Posts belonging to Category Geeky Stuff
Europa Report is a new movie about an international team of astronauts sent a mission to land on and explore the Jovian moon Europa. What makes Europa Report different is that it looks entirely realistic! In fact, the trailer looks like it could have come from an actual mission that might occur this decade — the rocket, the ship, the space suits, the capsule, the zero-g, the space walks… everything… it all looks completely scientifically accurate. Also, blogger/astronomer Phil Plait says as much.
Anyway, check it out!
Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (a 501(c)3 not-for-profit), with the fund raising help of Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal fame, has finally purchased the property where stands the last surviving laboratory of Nikola Tesla (visionary scientist and the greatest geek who ever lived): the Wardenclyffe facility. Hurrah!
Now they’re going to restore the site and build a museum there. Awesome!
The press release can be found here, here’s the full press conference (its over an hour long).
Now that Disney has bought Lucas Film, what should we expect for then next Star Wars films? I think these guys have a pretty good idea (and it’s pretty well done, too).
But seriously, it looks like the new Star Wars films will be coming out in the summer of 2015, followed by a new film every summer until 2019 (so 5 new films). For more information on that, checkout the article at the Telegraph.
Check this out: Abney Park, the steampunk band, has an awesome new airship pirate board game. Right on!
You can get it here.
Check this out. This kid, Taylor Wilson, built a nuclear fusion reactor in his garage when he was 14. No, not a crummy old fission reactor… a fusion reactor. When he was 14, no less. Here’s a clip of his recent TED talk. Wow!
This is a most enlightening infographic video highlighting the extreme extent to which wealth inequality exists in America today. It’s well worth looking at, and quite an eye opener.
Well, this is certainly interesting. The National Intelligence Council, one of those enigmatic-sounding-yet-mostly-harmless-(well-probably) US government agencies, has recently released a report called Global Trends 2030. This is interesting because it projects 4 plausible scenarios, or “Alternative Worlds”, for the future state of the world in the year 2030, covering the subjects of politics, populations, science, technology, economics, and global conflicts. The various projected game changers, black swans, and potential breakthroughs all come together to create the 4 hypothetical worlds: some good and some not-so good.
For writers of science fiction (at least science fiction taking place within in the next 20 years or so), this could be most enlightening indeed.
You can get the full PDF of the Global Trends 2030 report here.