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Must Watch: Trailer For ‘In Saturn’s Rings,’ The IMAX Space Documentary Made Using Over 1 Million Images
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Wait, What? Watching Horror Movies Helps You Lose Weight?
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We as human beings are constantly being fed sales pitches claiming to hold the secret for truly losing weight fast…most often not requiring any exercise whatsoever, while still allowing you to eat whatever the hell you’d like.

Only fools buy into such nonsense, and, whether you’re able to put in the effort or not, anyone with even partial brain function knows that it takes a lot of painfully trying discipline and hard work to lose the weight you feel you need to lose.

Still, for the sake of entertainment, and because it does happen to be All Hallows’ Eve, what if I told you that a new study claims that watching horror movies can in fact help you to drop pounds. Would you listen? or at read on purely out of curiosity? If so, do continue on below now for more information and to see a list of the ten best terrifying movie options for losing weight.

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Geeks In Space: NASA Working On Real ‘Star Trek’ Warp Drive
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Once thought to be a completely fictional concept, what would intergalactic space exploration be like for we the human race if we were to figure out how to take the faster-than-light propulsion system known as warp drive we’ve seen used in great science fiction pop culture like Star Trek, and make it a reality?

Something so ambitious is still little more than a fantasy…but a fantasy of some of the smartest people to ever walk this planet. But even though it is still a fantasy, NASA doesn’t think the warp drive is as impossible as was once thought.

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Astronaut Neil Armstrong, True-Life Superhero and First Man On The Moon, Dies At 82
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon

Neil Armstrong, who will forever be etched in the world’s memory as the first person ever to set foot on the Moon, died today after complications arose from cardiovascular procedures, according to CBS News. He was 82. This is, for sure, a dark day in American history.

Armstrong represented a class of astronaut that every boy of my generation and subsequent ones aspired to be like at one point, a true hero among so many paper ones. While the comic and sci-fi/fantasy genres have their heroes and influences and outright wondrous figures by way of mythical, heroic, and positive, Neil Armstrong, in his true, reality human flesh and blood of a man, TRULY represented those aforementioned attributes. The feat he achieved by landing on the Moon with his crew of the Apollo 11 back on July 20, 1969, had stood and will stand ever more so now in his passing as one of the most breathtaking and inspiring images of all time, certainly the television footage remains arguably the greatest iconic image in the history of broadcasting. Millions upon millions of people stood frozen at television sets and large screens put up all over the world when the event happened, an all too rare time of a communion of people put together for a POSITIVE cause. Armstrong, at the helm of it all, was the perfect choice of astronaut at the time, with his rugged good looks, calm, strong demeanor, and every boy’s hero kind of swagger.

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National Geographic, Arecibo Observatory Beam 20,000+ Messages Out To Space In Reply To The Wow! Signal
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The Wow! Signal

Back in June we told you about a very cool experiment National Geographic was doing along with the Arecibo Observatory, where they wanted to send your messages via Twitter out to space in response to The Wow! Signal on its 35th anniversary.

As of August 15th, the exact anniversary of first receiving the signal, all messages—including over 20,000 tweets and a few videos from celebrities—were officially beamed out to space for whatever intelligent lifeforms that may be out there to hopefully one day pick up on.

Continue below to check out a cool video (featuring a cameo from yours truly) on how exactly they sent the messages to space.

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