Sci-fi

UCLA scientists working on energy-generating windows

UCLA scientists working on energy-generating windows

If the research being conducted by folks at UCLA continues, we may some day see buildings that are able to provide what would look like invisible electricity to the naked eye. The university has developed a transparent solar cell that could potentially allow electricity to come from windows that still allow people to see outside.

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Ikea augmented reality catalog becomes reality

Ikea augmented reality catalog becomes reality

When you think of retailers that are on the bleeding edge of technology, Ikea isn't usually the one that comes to mind. But then again, it did launch its first ever consumer electronics device earlier this year - an Internet-connected TV that comes with a truly-Ikea style stand to hold it. And now the company is enhancing its mobile technology arm.

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New Mars rover mission aims for 2018

New Mars rover mission aims for 2018

A large NASA mission is about to come to a head when the organization's large rover lands on the big red planet just a few weeks from now. But now, scientists are already talking about what the next mission might be that brings an Earth craft to Mars. NASA is hoping that might happen in as few as six years, with 2018 to 2020 as the projected target.

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World War Z movie getting script makeover

World War Z movie getting script makeover

There is another chapter in the ongoing saga about turning the classic zombie novel World War Z into a motion picture. You would think that writing a script for a movie that's based on a book that has already been written wouldn't be that difficult. However, that apparently hasn't been the case with World War Z, which has already faced a lot of unexpected costs due to millions of dollars worth of reshoots.

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Designer uses 3D printer for running shoes

Designer uses 3D printer for running shoes

So long, Nike. The next big thing in the world of shoes might not come from an overseas factory but from a printer. A 3D printer, that is. Designer and engineer Luc Fusaro is working on creating a pair of shoes that can be manufactured from the comfort of a 3D printer. What's special about his is the inclusion of spikes, which make for a more athletic appeal and distinguish them from the existing slate of 3D-printed shoes.

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Martin Sheen and Sally Field talk Amazing Spider-Man with SlashGear

Martin Sheen and Sally Field talk Amazing Spider-Man with SlashGear

This past month, SlashGear had the opportunity to speak with the rogues gallery of stars from the biggest comic book sci-fi action film in the theater right this minute: The Amazing Spider-Man. Amongst these actors and actresses were none other than two of the most well-known actors in the business: Martin Sheen and Sally Field. These two play Uncle Ben and Aunt May, the guardians of Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, and holders of the keys to this young man's past.

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Michael Fassbender signed for Assassin’s Creed movie

Michael Fassbender signed for Assassin’s Creed movie

The undeniably popular video game series Assassin's Creed has a film adaptation in the works and this week none other than Michael Fassbender has signed on for the full ride. The most recent entry in the Assasin's Creed video game series features a set of assassins who throughout history have been cutting down England's Knights Templar, finding themselves once again murdering the lot of them in Revolutionary War - aka the American War of Independence if you're reading this from the UK. Fassbender will likely be playing Desmond Miles, a modern-day barman sent back in time to live in the role of one of these legendary assassins.

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University researchers print blood vessels with 3D printer

University researchers print blood vessels with 3D printer

With all the novelty stories that 3D printing has brought about over the past several months, there haven't been many advancements in using the technology for medical and scientific purposes. That changes now, as researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and MIT have created the ability to use sugar to create artificial blood vessels, using the RepRap 3D printer.

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The Amazing Spider-Man movie: Dennis Leary talks Captain Stacy, slightly censored

The Amazing Spider-Man movie: Dennis Leary talks Captain Stacy, slightly censored

With The Amazing Spider-Man in theaters this week, it's high time you read up on the making of the film and it's future as spoken by the stars themselves, today's interview being with none other than Dennis Leary. Playing the role of Peter Parker's girlfriend Gwen Stacy's father, Leary lets it be known that he's not letting go of the series as easily as the classic plot-line surrounding his character would suggest. Note that this interview is especially littered with swearwords and spoilers galore, so if you're rather young or don't want to know what happens to Leary's character in the movie specifically, watch out - otherwise dip in on this rather candid talk with the actor.

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