• Arts & Culture

    Black Mirror season four hits Netflix

    by Landis Urquhart and Henry Tyndall The much-anticipated fourth season of Black Mirror hit Netflix on December 29. The new season features six new episodes, and because the show is an anthology, that means six all-new storylines. For those who haven’t heard of the Black Mirror, the series explores the dangers of technological advancement. Most of the episodes are set in the near or distant future, but several of the episodes are set in what appears to be the present, with premises that are terrifyingly plausible given our current technology. Nearly every episode, including each episode in the fourth season, is written by the show’s creator, Charlie Brooker. Season four…

  • Features,  News

    Space X launches recycled rocket

    On December 22, southern California passerby gazed up at the stars as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sped across the sky. The launch was SpaceX’s eighteenth and final launch of 2017. Earlier that month, SpaceX had accomplished a feat that had never been done before, and that changes space travel forever: they successfully launched and landed a reused rocket. Space travel has long been viewed as impractical due to the high cost of building the vessels that make it possible. However, now the only costs for SpaceX to launch one of its rockets are the cost of the fuel and the leasing of the launchpads and landing sites, making it astronomically…

  • Archived,  Features

    Robot gains Saudi Arabian citizenship

    Saudi Arabia has recently become the first nation to reach a major milestone in the advancement of artificial intelligence. On October 25, 2017, a robot named Sophia was granted Saudi Arabian citizenship. Although Sophia is now a legal Saudi Arabian citizen, the robot was developed in Hong Kong by a company called Hanson Robotics. Sophia was modeled after the now-deceased actress Audrey Hepburn and is able to convey emotion through various facial expressions. The robot was activated on April 19, 2015. Sophia was designed to imitate human conversation using pre-written responses to stock questions, thus creating the illusion of free thought. The robot has appeared on multiple talk shows and…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Wilmington Herpetologist meets untimely death

    If one were to take a walk along the charming Wilmington waterfront, or down bustling Front Street, the state’s eighth largest town would appear quaint and harmless. But lurking behind the brick walls of 20 Orange street is one of the world’s largest collections of deadly snakes. The Cape Fear Serpentarium could not be more appropriately named, for the creatures it houses are certainly to be feared. Visitors find themselves separated by less than an inch of glass from snakes that could kill them in 20 minutes. One of the snakes, the Bushmaster, kills 80 percent of its human victims even after they have received swift treatment. Small children will…

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    Arcade Fire leaves Merge Records

    Washington, DC – The crowd went wild as Arcade Fire launched without warning into hit single, “Ready To Start.” But almost as unmistakable as the song’s twangy opening guitar lick was the sticker on the upper left corner of frontman Win Butler’s guitar, sporting the logo of Durham-based independent music label, Merge Records. Montreal’s Arcade Fire have played to sold-out arenas, headlined the largest music festival in the world, and even landed a feature from David Bowie. And Merge Records have been by their side all along, making everything possible… until now. On July 28, 2017, Columbia Records released Arcade Fire’s fifth full-length album, entitled “Everything Now.” The album was…