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:
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!
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?
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.
(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.
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."
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.