Arrow to End With Shortened Season 8 — Though Stephen Amell Hints at Possible Future Encores Beyond That

Oliver Queen is hanging up his bow and arrow: The CW’s flagship DCTV series Arrow will end its run with an abbreviated Season 8. Star Stephen Amell made the announcement on Twitter, writing, “Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever.” The actor went […]

With her knees 'broken beyond repair,' Lindsey Vonn retiring after worlds

Lindsey Vonn has only two races remaining on her aching knees. The women's all-time leader in World Cup wins announced Friday that she will retire from ski racing after this month's world championships in Sweden. The 34-year-old Vonn had been planning to retire in December but changed her plans because of persistent pain in both […]

Researchers get gene drive to push mice beyond Mendel

Enlarge (credit: Rene Schwietzke) Gene drive is both a promising and disturbing technology. It allows us to engineer a stretch of DNA that, once inserted in a specific location in an organism’s genome, will convert other versions of the gene so that they also carry the insert. Once started in a population, gene drive will […]

Astronomers detect more mystery radio bursts from beyond the Milky Way

Sure enough, astronomers have discovered even more of those mysterious fast radio bursts from outside the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists using the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope have detected 13 different radio bursts, including six repeat bursts from the same location in a galaxy 1.5 billion light years away. Each of those bursts […]

Seized Ukrainian warships were armed beyond regular loadout & planned moving 'stealthily' – Moscow

Ukrainian ships that were seized last month carried more ammunition than usual, had guns in combat ready-mode and planned to ‘stealthily’ pass the Kerch Strait in violation of rules, Russian border and security officials said. The three vessels were detained on November 25 after they spent hours in Russian territorial waters, ignoring requests of officials […]

‘Aquaman’ Featurette Takes You Under the Sea and Beyond

Dive down under the (special-effects created) sea in a new Aquaman featurette. Here, director James Wan takes us through several of the fantastical underwater worlds the film is set in. The running theme here, from Wan and the cast, is that Aquaman is going to take audiences to places they’ve never been before. Big, bold and strange […]

Saudi-led forces conduct mass strikes on Yemeni capital & beyond, despite US ‘calls for ceasefire’

The Saudi-led coalition has carried out a series of airstrikes against “legitimate military targets” in Sanaa and elsewhere across Yemen, several days after senior US officials somewhat hypocritically called for a ceasefire. “Coalition aircraft targeted legitimate military positions at al-Dailami Air Base, northeast of the capital, Sanaa,” the coalition leadership said in a statement, referring […]

Beyond the beaches of Rio

Rio de Janeiro, overlooked by Christ the Redeemer (Image: GARDEL Bertrand / hemis.fr / GETTY) THERE’S a joke among Paulistas (locals from São Paulo) that Christ the Redeemer, the emblematic statue that looms over Rio de Janeiro, stands with his arms outstretched waiting to applaud the first person there to do a day’s work. There […]