Mantenna - Ridley Scott Wants to Remake Blade Runner

August 19, 2011

Cadillac is getting back into making convertibles, new data about marijuana reveals some stupefying news, and Ridley Scott wants to get back into the Blade Runner series...the Mantenna is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

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Coffee Continues to Be Incredibly Awesome

Coffee already does so many great things. It gets you moving in the morning when the last thing you want to do is flex a single muscle. It nurses even the most raging hangover with its warm, calming goodness. It makes existence tolerable. New research about the drinkable goodness shows that it makes lives more livable, literally. Drinking a moderate amount of coffee everyday not only reduces the risks for breast and prostate cancer, but new data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows it can also reduce the risk for skin cancer. The caffeine in coffee inhibits the ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related enzymes, which when removed make it easier for DNA-damaged cells that lead to the deadly cancer to die. The research not only suggests that drinking coffee is good for cancer prevention, but a caffeine-infused sunblock could add an extra layer of protection. [io9]

Ridley Scott Wants to Remake Blade Runner

The director of the sci-fi noir classic is already making plans to bring his extraordinary vision of man and machine back to the big screen. Ridley Scott, the director of the original Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, is already attached to direct a new Blade Runner film under the Alcon Entertainment banner, the same studio that backed The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock. It hasn't yet been revealed if the new film will be a remake of the original film or a sequel or prequel that starts or picks up where the original film left off, but that will start to take shape when the script is formulated. The original 1982 film, which only grossed $32 million at the box office during its initial run but has since become a cult classic among sci-fi fans and movie buffs, stars Ford as a hired gunman trained to hunt and kill robots posing as human, nicknamed Replicants, in a bleak post-apocalyptic Los Angeles landscape. The film is based on sci-fi author Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. [Deadline]

Cadillac Creates a Convertible Concept Car

Cadillac hasn't been in the convertible game for sometime now, but a new concept car could reverse that trend. The Cadillac Ciel was officially unveiled as the company's latest concept car at their California headquarters, making it the first convertible car from the company in almost 26 years. The large, sleek, topless beauty isn't just an attempt to hearken back to the company's cars of yesterday such as the 1985 Cadillac El Dorado, but it also aims to usher in a new age of automotive technology as a hybrid. "Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac and the Ciel recalls that heritage, while suggesting where the brand can go in the future," Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac, said in a statement. [Boing Boing]

Marijuana Doesn't Make You Dumb

It's been hard for stoners to shake the notion that a puff of the good stuff brings them one step closer to life as a drooling, giggling simpleton but some new scientific research shows that it may not be the weed that makes people stupider (and if you failed to realize that "stupider" isn't a word, then you've already prove their point). A study conducted by the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University looked at 2,000 marijuana smokers and their long term cognitive effects and found that most of the people who seemed to be at a lower intelligence because of their marijuana smoking were already that way before they started. "The adverse impacts of cannabis use on cognitive functions either appear to be related to pre-existing factors or are reversible in this community cohort even after potentially extended periods of use," the study concluded. "These findings may be useful in motivating individuals to lower cannabis use, even after an extensive history of heavy intake." [Wired]