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Watch Bill Nye The Science Guy Debate Creationist Ken Ham (Video)
Empress Eve   |  

Bill Nye The Science Guy Debates Creationist Ken Ham

Right now, there’s a debate underway between Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and creationist Ken Ham, the head of the Creation Museum in Kentucky. The debate is streaming live now from the museum and you can watch it here below.

Note – you can rewind the video to watch from the beginning; also, at 8:45pm, there will be a Q&A session with the debaters.

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‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’ Machine Prints Edible Pizza (Video)
The Movie God   |  

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Back in May of last year we dove into the ever-booming world of 3D printing when it was revealed that NASA had given $125,000 to engineer Anjan Contractor to develop a machine that could actually print edible food items for astronauts to eat in space. It sounded right out of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or Star Trek.

The first goal was a favorite of most people: a simple pizza. The machine would print a layer of dough that cooks as the process moves along, then mix a tomato powder with water and oil to create the sauce layer before the final layer of cheese and any protein that might be used is added.

Contractor has made some good progress since then, and a video of the food printing machine in action has been released. You can watch the video of a pizza being printed and see an image of the final product below!

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Getting The Chemistry Right On ‘Breaking Bad’ (Video)
Empress Eve   |  

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Last night saw the series finale of AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad, about a meek chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with cancer, goes on to become a crystal meth-making drug kingpin (well, that’s the simplified version).

During the five seasons of the show, audiences have gotten to see a lot of chemistry, but how accurate has the science been on Breaking Bad? The folks at Bytesize Science spoke to Donna Nelson, Ph.D., an organic chemistry professor who works with series creator Vince Gilligan to keep the content accurate on the show.

Watch the video here below, which was produced by the American Chemical Society, and contains clips from Breaking Bad.

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Because, Awesome: String Theory Explained Through A Cappella ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

A Cappella Science Bohemian Gravity

Here’s an awesome little a capella summary of string theory sung in many, many parts to the tune of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It was compiled at McGill University by Canadian physics student Timothy Blaise, who recently completed his Master’s Degree.

If Queen’s Brian May (Ph.D, Astrophysics, Imperial College London, 2007) does not approve of this, there is something physically wrong with the Universe.

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Must Watch: Trailer For ‘In Saturn’s Rings,’ The IMAX Space Documentary Made Using Over 1 Million Images
The Movie God   |  

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No CGI. No 3D models. No visual effects whatsoever. In Saturn’s Rings is a movie made from images. Over one million flat 2D images, to be more specific. Images obtained over the course of over 25 space missions, all fused together to create a feature length documentary film to be shown on the biggest screens of them all: giant screens, fulldome screens, and of course, IMAX screens.

But In Saturn’s Rings isn’t just a collection of images shown with pretty music and some informative narration. Filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren spent many years working on a way to bring the photos to life without any digital manipulation, eventually discovering a way to fuse together these 1,000,000+ images, sometimes using hundreds or even thousands of images for one single frame of video. Pretty incredible stuff.

Now comes a first teaser trailer for the film showing off what lots and lots of images combined together to create a video can look like. The amount of work put into this one little teaser must be astonishing. Check out the trailer for In Saturn’s Rings below now, as well as more details about the project.

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Google Doodle Commemorates Anniversary Of Roswell UFO Incident
Empress Eve   |  

Google Doodle Commemorates Anniversary Of Roswell UFO Incident

Today, Google commemorates the 66th anniversary of the Roswell UFO Incident with an interactive Doodle on their home page.

You can check out the video here below of the interactive adventure in full, which shows an alien crash-landing on Earth and having to go in search of the missing pieces of his spaceship.

On July 7, 1947, an unidentified flying object crash-landed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, and launched one of the biggest conspiracy theories of our time – that the craft was an alien spaceship containing extraterrestrial life, though the U.S. government maintained that the craft was a military one. The incident sparked a UFO craze and brought aliens and UFOs to the forefront of pop culture.

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Pizza Making 3D Food Printer Prototype Being Funded By NASA
The Movie God   |  

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Image

So you thought Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was absurd, eh? Thought the Replicator from the Star Trek universe would always be nothing more than science fiction? Never underestimate what the future might hold.

3D printing has been around for a while, but only recently has it really started taking off, with everything from parts and tools to jewelry and clothing and guns currently being magically manufactured with the push of a button. There’s even work being done on printing fully functional homes and structures for the moon.

One of the things in the middle of much research and development is the 3D printing of actual edible food items. Food printing has been going on for a couple years already using materials like chocolate and cookie dough and masa, but NASA thinks it could get far, far more complex than that. They’ve given $125,000 to engineer Anjan Contractor to work on building a 3D printer that could provide tasty treats such as pizza to astronauts.

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Seth MacFarlane-Produced Reboot Of Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ With Neil deGrasse Tyson Set For 2014
The Movie God   |  

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It’s been a couple of years now since we first heard that an updated version of the Carl Sagan documentary series Cosmos was on the way, and that it was being produced by Family Guy and American Dad! creator Seth MacFarlane, and hosted by astrophysicist rock star Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Now comes word that we’ll finally get to watch the new 13-episode updated Cosmos sometime in 2014 when it’s aired on Fox. No official premiere date has been announced as of yet.

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Must Watch: Short Film Created Using Only Atoms Magnified Over 100 Million Times
The Movie God   |  

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IBM has created a short movie unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The movie, which is titled A Boy and His Atom, is made using stop-motion techniques—such as the ones used in films like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride—but instead of manipulating a visible doll or figure or object multiple times to create a film, this particular film is made up entirely of manipulated atoms that have been magnified by a microscope over 100 million times. This makes it the smallest movie ever made.

As the title implies, the short follows a boy and his friendly, lively atom. It consists of 250 stop-motion frames using techniques that were perfected over years of atomic data storage research. The microscope used to make the movie is not the kind used in science class either, as you may have guessed. This microscope weighs in at two tons, and operates at minus 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The microscope uses an ultra sharp needle to within one nanometer of a copper surface, which attracts the atom and allows them to move one at a time.

Be sure to check out A Boy and His Atom below now!

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Book Review: The Science Of Avatar
The Book Slave   |  

The Science of Avatar

The Science of Avatar
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
By Stephen Baxter
Orbit Books
Released May 29, 2012

Prolific science fiction author Stephen Baxter invites us to explore with him both real life science and space fiction in The Science of Avatar. There are lots of details sprawling in every direction, from speculation to established facts, in an almost scene-by-scene recount of the entire movie. He posits what our real world might be like in the year 2154, the year Avatar takes place.

We begin with Jake Sully leaving an ecologically devastated Earth, which we get the barest glimpse of in the film. Baxter explains to us what might have happened in an all too real account of ecocide, wherein Earth’s resources are depleted and space exploration offers the only hope of finding the resources we need to stay alive here. In the movie, this is the reason for the journey to Pandora.

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