Category archives: Events

The Truth About The Baltic Sea UFO

 

 

A while ago, we featured the project that was setting off to explore the depths of Baltic Sea, where sonar images had picked up on a circular shape, which of course hinted at being a sunken UFO. Well the Ocean X Team have done their stuff and concluded that it is definitely not a UFO although the team still have yet to come up with definitive answer as to what the object is.

 

The Truth About The Baltic Sea UFO

 

According to Peter Lindberg, who is one of the founders of the Ocean X Team, he said;

 

“We’ve heard lots of different kinds of explanations, from George Lucas’s spaceship – the Millennium Falcon – to ‘It’s some kind of plug to the inner world,’ like it should be hell down there or something,”

 

As to what the object actually is, he said that it was surrounded by;

 

“Something resembling soot. Since no volcanic activity has ever been reported in the Baltic Sea, the find becomes even stranger,”

 

Source [RT]

 

 

Is ET Waiting For Us To Call

 

 

Over the past couple of years there has been change in how we see the galaxy and beyond, as technology improves and more earth like planets are discovered, it stands to reason that at some point life beyond our planet will be found, be it intelligent or some other life, eventually ET will be found as Dr. Seth Shostak explains;

 

 

According to TED this is a little bit about the ET lecture;

 

Dr. Seth Shostak participates in the search for extraterrestrial life at the SETI Institute. He heads up the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Committee, and hosts a weekly radio show, “Big Picture Science”. Shostak has published more than 400 popular articles on science, and his most recent book is Confessions of an Alien Hunter, A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Life (National Geographic). Shostak is also an accomplished photographer. His photos have been featured on the cover of Time magazine.

 

Is ET Waiting For Us Call

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

Darth Vader Tries To Buy Guns

 

 

Here is the answer to that burning question, just where does the empire get its weapons from? Well clearly not from the gun makers FN Herstal’s factory in Belgium! Even when the big guy steps out of his limo, they are not having any of it. This is on fact a video made to highlight the debates on the arms trade being organised by the UN in July.

 

 

This is the information that comes with the video to put into perspective;

 

Air has put together a persuasive little video for Amnesty International. It shows a black limo pulling up at the entrance of arms manufacturer FN Herstal. A gangster-type in suit and sunglasses gets out and asks the security guard if he can buy some arms. His boss, who is waiting in the limo, is looking to make a big purchase. The guard is a little surprised but eventually calls the marketing department…you can see what happens in this video. Sufficient to say that the aim of this stunt is to collect a maximum of signatures for a petition demanding that the treaty on arms trade is applied effectively.

 

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

One Image All Five Star Trek TV Series Captains

 

 

We have to first thank the Wizard World Philadelphia event that took place the other day. However, this is something very special indeed; This is the event that could down in history as being the first and only place where the five captains from the Star Trek TV series were all captured in a single image. This is all fine, but now we have to ask the question, which one of these five captains was the best?

 

 

Source [Nerd Approved]

 

 

Its Star Wars: The Radio Play

 

 

There is a new Star Wars doing the rounds and this time there are no special effects, animations or hundreds of actors, this time it’s Star Wars for the radio, yes that’s it, the radio! Check out the video below to see what the all of the fuss is about, it took place at the Emerald City Comic Con and there were some interesting surprises that evening.

 

 

This is whats happening in the video;

 

It’s the Star Wars Trilogy like you’ve never heard it before! Join voice actors Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen as they re-create the magic of the Star Wars films, albeit in their own special way! You never know what you’ll hear when this cast gets together.

 

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

Space Command The Series Backed By Fans

 

 

It is the same old story when it comes to cool science fiction, you find a great show, there are plenty of fans and it gets cut from the schedules for no apparent reason. So when a team of cool sci-fi creative’s get together and come up with Space Command, it has to be worth looking into. Well everything seems to be going fine here, the project is one Kickstarter and with 45 days to go the backers have almost doubled the required goal! But this success does not mean its closed, fan can still back this project and bag a good deal in the process!

 

 

This is the reasoning behind the cool and interesting new science fiction idea, Space Command;

 

Marc Zicree here.  As a kid I loved STAR TREK, TWILIGHT ZONE, OUTER LIMITS, FORBIDDEN PLANET and grew up to write for such great shows as STAR TREK – THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, BABYLON 5, SLIDERS and more.

I often hear fans say, “Why are there so few good sci-fi shows on TV, and why do so many go south?”  I can tell you – frankly, most of the network suits just don’t get it.

But you and I do. So when I recently got the idea of creating a new show inspired by the sense of wonder and possibility science fiction gave me as a kid, I realized I didn’t need a network or studio to make my dream come true — just Kickstarter and you.

