Mars One is currently the only thoroughly developed Mars colonization proposal currently on the table. The selection process for the first Mars colonists is currently underway, and if all goes according to plan — and that’s a big if — the Dutch non-profit would land the first humans on the Red Planet in 2023. Elon Musk, who echoes Stephen Hawking’s argument that humans need to colonize Mars to avoid eventual extinction, has grand plans to transport about 80,000 people to Mars via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Dragon capsules at about $500,000 a ticket. But some people, such as Mars Society Founder and President Robert Zubrin, author of The Case for Mars, thinks that we’re better prepared to send humans to Mars now than we were to send humans to the Moon in the ’60s. He has argued this for a long time, and is impatient at the lack of progress in landing colonists on Mars. And while Mars seems like a clear choice for colonization, other ideas have been circulating, such as colonizing the clouds of Venus. A recent proposal from the British Interplanetary Society is actually the resurrection of a 40-year-old idea to create rotating space colonies in space.
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The Star Wars of the George Lucas era wasn’t always in tune with how to properly reflect pop culture back at its audience, nor with what people think is funny. There isn’t so simple an explanation for Jar Jar Binks, but we’re putting him completely behind us as the Disney/J.J. Abrams partnership takes hold. And what better way to catch the eyes of fans old and new than with one of the most popular socia media sites on the Internet: Instagram. The newly created official account currently only has five pictures on it so far, but they properly represent almost anything the Star Wars culture would expect from an exclusively photographic trip around a galaxy far, far away: Darth Vader selfies, sexy girls, toys, and behind-the-scenes photos. Those four things make up the Internet for some of us, er, them…you. Whatever.
Did you guys happen to catch this strange ad during Sunday’s mid-season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Or did you just fast-forward through it later that night on DVR like I did? In any case, I wouldn’t have known what to make of it at the time, but luckily the guys at Uproxx were on their A-game. They surmised that the commercial was the first ever promo for FX’s upcoming series The Strain, adapted from the bestselling horror trilogy written by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro.
Taking a found footage approach—one that I certainly hope doesn’t transfer over into the show itself—the promo features a slew of potentially infected rodents disrupting the lunch of a group of cafe diners. The reason why you don’t hear any overwhelmingly piercing screams in the background is because I wasn’t one of the patrons. If I was there I’d make a sound only dogs could hear.
As much as we love science fiction on TV, on the big screen, on the comics page, and in video game form, there’s just something irreplaceable about digging into a good book. There’s no shortage of new sci-fi adventures hitting shelves on a regular basis, but GFR is your one-stop shop to keep up with what’s hitting shelves in a given week. Here’s what’s new on the Giant Freakin’ Bookshelf!
“Alien Research” by Gini Koch
When rumors of a new super-drug surface, the FBI comes to Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini for help. It becomes quickly apparent that the drug is merely the tip of a deadly iceberg and a much more insidious plan is underway involving Titan Security, Gaultier Enterprises, and YatesCorp.
As newly discovered A-Cs and hybrids begin to surface, each with expanded and deadly talents, more and more signs point to a new evil genius who’s using the A-Cs and their enemies both as guinea pigs. Then Area 51 and the Dulce Science Center go silent while Alpha Team, Airborne, and most of the worldwide A-C Security team are there for training. And if that’s not bad enough, Centaurion Division is hit with more bad, and deadly, news: Chernobog the Ultimate, isn’t a hacker myth, he’s a real person — and he’s on the bad guys’ side.
Now Kitty and company must find the real Dr. Feelgood and stop him or her before the latest version of Surcenthumain hits the streets and more people they love are harmed, or worse. But when the inconceivable happens, Kitty’s focused on two things only: reviving the ACE entity before their enemies realize Earth’s best protection isn’t actually active…and revenge.
While most film fans give Michael Bay grief for making loud, dumb, and immature action movies, the 48-year-old filmmaker continually pushes the limits of film technology. In 2011, Bay married IMAX-like visuals with 3D, in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. While the movie was natively shot in 3D, it didn’t take advantage of IMAX technology that Revenge of the Fallen utilized two years earlier. However, for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay has become the first director to use IMAX Digital 3D technology.
I’m a sucker for cool-looking technology, but I’ll be the first to admit that some of these awesome gizmos are easy on the eyes, but not so easy to use. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Palette, a modular, modifiable hardware interface that can control any software.
The idea behind Palette is so simple and utilitarian that it took me a few minutes to understand what it’s actually for, which is pretty much anything you want. The actual hardware is an arrangement of customizable physical inputs—dials, buttons, and sliders. They’re all modular and either square or rectangle-shaped, so they fit together much like Legos.