While I thought seeing Kate Upton floating around in a bikini was going to be the best thing February had to offer in the realm of “zero gravity activities,” random Internet video spoofers have taken the top prize with the apex of all of the Jean Claude Van Damme Epic Split parodies. This takes the cake, and then it tuns that cake into magic for you and your eyes.
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All right guys, I think it’s time that we put aside our thinking caps for a little while and focus on pure instinct. Some may feel the urge to get really high class when looking at photos of boobs floating in zero gravity, but that’s not the case here at GFR. We don’t think perversion should be tied down by laws posed by Isaac Newton, who probably never even pictured nipples on the apples that supposedly inspired his discoveries. And so we present a series of pictures and videos devoted to Kate Upton’s zero-G photo shoot for the recently released Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Speaking of sports…balls. Okay, so maybe I’ll put the thinking cap back on for a few minutes longer.
Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game hit Blu-ray and DVD yesterday, arriving with a decent collection of bonus features and extras. Whether or not you were a fan of the movie, there is some damn impressive special effects work going on. More so than even the massive battle scenes, the most memorable pieces are the scenes in the anti-gravity room. One of the behind the scenes features on the home release looks at how the filmmakers accomplished these feats and digs into all the work that went into the execution.
For fans of the book, these zero gravity scenes were one of the things they most anticipated, but also one of the things they were most worried about getting screwed up. During his time at Battle School, an orbiting military academy, Ender and his fellow recruits engage in numerous zero g combat simulations. They’re weightless for extended periods of time, often for entire long scenes, and if the effects don’t work, the scenes don’t work. This video, which originally appeared on Collider, illustrates exactly how Hood and company went about staging and filming these fantastic sequences. You can see how incredibly challenging they were to create, but also how much fun there were.
Of all the myriad reasons why no one is letting me go into space right now, there are two battling it out for first place. The first: I’m not and never have been trained to be an astronaut. The second: Instead of doing anything like “missions” or “smart things,” I would probably spend all my time figuring out what it feels like getting trashed in space, and no one would want to be my friend. And these reasons existed before I ever even knew that the ridiculously amazing Spiral Top device existed. As you can imagine after looking at the picture above, I’m going to have to make a very specific type of amendment to that second reason.
Developed a few years ago by artist Takuro Osaka, the Spiral Top is a device that spins a set of mounted LEDs affixed to it. I have no idea what it looks like when it isn’t floating around in space, but I don’t really need to, since I’ve seen it floating around in space.
As I’m writing this, I’m downing my fourth cup of coffee for the day. (Yawn.) This is perhaps one of the only times in my life when I have an advantage over astronauts, as liquids like coffee are hard to control in places where gravity is absent. But my advantage has an expiration date, as Portland State University physics professor Mark Weislogel and his colleagues have conceived the Capillary Flow Experiment, which is being conducted onboard the International Space Station, and their goal is to find a proper vessel to drink coffee from in zero gravity.
Coffee, like other liquids, is not easily handled in space. You can’t really pour it into a regular coffee cup to begin with, and even when it’s in the cup, getting it into your mouth requires quite a bit of work. If you try and simply drink it, “the coffee would be very hard to control,” says Weislogel. “You’d have to shake the cup towards your face and hope that some of the hot liquid breaks loose and floats toward your mouth.” This sounds like a terrible accident waiting to happen. Since liquid behavior in zero-g is so non-intuitive, he and his team had to think…well, inside the box in order to find a solution.
Director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game is gradually picking up steam, despite the fact that it doesn’t hurtle into theaters until November 1 of this year (October 25 in the UK). One of the elements fans of the book are most excited to see are the acrobatic scenes that take place in the Battle Room, the zero gravity training environment used by the military cadets. In IMAX 3D these should be quite the spectacle. Well know there’s a new picture that gives us a glimpse of what the finished product will look like. Star Asa Butterfield (Hugo) also sat down with Empire and talked about working without gravity, and much more.
The image show Ender (Butterfield), floating in a horizontal manner, talking to Harrison Ford’s Colonel Graff, the commanding officer of the Battle School, the underage military academy orbiting in space. You get a good, full body look at the flash suits that the cadets wear, as well as at the interior of the room.