News of the Week–Dinos, Superheroes, Nanotech, Windfarms, Deep Drilling and more…

 

image Shark Populations Are Plummeting in Areas Near Humans. Shark populations have recently fallen by up to 90 percent in some areas. – [Planetsave]
image Wind farms may have warming effect. Large wind farms might have a warming effect on the local climate, research in the United States showed on Sunday, casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power. – [Reuters]
image Japan deep-sea drilling probe sets world record. A Japanese deep-sea drilling probe has set a new world record for depth, reaching 7740 meters (25400 feet) below the sea surface. – [Fox News]
image Foods and packaging containing nanoparticles may require more scrutiny. The FDA has previously stated that nanotechnology is not inherently unsafe; however, materials at the nano scale can pose different safety issues. – [Sci-Tech Today]
image A new study may explain many mysteries about dinosaurs, such as why enormous species had such small offspring, why non-flying dinos went extinct, and why today’s birds fly. Large body size, egg-laying ways of dinos may have helped to do them in – [MSNBC]
image Summer movie preview: It’s a superhero smackdown. The Avengers vs Spider-Man vs Batman (and don’t forget Men in Black 3)– [Journal Gazette]
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‘Tiny Cthulhu’ – The Indie 3D Platform Game

Tiny Cthulhu

Ben Crispin informed me of a new 3D platform game under development and pointed me to a trailer to demonstrate their progress.

This game is “Tiny Cthulhu”, an indie 3D platform game destined for the PC/Mac/Linux and of course the game is inspired by the works of H.P.Lovercraft. Check out the teaser trailer below, for more information head on over to the dev team’s blog for much more information on the inspiration and plans for the game.

 

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Star Trek Course at Croatian University

The Croatian Times reports that the local university now has a course on Star Trek.

Here’s a snippet:

Students at the University of Rijeka in Croatia have been discussing philosophical issues based on themes from the TV series “Star Trek”. It is all thanks to their Professor Boran Bercic, who is a huge fan of the popular TV series, reported daily newspaper 24sata.

Starting with an ongoing academic year, the University of Rijeka, namely the Department of Philosophy introduced “Star Trek” as an elective course. Professor Bercic, the initiator of the course finds Star Trek to be an inexhaustible source of many philosophical themes.

I want to know if the course will also teach Klingon or if I still need to attend the Klingon Language Institute for that.

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Update to the Nano Art Kickstarter Project

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The thumbnail is the Geeknews website banner redone as nano art by Sameer Walavalkar.

Sameer has an update to the Nano Art kickstarter project I mentioned earlier…

Project re-launch under the title “Nano Art: Reloaded” I’ve learned a lot from backer feedback and I’ve made changes that I hope you all will like!

I’m working on a new type of art– sets of customized etchings at the nano-scale.  I’m hoping to use Kickstarter to get my work out there and seen by as many people as possible! I’m not an artist by training or profession and I’m not focused on exhibiting my art, rather I want to make art for you to keep, display or give as a gift. Kickstarter gives me the opportunity to offer you these personalized pieces basically at cost (ie without markups) with the money acting as a seed to launch this idea! How cool is that?

These pieces are made to order, come in beautiful frames chosen to fit the piece, they look awesome on the wall, and are great conversation pieces! Interested? Read on about me and my project…

Head on over to Sameer’s Nano Art project site on Kickstarter and check it out for yourself. I’m backing the project because of the cool factor. :-)

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