Sci-Fi In Real Life: Hoverboards On The Way With Advancements In Quantum Locking

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If you were asked what piece of awesome fictional tech you’d love to see find its way into the realm of the real, 99% of respondents would, without even thinking about it, say the Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part 2. The idea of floating around smoothly on a board that hovers six inches above the ground is awesome. Maybe even more awesome and affordable than flying cars. Well, the gap between fiction and reality may have just closed significantly.

Geniuses from the Tel-Aviv University demonstrated “quantum locking”, which allows superconductive metals to be suspended above a magnetic field. The process involves freezing the metal down to where the electrical resistivity is zero, allowing it to be locked in space above a proper magnet. That’s the best I can do to explain it, but check out the video after the jump and have your mind blown by seeing it actually in action.


Back To The Future II’s Nike MAGs Being Auctioned For Charity – Doc Brown Returns, No Power Laces

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Yesterday’s tease about the Nike MAGs from Back to the Future II becoming a reality turns out to still be a tease. The shoe is an exact replica of those worn by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the film, except no power laces. That’s right, the power laces are still not a reality. Although the joke in one of the videos below indicates that this is only because we’ve yet to reach 2015.

While disappointing on some small level, there’s a far more important issue being tackled by the production of the MAG. 1500 pairs of the shoes are being auctioned off, starting tonight, at NikeMAG.eBay.com. All net proceeds will go to benefit the Michael J. Fox foundation in the pursuit to cure Parkinson’s Disease. The shoe is designed to be the same as the one in the film, including the electroluminescent Nike logo. The glow is activated by pinching the left “ear; “ with the charge lasting up to five hours.

Each day for the 10-day auction 150 pairs of Nike MAGs will be put up on eBay until the entire limited run is sold. While it sucks that we don’t have power laces, I’m hoping that somehow they work that feature out. We have no need for power laces, I admit, but wouldn’t they frickin’ rule?

According to Nice Kicks Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojciki have pledged to double all donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation — up to $50 million — through the end of 2012.

Watch the three videos below to get more excited about the shoes, and to see Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown one more time. Next step, Mattel producing a hoverboard for charity.


Confirmed: Nike Will Sell Back To The Future Themed Shoes With Power Laces!

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A few hours ago we told you here about an ominous tweet from Back to the Future producer Frank Marshall promising some sort of big, BTTF themed announcement. At the time we speculated that it might have something to do with rumors that Nike will release shoes with power laces. And now… we know it’s true.

Marshall just tweeted this video, which pretty much confirms the whole thing:


Doc Brown’s Back To The Future Relationship With Marty Explained At Last

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Here’s the answer to question more than 25 years in the making: Just why did Marty spend so much time hanging out with some crazy old scientist anyway?

At the start of the original Back to the Future, Doc Brown and Marty McFly are already friends. When we first meet Marty he’s hanging out in the Doc’s lab, feeding the dog, playing with the elderly scientist’s instruments. This might make seem natural if Marty were some sort of science geek, but he’s not. Instead he’s kind of a black sheep, rebel, wannabe. Not the type you usually see hanging around in labs.

The question of just why Marty spent so much time hanging around with Doc Brown in the first place was raised on Mental Floss and not only did they find an answer, but they found an official answer from one of the co-creators of the entire Back to the Future franchise, Bob Gale.

Gale says that even though it isn’t in the movie, he and director Robert Zemeckis had worked out a back story for the two and they all understood how Doc and Marty’s relationship came about. Here’s how Gale explains it:

For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. when Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc. And that’s the origin of their relationship.


Back To The Future Gets A Poster To Celebrate Its Re-Release

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If you live in the UK, you’re very lucky. Back to the Future is getting a theatrical re-release in the Queen’s country, to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. BTTF returns to theaters on October 1st to be followed by the release of the entire Back to the Future trilogy on Blu-ray October 25th. The new theatrical version will be digital and beautiful, and better than ever before. And because it’s Back to the Future and it deserves it, they’ve put together a poster and a trailer to celebrate the occasion. They should look familiar. Why mess with a good thing? Take a look:


Russell Brand Will Drive Doc Brown’s DeLorean In Arthur

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Russell Brand is remaking Dudley Moore’s Arthur and until now, there was really no reason to be interested in it. But it seems in addition to being a remake of Arthur, the movie is also some sort of strange Back to the Future homage.

The series of images you’ll see after the jump from the Daily Mail show Brand shooting on the set of Arthur… except for some reason he’s getting into a DeLorean. And it’s not just any DeLorean, it’s Doc Brown’s DeLorean complete with Flux Capacitor and an OUTATIME license plate. Is Arthur going back in time? Or is this just the sort of car the world’s coolest rich guy would own? Take a look and geek out: