According to the comics and as well as Norse mythology, “Ragnarok” signifies the end of the world, so much obviously, a movie being made on the concept carries expectation as heavy as Thor’s mighty hammer, Mjölnir. Luckily for both Marvel and the fans, the movie is able to smash all such expectations (quite literally). Thor: Ragnarok is a delightful surprise and a much-welcomed shift from how the MCU has been treating the character. Ragnarok is definitely the most enjoyable film in the franchise and a lot of credit can be given to director Taika Waiiti who has taken a much lighter and grittier approach to the story. So let’s look at what makes Thor: Ragnarok one of the best movies from MCU this year….

No Jane foster, no problem

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No Jane foster, no problem

Okay, it’s not that Natalie Portman was bad as Jane Foster, who is Thor’s love interest from the comics. The unclear romantic plot between the two characters was a major part of the films and was probably used to showcase the star powers of Hemsworth and Portman.

Since Ragnarok takes place off Earth and Portman seemingly being no longer associated with MCU, it looks like we won’t be seeing much of the Jane Foster and Thor romance anymore. The film even takes a pot shot at this, by Thor jokingly telling Loki that they mutually broke up. Moreover, with the introduction of the Valkyrie played by Tessa Thompson could possible new love interest for the God of Thunder.

Thor

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Thor
The God of thunder, Thor, last seen in Age of Ultron, left after the battle in Sokovia to gain more knowledge about the forces behind the emergence of Infinity Stones. We later see him in the mid-credit scene of Doctor Strange where he is on Earth to find his father, Odin, which also means that Loki’s deception was discovered. This is Chris Hemsworth’s fifth year portraying the crown prince of Asgard, where things take a detour upon Hela’s arrival. Thor gets stuck on the planet Sakaar where he reunites with Hulk and creates his own team who fight with him to stop Hela on Asgard. As the film’s title suggests Ragnarok could also be referred here as Thor’s cyborg clone who was created by Tony Stark, Hank Pym and Reed Richards in the wake of his disappearance, as depicted in the comic-book. That, however, isn’t going to happen in the movie from what we can gather from the trailers.

It’s set 10 years prior to the Original Series

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It’s set 10 years prior to the Original Series
The sixth live-action Star Trek series is set a decade prior to the events of The Original Series. It takes place in the prime timeline which is basically the same timeline as the rest of the movies and TV shows, except for the recent J.J. Abrams directed movies.

The series will see some of the retro-futuristic gadgets. The flip communicators, badges and phasers and the likes. The uniforms are however identical to the blue jumpsuits of Star Trek: Enterprise. There will also be body armour that wasn’t really there when Captain Kirk’s team was breaching the final frontier.

As the title states, the action will center around the USS Discovery. But it won’t start there. We’ll be introduced to the main character when she is serving aboard the USS Shenzou.

USS Enterprise

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USS Enterprise

The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) is the original Star Trek spaceship first appeared in the pilot for The Original Series, 'The Cage’. From the anime series, it was revealed that initially Enterprise was captained by Robert April and later by Christopher Pike. However, during the course of The Original Series, it was commanded by none other than Captain James T Kirk himself. The ship was also commanded by Spock and Willard Decker later before it was self-destructed by Kirk and crew while in orbit of the Genesis Planet to prevent the ship from falling into Klingon hands.

Communicator/Phones

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Communicator/Phones
Right from the first pilot of Star Trek: The Original Series throughout the series there have been instances where we saw characters flip out these communicators from their pockets and speak to another character far away. There have been other forms of the communicators as well namely the communications badge and wrist communicators. The communicators worked on subspace frequencies which eliminated the need of relaying signals through satellites and allowed for a more distant communication. The communicator’s top part used to flip open which had a built-in antenna for communications.

Little did we know that 50 years later, Starfleet communicators that gave way to the first flip phone would almost seem obsolete. Today, we have smartphones that can be operated using touch input. People use these smartphones for more than just communicating with others in far away place. They create pictures and videos off of these “communicators”. And there are too many of them these days.
Did you know, the first flip phone, StarTAC was made by Motorola and 60 million people actually bought the phone.

Romulus

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Romulus
Romulus is one of the two planets that are part of the Romulan Empire, who are characterized as passionate, cunning, and opportunistic — in every way the opposite of the logical and "cold" Vulcans. Romulus and Remus, the other planet, orbit the same central star. The Romulus is governed by the Romulan government which resembles the ancient Roman Republic, as it consists: the main governing and legislative body in a large chamber on Romulus.

Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos
There is no better name to start this list with other than the founder of Amazon and the space company Blue Origin. The billionaire even played an alien in the recent Star Trek Beyond. In interviews, Bezos has often spoken of his love for Star Trek. In fact, Bezos' Star Trek inspired hobbies includes gliding about in a submarine looking for old NASA rockets, reports Independent.

James T Kirk

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James T Kirk
Captain James T Kirk is the most synonymous word with Star Trek and USS Enterprise. Kirk appeared in the Star Trek: The Original Series and has been portrayed in numerous films, books, comics, webisodes, and video games, leading his crew as they explore "new worlds, where no man has gone before."

Kirk born in Iowa became the first and the only student at Starfleet Academy to defeat the Kobayashi Maru test, a computer simulation with "no-win scenario." Before becoming the youngest captain in the history of Starfleet, Kirk served on board of the USS Republic and USS Farragut. James T Kirk can be described, as Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block noted in their Star Trek 101 primer, "cunning, courageous and confident". Kirk also has a "tendency to ignore Starfleet regulations when he feels the end justifies the means"; he is "the quintessential officer, a man among men and a hero for the ages.

Kirk was brought to life on silver screen by William Shatner, who went on to portray the character in all the three series and many of the movies followed.
Originally the character was named Jeffrey Hunter in the early pilot episode, the character was partly based on C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower hero and depicted as an "a man with very human emotions." According to Shatner himself " "Kirk was a man who marveled and greatly appreciated the endless surprises presented to him by the universe ... He didn't take things for granted and, more than anything else, respected life in every one of its weird weekly adventure forms".

The Big Parlay At Dragonpit

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The Big Parlay At Dragonpit

The big parlay that was orchestrated by Tyrion opened the finale. The venue was the same place where the Targaryen dragons were kept in chains, Dragonpit. The Unsullied and the Dothraki warriors surround King's Landing and everyone except Daenerys is welcomed by Bronn who takes them to Dragonpit. We witnessed some more reunions- Tyrion and Bronn, The Hound and Brienne. But the best of them was The Hound finally sizing up his zombie brother. But that was cut short by more pressing matters at hand and we missed out on Cleganebowl, again! Nevertheless, Jon and co. exhibited the wight they caught at the battle beyond the wall. Cersei was almost convinced about the threat till Jon decided to be honourable and stated he now answers to the only queen, that is Daenerys. Tyrion gets into a room with her and manages to convince her about the threat. Cersei, on the face of it, acknowledges the threat and pledges to support the northern army.

A7L Apollo

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A7L Apollo

A7L Apollo spacesuit is the primary pressure suit worn by NASA astronauts for Project Apollo, including the first manned mission to the Moon. The spacesuit was designed and built by ILC Dover. Initially, the suit wasn’t fire resistant, but after the deadly Apollo 1 fire, the suit was upgraded to be fire-resistant and given the designation A7L. Neil Armstrong described his Apollo 11 A7L space suit as "tough, reliable and almost cuddly.

What Does a City of the Third Industrial Revolution Look Like

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What Does a City of the Third Industrial Revolution Look Like
After several months of debate, officials in Kazakhstan's capital city of Astana have chosen a final design for the massive site that will host the World EXPO 2017.

airport 2

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airport 2
Studio Fuksas, led by architectural icons (and husband/wife duo) Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, turned a ground-bound site for arrivals and departures into something that visually soars.

cover photo

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cover photo
Written by the U.S. Army Training And Doctrine Command in 2009, this 60-odd page document (PDF) was designed to function, in the words of its creators, as "a hip pocket" reference book for soldiers in the field.

6 Mythological Barriers To Keep Monsters At Bay

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6 Mythological Barriers To Keep Monsters At Bay
Whether or not you bought into all the hoopla, one thing's for sure: the island to which ABC's series Lost transported us for six years was one strange place. A good chunk of its mystique, however, could be explained by a powerful electromagnetic force field that acted as its invisibility cloak and sent the island's residents hurtling through time, all the while stopping people from coming and going as they pleased.

original

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original

The book Lettering Large: The Art and Design of Monumental Typography traces the history of letterforms in the urban landscape, from rune stones to architectural signage to oversized corporate logos to entire buildings made from type, including massive sculptures of laser-cut paper lyrics that float in the wind. Here are 12 projects from the book