David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Lead Julius Onah’s Space Thriller ‘God Particle’

Roughly 2 years, Onah was tapped by Paramount and J.J. Abrams to direct the sci-fi thriller “God Particle,” from a script that was penned by Oren Uziel (“22 Jump Street”), with Abrams supervising.

The script, which was said to have been one of Hollywood’s most buzzed-about “open directing assignments” (partly because there had been lots of secrecy around it, and J.J. Abrams had been attached to produce), follows an American space station crew that’s abandoned, after a problem with a Hadron accelerator causes Earth to completely vanish, challenging all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for their survival.

Skip ahead to news first reported by Variety today that David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have been cast to star in the film, with filming set to begin some time in the second quarter of this year… [+]

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things I love about Star Trek: TOS:

  • Kirk’s eyeliner 
  • The cheerful enterprise noises
  • The bulk of all the equipment, you could use a data pad as a club if you needed to
  • How colourful all the aliens and alien worlds are, goddamn
  • the fact that even with massively powerful computers, the memory banks still look like cassette tapes lmao
  • “human but with one minor cosmetic difference” aliens
  • flip-phone communicators
  • Every hairdo that all the girls have what icons I sweat to god
  • All the crew quarters and communal spaces on board are all earth toned and comfortable, aww
  • the fucking, stand up scanner that Spock has to bend over to look at
  • Bones and Spock being pissy at one another
  • The endless, hard-won, purposeful gentleness and non-violence Kirk has on every mission all the time always, except when his crew is in danger
Witch’s Almanac Late September/October 2016

Astronomical Occurrences:

Autumnal Equinox (Sep. 22 8:21pm Central Time )  

Mercury at Greatest Elongation (Sep. 28 1pm Central Time) 

New Moon (Oct. 1 6:12pm Central Time) - good for new beginnings, fresh starts, job spells, opportunity spells

Draconids Meteor Shower (Oct. 7) 

Uranus Closest to Earth (Oct. 15) - 

Full Moon/”Full Hunter’s Moon” (Oct. 16 10pm Central Time) - Super moon. Good for creativity, psychic work, divination, dream spells

First Quarter Moon (Oct. 9 10:33pm Central Time)

Orionid Meteor Shower (Oct. 21 11pm Central Time) -

Last Quarter Moon (Oct. 22 1:14 Central Time) 

Holidays/Important Dates:

Mabon (Sep. 22) - Harvest festival so think about taking stock of all that you’ve done so far in the year and celebrate with a  literal and metaphorical harvest. Here is a list of Mabon celebration ideas. Here is a list of autumnal crafts. 

Samhain (Oct. 31) - Marks the end of harvesting and the descent into winter. Coincides loosely with Halloween, All Saint’s Day, and Day of the Dead festivals. Here is a post describing activities and correlations for Samhain. Typically good for bonfires, communication with spirits, and divination.


I have officially been on this Earth and in this human body for a quarter of a century! &I couldn’t be more excited! Although there are times where I am too hard on myself, I have never been as proud of who I have grown to be as a person than I am right now. I thank the universe everyday for its countless gifts, including the people who surround me, who have help lift my spirits when times felt too heavy. Thank you all, thank you Life for another year to celebrate being on this planet, thank you for the strength to finally walk the stage at a school I wasn’t even going to apply to because I doubted my potential, thank you for proving my negative thoughts wrong! (&thank you Alejandra Ramirez fir these beautiful photos!) LETS PARTY!


LADIES LOVE PLUTO. These 25 women make up a quarter of the NASA crew that’s bringing the tiniest planet (or whatever it is) to our earthly eyes…

And it gets better:

“For all the firsts coming out of the New Horizons mission—color footage of Pluto, photos of all five of its moons, and flowing datastreams about Pluto’s composition and atmosphere—there’s one milestone worth noting on Earth: This may be the mission with the most women in NASA history.”

(Read the rest of the article here.)


How much meat people eat around the world:

People around the world consume an average of 75 pounds of meat per person, per year, according to research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That includes pork, beef, poultry, and sheep meat. If it were all beef, that would be equivalent to approximately 300 quarter-pounders each year for everyone on Earth.

Before J. M. Barrie introduced us to the charmingly cranky and vindictive Tinker Bell, fairies had traditionally been cast as vicious scoundrels hell-bent on stealing your kids and tearing up that lawn you paid so much money for. Today the fairy is a decidedly more whimsical, endearing creature, and nowhere is it more legendary than in the deserts of Argentina.

Here dwells the remarkable pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus), a 5-inch-long, quarter-pound critter with a rosy shell atop silky white hair. This smallest of all armadillos spends almost its entire life burrowing through the earth, hunting various invertebrates and chewing up plant matter. It is a rarely seen, almost totally unstudied marvel — what you read here is pretty much all we’ve observed about the pink fairy armadillo.

So exactly how elusive are they? Conservation biologist Mariella Superina of Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council has been studying other armadillos in the pink fairy’s habitat for 13 years and has never once seen one in the wild. And locals can’t tell her how to track them. The only specimens she gets are injured ones found and brought in for rehabilitation or those confiscated from chuckleheads keeping them as pets.

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Unlike in all other armadillos, the pink fairy’s shell is not fully attached to its body, instead connecting with a membrane that runs along the spinal column. The thin carapace’s underlying blood vessels actually show through, giving it that beautiful hue that you’re now reconsidering being beautiful because it’s made of blood.

