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Loch Ness monster: NASA urged to help as new search begins | UK News

Loch Ness monster: NASA urged to help as new search begins | UK News

NASA has been asked to help in a new search for the Loch Ness monster. The Loch Ness Centre has urged the space agency to lend its expertise in a fresh hunt for the legendary creature. Last year, one of the biggest searches of Loch Ness in the Highlands concluded with a hydrophone capturing loud underwater noises and several potential sightings. The latest search will take place on the 90th anniversary of Sir Edward Mountain’s expedition from 30 May to 2 June. Since that first expedition in 1934, the Watchers of the Monster, there have been over 1,156 sightings recorded on the official Loch Ness monster register. Image: Loch Ness. Pic: PA Aimee Todd from the Loch Ness Centre said: “We are hoping that Nessie hunters around the world will help us reach the people at NASA. “We are hoping to reach them through the power of social media. We are just hoping for their expert guidance to help with our ongoing quest to get answers. “We have gone to UK universities. We are hoping …

Colorado man was killed by venom from his pet Gila monster, autopsy finds

Colorado man was killed by venom from his pet Gila monster, autopsy finds

GOLDEN, Colo. — A Colorado man who was placed on life support after he was bitten by his pet Gila monster died of complications from the desert lizard’s venom, an autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press on Friday confirmed. The report also found that heart and liver problems were significant contributing factors in Christopher Ward’s death. Ward, 34, was taken to a hospital shortly after being bitten by one of his two pet Gila monsters on Feb. 12. His death less than four days later is believed to be the first from a Gila monster in the U.S. in almost a century. The autopsy, conducted by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office on Feb. 18, said Ward was bitten for four minutes and wavered in and out of consciousness for about two hours before seeking medical attention. He suffered multiple seizures and acute respiratory failure at the hospital. Ward’s girlfriend handed over the lizard named Winston and another named Potato to an animal control officer and other officers in the Denver suburb of Lakewood the day after …

‘Irish Wish’ Is a Frankenstein’s Monster of Better Romantic Comedies

‘Irish Wish’ Is a Frankenstein’s Monster of Better Romantic Comedies

This post contains spoilers for Irish Wish. Some of the best romantic comedies ever made are intentional translations of the rom-coms that came before them. You’ve Got Mail modernizes The Shop Around the Corner, just as Clueless relocates Jane Austen’s Emma to Beverly Hills. Some films are blatant with their borrowing—think the John Hughes-inspired montage in Easy A—while others feel more subliminal (are 13 Going on 30 and Poor Things the same movie in far different modes?). Then there is Netflix’s Irish Wish, an Ireland-set rom-com, released just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, starring Lindsay Lohan that basically exists only as a reminder of the far better movies it evokes during its strained 93-minute runtime. The movie’s central conceit—Lohan is Maddie, a hapless book editor who inadvertently sets one of her best friends up with the author she’s secretly in love with, then uses magic to test-run the romance she’s long dreamed of—merely reheats elements of movies that are already getting endlessly rewatched. Now that Irish Wish, written by Hallmark scribe Kirsten Hansen and …

Monster: Behind Hirokazu Kore-eda’s groundbreaking new film exploring queer childhoods

Monster: Behind Hirokazu Kore-eda’s groundbreaking new film exploring queer childhoods

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free The greatest knowledge we can pass on is empathy,” said John Cameron Mitchell, the filmmaker behind the totemic queer musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He was speaking in his capacity as the chair of the Cannes Film Festival’s Queer Palm jury last year, while awarding the prize to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Monster. The first Japanese film to win the award, it is a moving and formally ambitious story of two young schoolboys who find, in each other, young and innocent love. “We as queer people – who cannot and do not wish to conform – honour this film because its maker understands that the outsider is a shaman,” Cameron Mitchell continued. “The outsider possesses secret knowledge that is vital to the evolution and survival of our society.” Kore-eda, 61, has spent much of his career exploring the lives of outsiders, whether it’s the grief-stricken Yumiko in his 1995 breakthrough film …

