Ben Oakden

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Has there ever been a sci-fi movie crazier than The Fifth Element?

“Like Star Wars on acid” was, I think, how Gary Oldman described The Fifth Element at its Cannes Film Festival premiere. I was 15 years old at the time, and about 1,250 miles north of the Boulevard de la Croisette, leafing through (again, I think) Empire magazine in the Edinburgh suburbs. But those …

Bruce Willis

This Photographer Snuck Into the Wrecked Cruise Ship Costa Concordia

On January 13th, 2012, the giant Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized and sank off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, after running into an …

Plague, leprosy and 'toxic' rabbits: the unforgettable stories of the world's abandoned islands

Some stories can be buried for centuries; history we would rather forget, but the marks of human progress are hard to wear away.<p>The <i>Abandoned Islands</i> …

Rabbits

Who killed Oetzi the Iceman? Italy reopens coldest of cases

Dutch artists Alfons and Adrie Kennis created an Oetzi lookalike<p><b>High in a remote area of the Oetztaler Alps in northern Italy, 5,300 years ago, Oetzi the Iceman was shot in the back with an arrow.</b><p>It hit a main artery and he probably bled to death within minutes.<p>His body was preserved in the ice, …

Archaeology

Cloud eggs are taking the Internet by storm

A new way of preparing eggs is taking the internet by storm.<p>Cloud eggs are the latest food craze — and they’re putting boring old poached, fried and scrambled into the shade.<p>This artistic breakfast fad involves a fluffy, cloud-like egg white, with the yolk served in the middle.<p>The dish has also …

Elon's empire: the sprawling, intertwining web of Elon Musk's vested interests

Elon Musk famously spends his working life between two major projects.<p>Part of the week, he’s in Fremont, just over the bay from San Francisco in …

Ultimate Raspberry Pi Robot Controller Hits Kickstarter (video)

Developers, educators, makers and hobbyists but are looking to build a Raspberry Pi robot may be interested in a new Raspberry Pi robot controller …

Raspberry Pi

Three Insane STAR WARS Origami Tutorials to Help You Learn the Ways of the Fold

If you’re going to learn the ways of the Fold, whether you intend to follow the darkness or the light, you’ll doubtlessly want a good teacher to lead …

Movies

Cosplay

Galleries of our favorite cosplays, as well as coverage from comic cons and interviews with cosplayers!<p>November 11, 2017<p>Some of the great cosplay on …

What doomed Franklin's polar expedition? Thumbnail holds clue

For 170 years, scientists, historians and amateur sleuths alike have been trying to figure out what led to the demise of the Franklin Expedition, one of the deadliest disasters in polar exploration, which left all 129 crew members dead in the Canadian Arctic.<p>Now, a fingernail may hold clues about …

Archaeology

Gift Guide: For Japanese Food Lovers

There are few objects more beautiful than a perfectly aged block of dried katsuobushi – bonito – one of the two essential ingredients for real dashi. …

10 Gloriously Geeky Quilts

Which fandom do you prefer to sleep under?<p>1. <i>THE LEGEND OF ZELDA</i><p>This appliquéd quilt featuring Zelda and Link was made by sewing each individual piece …

Star Wars

Meet PoisonTap, the $5 tool that ransacks password-protected computers

The perils of leaving computers unattended is about to get worse.<p>The perils of leaving computers unattended just got worse, thanks to a newly …

Information Security

Man hacks Alexa into singing fish robot, terror ensues

Perhaps technology has finally gone too far<p>A developer named Brian Kane has hacked his Alexa to speak through the avatar of a wall-mounted Big Mouth Billy Bass. It’s not clear exactly how he did it, but it’s probably related to the Alexa API — opened in April just after the release of the Dot — …

Hacking

Are Aliens Real? Astrophysicist Claims We’re Looking For Extraterrestrial Life In The Wrong Ways

The question of whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is one that continues to occupy astronomers and science-fiction movies …

ART GRADE FULL COLOR 3D PRINTING

For the most part of 2015 and 2016 I have been trying to find a solution to so called delamination problems on the full color 3D printer I use for my …

Star Wars: The State of the Empire and the Jedi in Rogue One

No matter what galaxy you're from, history is written by the victors.<p>When it hits theaters this week, Rogue One will have the distinction of being …

Clone Wars

Plug and 3D-Print With the Makerbot Replicator+

You'll be printing in minutes.<p>Despite all the hype over the past several years, 3D printing has yet to become a must-have household item. The new Replicator+ from Makerbot is a step in the right direction, introducing 3D printing to newbies and satisfying the technical demands of …

Physicists Actually Create "Impossible" Time Crystals

<b>Time crystals</b> are hypothetical structures proposed by Nobel-Prize winning theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek in 2012. What’s special about them is …

Watch a supercut of all the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailers

Following the release of the final trailer this week [watch it here], YouTube channel Science vs. Cinema has put together a six minute supercut …

Try Not to Cry While Watching Earth Rise From the Moon in HD

These aren’t renderings, special effects, or a scene from <i>No Man’s Sky</i>. This is actual footage of the Earth and the Moon, as seen by Japan’s Kaguya …

Which electronics components should I always have on hand?

I am thinking about ordering up some parts for every day use. I am thinking about making one big purchase so as to minimize on shipping and other …

Chocolate Cheesecake

<b>Ingredients</b><p>210g chocolate digestive biscuits<br>• 2 tbs hot chocolate powder<br>• 75g melted butter<br>• 150g dark chocolate<br>• 300ml whipping cream<br>• 350g full fat cream …

Dessert

Astrophotography Tip: How to Get Clear, Sharp Pinpoint Stars

Many people that venture out into the night to dabble in astrophotography end up taking long exposures in which the stars have long trails. Those …

Shutter Speed

Can Sweden's Ancient Forest Language be Saved?

Campaigners are pushing for an ancient Viking tongue to be officially recognized as a language in Sweden in the hope that it could help preserve it …

Update Needed: the Liam Neeson Kill Map

He will find you.<p>Then he will kill you.<p>And then someone will map it.<p>That’s the theory behind this Liam Neeson Kill Map, which charts the 115 lives …

A Parsec Is an Astronomical Unit of Measurement

Now, hang on just one parsec... Though a parsec may sound like a derivative of "second," it's not. And that's why the famed line about the Millennium …

Artistic Teacher Captivates Students with His Sprawling Chalkboard Masterpieces

Teacher Hirotaka Hamasaki captivates his young students by drawing sprawling masterpieces on the blackboard. Rather than writing notes or homework assignments, he emulates artworks featuring historically-significant imagery as well as contemporary pieces. Using everyday chalk and a well-worn …

Leonardo Da Vinci

2 years without a job: Calgary in the downturn

<i>This story was originally published Sept. 20.</i><p>Two years ago, Andy Williams lost his job as a geoscientist with StatOil in Calgary<p>With 25 years in the …

Employment