5 Years Ago, Star Wars Wasted Its Most Important New Character
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by Lyvie Scott
10h ago
— Lucasfilm In 2019, The Rise of Skywalker was the last hope for many Star Wars fans. The films that preceded it had divided the fandom, perhaps irrevocably. However you felt about the first installment of Star Wars’ sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens — or The Last Jedi, its polarizing follow-up — the franchise had one more chance to get it right. It wasn’t that fans wouldn’t continue to harbor burning questions about the characters introduced here: even now, five years on, frustrating mysteries remain. But a tangible sense of fatigue was coursing through the fandom. If The Rise of Skywalker c ..read more
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35 Years Ago, Nintendo's First Pokémon Sequel Shocked and Delighted Fans
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by Mo Mozuch
10h ago
— Anadolu/Anadolu/Getty Images We never spare a thought for the second impression. There’s loads of wisdom and research about how important a first impression is, the lasting impact it can have on relationships, the confidence it can provide. The second impression? Meaningless. It’s a tragic figure, really, because what if the second impression is really cool? Is it possible for a second impression to stick with us? For Pokémon fans, the answer is yes. On April 14, 1999, Pokémon Pinball released in Japan (it came to North America in June). For Japanese fans it was just a piece of a much large ..read more
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40 Years Ago, a Forgotten Sci-Fi Movie Beat Brendan Fraser to the Punch
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by Jake Kleinman
10h ago
— Universal Pictures Remember Encino Man, the bawdy 1992 comedy which starred Brendan Fraser as a frozen caveman forced to readjust to 20th century life after being thawed out in a teenager’s garage? Well, eight years earlier a slightly more cerebral film also brought a prehistoric man encased in a block of ice back to life. Unfortunately, hijinks certainly did not ensue in Iceman, a largely forgotten yet highly rewarding piece of existential sci-fi released 40 years ago on April 13, 1984. Set almost entirely in an isolated research facility where scientists and anthropologists are busy explo ..read more
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A Scientist Found Something Truly Bizarre Inside A Fossilized Dinosaur Eggshell
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by Evan Thomas Saitta, and ,The Conversation
12h ago
— Corey Ford/Stocktrek Images/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images As a scientist, lab work can sometimes get monotonous. But in 2017, while a Ph.D. student of paleobiology at the University of Bristol in the U.K., I heard a gleeful exclamation from across the room. Kirsty Penkman, head of the North East Amino Acid Racemization lab at the University of York, had just read the data printed off the chromatograms and was practically jumping up and down. The instrument had detected telltale signatures of ancient amino acids in eggshells. Amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein sequences ..read more
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Ancient Australians May Have Used the Great Barrier Reef to Survive Even Earlier Than We Thought
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by Sean Ulm,, ,Ian J. McNiven,, ,Kenneth McLean, and ,The Conversation
12h ago
— Francesco Riccardo Iacomino/Moment/Getty Images Pottery was largely unknown in Australia before the recent past, despite well-known pottery traditions in nearby Papua New Guinea and the islands of the western Pacific. The absence of ancient Indigenous pottery in Australia has long puzzled researchers. Over the past 400 years, pottery from southeast Asia appeared across northern Australia, associated with the activities of Makassan people from Sulawesi (this activity was mainly trepanging or collecting sea cucumbers). Older pottery in Australia is only known from the Torres Strait adjacent t ..read more
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4 Years Later, Alex Garland's Most Underrated Sci-Fi Thriller Deserves Another Shot
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by Alex Welch
12h ago
— FX/Hulu There aren't many filmmakers who have produced as many memorable genre works over the past 30 years as Alex Garland. From 28 Days Later and Sunshine to Ex Machina and Annihilation, Garland has written and directed many of the most acclaimed sci-fi and horror movies in recent memory. His newest film, Civil War, hits theaters this week, and it already seems primed to be his most hotly debated project yet. (That’s saying a lot considering his last release was a horror movie called Men.) Set in a near-future America torn apart by military conflict, Civil War is as terrifying as it is th ..read more
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'Final Fantasy 17' Needs to Buck the Series' Biggest Trend
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by Hayes Madsen
1d ago
Between Final Fantasy XVI, Rebirth, and a wealth of spinoffs, it feels like we’re entering a new golden era for the storied franchise. Massive games and epic stories have pushed the series forward in experimental new ways, but it’s also made me realize something: Final Fantasy’s comedic strength has been underutilized for years. Hopefully, the eventual Final Fantasy 17 veers off in a wildly different direction, with a back-to-basics approach that fully embraces the light-hearted strengths of the series. Final Fantasy games have always been built on characters, but more often than not those ch ..read more
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Are Hypoallergenic Pets A Scam? Here’s the Truth From A Veterinarian
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by Elana Spivack
1d ago
— Senko Nelly/Moment/Getty Images It’s unfair that some humans are allergic to humankind’s best friend. An adorable dog or cat ought to bring joy to those around it, not miserable sniffling and sneezing. But between 10 and 20 percent of the world population is allergic to cats and dogs, marking a significant portion of people who are sensitive to two of the world’s most popular household pets. Hypoallergenic cats and dogs are a purported solution. But what does it mean to be hypoallergenic — and does such a trait really exist? What does a hypoallergenic pet really mean? Cats and dogs produce ..read more
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The Best Sasquatch Movie Ever Wouldn’t Have Happened Without Jesse Eisenberg
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by Jake Kring-Schreifels
1d ago
— Bleeker Street One night, in the early 1980s, Nathan and David Zellner turned on an episode of In Search of… and discovered a new obsession. Leonard Nimoy’s supernatural-themed TV show had dedicated 22 minutes to Bigfoot, and the brothers couldn’t get enough. The pair grew up in Colorado loving the outdoors, taking family camping trips, and making movies in the woods. The idea of a local ape-like legend roaming the Pacific Northwest fascinated them. “What’s interesting about Bigfoot is the way it represents the kind of gray area between human and animal behavior,” David tells Inverse. “We’r ..read more
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Xbox Game Pass Just Quietly Released the Most Overlooked Tomb Raider Game of the Last Decade
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by Trone Dowd
1d ago
— Edios-Montreal Lara Croft has been one of gaming’s most enduring representatives. Even 28 years after her debut on the PlayStation, she’s still one of the medium's most recognizable heroes. But, as the recent release of Tomb Raider I-III Remastered has reminded many of us, time has not been kind to Croft’s humble beginnings. Clunky platforming and combat controls, obtuse level design, and far too much backtracking bog down an otherwise charming romp through the halls of gaming history. Thankfully, the recent addition of 2018’s Shadow Of The Tomb Raider to Xbox Game Pass means players who di ..read more
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