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New socially distanced movie theater in Paris looks like Star Wars prequels’ Galactic Senate

As people have been quick to point out, the resemblance between the new theater and the legislative chamber from the Star Wars prequels is uncanny.

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(TMU) – A cinema company in France has released concept images of its theaters, and many internet users are saying that the science-fiction-like design looks like something from “a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away.”

Oma Cinema is the latest company that is trying to revolutionize cinema and attract audiences to the most exciting and technologically advanced film-watching venues.

For years, companies have been seeking to outdo one another in rolling out new advancements – ranging from IMAX, D-Box, 4DX, and Luxe screens – in a bid to lure audiences away from their large 4K screens and streaming services and get them to plunk out cash to experience new films in luxurious, comfortable, and exciting ways.

Oma Cinema, however, is hoping to outdo its competition by basically seating you in the Galactic Senate.

“Whereas all the cinemas built for more than 50 years now are similar and reproduce the same seating arrangement of the audience, this concept of a movie theatre creates a cinematographic experience at the same time intimate,” cinema architecht and Oma founder and CEO Pierre Chican wrote on the company’s website.

“[It will be] spectacular and immersive, where every seat in the house is the best seat in the house,” he added.

In concept art released by the company, Oma Cinema has done away with traditional aisles and replaced them with circular pods filled with small clusters of seats.

As social media users have been quick to point out, the resemblance between the new theaters and the pre-Imperial legislative chamber from George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels is uncanny.

“I would very much like to watch the next Fast & Furious movie at the Galactic Senate,” one Twitter user wrote.

“The future of movie-going is sitting in a theater that looks like the Galactic Senate from Star Wars,” another user observed.

While a third user tweeted: “We are living a prequel to the Star Wars prequels. The pandemic will lead to the creation of the galactic senate apparently?”

However, Oma Cinema’s concept is likely to be far more interesting than the stodgy and staid affairs of the unicameral Galactic Senate. When it finally opens up next year, it will offer “VIP-Corporate hospitality boxes, table service on all or selected platforms and exclusive VIP access to lounge and bar.”

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The company explains: “Much more than just the spectacular nature of the architecture, the original configuration of the room has been designed to offer viewers an exceptional audio and visual experience, projecting an image free of any distortion. Oma is an experience that you will never forget.”

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many industries across the world to either reinvent themselves or simply make bold moves to adapt to the drastically changed world of 2020.

And for movie theater chains across the globe, the changes wrought by the public health emergency have created shockwaves. Countless theaters have been forced to shutdown, leading to the revival of socially-distanced alternatives like drive-in theaters.

Studios have also been forced to indefinitely delay or reevaluate the theatrical release of such such highly-anticipated films as Mulan, Tenet, Wonder Woman 1984, and James Bond’s No Time to Die. Some studios are simply choosing to release films through streaming platforms rather than on the silver screen.

However, Oma Cinema’s new concept could be a brilliant way to reopen theaters while still upholding physical distancing guidelines meant to keep the COVID-19 pandemic in check.

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“Murder Hornet” Nest Was Found and Destroyed That Had Almost 200 Queens

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Scientists in Washington, at Washington State University, discovered and exterminated dozens of Asian giant murder hornets among them, they found around 500 live specimens in various stages of development in their first known nest, officials communicated.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture issued a virtual press conference to explain the situation. Scientists made the discovery in late October, inside a tree on a private residence in Whatcom County.

The agency placed traps in the area in early October after a homeowner reported a specimen, Spichiger said. Four live hornets were caught in the traps which then entomologists attached radio trackers to three of them, and one led them to the nest on October 22nd.

Inside the nest researchers found:

  • 190 total larvae that developed from eggs.
  • 108 pupae, the next stage after larvae. They were nearly all queens.
  • 112 workers, which included 85 workers previously vacuumed out of the nest.
  • 76 queens, nearly all of them new virgin queens. New queens emerge from the nest, mate and then leave to find a place to spend winter and later start a new colony.

In total that’s more than 500 murder hornets that the team found in the nest which was about 14 inches long and up to 9 inches wide, CBS News reported.

Sven-Erik Spichiger, an entomologist, leading the fight to kill the hornets said: “We got there just in the nick of time.” Spichiger added that the nest of massive potentially deadly hornets in Washington state likely isn’t the only one in the U.S. “We do believe there are additional nests,” he said at the virtual conference on Tuesday.

The researchers say it’s impossible to know if any queens escaped before the first nest was destroyed. Vespa mandarinia or otherwise known as the giant Asian murder hornet is the world’s largest hornet species. Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) officials posted a video presenting the captured queens crawling inside vials. Most of the specimens were still alive when the nest was opened,  WSDA said. The Department plans to continue trapping the hornets for at least three years to resolve the problem and determine whether or not the area is infested.

The hornets pose a serious threat to honeybee populations but are not deadly to most humans unless allergic. However, the hornets’ stinger is said to be extremely painful if stung, though rarely deadly it can spit venom.

