Stephen Hawking is traveling to South Africa to find brilliant minds. Technology leaders and scientists have backed a plan to provide centers for advanced math and physics so that students can be found, taught, and utilize their talents without having to leave the country first.
Business Week has a review of Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope, which is available to the public today. It pulls together 12 terabytes of data, astronomy research from the web, and updated photos from multiple telescopes (including Hubble). They say the user interface is easier to use than the similar Google Sky.
The Von Trapp villa from Sound of Music will become a hotel this summer.
The Weinsteins plan to make a live-action (muppets will still be there) Fraggle Rock movie.
CW announced their fall schedule. Supernatural will remain on Thursday nights. Reaper will come back midseason. They don't have anything else I'm planning to watch.
Despite all the buzz that it was fairly secure, Moonlight was canceled today. CBS did renew all their comedies, and they picked up 3 somewhat genre-related pilots (Eleventh Hour, The Ex List, and The Mentalist). Their full schedule will be announced tomorrow.
ABC has announced their fall schedule. Life on Mars will follow Grey's Anatomy on Thursday nights. Pushing Daisies & Private Practice remain unchanged on Wednesdays. Lost & Scrubs won't join until midseason. No other new shows we care about, but the cancellation of Men in Trees is official. Sources: Zap2It and FutonCritic. According to FutonCritic, they still have 17 pilots under consideration for midseason.
DVRs for tonight:
10pm Women's Murder Club (series finale - it was canceled yesterday)