X-Men: Days of Future Past [FINAL TRAILER]

Edit: If you can’t watch the one above because of regional restrictions, here’s an slightly different alternate version:

Bonded by war. United by hope. See the X-Men face their greatest challenge together in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

[X-Men Movies]

PAX South to Debut in San Antonio in January 2015!

PAX East just ended last weekend in Boston and on the second day of the gaming convention, the Penny Arcade folks announced that in addition to the already-established PAX West in Seattle, they will be adding a PAX South convention in January 2015 in San Antonio, Texas!

[via Nerdist]

 

SyFy Orders Series Based on Corey’s “The Expanse” Novels

James S.A. Corey is the author of the acclaimed sci-fi series “The Expanse.” Now, SyFy is turning his series — well, the first book — into a 10-episode series.

Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) are writing the script using Leviathan Wakes, the first book in Corey’s series, as their guide.

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“A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.”

SyFy has also renewed Helix for a second season and they will also air a 12 Monkeys TV series, based on the 1995 movie of the same name.

So: Are YOU guys excited about SyFy’s upcoming projects?

[via Entertainment Weekly]

 

Cumberbatch Will NOT Appear in “Star Wars: Episode VII”!

…or will he? I mean, J.J. Abrams is not exactly known for being forthcoming with fans about the details of his projects.

But actor Benedict Cumberbatch was recently in Australia for Oz Comic-Con and the actor told the crowd that regarding the Star Wars movie, “it won’t happen, sadly,” according to The Iris, a news site covering the Q&A session.

He also reportedly told the crowd that they can stop holding their breath regarding him and a particular Doctor:


I can already hear the sobbing — and I’m with you guys on that.

[via CinemaBlend]

Drones Could ‘Refuel’ On Power Lines

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An MIT student is working on a way for unmanned drones to recharge their power supply by perching on power lines like a bird.

Joseph Moore may have to get his skates on if he wants to make something of the idea however: it’s recently emerged that the Air Force Institute of Technology is working on a similar concept, albeit with a different technique.

Both projects aim to deal with the problem that the need to keep drones light means they can only run for a certain period before running out of power, limiting their operating range.

The Air Force plan involves a quad-rotor drone having a trailing hook. The drone would hover over a power line and drop the hook to latch onto it and effectively suck up the juice.

Moore’s technique instead involves the drone itself sitting on the power line. He thinks that if a drone can recharge when needed, it becomes more practical to use a fixed-wing rather than quad-rotor design, which in turn allows the drone to carry more weight.

Unlike the trailing hook design, which might allow a better margin of error, Moore’s design requires more precise navigation so it can land on rather than near the power line. He believes the answer is to use a magnetometer to automatically detect the magnetic field surrounding the power line and steer the drone into position.

The idea is that the drone would have clamps in the position where wheels would be on an airplane. The drone would travel towards the cable and raise its nose on the final approach so it clamps into position facing up an “perching” at around 45 degrees.

It’s very much a hypothetical at this point, and Moore may struggle to fund developing the idea with real drones. However, he has tested the concept with a small, hand-made glider (in effect an elaborate paper airplane) with the magnetometer successfully steering it to within a few centimeters of a mock power line, but not getting it quite close enough to land in the perch position.

(Image credit: MIT)

Could We Soon Pay For Goods with Just the Palm of Our Hands? [Video]

The pattern of veins in the human hand is unique to everyone on Earth — like fingerprints — except it can’t be forged.

Fredrik Leifland realized this, and while studying engineering at Lund University in Sweden a few years ago, “he got the idea to use vein-scanning for point-of-sale payments,” according to PC Magazine.

His ‘Quixster’ invention is now used by 1,600 people and 15 stores and restaurants on and near the Lund University campus.

“We had to connect all the players ourselves, which was quite complex — the vein scanning terminals, the banks, the stores and the customers. The next step was finding ways of packaging it into a solution that was user friendly,” Leifland said.

[Source: YouTube]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Up to 65% Off Select Kingston Memory Cards and USB Drives

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For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon offers up to 65% off on select Kingston memory cards and USB drives. For instance, you can get a 16GB flash drive for just $6.99 or a 32gb one for $12.99. There’s also plenty of other products offered with big discounts, so check ‘em out!

[Up to 65% Off Select Kingston Memory Cards and USB Drives]