Ever wanted to go to the dark side and get paid for it?If you are 5 feet 10 inches to 6 foot tall with a slender to athletic build, and can think on your feet, you might be the perfect candidate to don Stormtrooper amor at Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.If you get the job, you'll be expected to interact with thousands of people each day in meet-and-greets while posing for pictures and helping to create magical moments with guests of all ages.As a Disneyland Stormtrooper you will have to demonstrate high energy levels, a full range of body movement, and imaginative improvisation all while working in a full-body costume.There's not much more information on the gig, but you can get more information on the Disney Careers website.No word on whether any Sith Lords will be acting as supervisors or if you'll have to answer to a droid, but it could be a fun way to see behind-the-scenes action at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
SpaceX has officially entered the satellite broadband race, delivering 60 Starlink satellites to orbit via a Falcon 9 rocket.The workhorse rocket achieved liftoff at 7:30 p.m. PT Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.Originally scheduled for last week, the first delivery of the Starlink satellites was scrubbed twice, one due to bad weather and a second time to "maximize mission success".After those hurdles were cleared, Falcon 9 blasted through the dark Florida coast and headed to space with a typically dazzling lift off.The Falcon 9 booster successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, after being used in two previous SpaceX launches.An achievement, sure, but for the company's future global internet aspirations, the successful deployment of 60 Starlink satellites to orbit is the far bigger story.
Scooter company Lime announced a revamped executive lineup on Thursday, with cofounder Brad Bao taking over as CEO for Toby Sun.Bao, the company's executive chairman, cofounded San Mateo, California-based Lime with Sun in 2016.Sun will stay with the company, turning his attention to research and development."Lime's structure allows for our executive leadership to be multipurpose and we are making a few changes to our team today to seize the opportunity ahead of us," Lime said in a statement."Brad will take on the role of CEO and focus on operating the Lime of today, while Toby will look to what's next and focus on building the Lime of tomorrow."Rounding out the executive shuffle was the promotion of Joe Kraus, Lime's chief operating officer, to president.
Over the last two months, the Mars 2020 spacecraft has been subjected to a number of extreme tests designed to ensure it can withstand an intense rocket launch and the extremes of space.NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has put the futuristic craft through "acoustic and thermal vacuum" testing -- and it has passed with flying colors.The test involve blasting the spacecraft with sound levels as high as 150 decibels -- the type of levels you'd hear standing next to a jet at take-off -- to replicate the environment of a launch, according to Andy Rose, manager of JPL's environmental test facilities.After the sound blast tests were performed six times, NASA put the Mars 2020 rover through a brutal test that replicates the vacuum of space."We pump out the atmosphere, then chill parts of it and cook others while testing the performance of the entire spacecraft."The facility doesn't quite achieve a full vacuum but it does get really, really cold.
Fans of the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic might get to see their favorite characters have new adventures on the big screen.A new Star Wars movie based of the video game could be in the works according to Buzzfeed on Thursday.In April, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told MTV Lucasfilm is "developing something to look at" when it comes to Knights of the Old Republic.If the movie rumors are true, Kalogridis will be first woman writer of a Star Wars movie since Leigh Brackett received a co-writing credit with Lawrence Kasdan on The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, and since Carrie Fisher served as a script doctor on The Phantom Menace in 1999 and Attack of the Clones in 2002.Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) tells the story of the age-old battle between Jedi and the Sith, set nearly 4,000 years before A New Hope.Fingers crossed that the new movie will bring the KOTOR characters: Republic pilot Carth Onasi, the Twi'lek teenager Mission Vao and her Wookiee companion Zaalbar to life in the new movie.
in the great, dark forest of the universe has us searching for signs of water.But closer to home there's a more pressing question: Where did Earth's water come from?"We have identified a vast reservoir of Earth-like water in the outer reaches of the solar system," said Darek Lis, lead author of the study, in a statement.The study, published in Astronomy and Astrophysics Letters on May 20, used NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) to investigate the so-called Christmas comet, as it made a close approach to Earth in December 2018.The instrument operates out of a specially-designed Boeing 747 up above the clouds, enabling it to see cosmic phenomena with a pair of clearer eyes than some of our ground-based methods.A long-standing theory posits the Earth's water was delivered by icy comets originating from the outer reaches of the solar system.
If you're even casually into air-cooled Porsches, then you probably have heard the name Rod Emory.His shop Emory Motorsports in LA is the home of some of the world's most beautiful restored and hot-rodded Porsche 356s.His latest car is arguably one of his craziest yet.The 356 RSR is an exercise in exactly how far you can take a car from its original form if you have the right skills and equipment.The 356 RSR takes the familiar shape of Herr Dr. Porsche's little bathtub on wheels and slathers it in race car touches from models like the 935 and the original RSRs.This car started life as a 1960 356B, and like most of the vehicles that come to Rod's shop, it was a rusted out, unloved barn find.
