Watch what it actually looks like when CRISPR snips a strand of DNA

 The CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique is an important concept to know about in these days of biotech advances, but it can be pretty difficult to visualize properly. Is it really like molecular scissors? Where does the DNA go? Is it a big molecule or a small one? Fortunately a group has created a 3D animation of the process that shows it at the molecular level. Read More

How Much Would Black Panther Have to Make to Out-Earn Every Other Superhero Movie?

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It’s a lot—but if anyone can do it, it’s the King of Wakanda.

Ticket seller Fandango is reporting that Marvel Studios’ upcoming film Black Panther is “outpacing all superhero movies in advance ticket sales,” beating the previous leader, 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That, and the news the film’s early tracking predicts a $100 million to $120 million opening has us wondering, how high can Black Panther go?


In terms of February openings, the one to beat is Deadpool, which grossed $132 million on its opening weekend back in 2016. That number seems attainable with the early tracking and increased pre-sales, plus the fact that Deadpool was an R-rated film. Black Panther is PG-13.

So let’s go bigger. What would Black Panther have to make to have, let’s say, the biggest superhero opening of all time? Or even become the highest-grossing superhero film of all time? Well, T’Challa would have to defeat his own allies.

Marvel’s own film The Avengers is the gold standard in both categories. In 2012, it opened with a staggering $207,438,708 on its first weekend, leading to a total gross of $623,357,910. That means, $1 more than those numbers is answer to the question of the headline.

Here are the rest of the best opening weekends in superhero movie history.

1. The Avengers – $207,438,708

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $191,271,109

3. Captain America: Civil War (Black Panther’s first appearance in the MCU) – $179,139,142

4. Iron Man 3 – $174,144,585

5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – $166,007,347

The rest of the list is here, but we’ll stop there because, if Black Panther is outpacing Batman v Superman, it’s conceivable it could crack that already impressive top five.


Moving on, here are the top five grossing superhero movies of all time, without inflation.

1. The Avengers – $623,357,910

2. The Dark Knight – $534,858,444

3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459,005,868

4. The Dark Knight Rises – $448,139,099

5. Wonder Woman – $412,563,408

That’s a pretty impressive and staggering list. But, if Black Panther opens to around $150 million, then great reviews and word of mouth lead to a few more solid weekends—the sky is the limit.

Black Panther opens February 16.

[Box Office Mojo]

Instagram Graph API Lets Businesses Schedule Posts

Instagram is stepping up the number of features available to businesses that use the image-sharing social network to spread their branding messages. Specifically, it has updated the Instagram Graph API and added tools businesses are sure to appreciate. Moving forward, businesses will be able to schedule posts, view posts in which they've been tagged, and peruse the profiles of other businesses that use Instagram. 

Square’s Cash App Adds Option to Buy and Sell Bitcoin

Square’s “Cash App” has been updated to allow for purchasing of up to $10,000 worth of bitcoin a week. Since making the announcement, Square has seen its stock has climb nearly 3 percent.Cash App is a peer-to-peer payment system from Square that allows people to pay each other directly and quickly. This new update has been in trial mode for select users over several months and is now available to the public. Users will have access to bitcoin trading directly in the app with no additional fees being added by Square. Transactions fees will be set at a mid-market price that is averaged from various exchanges. Users are limited to purchases of up to $10,000 worth of bitcoin per week. The new feature is available to all Square customers except for those in New York, Georgia, Hawaii and Wyoming.For people new to bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading, the process is simplified by Square as they are the ones holding on to your bitcoin and executing the transactions: the bitcoin is tied to your Cash App account, not your device. While Square has a long history of secure transactions, this centralized system of holding users’ private keys is not an ideal security practice (see the recent Coincheck hack), so users will have to consider whether they want to trade security for ease of use.To help newcomers to the cryptocurrency space, the company has created an interactive webpage to explain bitcoin to the average person. It also created an online picture book for children called My First Bitcoin and the Legend of Satoshi Nakamoto.This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

Misfit Vapor Review

The Misfit Vapor is Misfit’s first fully-touchscreen smartwatch for men and women. It runs Android Wear 2.0, has an AMOLED screen, a heart-rate sensor, and a unique touch-sensitive bezel — all for just $200. In our review, we take a closer look to see if this is a watch you’ll want to wear.

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Equifax launches its credit locking app and extends free credit freezes through June

 Today was supposed to be the deadline for Equifax’s free credit freeze offering, but the company has decided to extend the service to consumers for another five months. Now, Equifax customers can request a credit freeze through June 30.
Still, January 31 is the last day to cash in on free credit monitoring through Equifax’s TrustedID Premier program, assuming you still trust the… Read More

Fancy Dog Tom Brady Says He Was Once Bitten By Pooch After Unintentional Display Of Dominance

Photo credit: David J. Phillip/AP

Tom Brady, who has previously been revealed as a fancy dog by this very website, told a story today in which he outlined one of the primary dangers a fancy dog faces in today’s world: unwanted attention from a mean dog.

Here’s hoping that Tom remembers to roll and his back and present his belly the next time he finds himself in a similar situation.