Learn All About Scottish Slang Words with Gerard Butler

Learn all about Scottish slang words with Gerard Butler in this video from Vanity fair.

I love his comment on how Scottish slang is mostly about things that are gross, ugly, or that relate to being drunk or stupid.

[Vanity Fair]

The Infinite Loop [Comic]

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How Captain Phasma’s Armor Once Belonged to Emperor Palpatine

Warning: The Last Jedi spoiler alert.

Captain plasma wore a special armor that was not only blaster resistant but could withstand the strength of a Wookie. However her armor once belonged to someone else! The Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious.

[The Stupendous Wave]

Thinkgeek is Currently Holding a HUGE Winter Clearance Sale! (Up to 50% Off Board Games, and MORE!)

Thinkgeek is currently holding a huge Winter clearance sale, and they’re offering some geektastic rebates on thousands of items, including board games, Star Wars products, coffee mugs, Funko POP! Vinyls, and MORE!

Board Games – up to 50% off

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Star Wars Sale! Starting at $3.99!

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Blood Test For Early Cancer Diagnosis Could Be Viable

Credit: Johns Hopkins University

Researchers say a blood test combining two different types of clue could make it easier to detect cancers in early stages. The ‘CancerSEEK’ test combines both DNA mutation and released proteins to spot the cancer.

To date, blood tests have just concentrated on one of the two approaches. The former takes advantage of the way the bloodstream shows tiny traces of the way cancer mutates the DNA in cells. The latter is based on the fact that cancer often releases proteins into the body, giving away its presence. The test combines checks for 16 gene mutations and eight proteins.

In a trial, the researchers at Johns Hopkins University ran the blood test on 1,005 patients who were known to have one of eight cancer types but where the cancer hadn’t yet spread to other tissues. Overall the blood test ‘detected’ 70 percent of the cancers. That’s particularly promising as several of the cancers involved, including pancreatic cancer, can’t currently be detected until symptoms develop, at which point treatment is usually too late.

It will be several years at least before testing of the process can be considered conclusive, with the next step being to test it on people who currently haven’t been diagnosed with cancer. The biggest note of caution from this initial study was that the detection rate was considerably lower with patients whose cancers were at the earliest stages of development that still showed symptoms.

That could mean the test doesn’t work reliably enough on cancers that have not yet become symptomatic. It’s also possible that with some cancers the earlier diagnosis wouldn’t be that beneficial because the effects of immediate treatment would outweigh the risks of waiting to see how the cancer developed.

In the long run, if further testing does show the technique is viable, the researchers say it could be turned into an annual screening test.

[Via: BBC]

Physics with Professor Pussycat [Comic]

Apparently, Cats have knocking glasses off the counter down to a science, and Professor Pussycat knows all about the phenomenon!

[Source: Einstein’s mama on Facebook]

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Harry Potter Scots Language Edition Might Be the Best Book of All Time

Imgur user whovianmuse recently posted some hilarious excerpts from the Scots language edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Stane. Yes, this is actually a real book, and you can purchase it via Amazon.com right here.

“So I got the Scots edition of Philosopher’s Stone for Christmas this year and uh…yeah, I’m pretty sure this is hands down the best book I have ever or will ever own.”

[Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane (Scots Language Edition)]

This Persona 5 “Ann” Cosplay Is Absolute Perfection [Pics]

Coslayer Shirogane-sama looks absoluely perfect as Ann Takamaki (in her Phantom Thief costume) from Persona 5. Photography by pollypwnz.

For reference:

[Cosplayer: Shirogane-sama | Photography: pollypwnz]

iPhone Users Can Disable Slowdowns

Apple says users will soon be able to block slowdowns on older iPhones. However, it’s still warning against the move.

The announcement came from Tim Cook in an interview with ABC. Among other issues he discussed Apple’s acknowledgement late last year that it was indeed slowing down some older models but not – as was widely speculated – as part of a scheme to make upgrades seem more appealing.

Instead Apple said it was to avoid a problem in older phones where aging batteries had insufficient voltage to cope with sudden spikes in demand by the processor and would simply shut down without warning.

The company had already dropped the cost of replacement batteries and begun work on a software update that will improve the settings menus to show more detail about the health of their battery. The information will also say whether or not the phone has been slowed down (suggesting the ‘throttling’ is applied based on the actual battery status rather than simply by the model number or operating system version.)

Cook specifically confirmed for the first time that there’ll also be a user option to disable the slowdown. He added that “we don’t recommend it because we think people’s iPhones are really important to them and you can never tell when something is so urgent.”

That suggests Apple may need to be very clear in the wording of any warning messages before users disable the slowdown. That will be necessary to counter any speculative lawsuits if phones shut down and customers either lose data or are temporarily unable to make calls in an emergency situation. The logic there will be that if only Apple is proven to know about the risk of a shutdown, it could be on the hook; if Apple can prove the customer knew as well, that makes it the customer’s responsibility.

The Second Trailer for the “Tomb Raider” Reboot Movie is MUCH Better Than The First One!

The first trailer for the upcoming “Tomb Raider” reboot was really, really bad. Fortunately, the new one actually makes me want to give the movie a chance. Check it out above and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

[Warner Bros. UK]

130 Years of National Geographic Covers in Just Two Minutes (1888 – 2018)

Over the last 130 years, National Geographic has changed the look of its magazine but never wavered from its commitment to explore ‘the world and all that is in it’. In this short video, watch the evolution (1888 to today) of this iconic cover while reliving some of the most famous milestones along the way.

[National Geographic]