Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Kim Kardashian Meets – and Kisses! – U.S. Troops in Abu Dhabi

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The reality star – following in the footsteps of stars like Marilyn Monroe andElizabeth Taylor, and more recently Brooklyn Decker and Chrissy Teigen – gave troops a pre-Thanksgiving treat Nov. 24 by touring the U.S.S. San Diegoaircraft carrier, stationed in Abu Dhabi. 

She posed for plenty of photos, of course, and posted many of them to Twitterand Instagram – including one where she is seen kissing the cheek of a grinning Marine. 
"Kisses to the troops! Thank you for all you do! Was an honor to meet you all," she wrote. 

Kardashian, 34, made the visit while touring the United Arab Emirates to promote her latest perfume. 


Stephen Hawking Wants To Be A Villain In A James Bond Movie

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“My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film," Hawking told Wired, as quoted by the Telegraph. "I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part."
Hawking, 72, is featured on the cover of the magazine's January issue, which goes on sale on Thursday.
Shooting is expected to begin soon on the next Bond film, and Hawking has some stiff competition. Rumors have Christoph Waltz playing the villain in the film, tentatively set for release next autumn.
In the Wired interview, Hawking spoke about how his real voice became so slurred that it was difficult to understand -- until the computer took over his speech duties.
“I was able to speak with a speech synthesizer, though it gave me an American accent," Hawking said. "I have kept that voice, because it’s now my trademark."
Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating disease that has taken his voice and left him confined to a wheelchair. Since 1997, he has used a computer to speak, which he operates with a muscle in his cheek.
Whether Hawking becomes a Bond villain or not, he has already left a galaxy-sized mark on popular culture, with appearances on "The Simpsons," "Star Trek" and "The Big Bang Theory," among others. He recorded a segment for the summer's "Monty Python Live (Mostly)" shows in London, where he performed on "The Galaxy Song," and he speaks on a the 1994 Pink Floyd song, "Keep Talking."
Hawking was also featured in the 1991 Errol Morris documentary "A Brief History of Time," and is the subject of the biopic "The Theory of Everything," which was released last month.

Say Hello To Italy's First Female Astronaut

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No Italian woman had ever flown in space until last Sunday, when ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a 37-year-old captain in the Italian Air Force, rocketed to the International Space Station last week, where she will remain until May 2015.
Shortly after arriving at the ISS, an exhilarated Cristoforetti told her family back on Earth that the launch had gone smoothly and that she had already been treated to some "spectacular views."
“It’s even better than what I had dreamed," she said.Italy's first female Astronaut