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Conan O’Brien Watches Death Stranding Trailer With Kojima — “What’s Wrong With You?” – GameSpot

October 23rd, 2019

‘AHS: 1984’ Recap: Season 9 Episode 6 — Asylum Connection Confirmed – TVLine

October 23rd, 2019

American Horror Story‘s 100th episode scared up a few celebratory surprises on Wednesday, including a fun connection to a previous season, the return of a fan-favorite performer and, of course, more twists than you could shake Trevor’s baby elephant trunk at.

The episode began with a flash-forward to 1985, where we joined Richard and Jingles’ killing spree already in progress. Jingles was beginning to question their murderous way of life, and in a perfect world, I feel like the two serial killers could have settled down Bert and Ernie-style in a nice quiet suburb. Sadly, Richard’s bloodlust — much like Ernie’s — was simply too strong, so he forced poor Jingles to keep cracking skulls. That is, until Jingles got the brilliant idea to expose Richard, resulting in him getting beaten to bloody pulp in the city streets by a mob of angry citizens.

AHS: 1984 RecapWe then jumped to 1989, at which point things got truly insane. Like, coked-up Dynasty levels of crazy. While Xavier and Montana were gleefully murdering anyone foolish enough to stumble into Camp Redwood, Margaret was building a real estate empire by turning infamous horror sites — including Briarcliff Manor! — into profitable tourist attractions. And Trevor, who apparently survived his brush with death, agreed to marry Margaret and reap the benefits of the good life. Besides, as Margaret pointed out, “They can’t make you testify against your spouse.”

That’s when the show’s 100th episode blessed us with a familiar face: Leslie Jordan (as Margaret’s assistant Courtney) arrived to inform his boss that Brooke lost her last appeal and was set to be executed. And speaking of familiar faces, who did Brooke reunite with in prison? Why, none other than Richard, who was horrified to hear what Brooke had done to Montana. “I gutted that bitch from the inside out,” she told him, “and now she’s in hell, licking Satan’s balls.” Richard’s response, naturally, was that that Montana “should be so lucky!”

Richard threw Brooke a lifeline of sorts, explaining that she could survive her trip to the electric chair if she agreed to accept Satan as her master. (A fairly simple exchange by American Horror Story‘s standards, if I’m being honest.) But Brooke refused his offer with a simple “f–k off,” leaving her to walk the green mile without an assist from the man downstairs.

Before receiving her lethal injection, Brooke took one last opportunity to confront Margaret — whom she correctly assumed was watching from behind the two-way mirror — and offered a friendly warning: “You are going to burn for wanting to watch me die.” (Yeah, for that and the million other atrocities she’s committed.) But Brooke’s plan to die with dignity was sidelined by Donna, who snuck into the facility and brought her back to life in the episode’s final moments.

Meanwhile, Margaret took advantage of the recent murders at Camp Redwood by returning to her old stomping — er, stabbing — grounds to throw an expensive food and wine festival for rich, thrill-seeking idiots. In addition to a performance from the one and only Billy Idol, guests were also promised “plenty of spooky and bloody surprises.” (Um… Can someone please explain to me how any of that was a draw?)

Now let’s go back to Mr. Jingles, who managed to do a full 180 with his life, starting anew in Alaska with a wife and son. He assured his new bride that he had moved on from the events of Camp Redwood, that he was free. Or so he thought. After coming home one night to find his wife murdered — possibly by Richard, who received a ‘get out of jail free’ card from Satan — Jingles snapped. He dropped the baby off with his wife’s sister, muttered something about how darkness will always follow him, then stumbled off into the night in full serial-killer garb. You know, just another casual interaction between in-laws.

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Rats trained to drive tiny cars, find it relaxing – The Times of Israel

October 23rd, 2019

Sometimes life really can be a rat race.

US scientists have reported successfully training a group of the rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found that learning the task lowered their stress levels.

Their study not only demonstrates how sophisticated rat brains are, but could one day help in developing new non-pharmaceutical forms of treatment for mental illness, senior author Kelly Lambert of the University of Richmond told AFP on Wednesday.

Lambert said she had long been interested in neuroplasticity — how the brain changes in response to experience and challenges — and particularly wanted to explore how well rats that were housed in more natural settings (“enriched environments”) performed against those kept in labs.

She and colleagues modified a robot car kit by adding a clear plastic food container to form a driver compartment with an aluminum plate placed on the bottom.

A copper wire was threaded horizontally across the cab to form three bars: left, center and right.

When a rat placed itself on the aluminum floor and touched the wire, the circuit was complete and the car moved in the direction selected.

Seventeen rats were trained over several months to drive around an arena 150 centimeters by 60 centimeters made of plexiglass.

Writing in the journal Behavioural Brain Research, the researchers said the animals could indeed be taught to drive forward as well as steer in more complex navigational patterns.

As she had suspected, Lambert found that the animals kept in stimuli-rich environments performed far better than their lab rat counterparts, but “it was actually quite shocking to me that they were so much better,” she said.

The rats’ feces was collected after their trials to test for the stress hormone corticosterone as well as dehydroepiandrosterone, which counters stress.

All rats that underwent training had higher levels dehydroepiandrosterone, indicating a more relaxed state, which could be linked to the satisfaction of gaining mastery over a new skill, referred to as “self-efficacy” or “agency” in humans.

What’s more, rats that drove themselves showed higher levels of dehydroepiandrosterone as compared to those who were merely passengers when a human controlled the vehicle, meaning they were less stressed — something that will be familiar to nervous backseat drivers.

The biggest takeaway for Lambert was the potential for new avenues of treatment the work opened up for people suffering from mental health conditions.

“There’s no cure for schizophrenia or depression,” she said. “And we need to catch up, and I think we need to look at different animal models and different types of tasks and really respect that behavior can change our neurochemistry.”

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New ‘Hocus Pocus’ Movie In the Works At Disney+ – Deadline

October 23rd, 2019

Disney is taking another stab at developing a new incarnation of the 1993 cult classic feature Hocus Pocus, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. This time it’s through the Walt Disney movie studio which produced the original for the upcoming streaming platform Disney+.

The new film, now in early stages of development, will be written by TV writer producer Jen D’Angelo (Happy Together, LA to Vegas, Workaholics)  It is unclear whether it will be a true sequel but there is hope that Midler, Parker and Najimy could reprise their roles in some shape or form.

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The Hocus Pocus followup, first reported by Collider, is consistent with Disney+’s programming strategy of mining the Disney movie library for reboots and sequels, starting with the new live-action/CGI Lady and the Tramp film, which is part of the streamer’s launch slate.

Two years ago, Disney Channel put in development a Hocus Pocus TV movie, a reimagining of the 1993  feature. Written by Scarlett Lacey, with David Kirschner, producer on the original movie, on board to executive produce, the new Hocus Pocus, which did not get off the ground, was to feature a new cast.

The 1993 film was written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, based on a story by Garris and Kirschner, and directed by zKenny Ortega. It chronicles what happens when three villainous witches, played by Midler, Najimy and Parker, are inadvertently resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts. The film has become a cult hit and a staple on Disney Channel and Freeform with annual airings.

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Google’s ‘quantum supremacy’ computing feat earns respect — even from Microsoft – GeekWire

October 23rd, 2019

Disney attempting to summon up a Hocus Pocus revival for Disney+ – The A.V. Club

October 23rd, 2019

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As with any sufficiently charged source of millennial nostalgia, Disney has been sniffing around the eminently silly 1993 Halloween comedy Hocus Pocus for a while now, trying to figure out how to crack the Bette Midler classic open and get to the sweet “Hey, I remember that!” nut meat stored within. Back in 2017, the company was reportedly pursuing some kind of Hocus Pocus revival as a possible Disney Channel movie, a strategy that now seems shockingly naive, given that the ever-hungry Disney+ was just a few years off at that point. Now the stars have apparently properly aligned, with Variety reporting that Disney is developing a revival of the “Amok! Amok! Amok!” classic for its upcoming streaming service.

There’s no word yet on what kind of plot this purported Plus-Pocus sequel might feature, although Workaholics writer and co-producer Jen D’Angelo is reportedly working on the script. The big question, of course, is whether Disney will be able to get any of the original film’s trio of witches—Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and the endlessly underrated Kathy Najimy—to show up for another night in Satan’s service. Midler didn’t pull any punches when asked about the previous Disney Channel plan—dubbing it “cheap,” and answering with a simple but emphatic “No! No,” when asked if she’d cameo—but it’s not hard to imagine a Disney+ presentation putting a little more oomph behind trying to get her and the other Sanderson sisters on board.

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Selena Gomez on Why She ”Needed” to Drop Bombshell New Song – E! NEWS

October 23rd, 2019

Selena Gomez had to find the light to drive out the darkness in her life. 

In what marks the pop star’s first solo single in more than a year, “Lose You to Love Me” paints an intimate portrait of what is thought to be Selena’s perspective regarding her breakup from Justin Bieber. The 27-year-old didn’t even have to refer to Bieber by name before fans began drawing conclusions about the song’s inspiration, and Selena is ready to address those assumptions head-on. 

“I wrote this song over a year ago,” Selena told Radio Disney host Candice Valdez in an exclusive E! News clip from an upcoming interview. “It’s obviously a very emotional song for me.”

She continued, “It’s interesting to see how far I’ve come from that point to now. Me sharing my story is exactly what I’ve always done. I can’t be unauthentic. I can’t pretend that I’m not going through something when it’s obvious that I had been.”

Selena explained that by singing so candidly about her personal life, she hopes others will resonate with her journey.

“It’s one of those songs where I just feel like it’s out, it’s released and I hope that girls and guys all over the world can feel supported. That’s a feeling everyone’s felt. That was something that I needed to do for myself regardless of what was [going to] come after,” she shared. 

While Bieber–who dated the former child star off and on for several years—has not publicly commented on “Lose You to Love Me,” his wife, supermodel Hailey Bieber, felt strongly enough to set the record straight on her feelings about it.

“Please stop with this nonsense,” Hailey commented in response to claims she shaded Selena on Instagram. “There is no ‘response.’ This is complete BS.”

To see more from SelGo, including her take a nostalgic trip down Disney Channel memory lane, press play on the video above!

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Samsung develops fix for the Galaxy S10 And Note 10 fingerprint flaw – Digital Trends

October 23rd, 2019

LinkedIn’s degree problem – TechCrunch

October 23rd, 2019

16-bit ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Lion King’ cartridges are returning in 2020 – Engadget

October 23rd, 2019