Saturday, 24 January 2015

Japanese craftsman creates perfect sci-fi ship replicas using just paper


This is one of the most amazing craftsmen I have ever seen. He doesn't only make the exterior of his sci-fi ships using just paper but also the guts! The level of detail is amazing—some look like perfect resin models but it's only paper.

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The First Demonstration Of Self-Propelled Nanobots In A Living Animal


Researchers from the University of California have developed acid-fueled micro-machines capable of traveling and delivering cargo directly inside a living creature. It's a breakthrough that's expected to significantly advance the field of medical nano-robotics.

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Only A Time Traveler Could've Predicted Syfy's 12 Monkeys Would Be Good


It seemed like a totally preposterous idea: turn Terry Gilliam's weird, clever movie 12 Monkeys into an ongoing TV show. This seemed clearly doomed to suckitude. But in a totally implausible twist, the Monkeys show is actually surprisingly terrific. Spoilers ahead...

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Rise of smart phones and social media makes people crave real books, British Library report finds


Boost in visitors to the British Library suggests the rise of the digital age has left people craving 'real human encounters and physical artefacts' The rise of the digital age has helped boost visitors to the British Library by ten per cent, a report has found, a

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Why low-tech living is back


Sales of books are eclipsing digital alternatives, while vinyl records, Polaroid cameras and even simple mobile phones are enjoying a resurgence Books. Remember them? The big lumps of wood pulp that used to clog up your shelves? Well, they’re back, and hotter than vinyl records.

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

20 Facts About Light To Brighten Your Curiosity


2015 is the International Year of Light, a year designated by the United Nations to appreciate and learn about optical phenomena. To launch their celebrations, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics illustrated 20 of their favourite light facts. Tip via the Physics Today Facebook page.

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Lose Yourself In These Photos Of Europe's Most Magnificent Libraries


Across Europe there are buildings that are nothing short of temples of literature, glorious structures where books are not just available, but placed in beautiful and honored shelves. Take a virtual tour through the stacks of some of the world's most jaw-dropping libraries.

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Mind-Blowing Science Fiction And Fantasy Books To Watch Out For In 2015


You'd better invest in a pocket dimension if you want to keep up with all the great reads that are coming your way in 2015. Including Alastair Reynolds, Naomi Novik, Neal Stephenson, and tons more. Here are 60 essential science fiction and fantasy books coming out this year!

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes Cruises into a Limited Series


Another TV show focused on a tale from Stephen King, “Mr. Mercedes,” is now on the horizon as Variety is reporting that Sonar Entertainment is developing a limited series based on the Stephen King novel with David E. Kelley on board to write and Jack Bender tapped to direct. Yes.

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Guillermo Del Toro Is Making A Dark, Victorian Fantasy Series For Amazon


Guillermo del Toro is creating a dark Victorian fantasy series set in the near future (in London) where humans and monsters live side-by-side. Titled A Killing on Carnival Row, the Amazon show will investigate a series of fairy murders. Just take our money now, GDT.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets His Own Star Talk Late-Night Talk Show!


Science is coming to late-night TV in the form of your favorite cosmologist and science communicator (yes, that’s an actual job) Neil deGrasse Tyson! If you’ve thought that the man should be on TV all the time and not just for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, yet you don’t want to miss out on hi

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Get Ready to Binge-Watch Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil on April 10


Marvel has announced the official release date for its Daredevil series: Starting April 10 at 12:01 a.m. PST, you can watch all 13 episodes on Netflix.

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Android TV Takes Over The Television Ecosystem


Sony, Sharp and Philips will start shipping televisions powered by Android TV this spring, Android’s parent company, Google, announced Tuesday.

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These Are The Science Stories That Will Be Making News In 2015


The coming year is shaping up to be a rather extraordinary one. Over the next 12 months, we'll be visiting dwarf planets, unlocking the secrets of a 400,000-year-old genome, and resuming the hunt for exotic particles. Here are the science stories to look out for in 2015.

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Your Guide To Ant-Man, The Newest (And Smallest) Marvel Cinematic Hero


Earlier this week we got our first look at Ant-Man, the movie that will cap off the MCU's Phase 2 ahead of the plethora of movies they announced last year. Not a follower of the comics? Here's the gist of everything you need to know about Marvel's teeniest hero. So. Ant-Man.

