J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy kicked off the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California today with a brand new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It opens on the same sand outlook shown in the first teaser, and a landspeeder headed for a crashed Star Destroyer appears. "The force is strong in my family," says a voice as we see the battered helmet of Darth Vader. "My father has it." Continue reading to watch.
Scientists at Europe's physics research center CERN on Sunday restarted their "Big Bang" Large Hadron Collider (LHC), after 2-years of maintenance, embarking on a bid to probe into the "dark universe" they believe lies beyond the visible one. However, it will be 2 more months before particle collisions - miniature versions of the Big Bang primordial blast that brought the universe into being 13.8 billion years ago - begin, and at least a year more before any results can be expected. Continue reading for a video and more information.
No, they didn't use CGI for the car drop scene in Furious Seven, but rather real vehicles. They hired 30-year stunt veteran Spiro Razatos to make it happen. He says: "For the fourth film ("Fast & Furious") they kind of relied too much on CGI. So they realized they wanted to do less. That's what I do." Razatos is also responsible for the scene in Fast Five when the crew dragged a giant bank vault through the busy streets of Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading for two video featurettes and more information.
Google is always coming up with quirky ways of sprucing up their services, and their latest project is PAC-Maps. This turns any Google Maps view into a playable game of Pac-Man, and to launch it, just find the desired location and activate the game by pressing a button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen next to the Google Earth button. Or, just select the Pac-Man pin on the map where available. Try it out here. For those who don't have access to Google Maps for whatever reason, continue reading to see what it looks like when played on a smartphone using the app.
Here's a mind-boggling picture of Danny MacAskill performing bike tricks during the solar eclipse at the Quirrang on the Isle of Skye, Scotland on March 20, 2015. This amazing shot was created by "friend and photographer Rutger Pauw who came up with the idea after seeing that one of the best views would be on the rider's home soil, where 98% of the sun was at one point obscured," according to Twisted Sifter. Continue reading for more.
Math geeks rejoice! The day you've been waiting so long for has finally arrived...March 14, 2015. Why? Saturday, March 14, 2015 is a very special Pi Day, a celebration of the irrational number that describes the ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference. Pi is approximately 3.141592653 (to infinity) and at 9:26:53 a.m., the date and time will read 3.14.15 9:26:53, or 10 digits of pi. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Harrison Ford's characters have battled Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers in movies, but in the real world, he's a licensed pilot who has the freedom to take to the skies at will. But with adventure comes some risk, just as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and other daring movie characters brought to life by Ford realized. Yesterday, Ford's plane crash-landed on a golf course near the airport where he houses the craft. Fortunately, there were no life-threatening injuries, as he was then taken by ambulance to a hospital in a condition described as fair-to-moderate. Continue reading for two more videos - including the air traffic control audio - and more information.
Three decades ago, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. He played a variety of other stage and screen roles, wrote poetry and pursued photography, but his portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Spock remained indelible and inescapable. Nimoy died Friday, age 83, of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Mars One, the Dutch-based venture, announced yesterday that it's slimmed down its list of applicants to just 50 men and 50 women who will compete for the chance to take a one-way trip to the red planet. For those who haven't been following the Mars One project, they plan to put on a reality-TV competition to select 24 prospective crew members for missions to Mars, starting as early as 2024. Winners would be expected to start up a permanent colony on the Red Planet. Tens of thousands signed up for Mars One consideration in 2013, and the 100 competitors were chosen after going through interviews with chief medical officer Norbert Kraft who says: "Being one of the best individual candidates does not automatically make you the greatest team player, so I look forward to seeing how the candidates progress and work together in the upcoming challenges." Continue reading for a video and more information.
TransAsia Airways announced that one of their planes with 58 passengers and crew on board crashed into Keelung River shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people and leaving two dozen missing. Currently there are 15 known people survivors, including a small child, after the plane lurched between buildings, clipped an overpass with its port-side wing and crashed upside down in the shallow water. Continue reading for a video of the survivors and wreckage.