Community Pays Tribute To The Hunger Games With Its Season Four Premiere

When the TV series Community was renewed for a season four, geeks and nerds banded together with glee. But when Sony (the company that makes Community) decided to fire Community creator and showrunner Dan Harmon, the same geeks and nerds didn’t want to see a watered-down version of their beloved show. The gang from Greendale Community College returns to NBC this fall whether you like it or not.


Could One Of Neptune’s Moons Be Hiding A Subsurface Ocean?

Mankind’s exploration of space has revealed lots of interesting discoveries over the years about the composition of our solar system and how it evolved into its current, relatively stable, state. For all this examination of the planets and asteroids, you can boil most planetary exploration these days down to one thing: the search for possible life-bearing environments, either in the present or earlier in our solar system’s history. Now we can add one more location of interest to that search, as a group of researchers think there may be a subsurface ocean on Neptune’s largest moon, Triton.

Neptune and its moons are probably one of the last places you’d think of when it comes to extraterrestrial life. The planet orbits roughly 30 AU from the sun; that’s 30 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun. At this distance, Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, has an average surface temperature of −235 °C, so there’s zero chance of little green men living on its surface, no matter how comfy their sweaters may be. But all hope is not lost for the frozen moon. According to Universe Today, a research team at the University of Maryland believes that, through a process known as tidal heating, Triton could be hiding an ocean underneath its frigid surface. Saswata Hier-Majumder, of the university’s Dept. of Geology, is cautiously optimistic about the study’s claims.


PSA: Branded Is Not The Movie Being Advertised

If you spend a lot of time poking around science fiction sites such as ours, you’ve probably seen ads or trailers for the movie Branded, which opened in theaters today. Here’s how the film’s official Facebook page describes it:

BRANDED is a dark and mind-bending sci-fi thriller into a surreal, dystopian society where mega corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive. One man’s quest to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world.

Wow! Sounds like it’s got some serious potential, am I right? Conspiracies, evil corporations, the words “mind-bending.” And if that synopsis doesn’t sell you, just check out the trailer!


Curiosity’s Tracks As Viewed From Space

One of the coolest aspects about the Curiosity rover’s mission to Mars has to be its close cooperation with one of NASA’s other Mars projects, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. MRO was re-purposed for Curiosity’s landing in order to give a stunning shot of the rover parachuting down to Gale crater, and now it’s giving us even more shots of the Mini-Cooper sized laboratory roving around the surface of the red planet.


Google Doodle Pays Tribute To The 46th Anniversary Of Star Trek

Today’s Google Doodle on the front page of Google.com pays tribute to the 46th anniversary of the original Star Trek series. The engineers and designers at Google created a playable point-and-click flash game that explores the bridge and transporter room of the USS Enterprise.

In a clever game of exploration, the Star Trek characters have been transformed into the letters that make up the word “Google” (Spock is the ‘G’, Uhura and Kirk are ‘o’s, McCoy is the ‘g’, Sulu is the ’l’, and Chekov seems to be missing in action). You can click around the bridge to listen to the iconic sound effects of Star Trek.


Zachary Quinto Says The Star Trek Sequel Will Be Bigger And Bolder

Zachary Quinto as SpockIt’s only eight months away but the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek will be four years in the making by the time it is released into theaters. Abrams and crew have taken their time to make Star Trek 2 something special and not your run-of-the-mill sequel film, we hope.

On Tuesday at The Wrap’s inaugural Short Film Festival in Los Angeles, actor Zachary Quinto divulged Abrams’ vision for the Star Trek sequel. He didn’t give away any of the closely guarded plot details, but instead took a cue from his Star Trek co-star Chris Pine and talked about the general tone of the film:

It was bigger… It was bolder, I think, than the first one, and that was pretty big and bold from my stand point. I feel very fulfilled, but I don’t feel particularly attached to what the outcome of that project will be because I have faith in the people that I was collaborating with to make it as good as it can be.

Quinto will return to Star Trek to play the new Spock. He discussed his role in the production and was eager to start doing promotion for Star Trek 2. Quinto stated the film is in good hands with J.J. Abrams:

I feel like, you know, my work is done on the movie right now and until we have to go and promote it, then my work remains done and I let J.J. and his incredible team of people get in there and do the work that they need to do now.

Lately we’ve seen some details spill out of the cast of Star Trek 2. Actor Chris Pine admitted the sequel would not follow in the footsteps of other summer blockbuster sequels, namely Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. A new addition to the cast, Benedict Cumberbatch also hinted the villain role he’ll play in the sequel. But still, the sequel to Star Trek is shrouded in mystery until the film will be released on May 17th 2013.