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How Volvo's Autonomous Bus Will Improve Cities

Here’s how Volvo’s new autonomous electric bus will lead to greener cities.

“Volvo’s autonomous electric bus has made its debut, and it could spark a new era for city dwellers. The company unveiled its 40-foot 7900, which it says is the first of its kind in the world, earlier this month at a Singapore university test site. If successful, it could lead to an era of cleaner, greener, smarter fleets that make cities more hospitable places to live.”

Read more at Inverse.

Refinery29 has urged the National Film Registry to include more women.

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“Over at Refinery29, writer Anne Cohen brings up an important question: Why are there so few women-directed films on the National Film Registry? The National Film Registry was created in 1988 “to ensure the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s film heritage”; each year, 25 films are added based on submissions from the general public, with the caveat that they have to be at least ten years old. The National Film Registration Board, made up for 44 members (11 of whom are women), oversees the process.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

The largest underwater eruption ever recorded led to a planet-wide rumble.

“On November 11, 2018, a deep rumble ricocheted around the world, one that humans couldn’t feel but that registered quite clearly on seismometers. A new pre-print paper about the event is now suggesting that it was caused by the largest offshore volcanic event in recorded history.  Originating 30 miles east of the island of Mayotte, near Madagascar, the mid-November signal immediately caught the attention of a disparate group of geoscientists. They subsequently took to Twitter to express their fascination over this mysterious event—one even joked about a ‘giant prehistoric sea monster.'”

Read more at Gizmodo.

YouTube is now leading in both mobile traffic and in extremist content.

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“Of the many times each day people pick up their phones, 37 percent of their data allowance is spent watching YouTube. A Sandvine study found that of all apps, the video platform is by far the busiest in terms of downstream mobile traffic. It’s far ahead even of Facebook, which accounts for 8.4 percent. Among the YouTube megabytes that people are consuming is a lot of questionable content. And that doesn’t seem to be much of a concern to the company.”

Read more at PCMag.

No MCU character is unkillable, according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.

“Though Marvel fans have been counting down the days until Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters so that they can finally find out which of their favorite characters survived Thanos’s deadly snap, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige issued a word of warning to those who believe that immortality is in the DNA of every MCU superhero. In short: No one is safe.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Here’s how the cats playing Goose in Captain Marvel were coached on acting.

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“There’s an old adage in Hollywood first coined by comedian W.C. Fields: Never work with children or animals. And yet, children and animals can be some of the best parts of your favorite movies and TV shows, stealing scenes willy nilly and becoming stars in their own right. In Marvel’s latest superhero film, Captain Marvel, our hero Carol Danvers is joined on her quest for identity and truth by Goose, her trusty feline companion who turns out to be a little more than she seems. Goose meows and purrs and paws at things and rubs on people’s legs and does everything that cats do (and some things they can’t). To find out how a cat can become a movie star, Thrillist spoke to expert cat trainer Ursula Brauner, who not only makes her furry performers look like professional actors onscreen, but makes it look easy.”

Read more at Thrillist.