Category Archives: Sci-Fi

Voyage to Pandora: First Interstellar Space Flight


Found this interesting video on YouTube. If you like science, space and our possible future, please enjoy!

Pandora is the idyllic blue world featured in the movie Avatar. Its location is a real place: Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun and the most likely destination for our first journey beyond the solar system.

The year is 2154. Our planet has been ruined by environmental catastrophe. In the movie Avatar, greedy prospectors from Earth descend on the world of an innocent hunter-gatherer people called the Na’vi.

Project Glass by Google


Ultra cool! Not sure if we need to say anything else about Project Glass. Wonder how long before they become contacts, or even embedded in our bodies.

John Carter of Mars – A Great Movie in Hard Times


John Carter, Warlord of Mars

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although John Carter is a great movie,  it seems that high production movie’s must be able to make Avatar like dollars at the box office. John Carter is actually doing well, if you take into account overseas totals. Currently running at $182,571,393, as of today, it is actually running ahead of The Lorax. What is the issue? Like movie’s, such as The Golden Compass, John Carter seems to have a larger global appeal. Unfortunately, in North America, media has declared John Carter one of the biggest flops. It will probably be far from the truth. The movie itself is action packed and has a great story line. For those who read John Carter, before seeing the movie, they will know that it is an excellent series. At issue is North American, in particular U.S, taste. For some reason they are just not flocking to the theatre to see John Carter. With the Hunger Games in release, it’s unfortunate that it may simply get lost in the shuffle. The first trailer, in my opinion, was the best one. I’d urge anyone to take a second look at John Carter. We have to realize that the world does not revolve around the U.S alone.

http://disney.go.com/johncarter/

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Are you drooling yet? New Alien prequel Prometheus hits the Internet and wow!


Well, the first trailer left Science Fiction fans wondering and waiting. With a fast-moving trailer, giving only hints of its meaning, the entire Internet was wroth with ideas and questions. Now, with the new trailer released it seems that we now have a better idea on what to expect. It is set in the year 2085, and was initially a prequel to the Alien franchise. However, according to Ridley Scott, it has morphed into something else; as he has decided to explore other aspects of the Alien franchise. This trailer clearly shows what is known as the “Space Jockey“. The trailer looks incredibly intense and full of action; with the terror of the original Alien movie. It will be interesting to see what this movie does in the box office this year.

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For those wanting a bit more mystery check out the TED viral video, spreading around the Internet. It is related to the Alien prequel and shows Peter Weyland.

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The name “Prometheus” comes from Greek mythology and it is definitely related to the movie. It maybe a good idea to read up about him and how it may relate to the movie coming out this summer.

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Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, no more…


Avro Arrow on display at the Canadian Air and ...

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TORONTO – Second World War pilot Philip Gray says it is “immoral” that Downsview Park is evicting the Canadian Air and Space Museum.

“This is a terrible way to repay young 21-year-old boys who went to war and never turned 22. I am disgusted that their heritage can be just wiped out,” the 89-year-old Gray said Tuesday as the museum was packing up artifacts.

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Super 8 and awesome I hope?


I have been patiently anticipating the release of Super 8. I still have absolutely no idea what the movie is actually about. Is it science fiction, fantasy, a thriller, an action or a horror flick? It’s hard to really know. What really gets me high hopes are seen through the clips I have already seen. Visions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and a modern adventure seem to encompass this feature films trailers. I worry that they may all be some marketing ploy. But who really knows? We all remember Clover field. However this seems to be something different. Something exciting! We will have to wait and see. For now we are stuck with speculation and rumor. I am hoping that it will go back to a time of imagination. Maybe it will be something we did not see coming. Based on the latest trailer it seems that it is either a monster or something else? Here are some questions that need answering.

What is being transported on an unarmed train? What woke up whatever it was?Why did the pickup seem to purposely crash into the train? Why are the kids only semi-afraid? Why are there so many electrical issues? Who is throwing the cars around? The Army seems to know something? Possible Super Heros or Super Villains? Is it something created? Does Super 8 mean “8 super humans”? Is it a prequel to an existing franchise? Is it a transformer? Cannot wait to see it!

By: Andy MJ a.k.a The GTA Patriot

Revolutionary plastic e-paper set to hit the high street


By Chris Laker
Last updated at 4:43 PM on 15th October 2008

The era of the traditional newspaper could soon be over as scientists launch production of a revolutionary electronic version – made out of plastic.

The e-reader is the brainchild of students at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory and will be developed by manufacturing plant Plastic Logic at a factory in Germany. The invention is due to hit the high street next year.

Each part of the design will be made from plastic and will be super-thin, as light as the average magazine and able to store and display documents.

Dean Baker, Manufacturing Engineering Manager of Plastic Logic, said the invention of the lightweight e-reader will also drastically reduce the waste that currently comes with the traditional product.

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CERN – The World Ends On Wednesday? Not likely? There is simply not enough energy to create a stable Earth threatening Black hole.


CERN

CERN - Will possibly be Humanity's Greatest Achievement or....?

The man behind the world’s biggest scientific experiment, which critics claim could cause the end of the world, is a Welsh miner’s son who has admitted blowing things up as a child.

