RoboCop is part of my personal action-movie canon, which (like everybody’s canons, probably) is tailed by a dismaying list of sequels, prequels, and reboots. It’s not that I’m against the idea of these categorically. Sometimes, one can even pull it off — yes, I’m talking about The Road Warrior, one of the only sequels to ever transcend the original. But to watch the trailer for José Padilha’s 2014 version of RoboCop is to be seized by an uneasy fear. Can the weird, violent, hilarious world of Verhoeven’s Detroit really be turned into something so bland?
Inside the recently-found Chinese cave system so big it has its own weather system
A team of expert cavers and photographers had been exploring caves in the Chongquing province of China - when they were amazed to discover the entrance to a hidden cave that was previously undiscovered. When they entered the cave, they found it was so large there was even a cloud inside it. Photographer and caver Robbie Shone, from Manchester, was part of a team of 15 explorers on a month-long expedition who stumbled across the natural wonder.
A relative of Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah robot, which last year managed to outpace the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt on a treadmill, is now able to run outdoors untethered. Named the WildCat, the outdoor runner is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is being developed for military use.
Looks like something from the world of Gordon Freeman. Beware of The Combine!