines, astral projection, swords that choose their wielders, and an epic battle between light and a twisted, all-seeing Sauron-like darkness. The film also includes cute Disney-like snow cats and owl-critters, and it opens with the words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” which sure sounds…

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‘Dangerous’ THREE-MILE WIDE asteroid 3200 Phaethon heads to Earth TONIGHT

The massive space rock, which causes the dramatic Geminids meteor shower, is speeding through space at 45,000mph towards our planet. NASA has branded the object, named 3200 Phaethon, “potentially hazardous”. However, the likelihood is that it will just skim past the Earth before heading off to orbit the sun again. At 5km wide, the asteroid is one of the largest ever discovered in our solar system. However, it is still only around half the size of Chicxulub, which helped wipe out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. And it will…

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North Korea’s latest missile INCAPABLE of reaching USA, Defence Secretary declares

Last month Kim Jong-un boasted his nation was now a full nuclear force after “successfully” testing a new type of ICBM that could reach “all the US mainland”. However, various experts and US officials have been divided over the ICBM’s capability, with some claiming data from November 29 launch could support the dictator’s warmongering declaration. Now ongoing analysis from the US has revealed it may not be an imminent threat to the US. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said that while analysis continued on North Korea’s most recent missile test,he did…

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The U.S. Military Could Go 'Star Wars': Build Deflector Shields to Stop Laser Weapons?

Michael Peck Security, Is the force with America?  The U.S. Military Could Go ‘Star Wars’: Build Deflector Shields to Stop Laser Weapons? Calling it a “deflector shield,” with its Star Trek connotations, is a clever bit of marketing by BAE, though perhaps not totally accurate. The USS Enterprise’s deflector shields could repel both matter and energy. LDAL, if it works, would be useful against laser weapons but probably not bullets. Nonetheless, given the impending advent of directed-energy weapons, stopping a laser beam from drilling a hole in a tank or a human is no small…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launch LIVE stream: Watch the ISS cargo delivery HERE

The live stream above will show SpaceX’s historic resupply mission to the ISS which is scheduled for 3.36pm GMT (10.36am EST).  SpaceX will launch a recycled Falcon 9 rocket in tandem with a Dragon spacecraft previously used in a 2015 mission. The space company said: “This mission marks the first time SpaceX is flying both a flight-proven Falcon 9 and a flight-proven Dragon spacecraft.  “Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the CRS-11 mission in June 2017 and the Dragon spacecraft previously supported the CRS-6 mission in April 2015.”  On Tuesday…

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NASA announcement: What did NASA reveal about its amazing Kepler discovery?

In an announcement yesterday, NASA said that it had discovered Kepler-90i – the eighth planet circling the sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth. The star Kepler-90 is now known to have as many planets as our solar system thanks to data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and advanced computer analysis by Google.  NASA said: “The newly-discovered Kepler-90i – a sizzling hot, rocky planet that orbits its star once every 14.4 days – was found using machine learning from Google.  “Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence in which computers…

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Great Pyramid of Giza: Scientists set to uncover 4,500-year-old mystery using ROBOTS

Using an imaging method and a robot based on cosmic rays scientists hope to uncover the mysteries of the pyramid.  Scientists have built the probe that will enter the 3.5cm keyhole in a wall after a large and enigmatic internal structure was detected in the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Researchers announced the discovery in November but said they did not know the purpose, contents or precise dimensions of what they are calling a “void” or “cavity” inside the pyramid, built as a monumental…

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NASA ANNOUNCEMENT: First solar system like ours with eight planets discovered

The historic discovery was made by new scientific analysis of data obtained by the Kepler space telescope, which is scouring the galaxy for planets like Earth. Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: “We have found for the first time an eigth planet in a distant planetary system in the Kepler 90 system – this ties Kepler 90 with own solar system for having the most known planets. “Kepler 90 is the first star to host as many planets as our own.” The new planet –…

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Geminids 2017: Can you still see them tonight?

If you missed out on the astronomical wonder, you will be able to view individual meteors until Saturday December 16. The National Weather Service based in Raleigh in the USA said the meteor shower has reached its peak but it still should be visible over the next few nights as well, but cloud cover will mean the meteors are less visible than last night.  The peak activity of the Geminid meteor shower took place between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning with around 50 to 60 meteors seen per hour in…

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