Audio player loading… When is the Avatar 2 release date? And, now we're asking, when are the other three coming out? The original saw us travel to exotic climes - quite the blessing at the moment, come to think of it - with its amazing performance capture, CG backgrounds, and 3D photography. The 2009 blockbuster became the highest grossing film of all time, until Avengers: Endgame spoiled the Na'vi party. Even though it's been over a decade since now, this success naturally breeds sequels, and we're getting quite a few of them. Originally intended for 2014, the still-untitled Avatar 2 is the first of four follow-ups on the way. We haven't heard much of late, but not long ago Cameron revealed this first sequel is 100% done, with the third very far along, too - we even recently got a new set photo featuring a huge boat called The Matador, more on that below. While we do know we're headed back to Pandora, we also know we'll be travelling underwater thanks to cutting-edge … [Read more...] about Avatar: The Way Of The Water: leaks, first images and everything we know
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Since 1984, researchers have been arguing about what to make of tiny ocean plankton shells sitting atop the Transantarctic Mountains. That is obviously not a place plankton would call home, so how did they get there? And what might their presence tell us about Antarctica’s past? The researchers who initially discovered the surprise diatom shells found them mixed in with glacially deposited sediment. They argued that the shells told a pretty big story. Around 3 million years ago, when these species of diatom were alive, we know there were several periods of climatic warmth. During these periods, the researchers said, the Antarctic ice sheets must have “collapsed” down to a much smaller size, opening basins in the interior of the continent that flooded with seawater. That is where these diatoms would have lived, piling up at the bottom of the seaway when they died. When the climate cooled, the ice would have advanced back into these basins, scraping up diatoms and sediment and … [Read more...] about How did plankton end up on top of Antarctica’s mountains?
Here’s how a research study to test for antibodies might normally go: participants who sign up go to a medical office and get their blood drawn. Depending on the type of study, they might have to go back and forth multiple times over a few months. It takes logistics, scheduling, and too much time in probably too cold waiting rooms. But a new COVID-19 vaccine booster study tried a new — and more badass and / or gross, depending on how squeamish you are — approach. The study didn’t ask anyone to take time out of their day to go to a doctor’s office to test their blood for antibodies. Instead, the process was DIY: people drew their own blood at home. The study , done by Moderna researchers, was checking the antibody levels of people who received three Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses (the regular series and a booster) compared to three Pfizer doses. It sent participants a device called the TAP II, which is made by the company YourBio. A video on the company website shows how it … [Read more...] about Patients did DIY blood draws in a new vaccine study
US consumer spending on video game products has fallen by $1.78 billion in Q2, according to market research firm NPD. Overall, spending in video gaming in the US totaled $12.35 billion in the recent quarter, down 13 percent year over year. The findings follow both Microsoft and Sony reporting revenue declines in gaming as the pandemic growth slows. Sony warned of a weaker PlayStation business earlier this week as it saw game software sales plummet 26 percent year over year. Sony blamed the slump on a lack of big PlayStation titles this year compared to 2021 and less time spent playing games in general. Microsoft’s Xbox hardware revenue dipped 11 percent year over year in its recent quarter alongside a 6 percent drop in Xbox content and services revenue and a 7 percent decline in overall gaming revenue. Nintendo is due to report its fiscal first-quarter earnings on Wednesday, but the company forecast earlier this year that it expects to sell 21 million Switch consoles for … [Read more...] about US gamers are spending a lot less on video games now than they did in 2021
After teasing modified AirPods that swap Apple’s Lightning port for a USB-C connection, Ken Pillonel, the robotics engineering student behind the USB-C iPhone , has finally released the full video that shows his entire process. And the best part is that Pillonel is making his schematics open source, meaning you, too, can accomplish such a feat (given that you have a 3D printer). Pillonel starts by sawing open the AirPods case, essentially breaking it, as they’re not designed to be taken apart. He then designs two replacement pieces to go on either side of the case, first by using an FDM 3D printer and then switching to SLA for a smoother result. The pieces he constructs snap perfectly into place in the most satisfying way possible, creating an outer shell that looks as if it hasn’t even been touched. While Pillonel notes that you can replace the AirPods’ battery from here, he takes things a step further by ripping out the proprietary Lightning connector for USB-C. … [Read more...] about The modder who gave the iPhone USB-C shows how he did it to AirPods
One of Earth's defining features is its plate tectonics, a phenomenon that shapes the planet's surface and creates some of its most catastrophic events, like earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. While some features of plate tectonics have been spotted elsewhere in the Solar System, the Earth is the only planet we know of with the full suite of processes involved in this phenomenon. And all indications are that it started very early in our planet's history. So what started it? Currently, two leading ideas are difficult to distinguish based on our limited evidence of the early Earth. A new study of a piece of Australia, however, argues strongly for one of them: the heavy impacts that also occurred early in the planet's history. Options and impacts Shortly after the Earth formed, its crust would have been composed of a relatively even layer of solid rock that acted as a lid over the still-molten mantle below. Above that, there was likely a global ocean since plate … [Read more...] about Did giant impacts start plate tectonics?
