Mar 02

A one-in-a-billion perfectly spherical egg has sold for £480 on eBay.

A one-in-a-billion perfectly spherical egg has sold for £480 on eBay. Kim Broughton found the egg from her hen, now called Ping Pong. The money from the auction will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. [BBC News]

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Mar 02

A Successful SpaceX Launch Arcs Over the Night Sky

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites, with the ABS 3A delivered 30 minutes after launch and the EUTELSAT 115 West B delivered 35 minutes after launch.

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Mar 02

Silent movie version of Tron: Legacy

Anybody know if it exists? I'd love a version of the movie that cuts out all the crappy dialogue and useless stuff but leaves the score and preserves the plot somehow.

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Mar 02

Book Recommendations – Sci Fi/Android/Classics/Space Opera

Hey,

This reddit is great. I was hoping some more avid sci-fi fans could recommend some fun and speculative reading. I am a huge sucker for stories involving androids, space travel, colonization, and distopian fiction. I'm relatively new to the sci-fi lit. scene, but so far I have read:

Starship Troopers/ Altered Carbon/ Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep/ Dune/ Dune: Messiah

I'm going to be downloading the recommendations and get reading ASAP, so feel free to dive in. Thanks!

(EDIT: Sorry, it looks like reddit collapsed my list.)

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Mar 02

Learn How to Do Your Cooking In Darth Vader’s Head

Anyone can have a regular wood-burning stove. Want to put a stamp on your backyard? Then you can customize it to look like your favorite metal-based characters.

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Mar 02

Help! I seem to have lost my brain! It’s a long story, but pleas read… Pt. 1

The pencil in the hand of Allen Parker refused to obey his will. A strange unseen force pushed his will aside and took possession of the pencil point so that what he drew was not his own. It was the same when he turned from drawing board to typewriter. The sentences were not of his framing; the ideas were utterly foreign to him. This was the first hint he received of the fate that was drawing in like night upon him and his beautiful wife. Slowly, insidiously, there stole over Allen Parker something uncanny. He could no longer control his hands—even his brain! Parker, a young writer of growing reputation who illustrated his own work, was making a series of pencil sketches for a romance partly finished. The story was as joyous and elusive as sunlight, and until to-day his sketches had held the same quality. Now he could not tap the reservoir from which he had taken the wind-blown hair and smiling eyes of Madelon, his heroine. When he drew or wrote he seemed to be submerged in the dark waters of a measureless evil pit. The face that mocked him from the paper was stamped with a world-old knowledge of forbidden things. Parker dropped his pencil and leaned back, tortured. He and his wife, Betty,[199] had taken this house in Pine Hills, a small and extremely quiet suburban village, solely for the purpose of concentration on the book which was to be the most important work he had done. He went to the door of the room that he used for a studio and called: "Betty! Can you come here a moment, please?"

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Mar 02

Is there anywhere to stream Battlestar Galactica?

I would like to know if there is any way that I could stream Battlestar Galactica online for free? I tried Dailymotion but they always seem to have ads on them. Any other ways?

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Mar 02

A Charming Tale of a Girl, a Bear, And Her Family

I'm completely in love with Black Bear Moon, an animated short where a bear paperweight triggers childhood memories for a young woman packing up her life.

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Mar 01

Just discovered a non-Asimov version of I, Robot, adapted into two Leonard Nimoy episodes of The Outer Limits

I love the Asimov collection of short stories and have a lot of affection for the Will Smith movie, but I'm totally gonna be reading that story and watching me some Nimoy. (And then record a podcast about it all.)

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Mar 01

It’s Been A Busy Year For A Tiny Planet Whirling Through Space

It's the one-year io9iversary of Earth & Space, the physical sciences subsite for all your astronomy, geology, and planetary science needs.

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Mar 01

Forte, Miller, & Lord Talk The Last Man on Earth, Premiering Tonight on FOX

The Last Man on EarthTonight Fox premieres its new series The Last Man on Earth, in a special one-hour series premiere event.

The series follows Phil Miller, played by Will Forte, in 2020 after a virus has wiped out the population and he is the only man left. After traveling the country searching for survivors, Phil returns to Tucson alone to face being the last man.

Creator, executive producer, writer, and star Will Forte, along with executive producers and directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, talked to the press earlier in the week about their new series.

The group first talked to SciFi Vision about how the concept for the series came about. Miller told the site, “It was a team effort. Phil and Will and I hung out for several days. We wanted to make a TV show together, and we’ve been friends for many years.”

Lord added, “We came to Will as a writer first. We said, “Look, I obviously would love for you to be in this.” But we met Will when he was a writer, and that’s how he was paying his rent, and we just had so much respect for him and his voice, and we just wanted to figure out the best vessel to get that on to television.”

