theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 
NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 
It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 
But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.
Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 

NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 

It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 

But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.

Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

theboozehound:

Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘Laura’

In the 1942 book of the same name on which Laura is based, Waldo Lydecker was an obese, effete writer based on noted wit and raging cunt Alexander Woollcott. Preminger found Lydecker to be the most interesting character and expanded his role for the film. He had Webb in mind for the role, even though the 55-year-old thesp hadn’t made a film in some 15 years and had retreated to the resounding applause of the stage. 20th Century Fox head Daryl F. Zanuck preferred Laird Cregar, known for his villainous roles, but Preminger argued that Cregar would draw suspicion too early.

Zanuck was unconvinced and felt that Webb was too effeminate for the role. “He doesn’t walk, he flies!” the head of casting told Zanuck.

matineemoustache:

Bluebeard’s Eigth Wife (1938) feat. David Niven's thighs.

YOUR ATTN PLS:

I’m going to see Niv on the big screen tomorrow in A Matter Of Life And Death. Send halp. I hereby bequeath all of my wordly posessions to my cat. Tell my mother I love her. k bye.

the-treble:

bonusvampirus:

*makes heterophobic text post*

It’s a metaphor, see? You make a mean text post, but you don’t back it with thousands of years of violently-upheld institutional power, so it doesn’t have the power to actually hurt anyone. 

best one yet

DON’T DO THIS. Orci is bad for the franchise. The fans do not like him. You will be giving the series to a man who has no fan support and who is not particularly good at this stuff and who has never directed a motion picture. This is Star Trek's big 50th anniversary. Do it right. Make a movie that respects the series and that honors the memory of Gene Roddenberry and his ambitious, positive vision for humanity. 

I’m also going over your head, Paramount. I’m going right to my good friend and occasional drinking buddy, Jesus. 

Jesus: listen, dude. I know you don’t like to get too involved. But I need you to step in this time. This is actually important. This is fucking Star Trek, man. I need you to take an active hand in this. Nothing drastic, just appear to a Paramount exec on toast or something. Do a Saul on the road to Damascus thing, let them see the light. In return I’ll lay off the Creationists for a week. Deal?

Guys, we may be looking at a personal fandom crisis point for me. Should I get my Star Trek tattoo removed? 

by Devin Faraci [x]