U2, “Doctor Strange”, Carlos Alcarez: weekend buzz

From the success of the second opus of “Doctor Strange” at the US box office to Carlos Alcaraz’s victory at the Masters 1000 in Madrid, from the impromptu concert with U2 in the underground metro in Kiev to the inauguration of the first LGBT museum in the UK , past NASA’s announcement of the sound emitted by a black hole, the cultural, sporting and scientific news was pretty close, this weekend.

“Doctor Strange”, second best start to the pandemic

Superheroes and parallel universe movies are definitely popular in the US box office. After “Spiderman No Way Home”, which had accumulated $ 260 million in 2021, the new opus of “Doctor Strange” achieves the second best start in the country since the beginning of this complicated period of pandemic for cinemas, with $ 185 million in turnover generated in a first weekend in operation.

Despite relatively critical success, audiences flocked to cinemas to see Benedict Cumberbatch repeat his role as the veiled wizard alongside Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch, Wanda Maximoff. If this second part was one of the most anticipated by fans of the Marvel team, it is only one title among the many films that will be shot during the year, and especially “Thor: Love and Thunder by Taika Waititi, expected in France on 13 July.

U2 surprise concert in Kiev

The war continues to rage in Ukraine, but mobilization is not weakening. On Sunday, the two members of the U2 group played in support of the Ukrainian people, Bono and the Edge, at a subway station in the besieged capital at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky himself.

At the heart of the Khreshchatyk station, the singer and guitarist sang their classics such as “With or Without you” or “Angel of Harlem”. And if the music made it possible to temporarily lighten the weight of the war in this station, which has been transformed into an anti-bomb shelter, it is not for everyone who has been forgotten: “the people of Ukraine are not only fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom, ”Bono said during a break.

Bono and The Edge were joined by Taras Topolia from Antytila. The singer, who has been part of the Ukrainian army since the start of the armed conflict, performed with the two Irish singers the title “Stand by Me” in military uniform and delivered a very gripping picture throughout the world.

Alcaraz, the new star of Spanish tennis

The big Madrid Masters 1000 tournament finally crowned its new champion in the form of Carlos Alcaraz this Sunday. The 19-year-old prodigy rose to the top after back-to-back victories against tennis icons Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

In the final against German Alexander Zverev, announced favorite, he won 6-3 and then 6-1. A big win for the young man who is not on his first Masters 1000 as he had already emerged victorious from the Miami tournament in April last year.

Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz poses with his trophy after his victory in the final of the Masters 1000 in Madrid on May 8, 2022.

Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz poses with his trophy after his victory in the final of the Masters 1000 in Madrid on May 8, 2022.OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP

Two weeks before Roland Garros, Carlos Alcaraz becomes the 6th best player on ATP’s world rankings in tennis. His opponents can only bow to the strength of their young opponent, who has become the first player to beat three top 4 players in the same tournament in fifteen years: “You are the best player in the world at the moment. Even if you still only five years old, you are already beating us all, “joked Alexander Zverev according to AFP. For the Spaniard, who already has 28 victories in 2022 and has not yet experienced any defeat in the final, the road seems clear.

Queer Britain, a first LGBTQIA + museum in the UK

After four years of design and construction, driven by private funding, the first museum celebrating LGBTQIA + culture and history opened in London on Thursday 5 May. This is a fantastic first time for the UK.

“Queer Britain” is a permanent place for us to celebrate who we are, the incredible contributions we have made to history, and to educate the nation to know about these contributions as well, “said Stephanie Stevens, one of the contributors to the museum.

Queer Britain, the UK's first LGBTQ + museum, welcomes the public on 6 May 2022.

Queer Britain, the UK’s first LGBTQ + museum, welcomes the public on 6 May 2022.Daniel LEAL / AFP

The exhibition highlights the journeys of LGBTQIA + people throughout history, from the Victorian era to the modern era. Many groundbreaking personalities are honored, such as Roberta Cowell, race car driver and the first known British trans woman to undergo gender reassignment surgery in the 1950s. feel that their voice has not been heard. And then we want to reach people who have never heard those voices, ”explains Stephanie Stevens.

Do you hear the sound of a black hole? A reality with NASA

On the occasion of NASA’s “Black Hole Week”, the space research organization has shared a discovery that is, to say the least, startling: the sound emitted by a black hole. Since 2003, the black hole in the center of the Perseus galaxy has fascinated scientists interested in the sound it emits thanks to the vibrations of the gas masses that surround it.

Unlike the other sonifications made by NASA, this one has the advantage of being audible as it has been resynthesized at the height of the human hearing range. Otherwise, this tone was not noticeable to the human ear.

This “song” about the black hole worthy of the sound effects of science fiction movies is a further advance in our understanding of the space monster. But not all black holes have the same sound. In fact, NASA has also released a recording of the first black hole ever photographed in the center of the Messier 87 galaxy: the sound is much more melodic there thanks to the overlay of data from optical light and X-rays. You can hear a real symphony in the room. And these black holes would obviously not be the only ones heard …

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