TIME space

Names For Parts of Pluto’s Moon Could Be Drawn From Star Wars and Star Trek

NASA

"It is an honor," says iconic Star Trek actor William Shatner

NASA’s scientists have decided to fly their geek flag high, and will be naming craters and peaks on Charon, Pluto’s moon, after places mentioned in science fiction.

According to the rules of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Pluto’s craters have to have names drawn from underwater mythology. But, Mashable reports, NASA has more free reign to propose names for Charon’s craters and peaks—and in doing so its scientists will be referencing the likes of Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly and Dr. Who.

To date, names like Vader, Skywalker and Leia Organa have been proposed for craters, and Mordor, from Lord of the Rings, for a huge dark spot on the north side of Pluto’s moon. There’s even a Serenity chasm, named after the beloved ship on the short-lived Joss Whedon show, Firefly.

The new monikers do still have to be approved by the IAU, but scientists are hopeful that the names have enough of a cultural legacy to receive the stamp of approval. (The IAU hasalready approved the names “Frodo” and “Bilbo” for features on Saturn’s moon.)

Stars of the aforementioned shows and series have already expressed their support. “It is an honor to have a character you helped create be given such an esteemed recognition,” William Shatner, who starred as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, told Mashable.

[Mashable]

TIME Cambodia

This Country Just Made It Legal for Cops to Keep 70% of All the Traffic Fines They Collect

A Cambodian traffic police drives a car
Tang Chhin Sothy—AFP/Getty Images A Cambodian traffic police officer drives a car during a ceremony in Phnom Penh on Feb. 14, 2012

Officials do not foresee a rash of spurious fines being handed out as a consequence

Drivers in Cambodia have a lot to contend with: cavernous potholes, weaving motorcycles kicking up clouds of choking dust and noodle hawkers trundling down the “fast” lane. Now motorists may find their pockets as ravaged as their nerves, after officials announced a fivefold bump in traffic fines and gave permission for issuing officers to keep 70% of all cash collected.

The new rules, coming into force in January, are an attempt to curb corruption, reports the Phnom Penh Post. Currently, traffic cops keep half of much smaller penalties, meaning that many supplement their meager salaries by soliciting bribes.

The current $1.25 official penalty for not wearing a car-seat belt, for example, will rise to $6.25, with the officer allowed to keep $4.38. Of the remaining 30%, some 25% will go to the station where the officer is based, with the final 5% sent to the Ministry of Finance.

“We plan to issue an edict in the future to encourage and promote this measure,” Ti Long, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s Public Order Department, told a press conference on Monday.

Local road-safety analyst Chariya Ear, for one, applauded the move. “It will be a good idea to give more incentives to the officers who are doing their jobs,” he told the Post.

However, not all drivers agree, fearing that, in a nation ranked 156 out of 175 in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, officers will hand out spurious punishments to feather their nests.

Phnom Penh resident Gary Morrison, 49, says he already pays traffic fines on a regular basis, ostensibly for “being a foreigner,” even though he has all the correct documentation for his vehicle. “So,” he says sardonically, “it’s nice to know they are encouraging the police to fine me even more.”

TIME Television

Why Game of Thrones Actor Pedro Pascal Doesn’t Need Dragons

“We don’t need dragons. We got cocaine!”

Westeros palace intrigue and Colombian drug cartels: kinda similar? Definitely, according to former Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal, who chatted with reporters Tuesday about his new 10-hour Netflix series Narcos, which chronicles the rise and fall of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the 1980s.

Pascal memorably played Prince Oberyn Martell in the HBO fantasy drama’s fourth season, and in Narcos he co-stars as Javier Pena, a Mexican DEA agent.

“They’re very comparable to one another,” said Pascal. “There’s the size of the story. Game of Thrones would take a lot of inspiration from the story of what went down in Colombia and the war that was fought. The thing that seems most important was capturing the physical environment we were in. When I got to Croatia for Thrones and we were shooting over the Adriatic Sea and thinking that as a fan I thought it was CGI. My physical experience similar [on Narcos] where I’m in these physical locations and what you see is what you get.”

Not to mention, Pascal added, “We don’t need dragons. We got cocaine!”

Other notes from the panel: Narcos stars Wagner Moura as Esocbar, and drew on the classic mob drama Goodfellas for inspiration. Executive producer Jose Padilha declared the U.S. drug war a failure and also said drug users should have a better appreciation of the real human cost of the drugs they take. “If you’re at a party and snort a gram of cocaine, look at how many people died (for it), how many lives were destroyed … The drug policy that we have in the U.S. hasn’t worked in the last 30 years.”

Head here for more coverage from TCA.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME animals

No One Has Struggled Like This Tiny Corgi Puppy Trying to Go Down Stairs

His name is Peanut Butter and he's only nine weeks old

Steps can be very difficult for a young pup, and Peanut Butter the baby corgi is no exception. His owner Alvin Hsu posted the above clip on YouTube, which shows the then 9-week-old puppy tackling some very intimidating carpeted steps.

