What Does Ben Affleck’s Departure Mean For The Batman?

Affleck will remain as the Executive Director, though, and it’s now up to Warner Bros to look for a replacement Director.

Two statements were released earlier yesterday. One was by Ben Affleck stating that he was stepping down as the much awaited Batman’s Director, and the second one by Warner Bros stating the same.

In his statement, Affleck suggested he was stepping down from the role out of respect for the character, and he had found it difficult to dedicate the necessary focus required to serve as writer, director, and actor. A Warner Bros statement supported Affleck’s move.

Countless theories have emerged trying to figure out why the recent events have unfolded. One of them suggests that Affleck and Warner Bros had never been on the same page concerning the script. At various times, it was either incomplete, not properly done or not ready for filming, depending who was asked at different stages.

Another possibility for the script was because Warner Bros were enthusiastic to release the film on an individual schedule, while Affleck wanted to take his time to deliver a perfect script and did not want to commit to a release date.

Affleck will remain as the Executive Director, though, and it’s now up to Warner Bros to look for a replacement Director.

Affleck’s script will most probably still be used with a few rewrites here and there which are inevitable. But it is highly unlikely that the entire script will be discarded altogether.

Also, by stepping down as Director Affleck did not mention anywhere in his statement that he would not be starring in the much-awaited blockbuster.

Kids Are Closer To Pets Than Their Siblings

The researchers sampled 12-year-olds from 77 families that had at least a pet and a child per family.

In a study done by University of Cambridge researchers, children are closer to their pets than to their siblings and derive satisfaction and companionship compared with their brothers and sisters.

Kids also were on better terms with pets meaning that the furry friends wield more influence in the children’s development and also in developing their social skills in addition to their emotional well-being.

The researchers sampled 12-year-olds from 77 families that had at least a pet and a child per family. The study showed that the children in these families enjoyed better ties with their pets, with dogs being the favorite, with lower conflict rates and a strong bond formed. There was also a higher satisfaction rate with the animals as playmates compared to their siblings.

Though pets may not understand or respond verbally to kids, this fact had a positive impact as the kids found their furry friends to be non-judgemental.

Research that had been done earlier had shown that boys had a stronger bond with their pets, but this new research shows a different result as the girls showed more sharing, companionship, and conflict with the pets.

“Pets are common, but their importance to children and early adolescents has received scant empirical attention. This is partly due to a lack of tools for measuring child-pet relationships,” the study noted.

In a landmark ruling by an Alaskan divorce court, pets should be assigned joint custody in divorce cases to children so that they could get all the love and affection they need.

Is this ancient, bag-like sea creature our earliest ancestor?

Chinese researchers have found microfossils that could be the human races’ earliest ancestors.

Chinese researchers have found microfossils that could be the human races’ earliest ancestors. Named Saccorhytus, they have no resemblance whatsoever to people and in fact look like ‘Aliens’ who the researchers have described as a tiny bag-like sea creature that existed 540 million years ago.

This millimeter long creature lived between grains of sand on the seabed and although its fossils were found on dry land, the home of Saccorhytus is believed to be in the shallow parts of the sea. The study has since been published in Journal Nature.

Saccorhytus belong to a larger group of creatures known as deuterostomes, which evolved into vertebrates, including humans, sea squirts, starfish, sea urchins and acorn worms around half a billion years ago. According to the study, deuterostomes are the common ancestors of many species, and they paved the way for evolution to take place. That diversity proved to be a challenge for the researchers, but Saccorhytus provided the answers as to how the origins looked like.

The researchers drawn from the University of Cambridge in England and Northwest University in China had to sift through close to 3 tons of limestone so that they could retrieve tiny black specs found in the rock.When these specks were placed under the microscope, they presented an idea of how the creature appeared.

It had a large mouth that could grow, and there was evidence of muscles coupled with a thin, flexible skin and an elliptical body with bilateral symmetry. The Saccorhytus lacked an anus, but there was evidence of primitive gills that could discharge water.

Modern family actress facing serious health concerns

A blond, attractive, but dumb girl who is used to getting her way.

Sarah Hyland plays the Damphis eldest daughter. A blond, attractive, but dumb girl who is used to getting her way. But in real life, she is a sweet girl who has been battling with health issues ever since she was a little girl.

