Something, Something, Hype Train…Here’s the Civil War Trailer!

Neat!

Captain America: Civil War will see the Avengers turn against one another in a fight over government oversight. On one side is Captain America, who is told that the world can no longer tolerate his un-checked vigilantism but that’s not the way he sees it. On the other side is Iron Man, who views the limitations placed on them as what separates the heroes from the bad guys, and also want to punch Steve in his face.

The havoc of the past films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems seem to have left civilians anxious about these super-powerful dudes roaming the planet. And the government has drafted legislation that would require would-be heroes to prove their goodwill by working under strict oversight.

The movie is directed by The Winter Soldier filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo. The story was inspired by the seven-part story-line written by Mark Millar in 2006-07 which pitted heroes against heroes in a crossover event that had the entire world of characters choosing sides behind either Captain America or Iron Man.

What Happened to Mars’ Atmosphere?

The Earth-like atmosphere that once existed on Mars seems to have been blown away by solar wind, according to new findings from NASA’s ongoing exploration of the red planet.

In a press conference Thursday, the space agency confirmed that solar wind played a major role in the disappearance of the Mars’ atmosphere and water.

The discovery, published in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, sheds new light on how the planet evolved from having a warm and wet environment that might have hosted life to becoming the cold, arid world it is today. Solar winds did have the same effect on Earth due to our planet’s strong magnetic fields.

A Wild Omura’s Appeared!

Researchers working off the coast of Madagascar have captured the first-ever footage of the elusive Omura’s whales, a species so rare that scientists have no idea how many there are in the world.

The Omura’s whale is so rare and little-known that there hasn’t been a single confirmed sighting in the wild by scientists… until now:

There have been a handful of possible sightings of Omura’s whales in recent years, but nothing that was able to be confirmed.

Until now, the only Omura’s whales that have been found were dead , and those were initially mistaken for the larger Bryde’s whales until DNA tests revealed them to be a different species.

Along with the video footage,  the researchers used photographs to catalog about 25 individual whales, including four mothers with young calves. They were also able to record whale vocalizations they believe might indicate reproductive behavior.

Details about the discovery were recently published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

There Are No Brakes on the Hype Train (The Force Awakens Trailer Reaction)

Soooo, the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer looks pretty exciting.

First impression is: What? Were all of the Rebellion’s victories in the previous movies for nothing? People seem to have either forgotten what happened at the Battle of Endor or they’re too far out in the boonies to have noticed. Or maybe killing the Emperor and destroying the newer Death Star wasn’t enough to topple the Empire?

Also, although we did get Han and Leia, we didn’t see any Luke Skywalker (at least I didn’t, feel free to correct me if I missed him). What’s the deal with that? Could Luke’s absence be a plot point? Finn is shown about to throw down in a lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren so I presume someone taught him some fencing. Either that, or it’s going to be an incredibly short fight…

The spaceship battle scenes look totally rad though! In fact, pretty much anything involving a spaceship looked pretty damn awesome to me.

I could use a cigarette and a nap after that nergasm. Here’s hoping we don’t have another Phantom Menace on our hands…

Demon Magic Levitates Water Droplets

So sound waves are pretty neat. They help us communicate, and the sound of music got us through all of those painful high-school breakups. Turns out, sound can also do some pretty mind-boggling things to a drop of liquid.

Scientists from Clemson University used ultrasonic waves to suspend a drop of liquid in midair. The acoustic environment flattens the liquid from its spherical shape, but the droplet’s surface tension allows it to stay intact.

Now for the neat part: They figured out how to manipulate the drop’s shape by increasing the strength of the acoustic field. In other words, the higher the frequency and amplitude of the waves, the more excited the drop would become. Increase the frequency too much though, and the drop completely loses surface tension and dissipates.

Check the vid: