Avengers: Infinity War comes out tomorrow (with some early showings tonight), and I think there's one thing that's bearing on all Marvel fans' minds.
What's the cliffhanger everyone's talking about?
Now, granted, it's no surprise that there's a cliffhanger. With another as-yet-untitled Avengers film coming to us in 2019, it's logical that Marvel would leave us wanting more. The question remains, though, what is it? Is it some big reveal, the death of a character, or something else?
Let's break down what we know so far about the film. One interesting tidbit that was revealed a couple of months ago was that Thor is set to have a major role in this film, more so than he has had in previous Avengers movies. We know that Chris Evans as Captain America is done after Infinity War's sequel. Without a doubt, this movie will feature tons of death and destruction, which leads us to the first possibility for this cliffhanger: is an Avenger going to die?
On Wednesday, April 18th, NASA is launching a new satellite. So what? What's so special about this one?
No, this one isn't collecting weather data--it's going to be looking for planets beyond our solar system.
Now, it's true that satellites have done this before. Take NASA's Kepler craft, for example. It's currently orbiting the Sun in search of Earth-sized exoplanets (planets beyond the Solar System), but it's slated to run out of fuel soon. While Kepler has brought us important data (such as the stunning fact that there may be as many as 40 billion planets in the universe with sizes and orbits similar to Earth), it's about time for its replacement.
Enter TESS. According to Stephen Rinehart, project scientist for TESS, this satellite's mission will be a bit more focused than Kepler's. He told The Verge, “Kepler was all about doing a census: How common are planets in general? What is the size distribution of planets like? Are Earth-sized planets common? TESS is really optimized for knocking on doors in the neighborhood and saying, ‘Hi, how are you? What is this planet actually like?’”
Specifically, TESS will be looking for planets orbiting stars closer to our solar system, just tens of light-years away from Earth in some cases.
Friend, the page has turned. The chapter has ended. Another season of life has fallen away, like the brittle leaves of the lingering fall finally releasing their grip on the naked branches.
Do not worry, though, dear one. As you flip to a new chapter, the old ones are still there. The words--so beautifully and masterfully assembled into the wonder of sweet memory--to them we can turn when the next chapters grow grey. Let bitterness and sorrow go, for the future is bright with possibilities, like the sun leaping over the horizon after the coldness of the night!
Our lives are like planes--we take off from one place and end up in another. Indeed there is sadness in the departure, but there is great joy in the arrival. We have nothing to fear, though we do not know where our story may whisk us off to. Cling to God; gape at the marvels of His work. The flowers; the silent moon; the animals of all shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities; our faithful families; the song of birds and the hush of the ocean on the shore; the meandering clouds and the dazzling sun; the rain in the night and the sunrise in the morning; the gurgling rivers and the snaking mists; the power of the lightning and the regality of the mountains; the snow and the summer heats; laughter and imagination.
The chapter may have ended, but the story is not over. And the best is always saved for last.
April Fools'! It's not April Fools' anymore!
Nonetheless, that doesn't change the fact that there are plenty of products teased this April Fools' that should have been real. I'm rounding up five of those for you today. Let's get started!
Jurassic World Dinosaur Detection System
You know what the most terrifying thing in the world is? No, it's not when you only get eight likes on your tweet--it's when you're watching Jurassic Park and...that little puddle of water starts to ripple. Well thank goodness for the good people at ThinkGeek for conjuring up this Dinosaur Detection System using the science(?) of the Jurassic Park movies! You can tell if a T-rex is about to snag you based on one of four "ripple" readings, ranging from "Area Secure" to "Run! Attack Imminent!" I actually need this. I mean, what am I going to do if scientists ever bring back extinct carnivorous animals and turn their lab into an amusement park?
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