A source explained that she underwent a kidney operation in 2012. But luckily it was during the series break and barely noticed her absence. But as she gets older it appears she is becoming more open with her health issues as she came out on Seventeen News and explained her health in detail.

I was born with so many health problems that doctors told my mother I would never have a normal life. And she said, ‘You’re right, she won’t – but it won’t be because of her health. When my mother told me that story, it resonated with me,” she said.

If I can’t have an ordinary life, I might as well have an extraordinary one. If you set your mind to do something, you’ll achieve it,” she continued.

The sitcom was up for best comedy at the SAG awards, but with hours to go, she had to cancel the occasion stating on her Instagram page that the reason for her not attending were health related.

“Sad to say I will not be attending the sag awards today for some health reasons. So I leave you all with an adorable picture from last years @sagawards. Ps. you know my dress was gonna be turned too,” she wrong on Instagram.

Mischa Barton claims spiked drink led to hospitalization

Actress, Mischa Barton, told PEOPLE that a spiked drink led to her being hospitalized on Thursday morning.

Actress, Mischa Barton, told PEOPLE that a spiked drink led to her being hospitalized on Thursday morning.

According to Barton, who is most famous for her role in the former Fox drama, The O.C., her drink was very likely spiked with GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyric acid, which caused her to behave erratically. GHB is commonly known as the date rape drug.

“On the evening of [January] 25th, I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. While having drinks, I realized that something was not right as my behavior was becoming erratic and continued to intensify over the next several hours,” Barton said in the statement.

According to Barton, she was taken to Cedars-Sinai, where she was hospitalized for a night before being released. Reports and paparazzi photographs corroborate her story.

“I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB,” explained Barton. “After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well. I would like to extend a big thanks of gratitude to the professionals at Cedars-Sinai for their great care and professionalism. This is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings.”

“Hey guys, but especially to all the girls out there, please be super careful about what you drink when out at clubs and bars at night,” tweeted Rebel Wilson, who starred in Pitch Perfect. Wilson also claimed to have had a similar experience in March. “I never thought it would happen to me.”

Research shows tomatoes have lost their taste

But the taste is not the most accurate because the scientists are relying on one of the most primitive test instruments; the tongue.

Tomatoes are the most basic and fundamental food additive on the planet. It is, therefore, disturbing that the vegetable has lost almost 90 percent of its flavor through human modification.

The first tomato was almost pea sized and bursting with flavor. But in an attempt to make the vegetable juicier, rounder, redder and bigger having had to forfeit the flavor.

But the taste is not the most accurate because the scientists are relying on one of the most primitive test instruments; the tongue.

But all the same, research does show that tomatoes have lost a significant amount of its flavor. The conclusions have been arrived on as scientists identified the chemical that is responsible for the tomato taste is almost none existent in present vegetables.

But there is a silver lining to this, now that the chemical has been identified, scientists can find a way to infuse it to modern tomatoes to retrieve the taste.

“Because modern farmed vegetables have only lost their flavor in the last hundred years or so and varieties are still available that produce the tasty volatiles,” said Colin Tosh from Business Insider. “It should be possible to reinsert the essential taste genes back into commercial varieties. This could be done by genetic modification, or conventional breeding.”

The scientist did advise however, to try and purchase fruits grown in more natural conditions as the limited use of chemicals would help improve the taste. The findings also show that the bigger the tomato, the less tasty it is due to, the better chance of modification to the fruit.

Wenger accepts FA ban for shoving referee

During Arsenal, last Soccer game against Burney, everything that could go wrong went wrong for most parts of the match.

During Arsenal, last Soccer game against Burney, everything that could go wrong went wrong for most parts of the match. But in typical Premier League fashion, the game was full of drama.

Arsenal went one up, and many thought it was just a matter of time before they dismembered Burney. But it was not to be with Granat Xhaka getting a straight red for a two-foot tackle. A closer look at the tackle it appeared clumsy, but not dangerous.

It was not a dangerous tackle; it was a clumsy tackle. Unfortunately, we will lose him for four games (through suspension),” Wenger said. With just one goal up the momentum was with Burney, who pinned Arsenal back with waves of attacks.
But at the ninetieth minute, Burney got a penalty that Wenger did not agree with causing him to react to the fourth official and was sent to the stands. But instead, Wenger stood by the tunnel. The Fourth Official asked him to go all through to the dressing room, and at this point, Wenger shoved him in the full view of the cameras.

