Wil Wheaton, a.k.a. Wesley Crusher of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is typically pretty popular on the Interwebs, but just a couple weeks ago a video of him from the Denver Comic Con totally blew up on all forms of social media. Scan the QR code to see the viral video in which Wheaton endearingly offers advice to a young girl asking if people ever called him a nerd when he was little.
Shame on you, Winter Soldier
Captain America superfan and 6-year-old Luciana Day's dreams came true when she got to ask a question via video of Sebastian Stan, the actor who plays James 'Bucky' Barnes in her favorite movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. On HuffPostLive, she asked Stan: "How does it feel to be a traitor to Captain America? He used to be your friend!" Scan the code to see the Q & A.
No more 'Life With Archie'
CNN reports this disturbing nerd news: On July 16 "Life With Archie" comic book #36 hits the stands to tell the story of Archie's demise. CNN, in its exclusive revelation, says the comic book tells how Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend. The teenage Archie Andrews has been a fan favorite since 1941. The "Life With Archie" series, which will wrap up with issue 37 a week later, has explored possible future scenarios for Archie's life. He'll remain alive in comics set in the present, including one penned by guest writer Lena Dunham. CNN.com
According to Variety, you won't have to wait too long for a "complete reimagining" of Battlestar Galactica, courtesy of Universal, which is working on a movie version of the sci-fi franchise. Transcendence writer Jack Paglen will write the screenplay. Variety.com
The nerdy news keeps on coming
The Hollywood Reporter must have known tb-two* was prepping its nerd issue this week when it revealed this news: Peter Mayhew will again play Han Solo's trusted Chewbacca for Lucasfilm and Disney's upcoming sequel, Star Wars: Episode VII. Let's hope the hairy suit has been dry cleaned. Hollywoodreporter.com
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Have a real (sand) blast
There'll be tons of beachy fun Saturday at Spa Beach in St. Petersburg (615 Second Ave. NE) at the TASCO (Teen Arts, Sports and Cultural Opportunities) and S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco) Sandblast.
This beach bash is the 15th of its kind, and is free to any teen in grades 6-12. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the event runs from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The fun includes a rock wall, mechanical bull shark, a foam pit, a 4-on-4 volleyball tournament, water joust, dodge ball tournament, flag football tournament, two 25-foot water slides, live performances, a DJ and prizes. Call (727) 892-5060 for more information.
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I've made a huge mistake
Researchers have discovered an area in the brain, called the lateral frontal pole, that appears to help humans determine whether they have made bad decisions, according to The Guardian (UK). People with a "bigger signal" in this region, described as the size and shape of a large Brussels sprout, "are better at switching tack," said Matthew Rushworth, a professor of cognitive neuroscience, who led the study at Oxford University.
In other words, people whose neural pathways to this region are more active are more likely to compare their actions with other possible actions, determine whether they have made the right decision and change course if necessary.
So now, if you do something dumb, maybe you can blame your neural pathways.
Guardian News & Media Ltd. 2014
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Another reason to eat well
It's well known that eating junk food can make you fat. Now new research shows that a diet high in simple sugars and refined flour not only caused rats to be obese but also made them less motivated to work for a reward.
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In tribute to this issue, we've got a playlist full of nerdy tunes. Scan the code or go to facebook.com/tbtwo to listen.
She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues - Anamanaguchi
Nerdcore Rising - MC Frontalot
A Man's Gotta Do - Neil Patrick Harris
Penny Arcade Theme - MC Frontalot
Where's Captain Kirk? - SpizzEnergi
Nobody Loves the Hulk - The Traits
LIZ TSOURAKIS, Hillsborough High