Internet Reacts With Love Following Stan Lee’s Death – Fans And Celebrities Celebrate A ‘Real-Life Superhero’

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The comic book world lost one of the all-time greats on Monday after Stan Lee died at the age of 95. Internet reactions were of complete sadness and love following the death of the legendary Marvel comic book creator.

Celebrities from all over the entertainment world including Ryan Reynolds, Jamie Lee Curtis, Seth Rogen, Deborah Ann Wohl, Terry Crews, Elon Musk, Travis Scott, wrestler Mick Foley, Deadpool creator Robert Liefeld, producer and president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, and Disney CEO Bob Iger celebrated the marvelous life and accomplishments of the legendary Stan Lee.

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Legendary Comic Book Creator Stan Lee Is Dead

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Stan Lee attends the premiere of Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" at Dolby Theatre on April 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee has died. Stan Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber and former editor-in-chief and chairman of Marvel Comics, has passed away at the age of 95. Today is an extremely sad day for comic book fans everywhere.

Lee created some of the most iconic and beloved comic book superheroes of all-time including Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Wasp, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Cyclops, and Marvel Girl. Lee also created dubious supervillains including Green Goblin, Dr, Octopus, Loki, Dr. Doom, Magneto, and Galactus.

Stan Lee was an editor, publisher, producer, television host, actor, and led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

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On this Veterans Day, it should be noted that Lee served in the military during World War II. From Wikipedia:

Lee entered the United States Army in early 1942 and served within the US as a member of the Signal Corps, repairing telegraph poles and other communications equipment. He was later transferred to the Training Film Division, where he worked writing manuals, training films, slogans, and occasionally cartooning. His military classification, he says, was “playwright”; he adds that only nine men in the US Army were given that title.[30] Vincent Fago, editor of Timely’s “animation comics” section, which put out humor and funny animal comics, filled in until Lee returned from his World War II military service in 1945.

Stan Lee is survived by his wife, Joan Clayton Boocock Lee, and his two children.

While his comic book writing is known around the world by generations of superhero fans, Lee is also known for making cameo appearances in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Here is every Stan Lee cameo he made from 1989 until 2018.

Here is Stan Lee trolling DC Universe.

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Researchers Are Developing A ‘Cocaine-Like’ Drug That Will Restore Motivation

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More people think about killing themselves on Mondays than any other day of the week. Not that there is any ironclad data on this dark subject mind you, at least none we cared to spend the first few hours of the work week scouring the Internet to find. But it just seems highly probable that the drones of society (Yep, that’s us!), especially those throat deep in the dead end American workforce (That’s us too!) are most likely to consider ending it all between the time the dastardly alarm wakes them up first thing Monday morning and the second they sign in for the grind a few hours later.

Now, we’re not going to lie and try to convince you, the reader, that this isn’t just the cynical ramblings of a writer who cannot seem to get his shit together when the proverbial bell tolls after a debauched weekend of excess and piss-poor decision making. It totally is. But it is also a cruel reminder that we, as a community, seem to be having one hell of a time staying motivated enough these days to keep breathing, much less inspired to the point of chasing our dreams.

And what is life without a purpose, huh?

Fortunately, there could come a day when us poor slobs are able to find motivation once again through the thrill pill culture. Researchers at the University of Connecticut are currently working with Chronos Therapeutics to devise a pharmaceutical drug that has the power to mend the broken spirit and return motivation back to those who have been savagely beaten down by the world around them.

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The drug, which was presented earlier this month at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, is designed to allow dopamine – a naturally produced chemical in the brain that produces warm and fuzzy feelings — to infiltrate transmitters and inspire the user to get off their ass and strive for greatness.

It is a concept reminiscent of the film ‘Limitless,’ in which Bradley Cooper’s character – a writer by the name of Eddie Morra  — pops a pill that provides him with the mental superiority to rise about his feelings of hopelessness and find success. Anyone who has watched this flick has probably thought to themselves, “Man, that’s exactly what I need to get off this couch and do something with my life.”

Well, lead researcher John Salamone, Ph.D., is the man trying to see it through.

In 2012, the good doctor discovered that dopamine not only had the power to tickle the reward center in the brain, but it could also inspire people to act – to work harder for satisfactory feelings. His study showed that rats given dopamine in their food went out of their way to get their claws on the chemical-laced sustenance rather than feed on the dopamine-free alternative.

Now, if you are reading this portion of the article and thinking, “Wait a minute, this shit sounds like all they are doing is feeding rats cocaine,” you are not entirely off base. The concept of this motivation drug is rooted in addiction behavior – only without the negative consequences that come from high-powered stimulants.

When someone snorts a line of cocaine, it gives the brain a quick, temporary dopamine boost, providing the user with feelings like everything is right in the world. Pharmaceutical drugs like Adderall and Ritalin have this effect to some degree, but not as intensely as cocaine. But it also lets the user down in the end, which forces them to use more cocaine to achieve the same effect.

“Cocaine rapidly acts on that transporter, so people get a rush when they use cocaine. The dopamine shoots up and then it shoots down,” Salamone told Inverse. “So, you get this very rapid neurochemical change, and it turns out that rapid neurochemical change is something that people who abuse drugs go for.”

