IT'S ALWAYS 50-50

The recently-concluded 2014 World Cup yielded four knockout matches decided by the dreaded penalty shootout. Few outcomes in sports are crueler than accepting defeat in such a fashion. But if teams are looking for a leg up in 2018, they’ll want to brush up on an old concept: the gambler’s fallacy, or the false belief that future outcomes will balance out past ones.

SCAR-NO

As the new film "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman is set to be released in the cinemas this week, I feel I should attempt to dispel the unfounded premise of the film — that we only use 10% of our brains. Let me state that there is no scientific evidence that supports this statement, it is simply a myth.

THE ANTIHERO WHO SHOT FIRST

Solo's legacy is long, from "Big Trouble in Little China" to "Archer." And this weekend, he spawns yet another rogue in "Guardians of the Galaxy," an intergalactic Marvel Comics saga in which a band of misfits is led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), a "ravenger" (apparently, that's what scavengers are called in the future) who fancies himself a "legendary outlaw" with the alias Star-Lord.

WE'LL TAKE THE NEXT FLIGHT

How do you pack two patients that are infected with one of the world's deadliest viruses into a pressurized aluminum tube that is filled with healthy care takers and pilots for 12 hours and not get almost everyone infected in the process? You use this old ex-Royal Danish Air Force Gulfstream III that is highly modified to convey very ill people over very long distances.