Month: April 2024

Kendrick Lamar Teams Up with ‘South Park’ Creators for Live-Action Comedy

Kendrick Lamar is teaming up with ‘South Park’ creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker for a new live-action comedy set to hit theaters on July 4, 2025. The film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, promises to bring humor to the big screen amidst tough competition from other major releases. With Lamar, Stone, and Parker behind the project, the upcoming comedy is highly anticipated by fans.

Rapper Jeezy seeks primary custody of 2-year-old daughter amid divorce

Rapper Jeezy is seeking primary custody of his 2-year-old daughter Monaco amid a contentious divorce with Jeannie Mai. He claims that his daughter would have more stability under his care and alleges that Mai’s hectic schedule isn’t conducive to providing stability for the young child. This latest filing comes after Jeezy accused Mai of ‘gatekeeping’ their daughter last November, citing the lack of consistency, continuity, and stability associated with the parenting time schedule as stressful for Monaco.

Passengers Terrified as Delta Flight Struck by Lightning

Passengers on Delta flight 1192 from New York City to Atlanta experienced a terrifying ordeal when the plane was struck by lightning during descent. Despite panic on board, the pilot safely landed the aircraft at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The incident understandably instilled fear and anxiety among the passengers, as described in a firsthand account of the harrowing experience.

Rainbow-like ‘glory effect’ detected on planet outside our Solar System

Potential signs of the rainbow-like ‘glory effect’ have been detected on a planet outside our Solar System for the first time. Data from ESA’s sensitive Characterising ExOplanet Satellite, Cheops, along with other missions, suggest this phenomenon is beaming from ultra-hot gas giant WASP-76b, 637 light-years away. If confirmed, this first extrasolar glory will reveal more about the nature of this puzzling exoplanet, with exciting lessons for how to better understand strange, distant worlds.

Event Horizon Telescope Aims to Capture First-Ever Black Hole Movie

The Event Horizon Telescope captured the first-ever image of a black hole five years ago, and now astronomers are attempting to create the first-ever movie of a black hole. More than 400 scientists are collaborating on this project, aiming to make the video by 2026. The appearance of black hole M87* changes over time, and EHT is working on capturing these changes to create a moving picture.

Antarctica’s Volcanoes: What We Know

Antarctica is home to the largest volcanic region on Earth, with as many as 138 volcanoes. While most are not classified as active, Mount Erebus and Deception Island are known to be active. Mount Erebus has been continuously erupting since at least 1972, emitting plumes of gas and steam, and occasionally spewing out rock ‘bombs.’ Its persistent lava lake provides scientists with a rare opportunity to study the inner workings of a volcano in real-time.

NASA Engineers Discover Cause of Communication Breakdown with Voyager 1

NASA engineers have discovered the cause of the communication breakdown with Voyager 1 – a small portion of corrupted memory in the spacecraft’s computer. This glitch caused unreadable data to be sent back to Earth, hindering the probe’s ability to communicate with mission control. The team is working on a fix to restore Voyager 1’s ability to send meaningful data back to Earth.

Lyrid Meteor Shower Set to Light Up the Night Sky

The Lyrid meteor shower, one of the oldest known meteor showers, is set to light up the night sky starting next week. This annual event will begin on Monday and continue through April 29, with its peak expected in the late evening of April 21 through dawn on April 22. First recorded by the Chinese in 687 BC, the Lyrid meteor shower is a spectacle that can be observed by people across the world.

Researchers Connect Lab-Grown Brain Tissues to Mimic Human Brain Networks

Researchers have achieved a significant breakthrough in neuroscience by successfully connecting lab-grown brain tissues to mimic complex networks found in the human brain. This innovative method involves linking ‘neural organoids’ with axonal bundles, enabling the study of interregional brain connections and their role in human cognitive functions. The connected organoids exhibited more sophisticated activity patterns, demonstrating both the generation and synchronization of electrical activity akin to natural brain functions. This achievement not only enhances our understanding of brain network development and plasticity but also opens new avenues for researching neurological and psychiatric disorders, offering hope for more effective treatments.

New Strategy for Assessing Applicability of Chemical Reactions Developed by University of Münster Chemists

Chemists at the University of Münster have developed a computer-aided, bias-free method for selecting model substrates to evaluate new chemical reactions, aiming to improve the quality and information content of chemical reaction data and close knowledge gaps. The method is based on the complexity and structural properties of real pharmaceutical compounds, with the goal of lowering the barriers to the application of new reactions in both academic and industrial contexts. The work, published in the journal ACS Central Science, aims to initiate a ‘rethinking process’ in the evaluation of chemical reactions and represents an important step towards standardizing and objectifying the development and evaluation of chemical reactions.