Month: September 2014

THE PHYSICS OF SPACE BATTLES

Here at GeekOut we embrace both Sci-Fiction AND Sci-Not-So-Ficion news, but occasionally the line between the two gets blurred (and that’s before the 10 A.M. Scotch pour). In this vid, It’s Ok To Be Smart highlights the physical inaccuracies of sci-fi space battles.

FLUX CAPACITOR DOUBLES AS USB CHARGER

ThinkGeek recently released the invention of the century when it came to their attention we don’t need a separate flux capacitor and USB charger. Travel back a week in time and impress friends with your new iPhone 6 (ooh ahh) by picking up the 2-in-1 time machine-phone charger COMBO here.

HAPPY AUTUMNAL EQUINOX: HERE’S SOME SCIENCE

September 22nd marks the fall equinox, where day and night are each about 12 hours long. For those of you who live on the beach like I do (in a cardboard box my mom built me), we don’t get to see the full wonder of color change that follows the seasons. Fortunately for us, Andy Brunning of Common Interest shares the chemical detail of the process in this lovely infographic.

SCI-FI STARSHIP CHART

DirkLoechel–who is apparently either unemployed or has the world’s greatest job because he has far too much free time on his hands–put together this elaborate chart of nearly every science fiction starship ever, to scale. It excludes some of the exceptionally large starships like the Death Star because he “had to draw the line somewhere”.

Check out the full-size chart on his Deviant Art page, found here.

LORD OF THE RINGS ON A BUDGET

Corridor Digital has just released this Lord of the Rings short called “Shadow of Mordor”, directed and written by Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer. It’s based on an upcoming action video game that follows events between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Despite the absence of Orcs breaking out in solemn chorus, it’s arguably more entertaining than the new Hobbit trilogy.

SERIOUSLY CONCERNED: CHEETAH ROBOT

Mad scientists Researchers at MIT are apparently on a mission to destroy humanity because they are developing a cheetah-like robot that will eventually run at speeds of up to 30 mph. For reference, that’s faster than record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt. Key to the machine’s speed is an algorithm that controls the amount of force exerted by each leg of the robot as it hits the ground. The faster the speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. Not only is the cheetah robot fast, but it can even jump over obstacles, ensuring that when Skynet goes live we won’t stand a chance.

The project is being funded by the military branch DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for god knows what reason so I’m going straight to work on my bunker.

WHAT THE WHAT IS THAT?

Captured on video by marine biologists exploring the depths of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, the siphonophore is like something straight out of the Pokédex. This bizarre creature is actually a colony of several organism grouped together to serve functions like locomotion and preying on food, or most likely blending in like a trash bag on the sea floor. You can even hear the “experts” in the video mistake the Pokémon for a piece of garbage.

Siphonophores are extremely fragile and usually fall apart in mesh netting, so I wouldn’t count on adding one to your collection.

MICROSOFT BUYS MINECRAFT

Mojang–the company responsible for developing the hugely successful video game Minecraft–must be giving off some major Mojo because Microsoft announced this week that it is acquiring the Swedish-based developer for a whopping $2.5 Billion. In the acquisition, the game’s creators will be leaving the company. “Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never [our] intention for it to get this big,” Mojang wrote, “the only option was to sell.”

Right, like that was a tough decision. Watch as Conan demonstrates how Minecraft’s creators are likely celebrating the acquisition.

TOTAL BUZZ KILL

Here’s a video of a group of wasps that decided to settle down and build a nest on YouTuber Vang Tsal’s window. A rare peak into the world of a wasp colony to be sure but why don’t you put down that camera and prep the frickin’ home-made flame thrower.