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Friday, 9 January 2015

Hellraiser Pinhead stories to end with long-awaited novel The Scarlet Gospels


Horror legend Clive Barker is set to make a return to his most iconic creation this year, as he prepares to say goodbye to the priest of hell immortalised in his Hellraiser stories, Pinhead.

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for January


Eighteen books defy genre-fication in January, including new series titles from, among others, Jo Walton (Thessaly), Melissa Bourbon (Magical Dressmaking), Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles), Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners), Michael Moorcock (Sanctuary of the White Friars), Karina Cooper (St.

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Fiction Affliction: January Releases in Science Fiction


Eighteen new releases appear on the science fiction shelves this month, with new adult titles from, among others, William C. Dietz (Mutant Files), W.C. Bauers, Irene Radford (Stargods), John Ringo (Black Tide Rising), Joel Shepherd (Cassandra Kresnov), and Pierce Brown (Red Rising).

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Fiction Affliction: January Releases in Fantasy


Fourteen new fantasies hit the shelves kick off the new year in otherworldly realms, including series additions from, among others, Lynn Kurland (Nine Kingdoms), A.G. Howard (Splintered), Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee (Noble Dead), Jon F.

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Sony ZX2 Walkman stands out among non-streaming competitors


LAS VEGAS -- Once the most popular portable gadget, the MP3 player has fallen out of favor thanks to the all-encompassing smartphone. But companies like Pono and Astell & Kern have shown there is an appetite for enthusiast-level audio on the go.

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The PonoPlayer ain't no ordinary MP3 player


LAS VEGAS -- Almost a year after debuting on Kickstarter, the PonoPlayer is finally available to buy, and the company was showing off the fruit of its toil at CES 2015.

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The TVs of CES 2015 (CNET Picture Gallery)


TV technology is becoming insane in the Tech Giants' ongoing efforts to make your current screen look tiny and outdated before it's even out of the box.

At CES this year, Samsung showed off a 105-inch bendable SUHD TV - that's a screen that actually goes from flat to curved and back again. (Oh, and for the record, SUHD is "Samsung Ultra-HD", not Super-Ultra-HD like I first thought.)

There was also plenty of ultra-thin screens, with some measuring at just over 0.5 cm thick!

But the biggest draw card, no doubt, were the 8K, or "FUHD", screens. These have actually been tech demo'd at past shows, and are still being shown as concept products only, but it seems manufacturers are pretty keen to start spruiking the next HD entertainment revolution. Trouble is, 4K TVs have barely begin to hit their stride, 4K Blu-ray discs & players won't be available until later in the year and as far as I know, no 4K streaming services are currently available in Australia. There is literally no 4K content available to play on your shiny new 4K screen and yet its successor is already well on its way.

It just makes me wonder: How many pixels do I really need on my TV? And how many more times am I going to have to buy the same damn movies in order to be able to experience them "like never before"?

Check out the CNET TVs of CES 2015 Picture Gallery.

The Wheel of Time Companion Arrives in 2015


The story of The Wheel of Time spans fifteen books, but the fantasy world which that story resides within is more complex and detailed than even those books could relate. Only a fraction of what author Robert Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.

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These Medieval-Style Tolkien Illustrations Are Like Nothing We've Seen


At first glance, these may look like Russian Orthodox iconography from the Middle ages. But they are actually striking illustrations of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Ukrainian artist Sergei Iukhimov.

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The Cutest Little Microcars Of The 20th Century


The microcar boom arrived after World War II, and gave us hundreds of beautiful little motors. These tiny cars provided the ultimate in personal transportation — but they also have oodles of personality. Check out the most adorable microcars of the 20th century.

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Can't Afford To Miss In January!


We're still recovering from our 2014 book binge, but already there are a ton of new books that we're dying to read. Including a long-awaited new Michael Moorcock novel, and new books by Jo Walton, Karen Lord and Brian Staveley.

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The Ultimate Guide To 2015's Science Fiction And Fantasy TV


This is going to be a huge year for science fiction and fantasy television, including some major A-list creators (Jonathan Nolan, Chris Miller and Phil Lord!) coming to the small screen to make beautiful love your eyes and faces.

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67 Science Fiction And Fantasy Movies To Watch Out For In 2015!


What's hitting the big screen this year? Basically, everything. Luke Skywalker, James Bond, the Terminator, Velociraptors, all the superheroes. But there are also some great surprises, like a movie based on a beloved Nebula-winning novel.

