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Your World This Week, Volume VI

Kepler 452b Earth Comparison

An artist’s concept drawing of Earth (left) and Kepler-452b (right). Source: NASA

Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet Could Very Well Support Life

NASA recently declared that its Kepler spacecraft found “Earth’s bigger, older cousin.” Kepler-452b, located about 1,400 light years away, marks the first discovery of a planet whose size and distance from its star are comparable to Earth. While there are still many questions left unanswered, researchers know that Kepler-452b has a 385-day year and receives about the same amount of energy from its star that Earth does, and suspect that it has an atmosphere and a rocky surface.

What all this means, of course, is that Kepler-452b may very well support life. In 2017–when NASA launches the TESS satellite–and in 2018–when the James Webb Space Telescope becomes operational–we may get some answers. NASA states that these new projects could illuminate details about other planets’ colors, seasons, weather, and even vegetation. Find more at CNN.

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Your Favorite Films And TV Shows Before CGI

CGI Hearts

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We go to the movies to escape from reality, and CGI not only enhances that escape but creates new realities into which we as viewers may enter.

While CGI–or computer graphic imagery–might seem ubiquitous today, its reality-producing capacities represent the evolution of thinking decades in the making. The first major motion picture to utilize CGI, Westworld, premiered in 1978.

And though we’ve come a long way since the days of coarse pixel matrices, it’s still fun to look behind the silver screen and into the realities that exist before CGI gets its hands on them. Below, some of your favorite films before CGI has been added:

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The Dark Knight

CGI The Dark Knight

Superman

cgi-free-superman

The Avengers

CGI The Avengers

Captain America

CGI America

The Avengers

CGI Avengers

Scaling the Wall, Game of Thrones

CGI Wall

Ygritte, Game of Thrones

CGI Wildling

Life of Pi

CGI Boat

District Nine

CGI Nine

Arya, Game of Thrones

CGI Arya

Daenerys, Game of Thrones

CGI Dany

Avatar

CGI Avatar

Twilight

CGI Twiglight

Alice in Wonderland

CGI Alice

Alice in Wonderland

CGI Wonderland

Grey's Anatomy

CGI Free Greys

The Hulk

CGI Free Hulk

Ted

CGI Free Ted

Twilight

CGI Free Twilight

John Carter

CGI John Carter

Kick Ass

CGI Kick Ass

Les Miserables

CGI Free Les Mis

2012

CGI Free 2012

The Adjustment Bureau

CGI Free Adjustment Bureau

Pirates of the Caribbean

CGI Free Pirates

Resident Evil

CGI Free Res Evil

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

Your World This Week, Volume IV

Car Bomb Afghanistan

The aftermath of the bombing near Khost, Afghanistan. Source: The Independent

Bombings Rock Iraq, Afghanistan

A small, but terribly destructive, wave of bombings hit Iraq on Sunday, leaving 35 dead and 100 wounded. Deadliest among the attacks was a car bomb coupled with a suicide bomb that killed 19 in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad. However, smaller attacks killed several others across the city throughout the day as well. While ISIS is, naturally, the key suspect, the group has not yet made any claims of responsibility.

Also on Sunday a car bomb killed 25 and wounded 10 near Khost, Afghanistan. The area is home to a military base that holds some American soldiers, although the U.S. military has officially stated that none of its personnel were injured.

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