Kick starting the week with an eclectic bundle of good news nuggets.
The remainder of Disney’s 2021 film releases will debut exclusively in cinemas, the entertainment giant has said. Movies including Marvel’s Eternals, Sir Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake will all arrive in theatres for a 45-day window before being made available on digital platforms. That's great news for the beleaguered cinema industry.
More good news for movie fans and cinemas: The much delayed Bond film - No Time To Die - is finally hitting the big screen this month in the UK and next month in the US. It's been postponed so often, MGM have just released Trailer #3. James Bond has become used to saving the world from nefarious forces, but probably didn’t expect to be called on to save cinemas. So, to get you and your wallet in the mood, here's the trailer:
Meanwhile, up in space, NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has now collected two rock samples, with signs that they were in contact with water for a long period of time - boosting the case for ancient life on the Red Planet. "It looks like our first rocks reveal a potentially habitable sustained environment," said Ken Farley, project scientist for the mission. "It's a big deal that the water was there for a long time."
A recent report by Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International found that Indigenous-led resistance to 21 fossil fuel projects in the U.S. and Canada over the past decade has stopped or delayed an amount of greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to at least one-quarter of annual U.S. and Canadian emissions. Remarkably, and thankfully, that's the pollution equivalent of approximately 400 new coal-fired power plants.
What is it about great sporting stories that make us all feel good and optimistic about life? Thank you Emma Raducanu!
In an extraordinary moment of good fortune, first-time treasure hunter Ole Ginnerup Schytz had only been out with his new metal detector for a few hours when he stumbled onto an astounding discovery: a stash of 1,500-year-old gold artifacts dated to the Iron Age. Experts have deemed the find - made in a field near the town of Jelling in southwestern Denmark - one of the largest and most important in Danish history, reports Smithsonian. Schytz called it “the epitome of pure luck,” adding: “Denmark is 16,621 square miles, and I happened to choose to put the detector exactly where this find was.”
In good news for everybody who wants a low priced fully electric car, both VW (Europe's answer to Tesla) and Tesla (the global EV pioneer) are planning on shortly introducing cheap versions of their electric cars. The VW ID.Life (pictured) is expected to retail for around €20,000, whilst Tesla's Model Q has a projected price tag of $25,000. Different currencies, but pretty much the same price. Expect both to be available within two to three years.
Mammoths are among the best-known inhabitants of the last ice age, but their travels across the tundra have long remained a mystery. Now experts have used the chemical composition of a 17,100-year-old mammoth tusk from Alaska to map out where the animal wandered during its lifetime, and found it put in enough miles to loop around the world twice.
Good news for physicists at the University of Bremen, Germany, as they have succeeded in producing the coldest temperature ever recorded - an incredibly precisely measured 38 trillionths of a degree above absolute zero. They did so as part of an experiment involving dropping a quantum gas and slowing its motion with magnets, a report from New Atlas explains. Absolute zero is measured as -459.67 F (-273.15 C) and it is the coldest possible temperature on the thermodynamics scale.
Fun Fact: A single human brain generates more electrical impulses in a day than all the telephones of the world combined.
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You Bloody Fool: You have no doubt heard about the amazing talking duck in Australia, but have you actually heard the recording of the creature saying 'you bloody fool' and immitating the sound of the door at the aviary? Listen...
Mellow Monday Morning
Enjoy HAUSER performing a sensual and intimate version of Wicked Game by Chris Isaak.