>'Three-Body Problem' series
Netflix just announced its plans to turn Cixin Liu's "The Three-Body Problem" trilogy into an original, English-language science fiction series.
The show will be executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (the "Game of Thrones" showrunners signed a multi-year deal with Netflix last year that is reportedly worth more than $200 million), along with Alexander Woo, who previously served as showrunner for "The Terror: Infamy."
"The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman are on board as executive producers, while Liu and his American translator Ken Liu will serve as consulting producers.
First serialized in China in 2006, "The Three-Body Problem" and its sequels, "The Dark Forest" and "Death's End" (the whole series is also known as "Remembrance of Earth's Past"), tell the story of humanity's encounter with a mysterious alien race known as the Trisolarans.
After its American publication in 2014, "The Three-Body Problem" was the first Asian novel to win science fiction's Hugo Award and it attracted high-profile fans, including former President Barack Obama.
The series has sold at least 8 million copies worldwide.
>Font to blur insulting phrases
Cyberbullying is a growing problem in today's increasingly plugged-in world, with one in four children reporting they've been harassed or bullied online.
A Finnish tech company is hoping to create a kinder virtual space with a font that covers profanity in text-editing software, such as Word or Outlook, with a blur.
Using machine learning, The Polite Type is also capable of spotting insulting phrases and replaces derogatory terms with inclusive language.
For example, "You are stupid" becomes "You are silly," while "I hate you" is changed to "I disagree with you".
"We want bullies to rethink the words they use and the actual meaning behind them," said TietoEVRY spokeswoman Kia Haring.
The initial vocabulary of some 1,800 words was developed in collaboration with the Children and Youth Foundation and several nonprofits that work to promote diversity, inclusion and anti-racism.
New words and phrases will be added as more people and institutions download and use the font.
>Personality changes over time?
Personality is the pattern of thoughts, feelings and behaviors unique to a person.
People tend to think of personality as fixed.
But according to psychologists, that's not how it works.
"Personality is a developmental phenomenon. It's not just a static thing that you're stuck with and can't get over," said Brent Roberts, a psychologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Personality tends to get "better" over time.
Psychologists call it "the maturity principle."
People become more extroverted, emotionally stable, agreeable and conscientious as they grow older.
Over the long haul, these changes are often pronounced.
So why do we change so much?
"Over time you are asked in many contexts across life to do things a bit differently," Roberts said. "There's not a user manual for how to act, but there's very clear implicit norms for how we should behave in these situations." So we adapt."
>'Fake' masterpiece might be real
A Rembrandt painting that was thought to be a fake and was stashed in a basement for decades may in fact be genuine, according to experts who believe it was painted on wood from the same tree as other 17th century masterpieces.
"Head of a Bearded Man" was bequeathed to the University of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum in 1951, but the Rembrandt Research Project, a leading authority on the Dutch painter's works, determined in 1982 that it was merely one of a number of copies.
Now, an expert has said that the wood panel on which it was painted came from the same tree used for Rembrandt's "Andromeda Chained to the Rocks" and Jan Lievens' "Portrait of Rembrandt's Mother" - two works dating to 1630 that were painted when the two artists were working in Leiden.
Peter Klein, an expert in tree dating, analyzed the growth rings of the tree to determine when it was felled.
"The Ashmolean's 'Head of a Bearded Man' was painted on a panel which came from an oak tree in the Baltic region, felled between 1618 and 1628, and used in two known works by Rembrandt and Lievens," Klein said in a statement.
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