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Cell-sized ‘microlasers’ could regulate brain activity

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Even in their rough state, the bead lasers can work for at least five hours of continuous use, even if you immerse them in blood or other less-than-pristine environments. They don’t wear out quickly, either. The team found that beads pulled “off the shelf” months or years later still function as lasers. And if you need to redirect the lasers, you can use the same infrared light you’d use to excite them.

Refinement is necessary before this is useful. Researchers are still looking at how they can tweak the nanoparticle elements and the makeup of the beads themselves to both optimize performance and determine the laser light they get. The implications could be far-reaching, though. Berkeley noted that you could use this to control neuron activity, which might help with brain diseases. It might also be helpful for sensors that detect chemical and environmental changes, or a new wave of optical chips. Any of these developments are likely years away, but there’s a lot of potential in these minuscule pieces of plastic.

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Video: Here’s A Look At The Mega Man: Fully Charged Animated Series

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Video: Here's A Look At The Mega Man: Fully Charged Animated Series

The first trailer for the television animation, Mega Man: Fully Charged, has been shown at the San Diego Comic-Con. The show is based on the classic games, with season one running for ten episodes in total. 

The story is about Aki Light – a schoolboy who can transform into a powerful hero known as Mega Man. When Sgt. Night and his evil team of robot masters show up in the futuristic Silicon City, it’s up to Mega Man to protect the city’s citizens with his mega buster arm cannon and also by absorbing powers from his opponents. Various other characters will pop-up along the way, including the robot dog, Rush.

Mega Man: Fully Charged premiers in the US next month. The show is a production between Cartoon Network, Man of Action Entertainment, Dentsu Entertainment USA and also DHX Media.

Take a look at the trailer above and tell us in the comments if you’re at all interested in watching, rather than playing, Mega Man.  

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Comic-Con 2018: Best Marvel Cosplay From SDCC

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Comic-Con 2018: Best Marvel Cosplay From SDCC

It’s often hard to believe how big Marvel has become in recent years. This comes thanks in part to Marvel Studios films, which has made its world of comic book superheroes a pop-culture phenomenon by fostering a massive audience. With so many Marvel fans out there, you can be sure that many of them are gathered at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 dressed as their favorite characters.

Within the first couple days of SDCC 2018, we’ve already seen a ton of amazing Marvel cosplay. Attendees from all walks of life come to the public event dressed as some of the company’s most iconic characters. There was a wide variety of cosplay this year with people coming dressed as versions of characters from both the films and comics.

You’ll find cosplay of Marvel’s most popular heroes, like Wolverine and Deadpool, as well as the more obscure characters, like Kaecillius. There’s a lot to see, so be sure to check out all of the photos ahead and tells us which you like the best. You can also check out all the best cosplay from day one and day two of SDCC 2018.

While Marvel was expected to not have a big presence at SDCC 2018, the show has technically yielded some news. One of the biggest Marvel stories is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn being fired by Disney after a series of controversial tweets from his past were resurfaced. In a statement concerning the termination, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said, “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.” Gunn was expected to appear at a Sony panel this year, but he ultimate was not present.

In other Marvel-related news, Stan Lee recently made an unexpected cameo in a non-Marvel property; it should come as a surprise for long-time fans. And on the SDCC 2018 show floor, we spotted a massive statue of Thanos made entirely of Lego blocks.

SDCC 2018 has yielded a plethora of exciting announcements around the latest seasons of big TV shows, like The Walking Dead, Star Trek Discovery, and Better Call Saul, as well as debut trailers for new shows, like DC’s Titans and the TV adaptation of George RR Martin’s sci-fi story, Nightflyers. For more on our SDCC 2018 coverage, check the links below, and keep coming back to GameSpot throughout the next few days for even more.

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Resident Evil 2’s Cover Channels Classic Key Art

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Resident Evil 2, the anticipated survival horror remake announced just weeks ago at E3 2018, hosted a prominent panel at San Diego Comic Con earlier today, where Capcom revealed the box art for the title. The image, which shows protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield standing back-to-back, is clearly inspired by a classic piece of key art from the original PSone release.

The publisher also announced a Collector’s Edition, which comes packaged in a case inspired by the series’ iconic Item Boxes. It includes a copy of the game, as well as a 12-inch Leon figurine, an artbook, a digital soundtrack, and a poster featuring design blueprints for the Raccoon Police Department. You’ll also get some in-game DLC, including a soundtrack swap featuring the title’s original music.

Unfortunately, the Collector’s Edition will be exclusive to GameStop and EB Games, and will retail for an eye-watering $199.99. It’s a pretty cool package, but that’s a bit pricey as far as we’re concerned. What do you reckon? Will you be plumping up for the premium edition, or just sticking to the standard version? Gobble down some green herbs in the comments section below.

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