A star-studded new PSA promoting this year’s fundraising Stand Up to Cancer telecast (Sept. 10, 8 p.m. ET, on 14 networks) is effective, both in terms of hammering home what the odds are that we will get cancer in our lifetime (1 in 2 men, 1 in 3 women), and making me feel old. There are two young stars that I did not recognize. Thank goodness I’m up on my Spider-Man 4 casting, or it would have been three. Watch the promo below. Visit standup2cancer.org for more information and to donate. READ FULL STORY »
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Sidney Perkowitz, a professor of physics at Emory University, can break down the reality of Iron Man in five minutes, as seen in the video embedded after the jump. Were I interested in majoring in physics, I would want him to be my advisor. Things we learn:
• The idea of an “Iron Man” suit — or exoskeleton, which he describes as “a powered framework that you fit your body into that gives you enhanced endurance, or speed, or mobility or strength” — is already in the works by the U.S. Military. Discovery News has an easy-to-digest piece detailing the Top 5 of them.
• The U.S. Military has already devoted a billion dollars to developing artificial arms that are not only mechanically integrated but neurally integrated. We could use that technology to see if there’s a way to give a soldier direct neural control of his weapon. “So you might someday end up with a suit that makes you smarter, is under your direct mental control, lets you do amazing things,” Perkowitz says. “Flying, I think is maybe the hardest thing to think about. That I wouldn’t bet money on.” Wah-waaah. READ FULL STORY »
the end of Pennard head on last week, the writers slyly came at the issue sideways by introducing Judy Greer as Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton (pictured, right), a famous physicist visiting the Big Bang boys’ university who also turned out to be an insatiable sexpot with an apparent taste for sex-starved science geeks.Throughout The Big Bang Theory‘s third season, Penny + Leonard = A highly variable equation for comedy. But as these last few episodes have proved, (Penny – Leonard) x Sheldon’s utter befuddlement = A rock-solid constant of belly laughter. After dealing with
Since it was obvious that Dr. Plimpton’s official host Sheldon was infinitely more interested in her body of work than (yep, I’m going there) her body, she set her sights instead on his smitten roommate Leonard, who, she learned from Sheldon, was all the more ripe vulnerable thanks to his recent break-up. One strip show in Leonard’s bedroom (while expounding on theoretical physics) later, and Leonard’s brain was instantly “Penny who?” READ FULL STORY »
I predicted the former Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation would return to the show as Sheldon Cooper’s official Worst Enemy. I had no idea, however, that Evil Wil Wheaton would be this evil, widening his path of destruction to include not just Sheldon, but Penny and Leonard’s fragile romance as well.When Wil Wheaton first appeared on The Big Bang Theory last fall as an odiously underhanded version of himself,
Yes, it’s official: Penny and Leonard’s season-long courtship is seriously on the rocks. After Penny managed to pull off an unambiguous, post-coital reference to The Empire Strikes Back (just in time for its 30th anniversary, too!), Leonard was moved to attempt an unambiguous, post-coital declaration of love for her, i.e. “I love you.” Penny’s response: “Oh. Thank you.” Not good. READ FULL STORY »
Today, William Shatner announced that he’ll host a reality show called Weird or What for the Discovery Channel in the U.S. and the History Channel in his native Canada. According to Variety, “It will examine and analyze some of the weirdest unsolved cases around the world — ranging from paranormal phenomena, medical oddities and bizarre natural disasters.” Shatner said the show would present science in a “light-hearted, jaunty way.”
I’m all for this because it reminds me of his Emmy-nominated documentary How William Shatner Changed the World. Granted, that was great because it told you definitively how Star Trek influenced the inventor of the cell phone, NASA’s chief propulsion engineer, a top neurosurgeon, and one of the brains behind QuickTime. (Watch cellphone inventor Martin Cooper describe the epiphany he had watching Captain Kirk talk on his Communicator after the jump.) But as long as Weird or What poses theories that could possibly solve those cases, it should be worth watching… READ FULL STORY »
On the one hand, it is fairly obvious that last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory will be on Jim Parsons’ shortlist to send out for Emmy consideration, as well it should be. He fainted! He sang! He stripped! He ran the gamut of human emotions from joy to panic to abruptly intoxicated! I mean, just look at that photo — that is just empirically funny.
On the other hand, on a whole this episode just didn’t quite come together the way it should’ve for me. Granted, as Sheldon-centric Big Bangs go, it wasn’t nearly as insufferable as “The Einstein Approximation” (i.e. Sheldon got stumped) or “The Bozeman Reaction” (i.e. Sheldon got robbed). And it did provide one of my all-time favorite Leonard/Sheldon exchanges:
Sheldon: I recently had a dream that I was a giant, but everything around me was to scale, so it all looked normal.
Leonard: How did you know if you were a giant if everything was to scale?
Sheldon: I was wearing size 1,000,000 pants. READ FULL STORY »
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