How California’s record wildfire season paved the way for catastrophic mudslides

Waist-high mud flowed through California’s Santa Barbara County early Tuesday morning, killing at least six people and tearing homes from their foundations. Firefighters report rescuing people buried in mud, while mud and flooding forced a 30-mile stretch of the 101 freeway to close. It’s a familiar one-two punch for Californians — the catastrophic mudslides surging after a devastating fire season.

Also called post-fire debris flows, these mudslides form when water rushing down slopes picks up dirt, burnt trees, rocks, and other debris (like cars), reaching speeds of more than 35 miles per hour. “When you mix a lot of mud, water, and boulders, it certainly can be quite catastrophic,” says Dennis Staley, a scientist with the US…

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Hulu renews ‘Runaways’ and ‘Future Man’ for a second season

Hulu has renewed two of its nerdier original shows. Both Runaways and Future Man will get second seasons of 13 episodes each. Given that they debuted in the previous months, it's unclear when viewers will get to see them.
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In season 11, The X-Files is slowly moving closer to Black Mirror

Technology-based horror is nothing new for The X-Files, which had FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully confront their first murderous AI back in the 1993 episode “Ghost in the Machine.” But technological threats have always had the same status as other monster-of-the week problems on the show, which used to give futuristic fears the same weight as the series’ multiple episodes about killer fungus.

That’s changed since The X-Files returned for its 10th season in 2015. In that season’s premiere episode, Mulder (David Duchovny) learned that the alien invasion he feared for decades isn’t happening, and may never have actually been planned. The revelation helped cut ties with the series’ original nine-year run, and the extremely convoluted…

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Netflix renews Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ for a second season

Just over a month since the first season debuted in November, Netflix has renewed Spike Lee's show She's Gotta Have It for a second season. The show refreshes Lee's 1986 classic film of the same name that launched his success and updates its story fo…
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