 

 

The Space Command team are currently crowd funding through Kickstarter where bids start at as little as £3.20 ($5).

 

Source [Science Fiction]

 

 

Leonard Nimoy Addresses Boston University

 

 

It is a great day when you get to see the great Leonard Nimoy speak to the graduating class at Boston University, but here it is and even though it might drag on a bit, nineteen minutes, it is well worth listening too! Live long and prosper!

 

 

This is why Leonard Nimoy, Spock, William Bell or whatever he is calling himself these days, is at the college;

 

Accomplished actor, director, poet, musician, and photographer, Leonard Nimoy (Hon.’12) delivers the College of Fine Arts convocation address. Hosted by Boston University on May 19, 2012.

 

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

SpaceX Good To Go On The 19th

 

 

History is about to be this Saturday (19th May) when the privately funded SpaceX is set to launch its first cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX Dragon capsule is in place at the top of a Falcon 9 launch vehicle and will take off at 08.55 (GMT) 04.55 local time from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

 

 

According to the SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Brost Grantham, she said;

 

“SpaceX and NASA are nearing completion of the software assurance process, and SpaceX is submitting a request to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a May 19 launch target. Thus far, no issues have been uncovered during this process, but with a mission of this complexity we want to be extremely diligent.”

 

Source [PC Mag]

 

 

Prometheus Has Landed First Online Clip

 

 

This is a great clip that shows the final moments as the crew prepare to land the Prometheus on the planet, where there is a massive surprise waiting for them.

 

 

Here are some further details on the cool and much awaited film Prometheus;

 

 

First Clip Online – “Prometheus Has Landed” – Prometheus – A Film by Ridley Scott – More at http://www.PrometheusForum.net

 

Source [Movie Hole]

 

 

Interactive Billboards At Euston Highlight Domestic Violence

 

 

We mainly use our Smartphone’s and apps for fun, possibly a little bit of work, but it has to be said that they hardly ever used for good! This is what the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) is trying to change with an interactive display at the busy Euston Station in London. The Smartphone is asked to visit the NCDV website, where they can simply drag aggressive man away from the woman before it all gets out of hand.

 

 

According to the NCDV, this is what the campaign is trying to achieve;

 

The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has launched an interactive billboard campaign at Euston Station to raise awareness about how people can intervene to help put a stop to domestic violence. The campaign, which launched 30 April 2012, runs on JCDecaux’s large format e-motion screens and encourages passers by to get involved in the advert by controlling the scene using their mobile phone.

 

 

Source [Mashable]

 

 

NASA Takes Images Of UFO Orbiting The Sun

 

 

Recently we have been seeing some real interesting images and video of unidentified flying objects (UFO’s) and even more interesting is that they appear to be coming from serious sources such as NASA! In this case, the images have been taken by the NASA Solar and Heliosphereic Observatory (SOHO) of the sun. but they also show a strange object in orbit around the sun, which is amazing to say the least! So what do you think it is?

 

 

According to Nathan Rich, who is the lead ground systems engineer at the United States Naval Research Laboratory, he says;

 

“The streaks in question are consistent with energetic particle (proton) impacts on the CCD, something which is apparent in just about every image,”

 

 

Source [Technabob]

 

 

Zombies Found In An Abandoned Shopping Mall

 

 

In the UK at the moment all talk is about the London Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee, but not everyone will be visiting these events because some folks are interested in entering an abandoned shopping mall in Reading that is been taken over by zombies! It is being described as the ultimate zombie experience day and going on the video, it could be true! It certainly beats going shopping with the wife!

 

 

Here is what to expect if you are considering signing up for Zombie Shopping Mall experience;

 

In this spectacular ‘full immersion’ experience, you’ll be briefed and armed by the Police Special Zombie Bashing Unit. They’ll fill you in on the full, unfolding, undead apocalypse that is going down in Reading town. An apocalypse that, for once, you didn’t cause, but will have to try and fix.

 

 

Then you’ll hit the spooky, deserted shopping mall, but you won’t be shopping for that lovely little Pashmina you saw in Littlewoods. Instead, you and your team will be depleting the zombie population with full Bronson-style perspicacity. Using state of the art special effects and large, blood-inducing props you will tackle a series of computer game like missions in a full-on ‘run and gun’ gore fest.

 

The price for this cool three hour plus zombie killing spree is just £119 ($192)

 

Source [Nerd Approved]

 

 

The End Is Coming Maybe!

