The X-Men franchise is heavy on the epics–previous installments have destroyed the Golden Gate Bridge, thwarted the Cuban Missile Crisis, and traveled through time to save all of humanity. But in the first trailer for next summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the epic scale gets cranked to prehistoric levels–despite being set in the 1980s (which is the only time period fashion choices like Jubilee’s make sense). This time around, the stakes are bigger than ever, with a possible mutant dystopia facing our heroes from the hands of the film’s titular villain: Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse. advertisement The trailer offers a few things–our first glimpse of Apocalypse, whom Isaac plays under so much makeup that you kind of have to pinch yourself to ensure isn’t CGI; our first look at Game Of Thrones’ Sophie Turner as Jean Grey (as well as young’ns Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp as Cyclops and Storm); and–in perhaps the funniest … [Read more...] about The Stakes Are Right In The Title: The “X-Men: Apocalypse” Trailer
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Japan’s first drive-thru funeral home has come to the Nagano Prefecture, The Japan Times reports. The facility lets funeral-goers pay their respects without the whole hassle of leaving their cars. Instead, they simply pull up next to a window, offer their condolences, and hand out some incense, as is customary in a Buddhist funeral. To make sure their grief is noted, the faces of the car-bound mourners are shown on monitors inside the funeral home, so others can see they’ve paid their respects. While its easy to chalk up drive-by viewings as the ultimate laziness, the operator of the Aishoden funeral home says the idea was originally intended for the elderly and disabled. He admits, though, that it will probably appeal to another group, too–the extremely busy. Japan is frequently a trendsetter in these areas (they do have robot-led funerals, after all), but the practice of drive-thru funerals has been in the United States since the 1980s, when mourners … [Read more...] about Drive-thru funeral homes are now a thing in Japan
I’d been working from home last week when I found myself furiously scrubbing the grout between the kitchen tiles in the middle of the day. advertisement advertisement I had a deadline and didn’t feel up for tackling the task. Somewhere along the line, I must have figured scrubbing grout would be a noble substitute. After all, I wasn’t mindlessly clicking around the Internet or watching cat videos. Surely cleaning was a productive use of my time. Right? That’s a way to rationalize it, but current research in psychology says we’re only fooling ourselves when we do. Avoiding the assignment you’re supposed to be doing by taking up a task that feels more responsible than puttering on social media is a complex way we trick ourselves into believing we’re not time wasters. Tim Pychyl, author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, calls these behaviors “morally substitutable acts.” Pychyl, professor of psychology at Canada’s … [Read more...] about How We Trick Our Brains Into Feeling Productive
Viswanath PillaMoneycontrol News Habil Khorakiwala, chairman of Wockhardt on Thursday welcomed the Union Budget 2018 and its emphasis on healthcare spending.Khorakiwala who heads the Rs 4,000-crore turnover Mumbai-based company which is into pharmaceutical and hospitals, however, expressed apprehension over the government's track record of implementation.Close In an exclusive telephonic interview to Moneycontrol, Khorakiwala gave 6.5 points out of 10 to the Budget, said chronic shortage of medicines, lack of infrastructure and skilled manpower could pose challenge in rolling out the ambitious National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) that aims to provide Rs 5 lakh health insurance to 10 crore poor families. related news 373 infra projects show cost overruns of Rs 3.89 lakh cr Zomato looks to become profitable by end-2020 Five of top-10 most valued firms add Rs 56,877 cr in m-cap Below are edited excerpts of the interviewWhat is your overall view on the … [Read more...] about Habil Khorakiwala welcomes govt health proposals, but cautions against brouhaha
In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical images. Already, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, “every one of the 50,000 screening mammograms we do every year is processed through our deep learning model, and that information is provided to the radiologist,” says Constance Lehman, chief of the hospital’s breast imaging division. advertisement advertisement In deep learning, a subset of a type of artificial intelligence called machine learning, computer models essentially teach themselves to make predictions from large sets of data. The raw power of the technology has improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now used in everything from medical diagnostics to online shopping to autonomous vehicles. But deep learning tools also raise worrying questions because they solve problems in ways that humans can’t … [Read more...] about Machine learning could transform medicine. Should we let it?