Growing Plants On Mars May Be A Realistic Possibility

mars plantsWork is underway to figure out methods of growing produce in space, which is especially vital for eventual Mars colonists. Space food leaves a lot to be desired, so scientists are working on getting more variety into astronauts’ diets. They’re also working on ways to create sustainable agricultural practices, given that resupplying Earthly goods will bend, if not break, the budget. But that will require astronauts growing their own food, which raises the question of how suitable an environment is Mars (or the moon) is for growing plants. According to a study recently published in PLoS One, both Mars and the moon may be much better suited for agriculture than previously thought.

Dutch researchers planted fourteen different species of plants in soil similar in composition to that on Mars and the moon—the same soil NASA uses for simulations. The control group in the study used Earth soil from an area without many nutrients. Scientists planted mustard, tomatoes, rye, carrots, wheat, and cress into 840 different pots—20 replicas of each kind of plant species in each of the three types of soil. From there, all the subjects were kept under the same greenhouse conditions with 16 hours of light each day and temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Researchers let them grow for 50 days.


Jurassic Park: Jeff Goldblum Sings The Lyrics To John Williams’ Iconic Theme

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Jurassic Park is more than 20-years-old. The harrowing adventure still holds up remarkably well on repeat viewings, and we’re still enthusiastic enough about the franchise, despite a lackluster Jurassic Park 3 in 2001, to get pumped up about next summer’s Jurassic World. (If nothing else, it will be nice to finally see John Hammond’s vision of a theme park full of real live dinosaurs come to fruition, even if it does go haywire again.) Two of the best parts of the original are Jeff Goldblum that epic, sweeping theme, and we’re willing to bet you didn’t know that song you’ve heard so many times has words. At least in Goldblum’s world it does, and they’re amazing.

The actor, who played swaggering mathematician (when were the last time you put those two words together) Dr. Ian Malcolm, was recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the subject of Jurassic Park came up, as you imagine that it does frequently, despite Goldblum’s long, illustrious career in non-dinosaur related movies. There it was revealed that, for some reason, probably because he’s a certified weirdo (our kind of folk), he actually went online and found where people have written lyrics to legendary composer John William’s iconic theme (he says he did not write them himself, as Meyers initially stats). And then he proceeded to sing them. Thank god for Jeff Goldblum. And the internet.


Godzilla Was Only In His Own Movie For A Few Minutes, Watch Them All Here

As much as we thoroughly enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ recent Godzilla reboot, we can’t and won’t argue that it’s a great movie in many ways. The story is totally bogus, and anything that even tangentially relates to the human cast is a complete and utter waste of time, save for two lines from Ken Watanabe (the first time he says the King of the Monsters’ name, and later when he says, “Let them fight,” those are, admittedly, pretty fantastic moments). One of the biggest complaints we’ve heard about the film is that he title character, you know, Godzilla, is barely in the damn movie (there’s a similar problem with the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles revamp, among other issues). You may have noticed that, but it begs the question, just how much is the giant titular beast actually in the movie that bears his name? The answer is, not much.

This video by John Nemesis compiles all of the footage of Godzilla from the movie called Godzilla, a movie that is 123 minutes long, and it all adds up to just under eight minutes of screen time. According to the Honest Trailer we wrote about the other day, it’s 11 minutes and 16 seconds. The two obviously have different ways of counting (perhaps one took into account scenes where you can only see his back as he swims across the ocean and the other didn’t), but it doesn’t matter. The point is, whoever is correct, there’s not much Godzilla in Godzilla.


Star Wars: One Of Marvel’s Biggest Stars Wants A Role, Any Role

mark-ruffalo-andy-serkis-coaching-the-hulkCasting for Star Wars: Episode VII is more or less complete at this point. You would hope that, this deep into production, you have most, if not all of the key components in place. But when you take into account that there are entire generations of stars that have grown up on Star Wars, many of whom have never lived in a world without George Lucas’ far, far away galaxy, and that the franchise plans that reach out until 2020, it’s never too early to look to the future. One notable actor, is campaigning, and campaigning hard, to secure a spot on this ride.

Mark Ruffalo, yes, the Incredible Hulk himself, really, really wants to be in a Star Wars movie. This seems rather fitting, considering just the other day we heard about how Disney and Lucasfilm are borrowing storytelling and plotting strategy from Marvel, that they could borrow one of the comic book studios biggest actors (and Disney owns Marvel Studios, so I’m sure they could work out some sort of loan agreement).


The Walking Dead Is Working To Bring Us The Nastiest Villain Yet

the walking deadAMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is gradually working its way back to our TV screens for season 5, so what better time to look to the future of the massively popular horror show? The show loosely follows the path laid out by Robert Kirkman’s comics—at least in terms of big plot points like Hershel’s farm, the prison, the Governor, though they all appear with enough tweaks and changes so they’re not carbon copies of one another. So those of us who know the story are constantly waiting to see our favorite bits and pieces, and we now have news about one of the most notorious villains Kirkman has ever dreamed up.

Aside from the Governor, the biggest single villain Rick Grimes and his group of survivors is Negan, and it’s starting to sound like we could see him sooner rather later. Executive producer Dave Alpert recently gave an interview, oddly enough to AMC, the show’s host network. He talked about a great number of things, like his favorite moments, working with Kirkman on the sci-fi movie Air (which stars The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus), and various things Kirkman added to the show that he wishes, in retrospect, could have been in the comics.


Star Wars: Episode VII: Did J.J. Abrams Just Reveal The Empire’s Presence?

star warsJ.J. Abrams may keep things locked tight in his “Mystery Box,” but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to open it up from time to time and offer fans the most obscure, miniscule glimpses inside of Star Wars: Episode VII. And he’s done it again.

There may be SPOILERS for Episode VII in this, but probably not. Still, if you’re sensitive to such things, you may want to sit this one out.