[MORE - Absurd Creature of the Week: Pink Fairy Armadillo Crawls Out of the Desert and Into Your Heart]

(Image credit: U.S. Navy)

Look at that picture and consider the question.

Why are there mountains at that part of the ocean but not in most of the others?

Hot spot? Oceanic ridge?

The answer is because that’s the only spot where a ship’s been.

72% of the Earth’s surface is below the ocean. Most of the Southern Hemisphere hasn’t been explored however and according to geophysicist Robert Ballard, “There are only ever four or five people on the ocean floor at any one time.”

People played golf on the Moon before anyone entered the single largest feature on our own planet, the Mid-Ocean Ridge which covers almost a quarter of the planet.

It’s remarkable that there are people conceiving of ways to colonize other moons and planets and yet where are all the ocean colonies?

Most of the planet doesn’t get touched by Sunlight. At the deepest parts of the oceans, sunlight cannot penetrate and yet life thrives there, living off of chemosynthesis and the heat from the Earth’s core. These same conditions could enable life on Europa and Enceladus.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is America’s other exploration program (NASA’s sibling). One year of NASA’s funding (which is not a lot) could fund our entire oceanic exploration program… for 1,600 years.

Earth is a planet in space. It would do us well to remember this. There’s still so much to learn from our mother planet, why spurn these valuable lessons?


The countries where people eat the most meat

People around the world consume an average of 75 pounds of meat per person, per year, according to research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That includes pork, beef, poultry, and sheep meat. If it were all beef, that would be equivalent to approximately 300 quarter-pounders each year for everyone on Earth.

Of course, this isn’t equally spread across the globe: Some countries are home to meat-eaters who eat far more than this global average, while others don’t eat more than the equivalent of a few dozen burgers a year:

Miracles do happen. You must believe this. No matter what else you believe about life, you must believe in miracles. Because we are all, every one of us, living on a round rock that spins around and around at almost a quarter of a million miles per hour in an unthinkably vast blackness called space. There is nothing else like us for as far as our telescopic eyes can see. In a universe filled with spinning, barren rocks, frozen gas, ice, dust, and radiation, we live on a planet filled with soft, green leaves and salty oceans and honey made from bees, which themselves live within geometrically complex and perfect structures of their own architecture and creation. In our trees are birds whose songs are as complex and nuanced as Beethoven’s greatest sonatas. And despite the wild, endless spinning of our planet and its never-ending orbit around the sun – itself a star on fire – when we pour water into a glass, the water stays in the glass. All of these are miracles.
—  Augusten Burroughs

Moon Mosaic

Our only natural satellite is a quarter of an Earth-diameter across, and thirty Earth-diameters away. It is made up of the same sort of material as the Earth, but it lacks a hefty iron core, so the Moon probably formed when a large planetoid struck the Earth and blew off a large amount of material four billion years ago.

In these images (a mosaic of 9 frames), the Moon is six days old and about 40% illuminated. You can tell that sunlight is coming from the right, leaving the left side of the Moon in darkness (and that’s all there is to the phases of the Moon; you are not seeing the Earth’s shadow!).

You can view the full-resolution image here

The smallest features are about a kilometer in size. Have fun walking on the moon!


I’m seeing a lot of people on tumblr who are shocked and outraged that the Mistress would force someone into a kiss and…

Listen, dear fellow fans, you are aware that she’s an evil person, right? Someone who deleted a quarter of the universe once? She’s murdered entire civilisations, stolen people’s bodies, decimated the population of Earth, made little kids into her own private spikey ball drone slaves, impersonated a priest, posed as an optometrist in order to rip out people’s eyes, led a doomsday suicide cult, walked around in the skin of Nyssa’s father, eaten people raw, force-kissed Grace Holloway so she could deposit evil magical saliva into her, broken Lucy Saxon’s mind and married her afterwards (with all that that implies), and… you’re genuinely confused and uncomfortable about the fact that she would snog the Doctor up against a wall without asking nicely first? 

Also, the Doctor totally leaned in a bit. :D


A representation of the age span carbon dating is able to accurately predict.

Carbon dating works by understanding the properties of two isotopes of carbon, carbon 12 and carbon 14. Carbon 12 does not decay and remains constant in a sample, whereas carbon 14 decays at a very even, constant rate.

By measuring the ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14, we can understand how long a sample has been around for.

The half life of carbon 14 is around 5,730 years. As seen by the second graph, this means that if a sample has half of the carbon 14 it should usually have, it has been around for 5,730 years. A quarter of the amount, double that time, one eight of the original amount, more still.

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Sacred Circle

Circle cast and candles lit,
upon the Pentacle I do sit.
Gods invoked and Quarters called,
come to chant one and all.

Salt and water circle thrice,
protect us during our ancient rites.
Enter here in love and trust,
all evil forth shall be thrust.

Spiral dance around the Sun,
moon and stars bleed as one.
Mother Earth hear our pleas,
bring hope and light back to me.

Shining through candles’ flames,
spirits call us out by names.
Before the altar I do kneel,
recognize the ancient wheel.

Athame held up high,
tracing pentagrams in the skies.
The cauldron filled with wishful sight,
in hopes of our futures bright.

Recited spells and fresh herbs,
the fearies we do not disturb.
Instead they dance with us this night,
as we offer our love and light.

Copyright 2013 Rowan