Arsenal also got a 98th-minute penalty which Sanchez dispatched.

Wenger was summoned by the FA where he was charged with misconduct. He has admitted that he pleaded guilty and is awaiting the reputations.

“Yes, I answered that in the press conference, I have little more to add. I am big enough to stand up for what I do,” Wenger told reporters. “When I don’t behave like I think I should act, I am big enough to say I am not right. I’m a passionate guy, and I believe that I am completely committed to my job and want to win the football games.”

Russia says technical checks may delay some space rocket launches

In December an unmanned cargo ship carrying supplies for the International Space Station, fell apart six minutes after lift-off.

Russia’s plans to launch its Proton-M rockets will be delayed for a few months at least, to facilitate more tests on the rockets. According to Roscosmos, which is Russia’s equivalent of NASA, the delay will be necessary as they had detected a mechanical problem.

This announcement comes after the Kommersant daily reported that some manufacturing problems had been discovered. Russia had plans to launch 27 rockets this year.

The last time Russia launched a rocket was last year in October when the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft was launched with a crew of one American and two Russian Astronauts for a two-day journey to the International Space Station. The launch took place in Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

“Additional tests (on the Proton-M) are being carried out. That explains the possible delay in launches,” said a spokesman for Roscosmos.

No further details were provided, but according to Kommersant daily, the problems were found in some components that had been used to develop the engine. According to the article, some parts were discovered not to be sufficiently heat resistant.

In December an unmanned cargo ship carrying supplies for the International Space Station, fell apart six minutes after lift-off. No explanation was provided for the mishap.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov downplayed the delays, saying that although they had encountered a few hiccups, Roscosmos, had achieved a lot and the launches would take place eventually.

A spokesperson for Roscosmos, Igor Burenkov said that after the tests were done, then it would be determined how long the launch would be delayed for.

Boeing unveils new sleek blue space suit that Astronauts will wear

The new suits were exhibited yesterday morning when Boeing went live on Facebook to launch the suits.

Yesterday, Boeing unveiled the new space suits that Astronauts will wear as they head to and from the International Space Station, on the CST-100 Starliner that the company is building for space tourists.

The new suits were exhibited yesterday morning when Boeing went live on Facebook to launch the suits. They are pressurized, slim and Blue in color, a far cry from the large white suits, NASA uses for its Astronauts during spacewalks. The suits are lighter and more comfortable to wear and are just what the space shuttle requires according to a company representative.

The Blue suits weigh a paltry 20 lbs(9 kilograms), inclusive of all accessories, compared to their NASA counterparts which weigh 30 pounds(13.6 kg). Other features include touchscreen gloves, a softer material which will enhance flexibility and ease of movement for the Astronauts as well as soft helmets that are part of the suit. In the other suit, helmets are detachable.

The lighter and softer space suit is not designed for space walks, though, it is only to be worn inside the Starliner. They are not built to withstand impact from micrometeoroid debris, according to Christopher Ferguson, a Boeing employee and former Space Shuttle astronaut who showed off the suit.

They lack enough layers that can protect people from the varying temperatures that are found in space.
The suits will also be able to keep Astronauts cooler as they have vents that allow water vapor to exit while air is retained inside.

Paris Jackson shares stories about father Michael

Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, shared family stories about her father.

Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, shared family stories about her father.

Paris, who has never granted an in-depth interview with a major publication, sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about life with her father, pop icon, Michael Jackson. Paris spoke about how his 2009 death affected her, how great of a cook he was, and how much of a loving, caring, responsible father he was.

“We couldn’t just go on the rides whenever we wanted to,” said Paris of her life at Neverland Ranch. “We actually had a pretty normal life. Like, we had school every single day, and we had to be good. And if we were good, every other weekend or so, we could choose whether we were gonna go to the movie theater or see the animals or whatever. But if you were on bad behavior, then you wouldn’t get to go do all those things.”

Paris was home schooled and also talked about how important education was to her father. She related that when she was eight years old she told her father that she was in love with a woman on the front of a magazine.

“Instead of yelling at me, like most homophobic parents, he was making fun of me like, ‘Oh, you got yourself a girlfriend.’ … His number-one focus for us, besides loving us, was education. And he wasn’t like, ‘Oh, yeah, mighty Columbus came to this land! He was like, ‘No. He fucking slaughtered the natives,'” recalled Paris.