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  • LEGO Batman Movie review: colourful, frantic, hilarious

    The LEGO Batman Movie follows the success of The LEGO Movie quite well, so much so that it surpasses it. Will Arnette's comedic delivery combined with the methodical and humorous script writing kept the entire audience in hysterical laughter. In this new offering, Batman is forced to come to terms with his greatest enemy -- his family. The LEGO Batman Movie, directed by Chris McKay who's known for his work on Robot Chicken, created a great way of not only visually telling a compelling story but also an emotional one. After Arnette's performance in the first LEGO movie, I was curious...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #93: Beyonce, Resident Evil & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. In this week's podcast, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Graham van de Made. The team discusses Snapchat's new IPO, and what it means for the social network. We also take a trip to the movies, with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and the overall success of its video game counterpart, Resident Evil 7. We also touch on social media's biggest announcement: Beyonce's pregnancy, and how it totally blew up Instagram and Twitter. Finally, also snigger at the VR-property scandal surrounding ZeniMax...

  • 7 must-see movie trailers from January

    So you want to know more about some of the movies debuting this month? Well, you've come to the right place. In this new monthly series, we take a look back at some of the biggest trailers to debut in the previous month. And well, obviously, it's January's turn. Power Rangers The announcement of a new Power Rangers movie was met with mixed feelings. Some thought it best to leave the franchise be, while others undoubtedly rejoiced. Since the trailer has dropped though, its view count has skyrocketed to over 22-million and over 120 000 likes. Power Rangers will follow the lives of...

  • Zuckerberg forces sale of Hawaiian native land

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ran into some trouble when purchasing land for his US$100-million family sanctuary. Much of the land purchased by Zuckerberg is owned by Kama'aina families, who have rights to the land. This unexpected turn of events has backed Zuckerberg into a corner, so much so that he's now trying to force the sale of the land rights, as first mentioned in a Hawaiian publication. Using what's known as the "quiet title and partition", which challenges the individual's claim to the land, Zuckerberg aims to put the land up for public auction. Donald Eby, a real-estate attorney who isn't involved in the case, explained how...

  • Power Rangers: it’s almost morphin’ time [Video]

    Since the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series kicked off in the early 90s, the franchise has been a household brand. Almost every kid I knew was into the over-the-top ridiculousness of the show. And who can blame them? It was awesome. The first movie to follow the series was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie back in 1995. Now, 22-years later, they're back with all-new rangers to take the role in the next instalment of the franchise, simply titled Power Rangers. The cast chosen to take on the title of "Ranger" aren't very familiar faces, but collectively have a large amount of acting experience,...

  • Stockholm ambulances to alert motorists via radio

    Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed an early warning system for motorists in the path of oncoming emergency vehicles. Ambulances in the Swedish capital will soon be sporting the new warning system, titled EVAM, which interrupts any audio playing through the car's audio system to broadcast an early warning message. This means that any in-car audio will stop immediately to broadcast a warning that an emergency vehicle is heading in their direction. This is made possible by using radio transmissions from the EMS vehicle to hijack the nearest FM tuner signals. According to one of the three students...

  • X-Ray vision reveals supermassive blackholes nearby

    Astronomers at the Southampton University have used "X-ray vision" to reveal supermassive blackholes which were hidden behind thick interstellar gas near our galaxy. The discovery was led by PhD researcher Peter Boorman and Dr Poshak Gandhi as well as associate professor Ernest Rutherford. "Every large galaxy in the universe is believed to host a supermassive black hole at their centre, millions of times the mass of our Sun," said Boorman in a press release. "These systems can devour vast quantities of matter due to their extreme gravitational pull, making the black holes grow. The in-falling matter then emits radiation across the full electromagnetic...

  • This 5D imaging technology can digitally scan living tissue

    Researchers from USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi School of Engineering have developed new technology that allows for 5D imaging of animals and human beings. According to the developers, Francesco Cutrale, Prof. Scott Fraser and the late Prof. Elizabeth Garrett, their implementation of 5D imaging -- dubbed Hyper-Spectral Phasor analysis (HySP) -- is cheaper, faster and more accurate than other imaging methods available. 5D imaging technology is useful in detecting important biological molecules, especially signs of disease, being crucial to understanding how diseases interact within a living organism. The HySP uses fluorescent imaging to locate proteins as well as other molecules situated...

