Beyond ‘Back to the Future’: 10 Fictional Futures We Haven’t Reached Yet

It’s Back to the Future Day: October 21, 2015. The second installment in the popular franchise was released in 1989, but its bright vision of the future endures. One reason: there’s not much to fear about it. There’s no ISIS or mass shootings. No climate change or economic uncertainty. Just self-drying jackets and arcade games you can play without

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BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ Christmas Special to be Shown in Chinese Cinemas

The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, announced yesterday that the SherlockChristmas special, which stars British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will be aired in cinema theaters as part of a “global cinema event.” Details about other countries taking part in the event is yet to be released, according to theRadio Times magazine. It was also

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Swiss Couple Top ArtReview Power List

Swiss couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth have topped ArtReview magazine’s 2015 “Power 100″—an annual list of the most influential people in the contemporary art world—becoming the second commercial gallerists to do so since the list was first established in 2002. The British magazine’s list, which was published on Thursday, is dominated by dealers and collectors

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7 Things We Learned from Bill Murray’s Reddit AMA

On Wednesday, Bill Murray participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session to promote his latest film, Rock the Casbah, which opens nationwide on Friday. AMAs are hit-or-miss as far as providing any real insight into the lives of celebrities. But as Murray has proved in the past, he’s not afraid to exercise a little candor when

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Apple Issues Free Repairs for MacBooks With Stained Retina Displays

MacBook and MacBook Pro users who have seen their Retina display’s anti-reflective coating wear off, leaving behind blotchy screens, may be entitled to a free repair or a refund. MacRumors, a Apple-focused tech website, reported last Saturday that Apple issued an internal notice of a new quality program to replace any damaged Retina displays for free.

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Hacker Said to Have Breached CIA Official’s Email Releases List of Names, Social Security Numbers

A hacker who claims to have breached the AOL email account of CIA Director John Brennan released email addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers supposedly belonging to various government officials and consultants. The purported hacker tweeted an image with personal information of a list of individuals. Some of those on the list have previously worked for

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Driverless Cars Could Help Stop Traffic Deaths

Driverless cars could provide a long-term solution to the 1.25 million deaths that occur on the world’s roads each year, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) official. In its 2015 report on the state of global road safety, the WHO found that road accidents are the leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds around

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Chinese Researchers Use Genetic Modification to Make Buff Beagles

Chinese scientists have created a genetically modified beagle that has roughly twice the muscle mass of an ordinary one. The researchers created the buff beagle by deleting a gene called myostatin that normally limits the amount of muscle the body can create, MIT Technology Review reported. The dogs have “more muscles and are expected to have stronger

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Sony Agrees to Settle Hacking Lawsuit for $8 Million: Report

Sony reached a settlement with current and former employees on Tuesday for a November 2014 hack attack, agreeing to pay up to $8 million in damages for personal information that was stolen off its servers. A group calling themselves the Guardians of the Peace hacked and dumped nearly 40 gigabytes of email transcripts and sensitive company data

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