Dr Lyn Evans, who has been dubbed Evans the Atom, will this week switch on a giant particle accelerator designed to unlock the secrets of the Big Bang.

But the 63-year-old physicist revealed yesterday that his passion for science was fuelled by the relatively small bangs he had created with his chemistry set at his council house in Aberdare in the Welsh valleys.

‘I was more interested in chemistry than physics when I was young,’ he said.

‘I had a number of chemistry sets. Like everybody, I used to make explosives. I even blew the fuses of the whole house a few times.’

His interest in physics grew at his boys-only grammar school, where lessons had an added attraction because they were attended by girls bussed in from a nearby school that lacked a physics teacher.

On Wednesday, Dr Evans will fire up the Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile-long doughnut-shaped tunnel that will smash sub-atomic particles together at nearly the speed of light.

Built by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the collider lies beneath the French-Swiss border, near the institution’s headquarters in Geneva, at depths ranging from 170ft to 600ft.

The aim of the £4.4billion experiment is to recreate the conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the Big Bang – the birth of the universe – and provide vital clues to the building blocks of life.

It will track the spray of particles thrown out by collisions in a search for the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical entity that supposedly lends weight, or mass, to the elementary particles. So important is this mysterious substance that it has been called the ‘God Particle’.

Scientists also hope to shed some light on the invisible material that exists between particles – dubbed ‘dark matter’ as no one knows what it really is – which makes up most of the universe.

Relaxed: Dr Evans – in his shorts at the CERN control centre in Geneva – dismisses the fears of doom-mongers

But a handful of scientists believe that the experiment could create a shower of unstable black holes that could ‘eat’ the planet from within, and they are launching last-ditch efforts to halt it in the courts.

One of them, Professor Otto Rossler, a retired German chemist, said he feared the experiment may create a devastating quasar – a mass of energy fuelled by black holes – inside the Earth.

‘Nothing will happen for at least four years,’ he said. ‘Then someone will spot a light ray coming out of the Indian Ocean during the night and no one will be able to explain it.

‘A few weeks later, we will see a similar beam of particles coming out of the soil on the other side of the planet. Then we will know there is a little quasar inside the planet.’

Prof Rossler said that as the spinning-top-like quasar devoured the world from within, the two jets emanating from it would grow and catastrophes such as earthquakes and tsunamis would occur at the points they emerged from the Earth.

‘The weather will change completely, wiping out life, and very soon the whole planet will be eaten in a magnificent scenario – if you could watch it from the moon. A Biblical Armageddon. Even cloud and fire will form, as it says in the Bible.’

He said that attempts were still being made in the European Court of Human Rights to halt the experiment on the grounds that it violated the right to life. The court has, however, already rejected calls for a temporary delay in the project, and it is unlikely to come to a speedy decision about whether the CERN experiment should be halted for good.

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2008 + 4= 2012 The Mayans were right? Just kidding!

UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 10, 2008: For those who worry, we are still alive! Read information on the CERN test today.

World’s largest particle collider conducts successful test

Cloverfield Marketing gets weirder – What is Slusho?


“Don’t get me wrong…this Cloverfield marketing is a little too odd. Bunch of kids running around Manhattan, trying to escape from a monster? Okay, I get that. This whole Slusho thing? No idea!”

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Beowulf – Real and Unreal


Sorry for getting off track a bit on this one! I rarely would I ever comment on a movie, but the progression of 3D CGI graphics has defiantly hit a new level. When Lord of the Rings “The Two Towers” was released I was amazed on how real Golem looked in the movie. Meaning, how well he blended into the film. Now, with Beowulf, we are seeing 3D graphics progress even further. It is not perfect, however it makes me wonder what 3D graphics will look like in 4-5 years. Will we be able to tell the difference between the real and unreal? Beowulf is the classic story about the warrior Beowulf, who must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel’s mother, who begins killing out of revenge. Beowulf” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Gory violence and Angelina Jolie (enough said…)! Yes, I placed this under Sci-Fi, but I guess I will have to make a new category for “Fantasy” sometime soon.

By: Andy MJ
a.k.a. “The G.T.A Patriot”
Toronto, Ontario

NOTE: If you are looking for some reviews about the movie, see the links below

http://www.thestar.com/article/276961

http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/11/16/movies/16beow.html

http://www.boston.com/movies/display?display=movie&id=8510

Bones, Kirk enlist for ”Star Trek” movie


(Hollywood Reporter) – “Lord of the Rings” veteran Karl Urban is strapping on a stethoscope to play Leonard “Bones” McCoy, the Starship’s Enterprise’s medical officer, in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” feature.

Chris Pine, meanwhile, closed his deal to star as the young Captain Kirk. He had been in talks to play Kirk as well as a role opposite George Clooney in Joe Carnahan’s “White Jazz.” The two movies overlapped, and Pine was forced to choose between them, opting to make the “Trek.”

Abrams has been furiously casting “Trek,” with John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Eric Bana (the villainous Nero) joining the film last week.

Also on board are Zoe Saldana as the young Uhura, Anton Yelchin as the young Chekov and Zachary Quinto as the young Spock. Leonard Nimoy, who originated the role of Spock, also will be part of the film.

The Paramount Pictures project is expected to shoot from November to March.

Plot details are begin kept under wraps, but it is understood that the movie chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew.

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