Winter London Film and Comic Con (LFCC) 2014 – [Cosplay Music Video]

Another fantastic cosplay music video featuring the cosplayers of Winter London Film and Comic Con by my pals over at Sneaky Zebra!

Winter London Film and Comic Con 2014 at Earls Court in London and of course we couldn’t resist taking our camera and filming some of the amazing cosplayers & special guests including Billy Boyd, Katee Sackhoff, Colin Salmon, Arianna Richards and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.

[Sneaky Zebra]

IKEA Re-Creates Tricycle Scene from “The Shining” for Halloween [Video]

This is awesome and riding a tricycle in an IKEA store at night probably feels almost the same as what we see in the iconic scene from The Shining featuring Danny as he pedals around the Overlook hotel.

From IKEA:

Late night shopping may never be the same again after you watch IKEA’s homage to Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, The Shining.

[Ikea]

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Gets a New Trailer for Remastered Re-Release [Video]

In honor of the theatrical re-release on the movie in the UK, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a brand new trailer, and it’s darn good. In cinemas on Nov 28th. Check it out!

Stanley Kubrick’s philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning cinematic milestone returns to UK cinemas this November as part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.

For more information on the nationwide release click here.

[BFI]

Smell Proves Key To Paralyzed Man Walking

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A paralysed man is able to walk again thanks to his nasal cavity. Surgeons used cells from Darek Fidyaka to bridge the gap in his spinal cord and promote regrowth.

Fidyka was left unable to walk after being repeatedly stabbed in the back in a 2010 attack that paralyzed him below the chest.

The surgery, carried out by Polish surgeons with the assistance of British scientists, took advantage of the unique nature of the nose. When nerves cells (marked “6” above) in the nose come into contact with molecules carrying odors, they pass the messages on to the olfactory bulb (marked “1”), which is a part of the brain immediately next to the top of the nasal cavities.

Unlike any other part of the nervous system, olfactory nerve cells can be continually replaced by the body after damage. That may have developed because the cells are exposed to the risk of damage, such as from injuries to the nose or toxic fumes. The regenerative ability is why permanent loss of smell is rare, even after major damage to the nose.

Two years ago surgeons removed one of Fidyka’s two olfactory bulbs and used it to grow ensheathing cells, which are what allow the olfactory nerve cells to regrow. They then made around 100 injections of the ensheathing cells above and below the 8mm gap in his spinal cord which had led to the paralysis. Finally they put four strips of nerve tissue across the gap.

It appears that, as hoped, the ensheathing cells encouraged the spinal cord cells to regenerate. They then effectively used the nerve tissue strips as a bridge until the spinal cord cells from both sides of the gap connected with one another and restored the connection across the full length of the spinal cord.

After extensive exercise and rehabilitation, Fidyka can now walk, albeit using a frame. He’s also recovered some sensation in the bladder and bowel.

[Image credit: Patrick J. Lynch via Creative Commons license]

The World’s First Real-Life Hoverboard is Here!

People have been dreaming about hoverboards for a long time now! For many, it started back in 1989 when the then fictional device appeared in “Back to the Future II.” But thanks to the Hendo hoverboard, fiction is now becoming reality!

Unfortunately, the hoverboard will only work on non-ferromagnetic metal surfaces such as copper and aluminum, but the company is working on “new compounds and new configurations to maximize their technology and minimize costs.”

[Hendo Hoverboard Kickstarter]

Amazon Deal of the Day: 68% Off LOFTEK® 51 UV 395 nM Ultraviolet LED flashlight – $12.99

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For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the BI9996Q5 LOFTEK® 51 UV 395 nM Ultraviolet LED flashlight for just $12.99. That’s 68% off on the flashlight’s regular list price of $39.99. This is the perfect accessory to inspect your hotel room since it makes semen stains and other bodily fluids fluoresce. It’s also great to detect leaks and to hunt for scorpions and minerals outside.

-LOFTEK® 51 UV 395 nM Ultraviolet LED flashlight$39.99 $12.99 (68% Off)

Edit: I’m not sure if it works anymore, but if you use promo code BI9996Q5, it should take an extra $2.99 off your order, bringing down the price to $10!!