  • Watch as Joe Biden receives highest honor, touching hug from Obama

    Will there ever be a bromance as everlasting and endearing as US Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama? Probably not. As President-elect Donald Trump casts his shadow over the White House, the internet is enjoying its last few days of Biden and Obama's epic bromance. And yesterday, that undeniable mutual respect was taken a step further. In a press conference, President Obama surprised Joe Biden with the country's highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Biden tries valiantly to hold back the tears (and so do we), but to no avail. It's an absolutely beautiful moment. Part of the...

  • Scientists believe the Milky Way is a cosmic thief, home-wrecker

    Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics have determined that half of the 11 furthest known stars in the Milky Way were ripped from another galaxy known as the Sagittarius Dwarf. "The star streams that have been mapped so far are like creeks compared to the giant river of stars we predict will be observed eventually," said the lead author, Marion Dierickx, a graduate student at Harvard University in a press release. According to the research, the Sagittarius Dwarf -- just one of the dozens of mini-galaxies that surrounds our Milky Way -- made its way around our galaxy at a point in...

  • More research reveals why birds are toothless

    Researchers over at the George Washington University have discovered a new species of toothless dinosaurs which could explain the reason why birds have beaks. The dinosaur they observed was  Limusaurus inextricabilis, which forms part of the theropod group of dinosaurs, which are evolutionary ancestors of birds. These dinosaurs lost their teeth during their adolescent phase and didn't grow another set when they got older. James Clark, a Ronald Weintraub Professor of Biology at the George Washington University's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, was a co-author of the paper, published in Current Biology. The team studied 19 Limusaurus skeletons which were discovered in the Xinjiang province of China...

  • Paper-based battery to power small electronics?

    Researchers at Binghamton University have created a working bacteria-powered battery which can be used to power small or disposable electronic devices. What makes this creation even more impressive is that it was made on a single sheet of paper. The bio-battery's design could reduce fabrication time as well as bring down the cost of production. Assistant professor Seokheun Choi, part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, commented on the invention in a press release. "Papertronics have recently emerged as a simple and low-cost way to power disposable point-of-care diagnostic sensors," said...

  • Instagram Stories gets holiday stickers and more

    Instagram just got festive with more features for Instagram Stories. "Since last month's update, we've loved seeing how you've (users) used Boomerang and mentions to make your stories even more fun. Now you have new ways to turn any moment into something you want to share with your friends and followers," said Instagram on their blog. New to their offering will be the option to add stickers. Once you've taken your photo or video, you'll notice a sticker button next to your drawing tools, delivering stickers based on the weather, time and your location. Adding a location sticker works in the same...

  • Monopoly: You’re playing it wrong

    Capitalism simulator, Monopoly will undoubtedly have many families huddled around the table this year frantically arguing about the rules of the game. According to the video below, a study conducted by Hasbro found that out of all the study's participants, 68% never read the rules of the game. They also found that 30% of players made up their own rules. For example, nowhere in the rulebook does it state that during the first round of any game you cannot purchase any properties. This prompted Hasbro to introduce house rules which include stacking any fine or tax money in the centre of the...

  • Alternative electrolytes could stop exploding smartphones

    Researchers have identified dozens of electrolytes that could be alternative solutions to volatile liquids used in smartphones. Researchers at Stanford University used machine learning and AI involvement to find suitable electrolytes. Their findings were published in the Energy & Environmental Science journal. These new electrolytes could replace liquids used in batteries which power smartphones, laptops as well as other electronic devices. Lead author of the paper Austin Sendek, a doctoral candidate in applied physics, commented on the findings in a press release. "Electrolytes shuttle lithium ions back and forth between the battery's positive and negative electrodes," he explained. "Liquid electrolytes are cheap and...