However, while the drug Salamone is working on is similar to cocaine, he says it will not be as dangerous. As science has shown, playing with people’s dopamine levels is one of the primary sources of addiction, but researchers argue that the effects of their motivation drug will not provide a “dramatic rush followed by a crash.” Instead, Salamone says the user will “get this slow, ramping increase that lasts for hours,” which sounds a lot like methamphetamine – another go-go drug that has been shown to increase a person’s chance of dropping dead from heart failure. Yet, researchers say the motivation pill will not have meth-like effects, nor will it be as addictive as cocaine.

Researchers know this type of drug could have broad medicinal and recreational appeal. They even understand that it has the potential to become one of the next fan favorites on the black market drug scene. But it is going to take some time before motivation is available in a pharmacy near you. The research is still in its infancy, exclusively examining the effects on laboratory animals. As of right now, there are no plans to conduct clinical trials – something that is necessary before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will approve a drug for distribution in the United States.

Still, if it works out and the population can one day find motivation by reaching into their medicine cabinets, Mondays will eventually get much easier to deal with, perhaps fewer black coffee psychopaths will roam the land, and the artistic and intellectual contributions of the human race might once again have some backbone. At this point what does society really have to lose?

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Here’s How We Can Help Those Affected by the California Wildfires

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It’s heartbreaking to watch the destruction caused by the wildfires in California. Now declared the most devastating blaze in the state’s history, nearly 200,000 acres of land has been razed, and 31 people have died, according to CNN. The Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Ventura County have ravaged entire towns, destroying homes and taking lives. If you would like to help, here are a few organizations that could use your generosity:

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The Tesla Model 3 just got a software update that makes it faster around a race track than a Ferrari supercar (TSLA)

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  • "Track Mode" is a software update to the Tesla Model 3 Performance that enables spirited, unstable driving of the sort that enthusiasts crave.
  • Tesla released the update on Thursday.
  • Motor Trend sampled the tech — and pro driver Randy Pobst lent a hand in its development.

Teslas are so fast in a straight line that they’ve gained some credibility in the drag-racing world. Until recently, however, they haven’t been noted for around-corners race-track performance.

The company was aware of this and so for the Model 3 sedan, it developed a new feature called "Track Mode." I first heard about when I tested out a Performance version of the Model 3 earlier this year, but it wasn’t yet ready for prime time.

Now it is. "With Track Mode, which is designed specifically for use on closed autocross circuits and racetracks, our goal was simple: use that same motor power and torque to make cornering on the track feel just as natural as forward acceleration," Tesla said on its website.

After considerable testing and tweaking — including enlisting tame race-car driver and Motor Trend throttle jockey Randy Pobst — Tesla has released Track Mode into the wild. Tesla celebrated the achievement with a very informative blog post about the bonkers performance boost that managed to make it all seem like a completely arid engineering experiment. Sample: "By precisely controlling whether torque goes to the front or the rear wheels, Model 3’s dual motors can immediately and silently increase or decrease the car’s rotation in a corner at your request."

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Luckily, the wordsmiths at Motor Trend crashed the party at Willow Springs, a track near Los Angeles. Their stylings were more in line with what enthusiasts might appreciate.

With Pobst’s input, the Track Mode-equipped Model 3 was a stunner, posting a 1:21.49 lap time. That "snips a lifetime-like 1.29 seconds from Randy’s recent lap in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio," Motor Trend wrote.

"The new time essentially matches a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 and even beats a former Best Driver’s Car winner, the 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia (1:22.30). Until the new BMW M3 shows up, that perches the Model 3 atop the podium as the world’s quickest sport sedan—at least around this track."

Read More: I tried Tesla’s new Autopilot feature that helps navigate during highway driving to see if it’s helpful — here’s the verdict

In a nutshell, Track Mode in a dual-motor Tesla destabilizes an otherwise very stable machine, while also adding cooling to the powertrain, which needs it to avoid overheating. While you would expect a combination of two motors, antilock braking, and traction/stability control to keep a Performance Model 3 more or less glued to the tarmac under spirited piloting, Track Mode sends the nanny home. 

The result, to my eye (Tesla and Motor Trend each posted videos), is a Model 3 that wants to dart into corners, nail the apex and power out with some juicy oversteer, as power is vectored to the rear wheels. Fun stuff! As you can see from the screen grabs in this post, nice, juicy plumes of incinerated Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires can now be conjured, a la "Top Gear."

Can’t wait to strap on my helmet and take a crack at "simultaneously [applied] brake and motor torque to produce a net increase in tractive force while cornering."

I’m kidding, Elon. Track Mode sounds brilliant and is just what a lot of Tesla owners have been asking for.

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Quantum ‘compass’ promises navigation without using GPS

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GPS is vital to modern navigation, but it’s extremely fragile. Never mind coverage — if a satellite fails or there’s a jamming attack, it quickly becomes useless. Scientists may have a much more robust answer, though. Scientists have demonstrated a “commercially viable” quantum accelerometer that could provide navigation without GPS or other satellite technology. The device uses lasers to cool atoms to extremely low temperatures, and then measures the quantum wave properties of those atoms as they respond to acceleration.

The result is an extremely sensitive device that’s also considerably more reliable than conventional accelerometers. While existing hardware can help determine to location to some extent by measuring velocity, it quickly falls apart without help from space.

As you might have noticed by looking at the photo above, this quantum ‘compass’ isn’t ready to replace the accelerometer in your phone. It’s only truly ready for ships, trains and other large vehicles where size and power requirements aren’t major factors. It could keep transportation networks humming even if GPS fails outright. The researchers also expect the underlying concepts to help with science studies, such as looking for gravitational waves.