Hsu tries to be encouraging and positive, coaxing Peanut Butter to complete the task and offering reassuring compliments when he gets down one step. He manages to get down one more, but mostly because he slipped. At that point, Peanut Butter started pacing anxiously and decided he’d had enough for the day.

So yes, baby corgis can make pretty much anything impossibly cute.

TIME movies

Watch Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Trailer for Christmas Bro Comedy The Night Before

Time to whip out that Christmas (or Hanukkah) sweater

As a genre, Christmas movies tend toward themes of family togetherness and forgiveness, peace and goodwill. But in the hands of Evan Goldberg and Kyle Hunter, the writing/producing duo behind Neighbors and The Interview, the goodwill comes in the form of a small box of drugs given to Isaac (Seth Rogen) by his pregnant wife (Jillian Bell), and the togetherness consists of three bros painting New York City red, green and—this is a Seth Rogen movie—vomit.

In the slightly NSFW trailer for The Night Before, we meet three friends—Rogen’s Isaac, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Ethan and Anthony Mackie’s Chris—who have spent every Christmas Eve together since Ethan’s parents died. Now that Chris is famous and Isaac is preparing for a baby, the buddies are spending one last holiday together, and it’s going to be epic—although perhaps not in the way they imagined.

Throughout the course of their unconventional revelry, Isaac throws up in the middle of Mass, Ethan dons an elf suit and lady friends played by Mindy Kaling and Lizzy Caplan discuss the merits of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” The Night Before hits theaters on Nov. 25, just in time for a Thanksgiving family outing.

TIME celebrities

Watch Key & Peele Talk About Teachers in the Same Way SportsCenter Talks About Athletes

Both require training, after all

In a clip previewing Wednesday night’s episode of Key & Peele, the Comedy Central duo discuss teachers as if they were professional athletes. They stage a fake draft at Radio City Music Hall and critique how and why teachers call on certain people in class.

Although it’s all in good fun, the jokes about the salary differences between a teacher and a professional athlete is the most depressing part. Just imagine if a public school teacher could actually sign a contract guaranteeing a $80 million salary over the next six years with a $40 million in incentives based on test scores.

TIME World

Watch 100 Years of German Beauty in Less Than 2 Minutes

Featuring a tribute to the model Claudia Schiffer

A video created by the Seattle-based production company Cut.com aims to showcase the evolution of style in Germany from the 1910s to the present. In a minute-and-a-half clip, model Brooke Williams dresses up like a woman from a 1953 East Germany propaganda poster and the German supermodel, Claudia Schiffer, who was especially popular in the 1990s.

Previous episodes in this “100 years of beauty” series have highlighted different fashion trends in American, Persian, Korean, Russian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, and Filipino cultures.

 

TIME Internet

Popular Authors Are Using Twitter to Share #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

The hashtag has created a space for writers to bond over shared frustrations

Best-selling novelists, journalists and amateur writers alike gathered on Twitter today to turn a hashtag into a nationwide trending topic.

The hashtag in question? #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. Writers have been chiming in to vent the everyday frustrations of the profession (or, for some people, the side job.) The most common grievance seems to be the fact that some people refuse to regard writing as actual work. They assume it’s an easy task that anyone could do if they just had time.

If you want to avoid making a writer angry, check out some of the best tweets:

TIME celebrity

Michael Jackson’s White Glove Is Up for Auction

Michael Jackson white glove
Cliff Schiappa—AP In this July 7, 1984 file photo, Michael Jackson wears a white glove during his performance kicking off the "Victory Tour" at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Starting at $20,000

One of Michael Jackson’s trademark single white gloves is currently up for auction — but fans will have to shell out at least $20,000 to get their hands on it (or rather, in it).

Nate D. Sanders’ auction house is handling the sale, which ends July 30 at 5 p.m. PT. Jackson gave the glove, which features crystal beading and light wear and tear, to personal artist Paul Bedard — who worked on multiple pieces of art for Jackson’s Neverland Ranch — in 1984, and Bedard went on to sell it in 2005.

Head to Sanders’ site before July 30 to bid and see photos of the item.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME viral

Here’s What Twitter Thinks President Donald Trump Will Do

Everyone would have toupee the price

People can’t stop talking about Donald Trump.

Since the billionaire businessman announced his candidacy for President in June, he has alienated Latinos, rankled the GOP establishment and horrified some with his blustery rhetoric. But he’s also leading most national polls for the Republican nomination, and if no press is bad press, then Trump knows what he’s doing: This chart shows his rapid rise in media coverage since his campaign launch.

Still, it leaves people wondering what America would actually be like if The Donald were elected. Naturally, Twitter has some theories—and a lot of bad hair jokes:

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