The Week in GeekMay 14, 2013
This week we’re covering Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s arrival home, the ‘dawn of the new bot’ and some Google news!
- Last night at 10:31PM Eastern Standard Time, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, American Thomas Marshburn and Russian Roman Romanenko landed as planned south-east of the town of Dzhezkazgan after 146 days in space. Hadfield released his cover of ‘Space Oddity’ just days before departing the space station. See it here.
- Knowdelay.com predicts flight delays up to three days in advance taking into account not only weather conditions but airport performance.
- Science fiction is quickly taking a back seat to science fact. Just look at a new report by the country’s leading roboticists. By 2030, it says, robots will be everywhere.
- The winners of the 2013 “Earth and Sky” photo contest show off the beauties of the night sky and demonstrate the effects of light pollution. See the entrants photos here
- Google announced its users will now get 15 GB now shared between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. Instead of having 10 GB for Gmail and another 5 GB for Drive and Google+ Photos, you’ll now get 15 GB of unified storage for free to use as you like between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos.
- Will Robert Downey Junior become Hollywood’s first $100 million dollar man? Rumors are that the actor is in talks with Marvel Studios and they are close to a deal (that hasn’t been signed yet). The deal would seal Downey Junior’s appearance in the second Avengers film and possibly a fourth Iron Man film.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
NEW ON DVD
Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his friend; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, far in the future.