Today, it was announced that hit video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had made over $1 billion in worldwide sales since its release in November, 2009. With this and James Cameron’s Avatarboth generating over a billion dollars worldwide, it shows the enormous draw of two separate entertainment platforms that, in recent years, have been fighting over their target demographic.
In October 2007, the release of Halo 3 gave Hollywood honchos a reason to be concerned. The third installment of the popular X-Box computer game series had already generated over one million pre-order sales and there were worries that the cinema-going demographic would stay at home playing the new game instead of spending an additional USD$24.50 for popcorn, soda and seeing either Ben Stiller’s Heartbreak Kid or William Sean Scott’s Mr. Woodcock.
It has been revealed that over 11,000 jobs are to be cut across Europe, 1,400 of those are in the UK. These cuts are happening after Magna, the Canadian-based spare parts venture, agreed to take over Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors.
Magna’s restructuring of Opel is yet another sign that Europe’s auto industry is flagging in the face of the recession, despite the spate of ‘cash incentives’ offered to consumers to buy new cars.
NASA’s plans to return to the moon and launch an Apollo-style mission to Mars have been hampered by the fact that they simply don’t have enough money, raising the question of whether we should let financial constraints restrain human vision.
The Human Space Flight Plans Committee, formed by President Obama, stated in their report that without a significant boost in NASA’s current budget, not only will it be impossible to return to the moon by the goal of 2020, but astronauts might not be able to go at all.
If you were going to compile a list of the most important medicines ever made, what do you think would make the grade?
Well, experts at WebMB have compiled a list of their very own – 10 in fact – based on discussions with John Swann, PhD, a historian at the FDA; Trevor Stone, DSc, head of pharmacology at the University of Glasgow; Leslie Z. Benet, PhD, the first president of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS); and medical historian Stephen Greenberg, PhD.