Just In Case You Missed Them, You Can Now See All the Star Wars: Rebels Easter Eggs in Rogue One


Rogue One is jam packed with connections big and small to the wider Star Wars universe, but some of the most delightful ones—and some of the hardest to spot—are the ones that tie the movie into Star Wars: Rebels. In case you missed them in the theater, Disney has released high-res pictures of them for all to see.

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9 Fictional Disasters That Were Less Horrible Than the Reality of 2016


It’s been a pretty great year for movies, TV shows, and especially comics—but just about the worst for everything else. Political nightmares, celebrity deaths, more political nightmares… the list of horrors go on, which had the odd effect of making the year’s on-screen disasters look almost… comforting by comparison. Here are some of the nightmare scenarios we’d have rather dealt with than 2016 itself.

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There Are 46 Motors Powering 567 Parts in This Amazing Life-size Iron Man Armor


Companies like Hot Toys are known for their incredibly realistic action figures, but you can only pack so much detail into a toy that’s 12-inches tall. So a Chinese company called The Toys Asia has taken the concept of an action figure to a whole new level with a life-size, fully-animated version of Iron Man’s armor.

At the push of a button on the included remote control, this Iron Man figure completely opens up to allow Tony Stark to step inside—at least in theory.

Once the 28-second long, incredibly satisfying transformation is complete, you can see all of the suit’s inner details that are rarely revealed on a smaller action figure. But as a result of there being some 567 individual parts that make up this collectible, there’s not quite enough room for someone to actually climb inside the armor.

That might be a little disappointing after you’ve spent 2.5 million Chinese yuan to add this to your collection, which works out to just shy of $360,000 in US currency. But after waiting eight months for it to be delivered, the last thing you want to do is accidentally break it.

The figure also includes its own display stand, since there’s no way you’re going to fit it on a shelf with your other toys. And if you thought Iron Man was expensive, just wait until his command fortress playset is available for pre-order.

[The Toys Asia via Toy People]

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7 weirdest moments from Mark Zuckerberg’s new AI video


Facebook CEO and very rich man Mark Zuckerberg released a video on Tuesday that demonstrates his fancy new artificial intelligence named Jarvis that he’s been working on all year. 

While the AI is surely impressive, we couldn’t help but get over just how weird the video is that goes along with it. It’s so strange Zuckerberg even had to clarify in the comments that this is not a live demo, but a “fun summary.”

Add on top that Jarvis is voiced by popular voice actor/God Morgan Freeman and the whole thing just has a weird and creepy feel to it. 

Also Zuckerberg may or may not be a robot.

After much deliberations, these are the moments we thought were the weirdest:

1. When Mark stared into the camera with his cold, dead eyes and said “Hell Yeah!” 

2. When Mark ate DRY TOAST like it was totally normal.

3. When Mark told Jarvis that his Mandarin was “soothing.” 

4. When Jarvis told Mark to tickle his baby Max.

5. The completely outdated Nickelback burn.

6. When the AI says it’s entertaining his baby.

7. The simple fact that Mark built a t-shirt cannon because he wears the same shirt every day

Here’s the full video in all its strange, off-putting glory.

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Prostate cancer laser treatment cures half of trial subjects


A new prostate cancer treatment that combines lasers and deep-sea bacteria could be "truly transformative," according to a team of researchers. A trial conducted with 415 men across Europe finished with nearly half completely free of cancer compared to 13.5 percent given regular treatment. To top it off, unlike with current, aggressive therapies that can cause impotence and urinary incontinence, most of the subjects were free of side effects after two years.

The "vascular targeted photodynamic therapy (VPT)," developed by scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and private company STEBA Biotech, is pretty creative. Patients are first treated with a drug called WST11 derived from highly light-sensitive bacteria that live near the bottom of the ocean.

After the treatment, doctors insert optical fibers through the perineum, between the anus and testes, into the affected prostate gland. When the red laser is switched on, it activates the drug, which releases free radicals that destroy the tumors, but not the surrounding cells.

After followup, only six percent of patients needed to have their prostate removed, compared to 30 percent of patients under normal therapy. "This is truly a huge leap forward for prostate cancer treatment, which has previously lagged decades behind other solid cancers such as breast cancer," said lead researcher Mark Emberton from the University College London hospital. "In prostate cancer, we are still commonly removing or irradiating the whole prostate, so the success of this new tissue-preserving treatment is welcome news indeed."

This is truly a huge leap forward for prostate cancer treatment, which has previously lagged decades behind other solid cancers such as breast cancer. In prostate cancer, we are still commonly removing or irradiating the whole prostate, so the success of this new tissue-preserving treatment is welcome news indeed.

The procedure was performed in 10 European nations by 47 treatment centers, many of which had no experience with it. "New procedures are generally associated with a learning curve, but the lack of complications in the trial suggests that the treatment protocol is safe, efficient and relatively easy to scale up," said Emberton. What’s more, he adds, MRI and other techniques for spotting prostate cancers have improved since the trial started in 2011, so further studies should produce even better results.

There’s still some work to be done. Right now, the treatment is best for low-to-medium-risk patients, because it gives them a safe option for treatment instead of waiting, which could allow the cancer to progress. However, it remains to be seen whether VPT treatment will work for high-risk cases. Right now, researchers are "eagerly awaiting" results from trials on patients with more aggressive forms of prostate cancer.

In the meantime, one UK patient is grateful for the procedure. "When I was diagnosed with early prostate cancer, I had the option of active surveillance but I didn’t want to wait until it got worse so when I was offered a place on the trial I signed up straight away," said Gerald Capon. "The treatment I received on the trial changed my life. I’m now cancer-free with no side-effects and don’t have to worry about needing surgery in future."

Via: BBC

Source: University College London, The Lancet Oncology

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