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Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

[ad_1] Title: Project Hail Mary Author: Andy Weir Publisher: Ballantine Books Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera First Publication: 2021 Language: English Book Summary: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone. Or does he? Book Review: Project Hail …

Blue Lights viewers hail return of ‘one of the best police series in modern TV’

Blue Lights viewers hail return of ‘one of the best police series in modern TV’

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails BBC viewers have heaped praise on the new series of the police drama Blue Lights. The series stars Siân Brooke, Katherine Devlin and Nathan Braniff as three probationary officers in a Belfast police department. Its first season debuted on BBC One in 2023. Reviewing its second season for The Independent, critic Nick Hilton wrote: “Where Line of Duty was set in some consciously anonymous metropolis – a sort of nightmare vision of life in Midlands suburbia – Blue Lights is deeply invested in a sense of place. “Belfast, and Northern Ireland, loom as characters in Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson’s vision. It is a city still wrenched by division, where marching bands come out in funeral processions, and where the ghost of the late-20th century still lurks.” On social media, fans shared their appreciation for the new episodes, with many comparing it favourably to the BBC’s crime …

Invertebrate of the year 2024: all hail Earth’s spineless heroes | Invertebrates

Invertebrate of the year 2024: all hail Earth’s spineless heroes | Invertebrates

[ad_1] We are prone to obsessing over ourselves and over animals like us. But most of the life on Earth is not like us at all. Barely 5% of all known living creatures are animals with backbones. The rest – at least 1.3 million species, and many more still to be discovered – are spineless. All hail the invertebrates, animals of wondrous diversity, unique niches and innovative and interesting ways of making a living on this planet. They include insects (at least a million), arachnids, snails, crustaceans, corals, jellyfish, sponges and echinoderms. And yet, despite their numerical advantage, originality and dazzling charisma, invertebrates are overlooked in favour of animals that more closely resemble ourselves or, more precisely, a human baby: big, slow-moving species with two soulful eyes; species with whom we can empathise or anthropomorphise. We lavish money on saving a polar bear stranded upon a melting glacier or a giant panda isolated in a fragmented forest because we feel their pain. Meanwhile, we’re not even sure if nematode worms feel pain. A tiny elite …

Spring roars with reports of tornadoes, hail and flooding from a storm headed east

Spring roars with reports of tornadoes, hail and flooding from a storm headed east

[ad_1] Unconfirmed tornadoes, hail, heavy rain, heaving gusts and April snow rocked parts of the South as a spring storm system made its way toward the Northeast on Monday. More than 40 million people from Texas to New England were under National Weather Service watches, warnings and advisories, mostly related to the storm. The front was pulling in cold air from the Midwest as it clashed with warm air on its journey toward the East Coast. Along the way it produced a diagonal line of thunderstorms from Texas almost into the Mid-Atlantic, with parts of the Midwest and Southeast treated to unsettled air roiling with hail, gut-punch gusts and spinning vortexes. In Montgomery County, Kansas, the large hail predicted by the National Weather Service arrived and began to melt into icy balls the size of dim sum dumplings, according to social media imagery verified NBC News. A funnel cloud was spotted between Kingfisher and Okarche, Oklahoma, on Monday, but it wasn’t clear if it developed into a tornado. NBC affiliate KFOR of Oklahoma City reported that …

Biden’s Hail Mary Budget Is Just Another Anchor Baby

Biden’s Hail Mary Budget Is Just Another Anchor Baby

[ad_1] Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, ‘n Guns blog, Last week I was contacted by Sputnik News to give some comments on “President” Biden’s $7.3 trillion budget proposal. To be honest, having to read up on what was in the budget proposal was enough to ruin my day before it even began. But, ever your humble(sic) servant, I endeavored to persevere and what I saw was typically horrifying, as always. And my quick conclusions were that this budget is a political wish list of a dying party to buy votes however and wherever they can. The party I’m speaking about isn’t the Democrats, it’s the Uniparty that has the Capitol under foreign control. Because nothing I see in this budget is for America’s prosperity. It is ultimately capital destructive and feeds into the needs of all of America’s enemies, foreign and domestic. $7.3 trillion paid for with more ‘soak the rich’ taxes is throwing napalm grenades on an already burning fire. And it serves to further sell today’s Americans out for tomorrow’s anchor babies …

Midwest hit by massive chunks of ‘gorilla hail’

Midwest hit by massive chunks of ‘gorilla hail’

[ad_1] In this image provided by Jeremy Crabtree, large chunks of hail are shown Wednesday night, in Shawnee, Kan. Volatile weather honed in on parts of Kansas and Missouri, with some storms dumping massive chunks of hail. Jeremy Crabtree via AP hide caption toggle caption Jeremy Crabtree via AP In this image provided by Jeremy Crabtree, large chunks of hail are shown Wednesday night, in Shawnee, Kan. Volatile weather honed in on parts of Kansas and Missouri, with some storms dumping massive chunks of hail. Jeremy Crabtree via AP Huge chunks of hail pelted parts of Kansas and Missouri on Wednesday night during a severe thunderstorm. The baseball-sized ice brought traffic to a standstill on Interstate Highway 70, prompting some drivers to take cover under a bridge. Meteorologists urged residents to stay indoors as storms unleashed multiple tornadoes in northeast Kansas late Wednesday. 8:12 PM: Very dangerous storm moving through Wyandotte County, including KCK. This storm IS PRODUCING BASEBALL SIZE HAIL. Get away from windows and shelter inside now!!! #kswx #hail #KCK #KC — NWS …

All hail Leon, the king of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

All hail Leon, the king of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

[ad_1] Yes Larry David has millions of dollars, unlimited opportunities in Hollywood and enough resources to come out on top, even when he clearly loses. However, Leon is the biggest winner in the history of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” as he’s the only person in the universe who’s figured out how to out-Larry Larry.  We met Leon Black (J.B. Smoove) back in 2007, when the Black family is displaced by Hurricane Edna (based on Hurricane Katrina), a vicious storm that dismantles the entire state of Louisiana. Coverage of the news leaves Cheryl David (Cheryl Hines) distraught – depressed and hungry to do something nice for the people of Louisiana. She asks Larry if they could adopt a family who was affected by the storm and take care of them until they got back on their feet. To this, Larry says hell no.  Later that night, the Davids find themselves playing a couples game with the Funkhousers and the Greenes. In this particular game, you have to guess the identity of the person in your friend group …

Russians lay flowers at Navalny’s grave, hail him as symbol of hope

Russians lay flowers at Navalny’s grave, hail him as symbol of hope

[ad_1] MOSCOW: Russians queued on Saturday (Mar 2) to place flowers on the grave of late opposition politician Alexei Navalny, with mourners hailing him as a symbol of hope and perseverance the day after he was laid to rest in Moscow. Navalny’s mother Lyudmila was among the mourners, visiting her son’s grave for the second day, accompanied by the mother of Alexei’s widow Yulia. Both women, dressed in black, stood quietly at the grave, before leaving. Navalny, who was President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic inside Russia, died at the age of 47 in an Arctic penal colony on Feb 16. Supporters said he had been murdered. The Kremlin has denied any state involvement in his death. Thousands of people attended a farewell ceremony for Navalny on Friday, with some chanting his name and saying they would not forgive the Russian authorities for his death. By Saturday, the grave in a Moscow cemetery not for from where he once lived was covered with flowers left by thousands of mourners. “He was the one who had opened …

Met Office maps show where it could hail and snow in coming days

Met Office maps show where it could hail and snow in coming days

[ad_1] Commuters were hit with heavy snow in Aberdeen last month. (Alamy) Following a brief milder spell, parts of the UK could be hit by hail and snow as temperatures turn colder and unsettled over the next few days. Rain is starting to fall across south-east England, with the wet weather set to continue for much of the day. But further north there will be blustery showers that could turn wintry – bringing icy conditions with it. The north and west of Scotland will feel the colder conditions particularly on Thursday, according to the Met Office. The forecaster said showers will be felt “from the word go”, before heavy winds arrive and bring temperatures down to single figures. A low pressure is set to sweep in overnight, bringing with it rain and snow across the Welsh mountains on Friday morning. Met Office forecaster Claire Nasir said “tricky driving condition” should be expected across the southern counties as commuters set out tomorrow. Weather maps show that hail could fall in parts of England and Wales on …

Netflix viewers hail Sofia Vergara’s ‘shocking’ new series as Griselda sets Rotten Tomatoes milestone

Netflix viewers hail Sofia Vergara’s ‘shocking’ new series as Griselda sets Rotten Tomatoes milestone

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Netflix’s latest original series Griselda has set a milestone on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The six-part miniseries is based on the real-life story of Colombian drug trafficker Griselda Blanco, who ran a cocaine cartel in 1980s Miami. Modern Family actor Sofia Vergara stars in the titular role, while The Candidate’s Alberto Guerra also features. At the time of writing, Griselda is the highest rated film or TV show Vergara has ever appeared in, having earned a Rotten Tomatoes score of 88 per cent. Vergara’s previous successes include the culinary drama Chef, which has a rating of 87 per cent. Modern Family, the popular sitcom in which Vergara plays the younger wife of wealthy Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), sits slightly further below on 85 per cent. Reactions to Griselda have been positive from viewers, with many sharing their appreciation of the series – and Vergara’s acting – …