Yesterday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that the company is building two 14-acre expansions to its theme parks - Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando and Disneyland Park in Anaheim - that will bring the Star Wars universe to life. This marks Disney's largest single theme-park expansion in its history. Planned attractions include: one showcasing the battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and the second will put fans at the helm of the Millennium Falcon. "[It's] a remote port, one of the last stops before wild space. The stores and restaurants will include its own cantina, and will be operated by local inhabitants," said Iger. Continue reading for the full announcement video from D23 Expo, complete with a first look at the planned Star Tours upgrade.
By now, you've probably heard about "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most powerful drug lord, escaping Altiplano, a maximum security prison 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Mexico City. In addition to the help he may have received, a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) tunnel, 19 meters (about 62 feet) below the surface, was also discovered. Jim Dinkins, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, says that a complex tunnel like this one, complete with lights, air venting, and a customized motorcycle rigged up on a rail line, would normally take 18 months to two years to complete. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Finally, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has successfully completed its flyby of Pluto, shooting past the dwarf planet at 4:49 a.m. PDT. What you're looking at above are the first high-res photos beamed back as the spacecraft approached its closest position to Pluto, flying at 28,000mph. New Horizons was approximately 476,000 miles from the surface at the time this photo was taken, but it got as close as 7,500 miles. "It's truly a mark in human history. Pluto didn't turn out to be a relatively featureless planet with a foggy nitrogen rich atmosphere as was expected. It has turned out to be a complex and interesting world. For the very first time we know that," said John Grunsfeld, Nasa's associate administrator for science from the mission control center at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Continue reading for a NASA video and the image they posted on Instagram.
Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, has died of cancer at the age of 55. Iwata underwent surgery last year and had resumed his duties after a brief period of recovery. He is a highly admired figure in the Japanese gaming scene and considered the leading figure behind Nintendo's successful turnaround after he joined the company in the year 2000. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.
San Diego Comic-Con is known for exclusive first looks at movies, and this year's was no exception. Guests at this particular panel were shown a new Suicide Squad trailer and it was the first to show Jared Leto as The Joker. As you can imagine, security is quite tight, but they missed this person with a recording device. The clip has already been pulled off of YouTube, but there's still at least one version floating online. Continue reading to watch before it gets axed as well.
Photographer John Plashal spotted a Michael Jackson-like cloud moonwalking through a lightning storm over Goochland County, central Virginia, on Tuesday. He says: "The image that you see of Michael Jackson just happens to be there. It's pretty wild. I didn't know what I had until this morning, to be honest with you, when my phone started blowing up." The image was originally submitted to CBS 6. Continue reading for another shot.
Yet another real-life hoverboard has been unveiled, and this time, it's the Lexus SLIDE. In a newly released video by the company, SLIDE seems to be levitating in a skate park, which suggests the flooring is made of concrete. A company representative says: "The Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible." Continue reading for the video and more information.
For the first time in over 42-years, Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted, creating a mesmerizing scene of smoke plumes and ash shooting into the sky. There was a second eruption that shot red-hot rocks skyward, producing an extraordinary display of volcanic lightning. The volcano sent ash more than 6 miles skyward, increasing concerns that the dust could contaminate water, trigger respiratory illnesses and halt more flights. Authorities evacuated 4,000 people and they closed access to the area around the volcano, which lies near Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
What do you get when you combine the classic burrito shape with freshly-made ice cream? Ben & Jerry's "BRRR-ito." Simply put, this sweet concoction contains two scoops of your favorite Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and then it's topped with a fudge drizzle as well as crispy cookie crumbs before being rolled up into a chewy waffle wrap. Continue reading for a video review and more information.
J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy kicked off the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California today with a brand new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It opens on the same sand outlook shown in the first teaser, and a landspeeder headed for a crashed Star Destroyer appears. "The force is strong in my family," says a voice as we see the battered helmet of Darth Vader. "My father has it." Continue reading to watch.