Mercedes-Benz's SL63 may not be long for this world thanks to emissions regulations in Europe, according to a report Tuesday by Mercedes Benz Passion.If you're asking yourself why just the SL63 when there are lots of other 63 models that happily meet emissions, it's because the SL uses the old 5.5-liter engine rather than the newer, cleaner 4.0-liter unit.Given the kinds of numbers that the SL63 sells in, it makes more sense to kill it off than retool it for the new engine and all its added complexity.Given that the emissions troubles are coming from Europe, it's unclear whether Mercedes will continue to sell the model here in the US, but that seems unlikely considering the waning popularity of convertible models in the face of SUV sales.Now, the current iteration of the Mercedes-Benz SL (known as the R231 chassis) is getting more than a little long in the tooth.The chassis debuted back in 2012 and was face-lifted back in 2016, and neither version really did justice to the famed SL nameplate.
There have already been 50,000 new orders this quarter, Musk reportedly told Tesla employees Wednesday in an email published by CNBC."Based on current trends, we have a good chance of exceeding the record 90,700 deliveries of Q4 last year and making this the highest deliveries/sales quarter in Tesla history!"To reach the goal, the email said there needs to be 1,000 Model 3 cars sold per day."We've averaged about 900/day this week, so we're only about 10% away from 7,000/week," Musk reportedly said."If we rally hard, we can do it!"Tesla didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The history of motorsport has countless incredible tales of grit and determination, of triumph against impossibly stacked odds.It's incredible and inspiring stuff, but one thing that most of those stories have in common is that they're about men.Mercedes-Benz -- a company with no shortage of incredible racing history -- decided to partner with Matchbox for International Women's History Month to show young girls that not only can women race cars, but they can do it with incredible skill and courage and, in the end, change the face of the sport forever.To do this, Mercedes went back into its own history and found the story of Ewy Rosqvist and her 1962 effort to run the grueling and dangerous Gran Premio de Argentina.Not only was Ewy the first woman to enter the race, but she and her co-driver Ursula Wirth won all six stages, finished three hours before any of the other competitors and broke the average speed record for the race in a Mercedes 220se.To help take Ewy's story out of the past and into the minds of little girls, Matchbox is making replicas of Ewy's gray Mercedes sedan and giving them to thousands of first-grade girls.
Videos of Nancy Pelosi, doctored to make it appear that that the House speaker is drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly across the internet in another case of political misinformation on social media.A recording of a speech Pelosi gave Wednesday at a Center for American Progress event, in which she accused President Donald Trump of being part of a "coverup," was subtly edited to make her voice garbled, the Washington Post found.The video was then posted widely to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.One version posted to Facebook has been viewed more than 1.4 million times and shared more than 30,000 times.Some of the more than 20,000 comments refer to her as "drunk."The video has also appeared on multiple YouTube and Twitter accounts,
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer.Perhaps you'll attend a parade, host a BBQ, get your boat back in the water or shop for a mattress on sale.That's right, Memorial Day -- for whatever reason -- means mattress sales far and wide.Start your summer off right by upping your slumber game with a new mattress.Before you hit the sales, check out our tips on how to buy a mattress online and the top online mattress retailers.Purple: $100 off plus free sheets
When Captain Jean-Luc Picard is having such a rough day aboard the USS Enterprise it triggers a facepalm, you know something horrible is about to happen on Star Trek: The Next Generation.The show ended 25 years ago Thursday, but hopefully we'll see many more Picard facepalms when Star Trek: Picard, a new Picard series starring Patrick Stewart, arrives later this year on CBS All Access.After the frustrated Picard did his first facepalm, it became one of the most famous memes in geek history, even spawning its own Captain Picard Facepalm Meme Generator.The facepalm meme also inspired its own cookie cutter design by Warpzone Prints.Food blogger JustJenn took the edible facepalm one step further with tips on make Picard Facepalm Cookies with the perfect embellishments.She's paid tribute to the Millennium Falcon in Jell-O, baked and decorated Admiral Ackbar cupcakes and, more recently, made Guardians of the Galaxy Groot cookies.
This Dexter Fletcher-directed flick -- which took nearly two decades to develop -- quickly establishes itself less as a biopic than a musical filtered through Elton's recollections of his very beige suburban London childhood contrasted with a rise to fame marked by spectacular outfits and cocaine-fueled parties.The film's already open in the UK, and lands in Australia May 30 and the US on May 31.Taron Egerton, whom you might know as the star of the hyper-violent Kingsman movies, won't go breaking your heart with his near perfect mirroring of Elton's voice -- you'll forget you aren't hearing the legendary musician himself as a nonstop hit parade punctuates the drama.Beyond the iconic sequined jackets and high-heeled boots, he's got the mannerisms down and ages realistically thanks to some exceptional makeup.Each song -- from Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting) to I'm Still Standing -- is presented in a visually distinct way, with some kicking in unexpectedly.It's an exceptional musical set of greatest hits that'll grab even casual fans, with superb fresh mixes from music director Giles Martin (the son of Beatles producer George Martin).
