Torchwood’s Russell T. Davies says he’s almost done with sci-fi

Russell is walking away from sci-fi?

We’re eternally grateful to Russell T. Davies for reviving Doctor Who in 2005, as well as for creating the spin-off series, Torchwood. But sadly, Davies, one of our favorite sci-fi television writers, has announced that it’s about time for him step away from space battles and alien invasions in favor of something more mundane.

Davies told the BBC:

It’s interesting to see how long I can stay in a science fiction world. Personally I think I’m coming to the end of it now, and I’ve saved the world and blown up the world too many times. …

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Samuel Jackson says Nick Fury will be in Captain America and Thor

Nick Fury is going to be around for a bit!!

We’ve known for a while that Nick Fury would be popping up in Captain America, and hoped and assumed that he’d be appearing in Thor, too. But we weren’t 100 percent sure until we heard Samuel L. Jackson say it himself.

Jackson appeared last night on Jimmy Fallon Live, where he dropped the news:

“In the next month or so, I have to do one day on Thor, and I got to do another day on Captain America, and in April we start The Avengers, the big deal with everybody. … Thor and Captain America are pretty much done, but I haven’t done my part in them yet. I’m just connective tissue for them to join The Avengers.”

Jackson also mentioned that on Friday he’d be screen-testing with five actresses, one of whom will get to play “my sidekick who’s with me all the time.” No word yet on which Marvel Comics character some lucky actress will get to bring to life.

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NASA satellite TRIPLES number of known planets in the universe

Joseph Kepler Planet Hunter

NASA’s awesomely named deep-space observatory, the Kepler Planet Hunter, has been designed to scour space for planets less massive than Earth. The latest data, released on February 2, is an astronomer’s dream come true: the Planet Hunter has tagged 1,235 objects as possible planets.

That’s three times as many planets as we’d known about before.

This is fantastic news for those looking to eventually expand our foothold in the galaxy (and there are organizations that strategize how to get there): the more planets we can observe, the greater our chances of finding a second home for civilization. But no doubt the number 1,235 will fluctuate, as some of these planets may be identified as double stars.

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