The Films Most Often Illegally Downloaded
James Cameron's Avatar was the highest-grossing film of all time last year. This year it can boast a new accolade: it was the film illegally downloaded most often.
James Cameron's Avatar was the highest-grossing film of all time last year. This year it can boast being the film illegally downloaded most often. Torrent sites are among factors credited with prompting falls in DVD sales, but Cameron's film does not seem to have suffered. It took more than $1bn at the global box office and its home video release earlier this year broke sales records. The same cannot, perhaps, be said, for the No 2 film on the list, UK production Kick-Ass, which was self-funded by director Matthew Vaughn. Despite 11.4m illegal torrent downloads, it has yet to break the $100m mark at the global box office.
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
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She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
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