Weekly Nerd News: March 18
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:
Now we have two good reasons to count down to the release of Iron Man 3 – first is, duh, the release of the movie and second is the Thor: The Dark World trailer will be attached to the movie. A Spanish promotional poster for IM3 has found its way online, confirming the news with a tagline translating to, “Also enjoy an exclusive preview of Thor: The Dark World.” Though Iron Man 3 won’t be released in America until May, it will be released in other countries in April, hopefully causing Disney to put the trailer online early.
It’s a double dose of Doctor Who news this week! First of all, the show comes back March 30, kicking off its 50th year, and a trailer teasing the season’s eight episodes has been released. Secondly, Jenna-Louise Coleman has confirmed Clara will be back for Season Eight. She also said the show will take a four-month production break for Matt Smith to film a movie in America, but will resume in September.
Guardians of the Galaxy has found its Drax the Destroyer! Mixed martial artist and former WWE wrestler Dave Baustista has signed a deal to play Drax, a warrior who wants to kill Thanos. He joins Chris Pratt, who was previously announced as playing Peter Quill/Star-Lord. No word yet on the casting of other characters Groot, Gamora, and Rocket Raccoon.
In addition to the good news that Sherlock Season Three starts filming today, Benedict Cumberbatch has confirmed there will be a Season Four of the series. He didn’t say how long it would be between filming, but it would be safe to assume another long hiatus is on the horizon – Cumberbatch mentioned everything depends on his and Martin Freeman’s availability.
A Resident Evil 6 and Left 4 Dead 2 crossover project has been announced. The feature will be released for the games’ PC versions in the spring. In Resident Evil 6, players will encounter the Witch and several Mini Tank Special infected characters in addition to receiving Left 4 Dead’s four main characters. Left 4 Dead will get Resident Evil’s main enemies. RE’s content will be free and available starting April 5 and L4D will get theirs later in the spring, also for free.
At a recent TEDxDeExtinction event, researchers announced they’ve grown early-stage embryos from a species of frog that has been extinct since 1983. Scientists extracted DNA from frozen gastric-brooding frog specimens and inserted them into eggs using the same process that is used to clone still-living animals. The embryos died a few days later, before becoming tadpoles, but scientists are confident they will be able to bring this frog back soon.
On the heels of a recent website redesign, Facebook is now looking to incorporate the hashtag. This is obviously a sign of the fight between it and Twitter, with both competing for the most advertising dollars. Facebook has followed Twitter’s lead in other features, too, introducing subscriber lists and allowing users to tag users with the @ symbol. Despite taking many cues from Twitter, Facebook is still king, though, expected to make $851 million from mobile advertising revenue this year.