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

This Remote Control Batman Tumbler is Jaw-Droppingly Awesome


There's been many, many iterations of the Tumbler in merchandise form since Batman Begins came out, but this new 6-inch scaled kit from Soap Studio might just be the best one made. Seriously, it's insane.

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This R2-D2 Doesn't Project Princess Leia - He Projects A Keyboard


Projected Keyboards have been around for a very long time, and yet they still have the 'It's the fuuutuuuure' vibe for me even though I realise they're probably not the most practical solution. The practical side of my brain shuts off when it's R2-D2 projecting the keyboard though!

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Fan-Made Force Awakens Painting Looks Like An Official Movie Poster


Artist Adam Schickling takes inspiration from Drew Struzan's classic movie posters for his own take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, combining trailer footage, concept art, and older versions of characters from the original trilogy.

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Scarlett Johansson to Star in Live-Action Ghost in the Shell!


Back in October, it was revealed that Scarlett Johansson had been offered the lead role in DreamWorks’ live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell and now Variety brings word that the actress has accepted the role! Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders will helm the feature from a scr

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Quiet Earth's 22 Must-See Movies from 2014!


We polled our contributors to find out what their favorite films of 2014 were and the results are in! Looking at the films we saw in 2014, I think it's safe to say it was a pretty stellar year for good movies.

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Friday, 2 January 2015

Why 2015 Is A Hugely Important Year For The Marvel Cinematic Universe


2014 has been a great year for Marvel: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy dominated the blockbuster market this year, Agents of SHIELD found its footing and they unveiled big plans for the next 5 years. But 2015 might be the Studio's most important year since Iron Man d├ębuted in 2008.

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It's Hard To Believe This "Ancient Rome Vs. China" Movie Is Real


Here we have it: a strong early contender for 2015's guiltiest pleasure. Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody and Peng Lin star in Dragon Blade, an alt-history in which Rome fights Han Dynasty China for control over the Silk Road. You've never seen Brody chewing scenery like this before.

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The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014


This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014.

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Gaze In Awe At These Stunning Photographs Of World Libraries


Here's one for the book lovers (i.e., probably everyone reading this). Photographer Franck Bohbot's stunning architecture photos have captured grand movie theaters and glowing city signs, among other subjects.

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The Book Of Strange New Things Will Blow You Away


Michael Faber's new novel The Book of Strange New Things pulls a neat trick. At first, you think it's going to be about a human trying to explain our culture — and specifically Christianity — to aliens on the planet Oasis. But at some point, you realize it's about the fate of humanity, instead.

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The "Rule of 50" Helps You Know When To Give Up On A Book


Life is just too short to keep reading a book that's not compelling or rewarding to you. But how can you know when to quit? Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist) recommends the Rule of 50, lifted from Nancy Pearl's book Book Lust.

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12 Movies For The Next 12 Months


The new year has finally arrived. To celebrate the start of 2015, HuffPost Entertainment has compiled a list of 12 movies for the next 12 months (with some others of note listed too). Happy watching! Michael Mann's first movie in six years stars Chris Hemsworth as a computer genius.

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014


As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the most futuristic breakthroughs and developments of the past year. This year's crop features a slew of incredible technological, scientific, and social achievements, from mind-to-mind communication to self-guiding sniper bullets.

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Totally Gorgeous Photos Of Superheroes Spending Time In Nature


Most superheroes are pretty urban. We tend to think of Superman hanging around Metropolis, or Batman protecting Gotham. But photographer Benoit Lapray has been working for the past four or five years on a series showing superheroes in nature.

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The Greatest Breakout Stars of 2014


2014 is almost over — but before we say goodbye, let's say "thank you" to the people who made this year way more awesome. Without these beautiful apes, superheroes and robots, we would have been left with a pretty crap year, overall. Here is our complete list of the best breakout stars of 2014.

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The Best of 2014 Movies, Books, Music and More: A List of Year-End Lists


What were the best movies of 2014? What 2014 TV shows should you catch up on? What were 2014's biggest songs? And why trust just one outlet for answers when you can try all of them? Every December for years, Fimoculous' Rex Sorgatz used to keep a rolling list of year-end lists.

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The Weirdest Questions People Asked Librarians Before The Internet


Before we had Google for all of our embarrassing questions, Pinterest for craft inspiration, and Craigslist for all of the odds and ends of life, more people relied on public librarians to field all manner of questions. And the New York Public Library still has records of some pretty odd ones.

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