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Aug
2016

‘Reigns’ Review – Reign in Blood

The core concept of Reigns [$2.99] on paper seems intriguing enough. It's basically dating service Tinder, with swiping left or right to make decisions, combined with ruling a kingdom. Seems interesting enough, but Nerial and company have managed to imbue Reigns' concept in such a way that each decision feels weighty. As well, there's an
9
Aug
2016

Powerful solar storm could have sparked a nuclear war in 1967

Image on the Sun captured on May 23, 1967

According to a new study accepted for publication in the journal Space Weather, the US was taken to the brink of war with the Soviet Union in 1967, when a powerful solar storm wreaked havoc with early warning systems designed to detect incoming Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. The drama unfolded with a backdrop of extreme Cold War tensions, and a proliferation of nuclear weapons brought about by the doctrine of mutually assured destruction.

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Category: Science

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Aug
2016

Catching the sun, to catch mosquitos

Prof. Willem Takken with one of the solar-powered traps

Although the Zika virus may be in the headlines a lot lately, malaria is still a much more common mosquito-borne illness. That's why in many parts of the world, insecticides are used to kill the disease-carrying mozzies. Unfortunately, however, the insects can develop a tolerance for the chemicals, plus there are environmental factors to consider. Now, solar-powered traps are showing great promise, in a pilot project that took place in Kenya.

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Category: Good Thinking

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Aug
2016

Pete’s Dragon review: Disney scores with some good, old-fashioned magic

Disney extends its streak of high-quality live-action remakes (let’s forget about Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. I doubt too many people will mind) with Pete’s Dragon, a 21st century retool of one of the Mouse House’s more obscure, offbeat offerings. If it’s not as visually stunning as The Jungle Book and has fewer shots (read: zero) of an elaborately coutured Cate Blanchett lounging ominously in doorways than Cinderella, it’s still a very solid offering that retains...

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