May 2010 Image Copyright Marvel Entertainment, LLC, 2010 Director: Jon Favreau Production Designer: Michael Riva To late?? Ok, this time it's really been a while. I apologize to anyone that has been checking the blog every so often only to be sorely disappointed by my lackluster updating practices. I came onto the film initially to work on buildings for the Stark Expo. The Life Cycle Of Ideas Every scientific idea has its day. Theories are born and experiments are designed; results are put to the test, then disproved or accepted as canon. As scientists discuss an idea, they cite the paper that proposed it in their own work. Then, as the conversation moves on, references to the paper drop off. Life sciences tend to have a flatter citations trend [shaded portion], perhaps because ideas in the field are easier for other experts to grasp—in contrast to fields like mathematics—so it takes less time for them to catch on. Data provided by Thomson Reuters Web of Science; Consultation by jevin west, university of Washington; Analysis and Data visualization by Accurat. This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of Popular Science.
PROSPECTIVES 75 film spacecraft Continued from PART 5 10: Slave 1 - Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)| RETURN TO INDEX There must be some street-lamps in America with designs very unfamiliar to me, given how many people have commented that bounty hunter Boba Fett's bizarre spaceship looks like a street-lamp. "Joe Johnston showed me some of the ideas he has for Boba Fett, and I remember asking myself what his spaceship would look like. Not me. 'Sinister' doesn't remotely cover the cowled and slightly art-deco aspect of Slave 1, nor is 'cool' adequate to describe the way the vehicle plays with orientation and moves through space in cruciform glory. It should be mentioned that Lorne Peterson worked on the original Slave 1 miniature alongside Nilo Rodis-Jamero. Info: Fictional Life | More fictional Life | IMDB | 9: Gunstar - The Last Starfighter (1984) | RETURN TO INDEX The ship itself is a dream - more armed than Kali, with a sexy cylindrical fuselage tapering off into a forward-moving cockpit.
CURRENT POLITICS That Time US Congress Considered Building Cities In Space Forget the flying cars and robot maids, we’re just a few precious generations away from ditching this hunk of space rock called Earth and living among the stars. The dream of off-world living is thanks, in large part, to a single Princeton physics professor who not only envisioned a new path for humanity but nearly convinced Congress to go along with it. Piers Biznoy explains just how close we came to building orbital habitats in the 1980s in his new book New Space Frontiers. Today it is hard to imagine a time when US Senators listened in rapt attention while a charismatic lecturer argued for the construction of giant orbiting habitats as a way of easing environmental pressures on Earth. The structures, at least two miles long, would support thousands of people, all living in leafy suburbs. Picture: NASA At first, O’Neill incorporated space exploration just as a theoretical concept to stretch the imaginations of his students. That was quite a shocking thought at the time.
8 Surprising Historical Facts That Will Change Your Concept Of Time Forever You probably should know these things didn't happen anywhere near when you thought they did... Not everyone can be a world history master, especially when we tend to learn about it in specifically segmented classes like "European History" or "American Revolutionary History." Maybe you have an exceptional grasp on the global historical timeline. But for those of us who don't, the list below, inspired by a recent Reddit thread called "What are two events that took place in the same time in history but don't seem like they would have?" 1. Sliced bread was introduced in 1928 by inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder. 2. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. 3. The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908. Image Right: WikiCommons 4. From what we can tell, the last of the wooly mammoth died out around 1700 B.C. on Russia’s Wrangel Island. 5. The first fax machine was invented in 1843 by a Scottish mechanic named Alexander Bain. 6. 7. 8.
la génération Y has been, la génération Z arrive… « Les z'edLes z'ed J’ai toujours plaint les personnes de la génération Y, ceux que l’on a surnommés à tort les digitals natives… Coincés entre les vieux à la culture Print et leurs petits frères et sœurs de la génération Z aussi appelée génération C (Communication, Collaboration, Connexion et Création), les 18-35 ans n’ont vraiment pas de chance ! Par contre, les suivants… C’est foutu pour la génération Y En effet, la génération Y est la génération perdue qui était nécessaire à l’épanouissement du web auquel nous aspirons pour certains, auquel inéluctablement nous nous dirigeons qu’on le veuille ou non. Ce n’est pas aujourd’hui que je fais cette remarque… Nous l’avions déjà évoqué avec d’autres spécialistes du Web 2 voici quelques années. En effet, leur premier problème est d’être des défricheurs… Personne avant eu n’avait la possibilité de communiquer de la manière que l’on connaît sur le net, d’avoir une vie sociale sur la toile… L’apprentissage a été rude. Autre souci rencontré : les vieux en face d’eux.
Fermi paradox A graphical representation of the Arecibo message – Humanity's first attempt to use radio waves to actively communicate its existence to alien civilizations The Fermi paradox (or Fermi's paradox) is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilization and humanity's lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations. The basic points of the argument, made by physicists Enrico Fermi and Michael H. Hart, are: The Sun is a young star. There are billions of stars in the galaxy that are billions of years older;some of these stars probably have Earth-like planets which, if the Earth is typical, may develop intelligent life;presumably, some of these civilizations will develop interstellar travel, a technology Earth is investigating even now, such as that used in the proposed 100 Year Starship;at any practical pace of interstellar travel, the galaxy can be completely colonized in a few tens of millions of years.