 

 

 

It seems that we hear about the end of the world or the end of life as we know it on earth all of the time. Throughout history, dates have been predicted for this to occur and yet we are still here. However 2012 is a different matter, this is because so many different civilisations and predictions point to this year as being the one when things change. Could it be true, could the movie 2012 be right? Who knows and in any case if something like this were to happen is there anything that we could do about it?

 

 

This is why the world as we know it is supposed to end in 2012;

 

Mayan & Egyptian inscriptions talk about a planet returning in 2012. Axis shift patterns point to this year also. If you would like to support this research, please make an anonymous donation.

 

Source [9Nania]

 

 

Marvel Gives Hawkeye Own Title

 

 

 

The success of recent Marvel based movies and the even more recent The Avengers movies has brought us some interesting characters and one is to his own comic series this summer. Hawkeye is the hero this time; he is the one with the bow and the deadly arrows! Marvel says that the new comic series will be starting this August, which is great news for Marvel fans.

 

According to the writer of Hawkeye, Matt Fraction, he said;

 

“Never had the chance to write a character like him, or to do a book like this before. And I wanted to chronicle him in an ongoing series because it’d keep me from getting bored. Repetition bores me to death. I had this idea for how to do a book that wasn’t like anything else we’d seen him in before, wasn’t like anything I’d done before, and couldn’t stop thinking about.”

 

He continued to say;

 

“HAWKEYE is more about what inspires Clint Barton. We got Clint in AVENGERS, SECRET AVENGERS, and anywhere else at any given time—but we wanted HAWKEYE to be about what Clint does when he’s not at work, about what drives the guy.

 

The new ongoing Hawkeye comic book series starts this August.

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

NASA’s Mars Landing Plan

 

 

 

The Red Planet has taunted mankind for centuries and now finally in the 21st Century NASA are planning to land a robot onto the surface, but it is not as easy as it sounds because there are so many things that can go wrong before the landing even takes place. NASA explains in this cool animated video, the options available to them and what the difference is between the three landing plans. We like the one that uses the retro rockets the best.

 

 

This is how NASA says they would land a space craft onto the surface of the Red Planet, well one of the three;

 

Getting a spacecraft to Mars is one thing; getting it safely to the ground is a whole other challenge! This 60-second video from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains three ways to land on the surface of the Red Planet.

 

Source [Gizmodo]

 

 

Atlantis Crew Caught UFO’s On Video

 

 

 

Back in 2006, the Space Shuttle Atlantis was in orbit above the planet when the crew notice something strange in the distance. Three metallic looking objects all moving independently from each other are spotted and reported to NASA in Houston. Naturally NASA are not buying the UFO thing and suggest that its several things such as reflections, but the crew insist that they are solid and as normal with this one you are going to have to make up your own mind!

 

 

According to crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, this is how they are describing what they are looking at from the Shuttle;

 

It’s a structure that’s definitely not rigid. Doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen on the outside of the Shuttle, that’s for sure […] [it] quickly moved to the nose of the orbiter, moving away at least 100 feet.

 

Source [Gizmodo]

 

 

NASA Will Find Earth II By 2014

 

 

It may sound like science fiction, but technology has been quietly working away searching the sky for signs of life and since the launch Keplar Space Telescope, NASA has been able to find over seven hundred planets and flagged around two and half thousand possibilities. This means at the current rate of processing NASA scientists believe that it is only a matter of time before an Earth like or Goldilocks planet (Not too hot & not too cold) is discovered. In fact, we should expect an announcement within two years and that would be something special.

 

 

According to Shawn Domagal-Goldman, who is a researcher at NASA Headquarters in Washington, he said in a statement.

 

“I believe Kepler will find a ‘Goldilocks planet’ within the next two years,”

“We’ll be able to point at a specific star in the night sky and say ‘There it is — a planet that could support life!'”

 

Source [Yahoo]

 

 

The End Of The World Is Nigh

 

 

How many times have we heard that the world will end, throughout history predictions have given us years when the world as we know it will come to an end and yet here we are still here. It seems that we need to take a more logical look into establishing exactly when the world is likely to end, as it is now clear that many of those predictions from the past are not actually going to happen. This info graphic by Xerxy takes this subject and puts the available data into something that is more understandable, we think it works, but still we do not really know when the world will come to an end and that is probably a good thing.

 

 

Source [Daily Infographic]

 

 

UFO Filmed Over Yorkshire

 

 

A strange triangular object has been spotted flying over woodland in Yorkshire, UK. This latest UFO incident took place three days ago and was captured by an amateur camera operator, who was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.

