Comic book that explores psychosis has no panels


Ninja Theory’s upcoming adventure game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is dipping its toes into another medium with an exclusive pre-order comic that digs into the story of the game’s protagonist, a warrior with psychosis brought on by her traumatic past.

The comic, Hellblade: Senua’s Song #1, is made in collaboration between Ninja Theory and comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment with art by Ben Templesmith. 

In Hellblade, Senua is a Celtic warrior who journeys into the Viking underworld of Hel to find the soul of her dead lover. At least she thinks she is. She has psychosis, giving her vivid hallucinations and a drive to keep pushing toward her goal. Read more…

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A badass clothing line for your woke kids is finally here


A new line of onesies and children’s t-shirts is starting kids out on their activist journey at a young age.  

Little Activists, which launched its first collection in January, is using clothing to help children engage with modern social issues, like environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, and anti-bullying. The shirts feature cheeky, kid-friendly messages that put equality and progress in the spotlight.

SEE ALSO: 9 tips for raising a socially aware child

One shirt, for instance, says, “I root for trees.” Another has the message “Eracism” to fight racial bias and discrimination. The goal through all the shirts, the creators say, is to encourage kids to be accepting, inclusive, thoughtful, and kind.  Read more…

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New happy photos of viral Syrian boy might not be what they seem


Omran Daqneesh became a symbol of the suffering in Aleppo after a heartbreaking photo showing him sitting in the back of an ambulance — bloodied, dazed, dusty and confused — went viral on social media. 

Doctor in #Aleppo just sent this photo of a dazed child who survived an airstrike

— Raf Sanchez (@rafsanchez) August 17, 2016

Now, photos and video of Omran show a young boy in good health and living in Aleppo, which is now under firm control of the Syrian regime.

A pro-Assad reporter, Kinana Alloush, who once posted a selfie with the dead bodies of rebel fighters, published the first pictures of Omran and his family since they were struck by bombardments conducted by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.  Read more…

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Amazon to offer discounted Prime membership to low-income customers


Amazon is making Prime more affordable for more families. 

The tech giant will offer Prime membership at a discounted price of $5.99 a month to low-income families receiving government assistance, Amazon announced Tuesday. 

Prime usually costs $10.99 a month, which comes out to about $132 a year, or $99 a year if paid annually. Right now, families who have Electronic Benefits Transfer cards—used for food stamps through SNAP, WIC, and TANF benefits—will be able to secure discounted Prime membership for $5.99 a month, which comes out to about $50 per year. 

“We designed this membership option for customers receiving government assistance to make our everyday selection and savings more accessible, including the many conveniences and entertainment benefits of Prime,” Vice President of Amazon Prime Greg Greeley said in a statement. Read more…

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Pokémon heads to the Nintendo Switch with ‘Pokkén Tournament DX’


Pokkén Tournament DX is bringing the Pokémon brawler to the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo announced during a Pokémon-specific Direct Tuesday.

The follow up to the Wii U fighting game includes five new Pokémon: Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and Decidueye for a total of 21 playable Pokémon. In addition to that, Pokkén Tournament DX will include new 3v3 team battles and online ranked matches.

The game is scheduled to release Sept. 22. Read more…

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Chris Hemsworth getting angry at ‘Avengers’ action figures is perfect internet


Chris Hemsworth — aka the second-best Chris — has a message for Anthony and Joe Russo, the sibling directors at the helm of the next Avengers movie. That message is: thanks for nothing.

Hemsworth came across a collection of Marvel action figures on the set of Infinity War and he quickly noticed a glaring omission: no Thor. He seemed pretty chill about it at first, simply pausing to play with the toys — as any sane, rational-minded adult should do in a situation like that.

SEE ALSO: ‘Wonder Woman’ screenwriter wrote some kickass comics—for Marvel

Things took a dark turn, however, as the #2 Chris acted out his aggression on the action figures. The Captain America toy earned the most scorn, which makes sense given that Hemsworth and his co-star Chris Evans have had an occasionally tense on-screen relationship. Read more…

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Engineers genetically modified a dragonfly to carry a tiny solar-powered backpack


Researchers at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute have created a tiny insect drone.

A dragonfly was genetically modified so that that it can be piloted remotely through pulses in its nerve cord. It carries a small backpack with electronics and a solar panel that powers it.

But this isn’t the first animal cyborg. Read more…

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Lyft announces a brand new partnership to bring its first self-driving cars to Boston


Lyft is adding yet another new name to its growing list of official self-driving partners — and this one already has an established track record of putting autonomous cars on real life streets.

The ride hailing company just announced a new agreement with nuTonomy, the MIT-founded startup that was the first to test a self-driving program carrying passengers alongside real traffic on city streets. That pilot program started in Singapore in August 2016, beating Uber’s Pittsburgh program to the road by a month. There, nuTonomy teamed with ride-hailing app Grab to connect with the public on a limited basis.   Read more…

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