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RDU Neil

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    RDU Neil got a reaction from massey in Okay, WTF was I thinking?   
    Hera android is sounding positively hideously terrifying. Spraying nano-bots at people the forcibly transform them on a physical and genetic level into an animal. I'm picturing this semi-sentient mist/sludge spewing from her outstretched hand and engulfing the unlucky victim who screams and screams until their screams become the honking cries of a goose or braying of a donkey.
     
    Nastiest... supervillain... everrrrrrr.
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    RDU Neil got a reaction from slikmar in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
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    RDU Neil reacted to zslane in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Given that Jane Foster was The Mighty Thor during 4 of the 7 years that Jason Aaron was writing the book, and given that the story was one of the better Thor storylines to come along in quite some time, I find more reasons to be optimistic than pessimistic about the fourth Thor movie.

    As for why Natalie Portman would agree to do this, well, it seems pretty obvious to me. This is a great opportunity for her and she knows it. This is a role with far more dramatic potential than the romantic-interest/damsel-in-distress character she was stuck playing before. Besides, the MCU is a far more prestigious franchise today than when the first two Thor movies were made, and Oscar winners are now lining up to be a part of it.
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    RDU Neil got a reaction from drunkonduty in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Have you read Jason Aaron's The Mighty Thor? With Jane Foster? It is one of the best Thor runs ever, and I've been reading 'em a long time. Hands down some of the best writing and art ever, and is a perfect use of the "sick/lame human becomes a god" schtick that started it all back in Journey Into Mystery... since the entire mythos is built on "Whoever holds this hammer..." bit. 
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    RDU Neil got a reaction from Old Man in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Have you read Jason Aaron's The Mighty Thor? With Jane Foster? It is one of the best Thor runs ever, and I've been reading 'em a long time. Hands down some of the best writing and art ever, and is a perfect use of the "sick/lame human becomes a god" schtick that started it all back in Journey Into Mystery... since the entire mythos is built on "Whoever holds this hammer..." bit. 
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    RDU Neil got a reaction from slikmar in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Please tell me John Ostrander is still alive to reap the rewards of this.
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    RDU Neil reacted to Ranxerox in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Both him and Timothy Truman are still with us.
     
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    RDU Neil reacted to Old Man in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    The Cabin in the Woods, Red Dawn, Snow White and the Huntsman, Star Trek Into Darkness, Rush, In the Heart of the Sea, Huntsman Again, Ghostbusters Misguided Reboot, 12 Strong, Bad Times at the El Royale, Men In Black Unnecessary Reboot.  Seven years of inconsistent quality but plenty of work, on top of seven MCU films in that span.
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    RDU Neil reacted to Zeropoint in More space news!   
    So those earthlings threaten to put people into a bubbling vat of universal solvent, and then they wonder why no one responds?
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    RDU Neil reacted to tkdguy in More space news!   
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    RDU Neil reacted to Old Man in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Huge axes are cool, that's a real reason. 
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    RDU Neil reacted to Starlord in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Yes, but are any of them better than Point Break?
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    RDU Neil reacted to Old Man in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    And yet Endgame is undisputedly a better film than either Avatar or GWTW. 
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    RDU Neil reacted to Old Man in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Avengers: Endgame to be released in theaters in the next few weeks
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    RDU Neil reacted to Pattern Ghost in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I found this kind of interesting.
     
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    RDU Neil reacted to zslane in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    The streaming landscape is so screwed up right now with everyone scrambling to play their part in the Great Splintering of the digital entertainment space. I'm just going to sit back and watch it all turn to ash, and then see which services are still standing after the Great Reckoning occurs.
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    RDU Neil reacted to Christopher R Taylor in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Its on CW so its gonna be awful, it doesn't even really matter what the content is.
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    RDU Neil reacted to DShomshak in More space news!   
    This one is for Lord Liaden, as it deals with another case where physicists admit they are stumped about something they first thought would be simple. It isn't space news, exactly; this is about the very smallest components of matter. But the biggest and smallest scales of the Universe merge in the Big Bang, so some problems in cosmology probably can't be solved until physicists improve their understanding of how quarks combine to make protons and neutrons.
     
    I as a layman thought that was pretty well nailed down. Protons and neutrons (collectively, "nucleons") are made of quarks, which are held together by the "strong force" carried by gluons. It's laid out in the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD). But an article in the June, 2019 Scientific American says it ain't so simple.
     
    For a start, the mass of the quarks adds up to only 2% (or so) of the mass of the proton or neutron. Where does the rest of the mass come from?
     
    Nucleons have a spin. So do the quarks of which they are composed. But the spin of the quarks doesn't add up to the spin of the proton or neutron.
     
    QCD doesn't explain this because the math is kind of, um, impossible. In part this is because the strong force is far more complicated than good ol' electromagnetism or gravity. Like, electromagnetism has just two charges, positive and negative. The photons that carry electromagnetism do not themselves have charge, though, so photons don't interact with each other. The strong force has three charges, called colors, each with an opposite for six in all. Worse, the gluons that carry the strong force have a color "charge," so they do interact with each other. While a virtual gluon jumps from one quark to another it exchanges its own virtual gluons with other quarks and gluons -- and those gluons exchange their own gluons as they interact -- and so on.
     
    Somehow, all this seething mass of quarks and virtual gluons adds up to the properties of protons and neutrons. But the bazillions of particles involved make the calculations impossibly complex. The theorists are lost. Physicists can only hope to solve this puzzle by poking at the quarks and gluons directly, to see how they react.
     
    Remarkably, they can do this. In fact, they've been able to do this for several years -- which is how they proved that quarks really exist and aren't just a delusion of theorists. If you shoot high-energy electrons at (say) a neutron, the electrons can bounce off the individual quarks and give clues to what the quarks are doing. Physicists have already learned that quarks behave differently in a single particle than when a bunch of nucleons are grouped together in a nucleus.
     
    The authors hope that a more powerful and focused particle accelerator, the Electron-Ion Collider, will enable physicists to create 3-D maps or pictures of quarks and gluons bopping around inside atomic nuclei, and that this will help solve the puzzles of nucleons' mass and spin. Maybe even develop techniques to control the motions of quarks, as a test of their understanding.
     
    Which leads to the question: If quarks and gluons can be controlled precisely, does that raise the possibility of femtotechnology, a million times smaller than nanotecnology? They decide that such speculation is premature. But they won't rule it out.
     
    Dean Shomshak
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    RDU Neil reacted to Starlord in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Woopdeedoo, I don't see the difference between him and any other guy his age.  He can act.  It's the writing and story that matters.
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    RDU Neil reacted to Cancer in More space news!   
    About midway down this page (hangs off the official Chandra site) is another image that puts the black hole shadow image in scale context with the two X-ray images from Chandra.
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    RDU Neil reacted to Greywind in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Mostly because Jaimie Alexander works.
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    RDU Neil reacted to Dr.Device in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Are Endgame spoilers okay in this thread?
     
    I'll wrap this in spoiler tags, just in case.
    Here's what I'd like to see for a Fantastic Four movie


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    RDU Neil reacted to Bazza in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Who is being punished, the audience or the cast & crew? 
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    RDU Neil reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Cool Guns for your Games   
    Not really a gun, but ammo for one
     
    New Drone-40 grenade/drone. Launches out of a 40mm grenade launcher, but has a drone function that they claim can loiter up to 20 minutes, has different payloads and is programmable. Includes camera, anti-armor, fuel-air, HE/frag, smoke, and other options. They claim its "cheap" but I'm guessing that's compared to a missile, so it costs thousands rather than millions.
     

     
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