Sci-fi

The Amazing Spider-Man movie: our first look

The Amazing Spider-Man movie: our first look

This month we had a chance to take a look at an early screening of the upcoming blockbuster action film The Amazing Spider-Man, and what little we can tell you at the moment includes this: the visual effects here take the cake. While the refresh of the Spider-Man movie series has a story that is thrilling in its relative newness, it's the mise en scene that will strike you hardest. If The Avengers proved to us that its prime time to bring the Marvel Universe to the big screen in a massive way, Spider-Man is the knife that cuts all the sweetest bits of this delicious visual cake and serves them up with the friendly neighborhood kid this superhero was always supposed to be.

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Mars One project wants to put a reality show on Mars. No, seriously.

Mars One project wants to put a reality show on Mars. No, seriously.

If you think there are too many reality shows on this planet, just wait. If a pioneering Dutch company has its way, you'll be watching people live on an entirely different planet in a little over a decade from now. The project is called Mars One, and it aims to send people to the Red Planet in the year 2023, for the enjoyment of us Earthlings. This is a legitimate project, but of course we're skeptical about whether or not it will actually happen.

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Objet Ltd sets 100-material 3D printing record

Objet Ltd sets 100-material 3D printing record

A new, significant milestone has been reached in the world of 3D printing. You may know 3D printing as a neat, novelty kind of technological advancement that allows people to print their own mugs, earrings, etc. Or you may know it as a significant achievement in medical research. Or you may know it as something else. But there's one thing that every application of 3D printing relies on - available printing material. That's where Objet comes into place.

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Burrito “3D printer” makes tastiness on the spot

Burrito “3D printer” makes tastiness on the spot

As a sign of what might soon be heading to the exciting world of 3D printers, an ingenious NYU student has created a contraption that makes a burrito perfectly to the specifications of the user. By punching in the condiments and amount of toppings you want via an iPhone, the machine will dispense the exact amount of ingredients needed to make your Mexian delicacy to your liking.

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Resident Evil: Retribution chat with Milla Jovovich [UPDATE: Trailer added]

Resident Evil: Retribution chat with Milla Jovovich [UPDATE: Trailer added]

Have a peek below at Milla Jovovich speaking in Regal Union Square Cinemas in New York on the premiere of the next blockbuster shooter: Resident Evil: Retribution! This film is set to be a science fiction horror action massacre the likes of which have never before been seen on film, and today you can hear Mrs Jovovich speak about the filming of said epic. This live chat is going on right now - have a look below!

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Papercraft Prometheus trailer is all kinds of awesome

Papercraft Prometheus trailer is all kinds of awesome

Prometheus director Ridley Scott was particularly proud of the number of physical effects used in the new film rather than CGI, and we've a feeling he'd appreciate the effort that went into this fan-made papercraft trailer too. The handiwork of artist Travis Betz, the trailer - which you can see after the cut - is a scene-for-scene recreation of the official Prometheus promo, only replicated using cut-outs and some low-tech special effects.

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Prometheus hits US theaters today

Prometheus hits US theaters today

It's June 8, and that means one thing: Prometheus opens in theaters across the US, finally giving the not-quite-an-Alien-prequel its time to shine. Director Ridley Scott returns to the Alien universe he created in horrifying fashion over thirty years ago, with a film that started out to tell the story of what led up to the 1979 classic, but subsequently evolved into the start of a sci-fi franchise in its own right.

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Robotic fish is accepted by real fish

Robotic fish is accepted by real fish

The latest study involving advancements in robotic technology has an end result that by all accounts is pretty amazing - a robot designed to look like a zebrafish was fully accepted into a school of other zebrafish. That is, male zebrafish swarmed around the robotic female fish in the same way they would a real fish.

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Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury dies at 91

Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury dies at 91

Famed science fiction author Ray Bradbury has died, his family has confirmed, with the much-loved writer of Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes passing this week at the age of 91. Best known for his foreboding 1953 novel on a dystopian future, Fahrenheit 451, which spawned a feature film in 1966, Bradbury was in fact responsible for eleven novels, over 400 novelettes and short stories, not to mention screenplays and children's books.

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