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Will Ridley Scott's New "Alien" Prequel Mimic William Gibson's Awesome Unfilmed Alien 3 Screenplay?

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William Gibson's "Alien 3" Screenplay

20th Century Fox is rebooting its "Alien" franchise with Jon Spaihts to write a prequel that has Ridley Scott set to return as director.

The film will be a prequel to the seminal 1979 film about an extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. The 1979 epic starred Tom Skerritt and Sigourney Weaver. The new treatment will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal was generated by an empty ship to warn them.

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Is the Universe a Vast Computer Simulation? - A Galaxy Classic

6a00d8341bf7f753ef0115700ff238970b-500wi Philosophy is a vital study for the human race - from the ancient Greeks to the modern day, some of the finest thinkers have examined the human condition and produced valuable insights and conclusions on what it means "to be."  Unfortunately much of the other work in the field is dubious, including a recent paper which argues that we're all living in a vast computer simulation.  Yes, it WAS written after the first Matrix film but before the sequels.  Funny that.

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Human Aging: Is It an Accident of Evolution? - A Galaxy Insight

Main_2 "Everyone has assumed we age by rust. But how do you explain animals that don't age? Some tortoises lay eggs at the age of 100, there are whales that live to be 200 and clams that make it past 400 years."

Stuart Kim, PhD, Stanford University professor of developmental biology and genetics

Prevailing theory of aging challenged by Stanford University Medical School researchers. Their discovery contradicts the prevailing theory that aging is a buildup of tissue damage similar to rust. The Stanford findings suggest specific genetic instructions drive the process. If they are right, science might one day find ways of switching the signals off and halting or even reversing aging.

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Life in the Solar System -A Daily Galaxy Poll

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Where in our Solar System do you expect life will be found? Jupiter's Europa, the hidden oceans of Saturn's moons Enceladus or Titan, the subterranean lakes of Mars, the clouds of Venus?

What will form will the life mostly be? Carbon-based, non-carbon? Microbial? Possibly advanced?

Post your thoughts in Comments. We'll publish the results this coming Monday, August 3rd.

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Galaxy Friday Matinee: Orson Welles' Mercury Theater Broadcast of H.G. Well's "War of the Worlds"

Mc_wow1 Don't miss this re-enactment of the presentation and public reactions to the original Mercury Theater on the Air broadcast of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds, performed as a Halloween special on October 30, 1938. The live broadcast was set in Grover's Mill, an unincorporated village in West Windsor Township, New Jersey frightening many listeners into believing that an actual Martian invasion was in progress.

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The Daily Flash -Eco, Space, Tech (7/31)

Tern_Eleg-bas-11Sp94SRm-f Mysteriously High Tides on East Coast Perplex Scientists

From Maine to Florida, the Atlantic seaboard has experienced higher tides than expected this summer. At their peak in mid-June, the tides at some locations outstripped predictions by two feet. The change has come too fast to be attributed to melting ice sheets or anything quite that dramatic, and it’s a puzzle for scientists who’ve never seen anything quite like it.

Hulu_product_tour_image 60% of 'Net Users Watch Video Online: Traditional TV Doomed?

A new survey by Pew features a couple of very interesting stats about online video viewership: 62% of adult 'net users have watched video online, a figure that's risen from 33% two and a half years ago. Meanwhile a massive 89% of youngsters also watch video online.

060908-dark-matter_big Galaxies Bring Dancing With the Stars to New Level

What is small, mysterious, faint, in the process of loosing mass, and can dance like crazy? Could it be Marie Osmond? Well, that might be the correct answer in this galaxy, but just on the outskirts of the Milky Way are small, mysterious galaxies called dwarf spheroidal galaxies, and a new study offers an explanation for the origin of these puzzling objects. But can they really dance? Yes, says lead author Elena D'Onghia of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

504x_starwarsshrinemonsterbrick Are Science Fiction Franchises As Popular As Religion?

If you don't worship Star Trek, then you must worship the Force. But maybe you're a vampire adept, or a member of the Batman congregation? Fans' faith in their franchises gets as intense and bloody as zealots' faith in religion.


NexGen AI -A Threat to Human Civilization?

Artificial Intelligence What could a criminal do with a speech synthesis system that could masquerade as a human being? What happens if artificial intelligence technology is used to mine personal information from smartphones?

AI is becoming the stuff of future scifi greats: A robot that can open doors and find electrical outlets to recharge itself. Computer viruses that no one can stop. Predator drones, which, though still controlled remotely by humans, come close to a machine that can kill autonomously.

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