You can watch the team examining the nest below.

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Florida Man Drives Eight-Wheeled Chevy Monster Truck Across the Ocean

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A Florida Man has decided to drive his eight-wheeled Chevy monster truck across the ocean. That’s right, you read that correctly: he drove his truck across the ocean. For the TikTok views. And yes, it worked.

The legendary “Florida Man” has long been a favorite for news readers and writers alike, offering an entertaining potpourri of the insane, the impressive, and the grotesque, with stories covering topics including drugs, violence, alligators, and unbelievable feats of human wackiness.

In the latest chapter of the ongoing saga, one brave Florida Man decided to do what no sane man had ever considered: rather than take his monster truck to the demolition derby, he took it to a South Florida bay and sailed it alongside the yachts instead.

WhistlinDiesel can best be described as the Johnny Knoxville of American truck culture, or as he describes himself, one who does “basically everything you’ve ever thought of doing with your truck but you’d never ACTUALLY do … simply because someone says it’s impossible.”

And just like Knoxville and the MTV Jackass gang pushed the concept of extreme, physical challenges beyond the limits of basic common sense, WhistlinDiesel is willing to do anything to go viral and catch some likes. It’s a winning formula, if a bit unsafe.

With that in mind, the social media madman took his two-axle Chevy Silverado, filled its eight tires with a ridiculous amount of air, and drove it straight into the Gulf of Mexico between Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach, Florida, without any sort of propeller.

It wasn’t long before authorities intervened to cut his ludicrous stunt short. WhistlinDiesel had just barely driven into the water and smashed the throttle over the bay before he was forced to haul it out of the drink with a boat while completely surrounded by the local sheriff’s department, the Coast Guard, and the Florida Department of Natural Resources – who were quite likely peeved that someone decided to plunge his diesel truck into a protected body of water.

The whole ordeal was captured on video and shared to Facebook. There’s also a TikTok video showing multiple angles, which has exceeded eight million views.

In an Instagram post, WhistlinDiesel explained that “10/10 would do again.” In a separate post, he added:

“Still can’t believe how smoothly this went. I woke up at 4am after 2 hours of sleep that day thinking wtf am I doing? This could either end really good or really bad. Our original plan was to set up at night in the dark and drive miles offshore to watch the sun rise but looking back we got much better reactions from the public this way.”

And good reactions he did receive, as the maniac managed to get tons of press attention and social media clout. It still remains unclear whether he faced any charges for the stunt, so it’s safe to say: Mission accomplished!

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Scientists: The Human Brain And the Entire Universe Have Odd Similarities

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An astrophysicist at the University of Bologna and a neurosurgeon at the University of Verona have claimed that the brain resembles the universe. The two Italian researchers came up with the galaxy-brain theory that is out of this world: The structures of the perceptible universe, they say, are astonishingly comparable to the neuronal networks of the human brain.

University of Bologna astrophysicist Franco Vazza and University of Verona neurosurgeon Alberto Feletti document the extraordinary similarities between the cosmic network of galaxies and the complex web of neurons in the human brain. The detailed study was published in the journal Frontiers in Physics showcasing the human brain has roughly 27 orders of magnitude separated in scale, while similarly, the composition of the cosmic web shows comparable levels of complexity and self-organization, according to the researchers.

The brain itself contains an estimated 69 billion neurons, while the visible universe is comprised of at least 100 billion galaxies, strung together like a mesh network. Even more intriguing both galaxies and neurons only account for about 30 percent of the total masses of the universe and brain. Further, both galaxies and neurons arrange themselves like pearls on a long string.

Beginning from the shared features of the two systems, the two researchers examined a simulation of the network of galaxies in comparison to sections of the cerebral cortex and the cerebellum. Their purpose was to inspect how matter variations propagate.

In the case of galaxies, the remaining 70 percent of mass is dark energy. The equivalent in the human brain, the pair said was water.

“We calculated the spectral density of both systems,” Vazza said in a statement about the experiment. “This is a technique often employed in cosmology for studying the spatial distribution of galaxies. Our analysis showed that the distribution of the fluctuation within the cerebellum neuronal network on a scale from 1 micrometer to 0.1 millimeters follows the same progression of the distribution of matter in the cosmic web,” he added, “but, of course, on a larger scale that goes from 5 million to 500 million light-years.”

The amount of interwoven connections originating from each node also were strangely alike sparking further interest to the researchers.

“Once again, structural parameters have identified unexpected agreement levels,” Feletti said in the statement. “Probably, the connectivity within the two networks evolves following similar physical principles, despite the striking and obvious difference between the physical powers regulating galaxies and neurons.”

The team is anticipating that their preliminary research could lead to new analysis procedures advancing knowledge about both cosmology and neurosurgery. Which would enable scientists to better comprehend how these compositions have developed over time.

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