RIP Bea Arthur. The actress who specialized in playing great acerbic & sarcastic women died of cancer at 86. Sources: BBC, Zap2It, What's Alan Watching blog
The Nebula Award winners have been announced. Sources: John Scalzi's blog, SF Signal, SciFi Wire
Check out SF Signal's Tube Bits for today to see Joss Whedon accepting the Bradbury award (also available at SciFi Wire), a link to an interview about Stargate Universe, a link to the Wired issue about JJ Abrams and Star Trek, etc.
Aardman Animations and Sony are planning 2 new animated feature films. Unfortunately, they won't be Wallace & Gromit.
Scientists in Spain were able to isolate a parasite causing honey bee colony collapse and successfully treat it. Other colonies will now be examined for that parasite. I hope they've managed to find the cause.
Wired has a gallery of amazing Hubble photos.
As part of the "Save Chuck" campaign, people are encouraging fans to buy Subway sandwiches and use the comment cards to indicate their sponsorship of Chuck was what brought them in. Following a convention in the UK, Zachary Levi & Adam Baldwin led 400 fans to the local Subway and Zachary Levi helped serve them their sandwiches. See SciFi Wire article or YouTube video.
Although NBC did renew Heroes, they did it for less episodes (18-20 instead of 25). Sources: SciFi Wire, TV Guide via SF Signal, io9
Heliotrope #5 is now available for download. It has stories by Neil Gaiman, Chris Roberson, and many others. More info in Tor.com blog.
Rumor has it that Gillian Anderson may guest star as The Rani on Doctor Who.
The 3rd Twilight movie now has a director and a release date: June 30th, 2010.
Primeval might become a feature film next year.
CNet has had several informative articles on Firefox and its extensions recently:
* Gallery of 9 Add-ons to try (at least 3 of which I plan to add soon)
* 3 Add-ons to enhance Google searches
* 15 Add-ons for developers
* Google reader is now available as a popup extension
* An article stating that Firefox 3.0 has pulled ahead of IE in Europe
SF Gate has an article on the return of the electric car.
Scientists have found a way to multiply stem cells taken from bone marrow.
DVR timers for the week:
Mon 5pm Greek
Mon 8pm Chuck (season finale), Big Bang Theory & House
Mon 830 How I Met Your Mother
Mon 9pm Heroes (season finale) & 2.5 Men
Mon 10pm Medium
Tue 8pm Reaper
Tue 9pm Fringe
Tue 10pm Cupid
Wed 8pm Scrubs
Wed 9pm Lost
Wed 10pm CSI: NY
Thu 7pm Krod Mandoon
Thu 8pm Bones & My Name is Earl
Thu 9pm CSI & Supernatural
Thu 10pm Private Practice (season finale)
Fri 8pm Ghost Whisperer
Fri 9pm Dollhouse
Fri 10pm Numb3rs
Sat SYN Legend of the Seeker