What Happened This Weekend? 6 Science and Sci-Fi Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, 17 November 2014 - 9:24AM
Monday, 17 November 2014 - 9:24AM
What Happened This Weekend? 6 Science and Sci-Fi Stories You May Have Missed
< >

Sure, you may have been busy enjoying the lull before Thanksgiving this weekend, but while you were sat around sheltering from the cold, the worlds of science and science fiction were busy churning out some incredible stories. Here are 6 pieces of news you may have missed:


1. Full extent of Philae's epic space bounce revealed

This side by side comparison shows how far Philae travelled after landing on Comet 67p

(Credit: ESA)

The scientific community is in something of a mourning period right now. All weekend well-wishers have been sending their regards to the ESA team responsible for the comet lander, which after missing its landing zone, found itself without enough sunlight to charge its batteries. But let's not dwell on the negative, let's instead focus on something rather incredible. With the help of some eagle-eyed members of the public, ESA researchers have been able to use imagery from Rosetta's Nav-cam to pinpoint exactly where the Philae lander has come to rest. Seen above, the image on the left appears to show the dust cloud created by Philae's initial impact. On the right is where the spacecraft ended up after an epic bounce that saw it launched 1km into space. Talk about going out with a bang!


2. Google research - How do we choose which movies to watch at the theater?

Google discovers how we choose the movies we see at the theater

(Credit: Google)

Ever wanted to know what drives people to see certain movies? In partnership with Millward Brown Digital, Google has conducted research to see what information moviegoers seek out before choosing which movies to see. Though the first few slides -  like the one above - sound a bit like an ad for Youtube, there are some interesting snippets contained within these infographics. For example, people going to see an action movie care most about who is directing it, whereas people going to see horror movies just want convenient showtimes. But get this...When researching what people are most likely to watch after watching certain movie trailers on Youtube, the study turned out some surprising results. Unsurprisingly, people watching blockbuster trailers are more likely to watch videos based on comic books and martial arts after doing so. However, those folks watching action movie trailers are, according to Google's study, most likely to go on to watch videos about martial arts and.....Home & Garden?! Nothing gets you pumped for a bit of gardening like seeing Steven Seagal or Chuck Norris in action, eh? 



3.That coffee mug bong from Cabin in the Woods is now a real thing!

Marty's Famous Coffee Mug Bong


Remember that famous scene at the beginning of Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods, you know, the one where Marty turns up for the weekend trip with a water pipe niftily disguised as a coffee mug? Well, some bright sparks over at Iron Man design believe they have figured out how to create an identical, and most importantly, working, likeness of this piece of stoner ingenuity. It's patent pending, and it's available for purchase very, very soon.



4. AMC announce Interstellar Infinity Ticket

Watch Interstellar's Gargantua Black Hole As Much as You Like With AMC's Infinity Ticket

(Credit: Warner Bros.)

Still struggling to get to grips with what the hell happened at the end of Interstellar?AMC may have your solution in the form of their Interstellar Unlimited Ticket. For a fee of between $14.99 and $30 depending on your locale, AMC are offering tickets that allow you to watch Interstellar as many times as you want. 


5. MIT Scientists transform E.Coli bacteria into "Genomic tape recorders"

E Coli Can Now Be Used As A Genomic Memory Device

In one of the weirdest stories of the last month or so, MIT scientists have successfully transformed the bacteria, E.Coli, into a long term memory storage device. "You can store very long-term information," said MIT's Timothy Lu. "You could imagine having this system in a bacterium that lives in your gut, or environmental bacteria. You could put this out for days or months, and then come back later and see what happened at a quantitative level." 


6. Large Hadron Collider Scientist gives his take on the Science of Interstellar

Last but not least, we have one more scientist who wants to weigh in on the 'science' behind Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. LHC physicist Dr. James Beacham explains in this video that the research being carried out at particle accelerators across the globe could eventually lead to sci-fi movies such as Interstellar, becoming something closer to science fact.

Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Movies