 

 

So here we have a triangle shaped thing that is flying, it can be seen through the trees and has been caught on video. Is this a fake or real there are plenty of arguments for and against, but this is an area where UFO’s are regularly spotted.

 

 

However, if this were faked would the maker of the video bring it out so close to the 1st April?

 

Source [IB Times]

 

 

Trailer For Snow White and the Huntsman

 

 

It did not seem possible, how Snow White could become the main character in a blockbusting movie, but check out the trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman and you will certainly have a change of heart when it comes to fairy tales. There are a whole host of stars in this movie, as well as plenty of action too, so what is not to like about this fairy tale turned movie.

 

 

According to the official website of the Snow White and the Huntsman, this is what we can expect to see when the movie is released this summer;

 

 

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar(r) winner Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.

 

Source [Geeks Are Sexy]

 

 

Zombies On The Streets Of The UK

 

 

The games developer CAPCOM are looking forward to the launch of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City on the 22nd March, so much that they are planning to release Zombies onto the streets of Bristol, London and Manchester.

 

 

Anyone can join in, just visit the CAPCOM Resident Evil Facebook page and sign up to join the Umbrella Security Services, this is limited to the UK only so there is bound to be rush in sign ups to get involved and hunt those Zombies down.

 

This is what the CAPCOM Facebook page says about the event;

 

Join Umbrella Security Services! Fight for your city. Fight for Umbrella. Fight ‘zombies’ live through a mixture of augmented reality and real world game-play!

 

There will be a random draw selecting the team, all will get a CAPCOM goody bag and the overall winner will be suitably rewarded.

 

Source [Reg Hardware]

 

 

Asteroid Will Pass Under Some Satellites

 

 

We will need to keep a keen eye on the skies next year for an asteroid named DA13 will pass the earth so close that it will actually come in under some of the satellites orbiting the planet. NASA claim that asteroid measures around 200 feet and was only spotted a couple of weeks ago.

 

 

The asteroid will be at its closest on the 15th February 2013, with a distance of 16,700 miles, to put that into context the International Space Station (ISS) maintains an orbit of around 250 miles.

 

 

According to the NASA expert David Dunham, he said at Moscow’s University of Electronics and Mathematics;

 

“The Earth’s gravitational field will alter the asteroid’s path significantly. Further scrupulous calculation is required to estimate the threat of collision,”

 

He added;

 

“The asteroid may break into dozens of small pieces, or several large lumps may split from it and burn up in the atmosphere.”

 

Source [Digital Journal]

 

 

Can You Take On The DARPA CLIQR Quest?

 

 

Are you up for challenge? Then check this out from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), this is the DARPA CLIQR Quest, and before ask, CLIQR means, Cash for Locating and Identifying Quick Response codes. It is more of quest than a contest, but it will encourage team work and there are cash prizes to gather up too! The downside is that you must be a US resident in order to take part, over to you MoD!

 

 

Here are the details for the DARPA’s CLIQR Quest Challenge;

 

The CLIQR Quest has been crafted to simulate public mobilization for the identification of essential assets to assist in mobilizing and delivering aid efficiently. The event, like an actual crisis or disaster, is unannounced prior to the start date. The humanitarian crisis relief assets (e.g. water, food, gas, etc.) needed to quickly respond to a disaster are represented by appropriately named – Quick Response (QR) codes. QR codes have been distributed throughout the continental United States to represent the dispersion of resource concentrations throughout the country. CLIQR Quest participants will be challenged to locate other participants who have key assets that are represented by the QR codes. The event will only last for two weeks – the notional assets must be identified and coordinated quickly to ensure they make it to those in need.

 

The DARPA CLIQR Quest will start at 11:00 AM (EST) on Thursday, February 23rd and it will end at 12:00 PM (EST) on Thursday, March 8th, late entries will be accepted up to 12.00 PM.

 

Source [Techcrunch]

http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/01/darpa-launches-qr-locating-game-as-test-of-distributed-resource-gathering/

https://www.cliqrquest.com/Default.aspx

Robot Teaches Itself To Walk

 

 

Imagine this, a robot that starts off with no knowledge on how to get around and yet it learns how to move, then it learns how to walk. This is not science fiction; this has actually taken place at event hosted by the Cornell University professor Hod Lipson. It has to be said that this is clever and yet it could be slightly scary at the same time.

 

 

Here is what the Professor has to say about the self learning robot;

 

 

Cornell University professor Hod Lipson demonstrates how a robot can teach itself to walk without any knowledge of its form and function. “Within a relatively small number of these babbling actions, it will figure out what it looks like,” Lipson says. He adds that eventually “it can figure out how to move.”

 

Source [Technabob]