Apple developed monster chip for Apple Car project, report says

Apple developed monster chip for Apple Car project, report says

Apple Car may never happen, but that doesn’t mean the company didn’t develop some impressive tech while the project was still alive. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple had developed an incredibly mighty chip to power the Apple Car. In a Q&A session on Monday, Gurman said that the chip was nearly finished, and was “equal to about four M2 Ultras combined.” The M2 Ultra is the chip that’s inside the Mac Pro and the most powerful configuration of the Mac Studio. It has, at most, a 24-core CPU, a 76-core GPU, and a 32-core Neural Engine, with support for up to 192GB RAM. Modern cars do require very powerful silicon; for example, the Tesla FSD (Full Self-Driving) chip has 12 ARM CPUs inside and a total of 6 billion transistors. But if Gurman’s info is correct, Apple’s chip probably would have dwarfed that, as a single M2 Ultra chip has 134 billion transistors. Apple was rumored to be building an autonomous car for a decade, spending billions, before reportedly killing off the project and …

The monster wins one at last as Godzilla Minus One wins the Oscar for visual effects

The monster wins one at last as Godzilla Minus One wins the Oscar for visual effects

Godzilla finally made it to the Oscars this year – and slayed. The movie Godzilla Minus One, set in the waning days of World War II, won the Oscar for best visual effects, pushing aside such big-budget behemoths as Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, Napoleon and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. Godzilla Minus One, from writer-director Takashi Yamazaki, marked the first time the prehistoric reptilian monster was nominated for an Oscar in the franchise’s 70-year history. It is the 37th film in the film series, which usually uses Godzilla as a sober symbol of nuclear holocaust and atomic trauma. Godzilla Minus One became the highest-grossing Japanese live-action film ever in the US and Canada. Only two international live-action movies – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Life Is Beautiful – collected more than the US$56.4 million grossed by Godzilla Minus One. Source link

My mother, the monster – and how I came to understand and forgive her | Mother’s Day

My mother, the monster – and how I came to understand and forgive her | Mother’s Day

At a recent dinner party I was asked about my mother, who – a gross simplification, this – was a bit of a character. I tried to paint a nuanced picture but our host, a qualified therapist, was having none of it. It ended badly, with her shouting at me: “Enough. Your mother was a monster!” A not unreasonable diagnosis, given the facts. She sent me away to boarding school when I was three. When I was 13, she started telling me she had six months to live and kept telling me this, roughly every six months, for the next 15 years. Indeed, she once pretended to die in front of me. I’m still not sure why. I remember it well, not surprisingly. She summoned me to her bed, where she lay prostrate and still. “The money … for your education …,” she whispered, “… is in the bottom drawer … Urgh!” She then – apparently – expired. Half an hour later, the ambulance having arrived (“My mum’s just died – I think”), she was …

Robert De Niro brands Trump ‘a total monster’ and says 2024 election win would mean living in ‘a nightmare’

Robert De Niro brands Trump ‘a total monster’ and says 2024 election win would mean living in ‘a nightmare’

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free Robert De Niro has urged US voters to support Joe Biden in a bid for “normalcy”, warning that a Donald Trump win would result in “the nightmare”. Appearing on the latest episode of Real Time with Bill Maher,the famously outspoken Hollywood star discussed the forthcoming 2024 election. “We wanna live in a world that we want to live in and enjoy living in, or live in a nightmare?” De Niro asked his host. “Vote for Trump and you’ll get the nightmare, vote for Biden and we’ll be back to normalcy.” The Goodfellas actor explained: “I just don’t want to feel the way I did (and many of us did) the many months after the election in 2016, where we couldn’t believe that it happened. [Trump] is a total monster… “I don’t understand it,” he continued, questioning why people vote for Trump. “I guess they get behind that kind of logic, …

Cookie Monster is fed up with “shrinkflation” and the downsizing of his favorite cookies

Cookie Monster is fed up with “shrinkflation” and the downsizing of his favorite cookies

Cookie Monster now has beef with the US economy. The beloved Sesame Street character took to X Monday to rant about “shrinkflation” — a portmanteau of the words shrink and inflation where items shrink in size or quantity, sometimes even quality, while their prices remain the same. “Me hate shrinkflation! Me cookies are getting smaller,” Cookie Monster wrote. “Guess me going to have to eat double da cookies!” The post elicited responses from politicians who are disappointed over the grocery shrink ray. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio shared Cookie Monster’s sentiments, saying, “big corporations shrink the size of their products without shrinking their prices, all to pay for CEO bonuses.” “People in my state of Ohio are fed up — they should get all the [cookies] they pay for,” he added. Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania responded by saying: “I’m on it.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote that she and Casey “have a bill for that.” President Biden may address shrinkflation in his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Thursday, according …