Category: News

  • Trivia Thursday

    Who said, “Science fiction that sells well in comics is action rather than ideas”? A) Harry Harrison B) Stan Lee C) George Lucas D) Harlan Ellison E) Neil Gaiman Who started the magazine Amazing Stories in 1926? Who was Reep Daggle? A) Bouncing Boy B) Lightning Lad C) Chameleon Boy D) Tommy Tomorrow E) Cosmic […]

  • This is Rather Charming

    I love the vintage-50s vibe of this Stormtrooper getting ready for work. I found this at Super Punch, where it was uncredited except for a note that it was found at Reddit. If you know who the artist is, let me know in the comments.

  • Vintage Films of the Early Space Race Cut Into Music Video

    via BoingBoing Submitterator Chiptune band Beta to the Max created a music video by cutting together animated, public domain clips from vintage Department of Defense films produced during the space race I’m completely awed. WOW!

  • New Cell Phone Will Stare Into Your Soul

    Last year roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University unveiled the Telenoid, a toddler-sized robot designed to “transmit the presence” of a person remotely. The idea is to have webcams track a user’s face and head movements and then have the robot mimic those movements, which is supposed to increase the “humanness” of the interaction despite […]

  • 826 Stores

    I first encountered the 826 stores a couple of years ago in the form of some photos of The Echo Park Time Travel Mart. The link was presented without any sort of background, so I was left scratching my head as to whether it was some kind of temporary art installation, an actual store, or […]

  • 520-day flight simulation nears ‘landing’ on Mars

    via Physorg After 233 days in a locked steel capsule, six researchers on a 520-day mock flight to Mars are all feeling strong and ready to “land” on the Red Planet, the mission director said Friday [2011.01.18]. FULL STORY The “landing” is scheduled for Saturday, 2011.02.12. The project is designed to help real space crews […]

  • Metallic glass stronger than steel

    via MSNBC David Teeghman, Discovery News Glass has a lot going for it: it’s easy to clean and you can see straight through it. The only problem is that it’s fragile and brittle, and that means it breaks easily. That’s why researchers have created a new type of glass that is stronger and tougher than […]

  • Earth may soon (?) have a second sun

    via io9 The red supergiant star Betelgeuse is getting ready to go supernova, and when it does Earth will have a front-row seat. The explosion will be so bright that Earth will briefly seem to have two suns in the sky. FULL STORY NOTE: " the conversion from stellar to human terms is pretty extreme, […]

  • In praise of the sci-fi corridor

    via Motherboard Martin Anderson, Den of Geek There’s a moment in every geek’s life when one goes for the ‘communal hug’ on a pet-subject and finds oneself unexpectedly out in the cold. The piano player stops playing. The landlord shakes his head as his eyes head heavenward, and he slinks away to rearrange the crisps. […]

  • Go Ahead, Call Yourself a “Cyborg” Now

    via Motherboard Alex Pasternack The argument that Amber Case makes at TEDxWomen (video above) may be more about semantics than about technology. Yes, we know we’re augmented; arguably we’ve been so since the invention of the plow. The difference with digital is that we can exist in multiple worlds simultaneously, and we don’t even have […]