Other than “ turning up the heat a little bit ” on Meta employees who shouldn’t be there and hitting the metaverse runway , Mark Zuckerberg is highlighting Instagram’s expanded NFT support. The founder and CEO took the opportunity of announcing expanded NFT support on Instagram to tell everyone his custom-made 1992 Little League baseball card is going on sale soon, with an NFT included as part of the deal. I thought he was minting it himself, but as the Metropolis Comic Collect profile linked in his post explains , that is not the case. This card is one Zuckerberg custom-made for a camp counselor who kept it, and now it has been authenticated and put up for sale as an actual collectible, in addition to the digital blockchain receipt. If you check it out in his post, now you’ll know that at age eight, Zuckerberg had this card made saying he hit for .920 — there are some pitchers from that league who probably suspected the video metrics were off before anyone else did — as a … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg’s custom Little League baseball card is getting turned into an NFT
45 years ago, Radio Shack released the TRS-80 Micro Computer System, a 1977 personal computer that launched an era of low-cost PCs along with computers from Apple and Commodore. Here’s what was special about it. An Inexpensive, Ready-To-Use Computer On August 3, 1977, Radio Shack introduced the TRS-80 Micro Computer System for $599.95—about $2,904 today adjusted for inflation. This complete system included a main unit with a built-in keyboard, a cassette recorder, and a monochrome monitor. After the introduction of the Model II later, this first model became known as the TRS-80 Model I. In 1977, the TRS-80’s $599.95 price was a big deal. To compare, the Apple II sold for $1298 with 4K of RAM (that’s a whopping $6284 today), and it didn’t include a monitor or a storage device. But you always get what you pay for: The original TRS-80 was a fairly primitive machine. Under the hood, the TRS-80 utilized its Z-80 CPU at 1.77 MHz and included a mere 4 kilobytes (KB) of RAM. Its … [Read more...] about Radio Shack’s First PC: 45 Years of TRS-80
Los Angeles County declared a local public health emergency over monkeypox on Tuesday, and a child in Long Beach was confirmed to have been infected with the disease. The Los Angeles Times reported : A child in Long Beach has contracted monkeypox, health officials said hours after Los Angeles County leaders proclaimed a local emergency amid the spreading illness. … Earlier in the day, L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chair Holly J. Mitchell introduced a proclamation declaring a local emergency over the rising cases of monkeypox. The action, which the board unanimously ratified, is an effort to bolster the county’s response to the outbreak. The day before, California declared a state of emergency because of the virus. … Monkeypox cases in L.A. County rose to 423 on Tuesday, up more than 80% from a week prior, according to the county health department’s count of confirmed and probable cases. The majority of cases have been confirmed in men who identify as part of … [Read more...] about L.A. County Declares Monkeypox Emergency
TL;DR: It's Steam survey time. Valve's monthly software and hardware report gives us a good indication of what the platform's 120 million active monthly users are packing in their machines. July saw one of the largest jumps for AMD in the processor category, eroding more of Intel's share and reaching a record high. There was also a surprise drop in the number of Windows 11 users, and it seems more people are taking advantage of falling graphics card prices. Starting in the Steam survey processor section, July was one of the best months for AMD in recent memory. Team red saw a rare decline in the number of participants using its CPUs in June, falling -1.28%, but it rebounded last month by +2.22%. That gives AMD a record-high share of 33.73%. It's not the news Intel wanted to hear, especially after its disastrous quarterly report caused Chipzilla's market cap to fall below its rival's . Click to expand Moving onto the best-performing GPUs of the month, we find a lot … [Read more...] about Latest Steam survey shows graphics card deluge, AMD hitting record high, and Windows 11 losing share