‘Prometheus’ – Smart Director, Dumb Scientists

Ridley Scott was smart to not market Prometheus as a prequel to Alien, because that’s exactly what it is. Not in the cinematic “all your questions are answered” shoot-cut-wrap sort of way, but it does cleverly give fans of the original the easter egg they’ve been waiting for.

Scott is smarter here then he’s been in a long time, presenting you with special effects that make Battleship and everything else from recent years besides District 9 look like they were shot a day after computers were invented. Scott has also not lost his talent for creating the same tension for the audience that his characters are experiencing.

Scientists to be exact. Two in “charge,” though not as much as they’d like to be. Then a captain, medic, pilots, an overseer, an android, a geologist, a botanist, and a few others.  Continue reading “‘Prometheus’ – Smart Director, Dumb Scientists”

Lungless, Limbless Amphibian Discovered In India, Neither Worm Nor Snake

With all the endangered and extinct life forms out there it’s refreshing to hear about something new. It may not look like much, but several types of legless and armless amphibians called caecilians were just discovered in northeast India.

These animals, who lay transparent eggs and keep a watchful eye on their young for up to three months, are completely new to us. The team of scientists who found them spent five years and 2,000 hours searching/digging, revealing at least three previously unknown species.  Continue reading “Lungless, Limbless Amphibian Discovered In India, Neither Worm Nor Snake”

Scientists To Implement Artificial ‘Hose’ Volcano


In an effort to cool the climate, engineers and scientists in the U.K. will test the effects of an artificial volcano this October.

The test consists of pumping water into the atmosphere with a giant hose, as part of a larger scheme against global warming, to manipulate the earth’s environment.

The mock volcano is called “Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering,” or S.P.I.C.E….

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