On Saturday, June 8, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in your local time zone, get together with fellow Pokemon trainers at your favorite spots to look for the Normal-type Slakoth.During the monthly community day event, the slothy Slakoth will spawn more frequently in the wild.While you are out you may encounter a Shiny Slakoth, and if you evolve a Vigoroth during the event and up to 1 hour after, you can obtain a Slaking with a special move.(For a refresher, here's our guide to how to play Pokemon Go.)Lure Modules will last 3 hours, and eggs you place in an incubator during the event will hatch in a quarter of the distance they normally would.Eggs in incubators prior to the event's start time won't qualify for the time boost.
Patrick Stewart is going where no Starfleet captain has gone before: into his very own series decades after wrapping up his original Star Trek run.We find out Jean-Luc Picard, who was promoted to admiral, led a rescue armada on a mysterious mission 15 years prior to the show's events.He's been plenty busy in the meantime, continuing his role as Professor X in the X-Men movies, up through a farewell performance in 2017's Logan.Fans will be able to catch him in theaters as Bosley in a new 2019 version of Charlie's Angels.Stewart announced the new Picard series in August 2018 at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas.Stewart shared a behind-the-scenes photo in September 2018 from a Picard meeting where he's sitting with Chabon and other members of the show's production staff.
Wikipedia is petitioning a human rights court over Turkey's two-year ban of its site.The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia, said Thursday that it's asked the European Court of Human Rights to lift Turkey's ban.The Wikimedia Foundation says it's doing this to promote "knowledge and freedom of expression as fundamental rights for every person."The Turkish government banned Wikipedia in April 2017 as part of a crackdown on dissent.The Wikimedia Foundation said it had previously tried to lift the block by taking legal action in Turkish courts, having conversations with Turkish authorities and launching campaigns to raise awareness about the block's global impact but that those attempts weren't successful."Wikipedia is a global resource that everyone can be actively part of shaping," the Wikimedia Foundation's executive director, Katherine Maher, said in a statement.
A US senator has asked Jeff Bezos to explain whether Amazon is indefinitely storing the text transcripts of voice recordings from people talking to Alexa on phones and smart home devices.Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware and member of the Judiciary Committee, wrote to the Amazon CEO about "Amazon's privacy and data security practices," saying the Echo could be putting users' privacy at risk.The report was published earlier this month."While I am encouraged that Amazon allows users to delete audio recordings linked to their accounts, I am very concerned by reports that suggest that text transcriptions of these audio records are preserved indefinitely on Amazon's servers, and users are not given the option to delete these text transcripts."Coons has asked for Amazon to provide answers on how long it stores the transcripts, whether users can delete these, why users cannot delete the text files, for what purpose Amazon collects or uses these transcripts, and whether Amazon takes any measures to anonymize user identity from the text files.He also wants to know whether Amazon preserves Alexa's responses in either audio or text, and whether this is deletable; and details on Amazon's Wake Word system including how long the system records for, whether any audio is sent to the cloud if the wake word is not detected, whether audio stored in the Echo's temporary memory is transcribed and sent to the cloud, and whether a non-wake word capability is default or must be enabled by a user.
He was the one of the greatest starship captains the galaxy has ever known, a shining beacon of intelligence, tolerance and empathy who made baldness look badass.That's the question posed by the trailer for Star Trek: Picard, a new show that picks up the good captain's adventures years after we last saw Patrick Stewart take command of the USS Enterprise.It's been exactly 25 years since Star Trek: The Next Generation ended, and nearly two decades since the last Star Trek movie with the TNG crew.Disclosure: CNET earns commissions from the services featured on this page.The show, which is expected to debut before the end of 2019, will explore why Picard abandoned the Enterprise and why he might be tempted to return.The time-traveling finale of The Next Generation jumped from the first episode of the show to an imagined future where a mightily bearded Picard ran a vineyard.
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that breaking up the social network will make policing harmful content such as hate speech and violence tougher for the company to do.The tech mogul's remarks comes as lawmakers and even one of the social network's co-founders are calling on US regulators to rein in the company's enormous power.Critics want photo-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp, which Facebook owns, split from the company.The social network has come under fire for a long list of problems, including its failures to protect user privacy, prevent election meddling and stop hate speech and terrorist content from spreading on its platform.Chris Hughes, who co-founded Facebook with Zuckerberg while they were students at Harvard, argued in an op-ed published by The New York Times this month that the CEO has so much power that it's both "unprecedented" and "un-American."During a conference call on Thursday, Zuckerberg pushed back against the idea that breaking up the company will solve its biggest woes.