Revisiting Limitless, a movie about drugs and loneliness

Later this week, CBS will start airing Limitless, a series that continues the 2011 film of the same name. Limitless is making the same gambit as Fox’s Minority Report, in hopes that the plot of a science fiction thriller will translate well into a weekly crime drama. Where the latter just lifts its setting from Stephen Spielberg’s movie, though, the former will directly continue a cinematic plot that piles up so many cliches it almost sorts itself out.

Limitless is an adaptation of The Dark Fields, an apparently far more pessimistic science fiction novel, which author Alan Glynn described as “a pharmaceutical Faust.” Its protagonist, played by Bradley Cooper, discovers a mysterious drug called NZT-48 while down on his luck. NZT users…

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Author: Adi Robertson

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Ryan Adams releases haunting cover of Taylor Swift’s 'Blank Space' on Shazam

Tomorrow marks the release of Taylor Swift’s 1989 as reimagined by Ryan Adams. But before the album reaches Apple Music, Spotify, and other services, Adams has released one additional track, “Blank Space” with the help of Shazam. Hold the song-identifying app up while you’re listening to “Bad Blood” and you’ll see a link offering to play the full version of “Blank Space” right beneath it. It’s a clever little easter egg — and also one that might’ve gone unnoticed by many people.

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Author: Chris Welch

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The Verge Review of Animals: the killer whale

This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.

I have good news: despite recent events that have thrown our position on top into question, humans remain the most intelligent animals on the planet. If you’re ever having a terrible day, you can take solace in the fact that you’re definitely smarter than your neighborhood ants, birds, and various pets. To be honest, I find our sustained intellectual dominance rather boring; I’m much more interested in the race for second place. Where can we look to find Earth’s other brainiacs? I’d like to propose a candidate from…

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Author: Jamieson Cox

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US and China reportedly working on an arms accord to limit cyber attacks

The US and China are said to be working on a cyber arms control accord in which both sides would agree not to use certain types of cyber attacks during times of peace. Such arms control treaties are best known for limiting the use and development of nuclear weapons, like the accords struck between the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The accord, if finalized, could be the first of its kind for a new age of covert attacks that target computer systems in an effort to gain valuable intelligence or cripple key infrastructure.

Officials privy to discussions between the two nations tell The New York Times that both sides would commit not to use cyber attacks against “critical infrastructure” in peacetime. That would include such…

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Author: Dante D’Orazio

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Earth is a marble in this to-scale model of the solar system in the desert

You probably know that our solar system is big. But do you have a grasp on just how big it really is? No.

A filmmaker and his buddies went to a dried-up lakebed in Nevada to do just that. The vast expanse of the Black Rock Desert gave the crew the space needed to construct a to-scale model of the solar system. In their fantastic model, the Earth is only the size of a small marble. Even then, seven miles of open space was needed to show the entire solar system from the Sun to Neptune (sorry, Pluto).

The model itself is something to behold, but thankfully there’s a wonderfully-shot video to accompany it. If there’s one takeaway from it all, it’s that there’s a whole lot of nothing out there.

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Author: Dante D’Orazio

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Relive Formula E's wild first season with this supercut of onboard footage

The first season of Formula E, the global all-electric racing series, was way better than it had any right to be. That was thanks in part to both the cars’ battery technology living up to expectations (there were almost no failures on this end, shockingly) and a field of drivers who, each month, showed they were hungry to win. But what made the inaugural season really great was the choice to run every race on tight, winding street circuits, as well as how evenly-matched the cars were, all of which made for chaotic and exciting racing at just about every turn.

A new video released by the series illustrates that chaos in the best way possible: with a supercut of the best onboard footage. For just two minutes and 34 seconds of your time…

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Author: Sean O’Kane

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I only bought the iPhone 6S because it's available in rose gold

I don’t need a new phone. My 11 month old iPhone 6 Plus works perfectly fine, easily getting me through a day’s worth of work without any issues. The camera is the best I’ve ever had on a phone. The battery life is still amazing, usually ending up with about 20 percent left after about 16 hours off the charger. But none of that stopped me from buying an iPhone 6S Plus last week.

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Author: Micah Singleton

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