Mar 01

Edify, one of the moderators of /r/Scifi, has passed away. He was one of the best people I’ve known on Reddit. The mods of /r/Breakingbad have been in contact with his family and set up a GoFundMe campaign to help offset the cost of his funeral expenses.

/u/Edify was one of good people on Reddit. Jarod helped to mod this subreddit for the last two+ years. He also did a lot in several other subreddits, such as /r/Television, /r/BreakingBad, /r/Dexter, /r/AmericanHorrorStory, /r/Lost, etc. One of the big things he did was to setup a lot of AMA threads with various celebrities around Reddit.

tl;dr - give Jarod's family money to help offset the cost of his funeral.

Yesterday he tragically and unexpectedly died in a house fire. He was only 30 years old. Another news story about the fire.

The mods of /r/BreakingBad have been on contact with his family. A donation page for his funeral has been setup.

Please also see the following other threads:

Information from the donation thread at /r/BreakingBad follows:

I have seen reddit do some incredible things before, and I know it would mean so much to his family if we could help provide them some stability during this difficult time so that they can properly grieve, instead of worry about how they'll pay for his funeral.

I am in contact with his sister and father and giving them daily updates. I have also gotten this thread approved by the other mods of /r/BreakingBad. Several of his other friends are in this thread commenting, along with helping me raise money for this campaign.

Although the family doesn't have an estimate from the funeral home yet (they will tomorrow), I have called around to several funeral homes in Jarod's city and 9000 seems to be the average all-inclusive price for a memorial service and cremation burial. Not sure which route the family is going to take, but 9000 should at make a big dent in the cost if they choose to opt-out of cremation. I think 6000 is as bare-bones as it could get. Any extra money (if we meet the goal) can pay for their indirect expenses such as taking off of work, traveling, food, etc.

Several of us have already begun reaching out to Breaking Bad actors that he collaborated with for AMAs on /r/BreakingBad. Rick, a mutual friend of ours, is already talking to "Combo" Rodney Rush and we're hoping to contact as many cast members as possible. If anybody has any contacts, please get them on board.

I am hoping that /r/BreakingBad might be interested in helping to raise money as well to help his family with this unexpected financial burden.

Any money raised (even if we don't reach the goal) will go right to his father for funeral-related expenses.

At the time I'm writing this, a little over One Thousand dollars has been raised. If you are in a position to donate, please consider doing so. But even if you aren't, feel free to join the current discussions and share memories and thoughts.

I know that I will miss him a lot.

Thank you.

-- David, and the rest of the team at /r/Scifi.

tl;dr - Please help give Jarod's family money to help offset the cost of his funeral.

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Mar 01

Photographer Documents Secret Life Of Superhero Toys

Photographer Documents Secret Life Of Superhero Toys submitted by JeffTS
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Mar 01

Gaze In Amazement At This Image Depicting Thousands Of Galaxies

The Coma Cluster of Galaxies is composed of thousands of galaxies (and billions of stars), just a fraction of which can be seen in this image. It was created in 2006 by the Hubble Space Telescope as part of an initiative to learn how galaxies in rich clusters form and evolve.

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Mar 01

Some Starships I’ve Collected/Painted [OC]

I've been collecting ships since I was a little kid, starting with Star Trek and Star Wars MicroMachines. Now that I'm in college, I've started paint my own as well! Since I was taking some pictures for a class project, and I thought I would share with /r/scifi as well. These take a lot of work to make them look nice, and I hope Reddit enjoys them.

My collection includes ships from Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Firestorm Armada, and even Mass Effect. Many of my ships are still at my parents' house, but I keep some favorites with me. I can take additional pictures if people are interested as well.

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Mar 01

In Honor of National Pig Day: Pigs in Space!

As much as we love The Muppets, in 1963 a pair of NASA engineers entertained the idea of sending real pigs into space. This is their story.

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Mar 01

An Animated Short About A Hard-Fought Battle Between Light And Darkness

Short film Chronemics, by London animation studio Animade, is set in a world where robot-like stick figures who dwell in light and darkness push against each other, with surprising results. The animation is simple, the tone is cheeky, and who knew stick figures could have so much personality?

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Mar 01

Can You Solve One Of Archimedes’ Most Challenging Puzzles?

Archimedes was the greatest mathematician of antiquity. He was also a lover of puzzles, which he would devise and pose to his contemporaries. This week, we present you with two versions of what is arguably Archimedes' most challenging puzzle ever.

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Mar 01

It’s Time to Go Alien Hunting on Titan

Move over Europa, there's another moon out to claim the title of first place we'll discover extraterrestrial life. New research from Cornell University finds that alien microbes could, just maybe, eek it out on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. But these critters wouldn't be like anything we've ever seen before—not even close.

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Mar 01

European Beavers Mate For Life; North American Beavers Prefer Free Love

European beavers mate for life, and remain faithful to their partners. North American beavers? Not so much. What's the reason behind this discrepancy ... and which of the two beaver species has the greater advantage?

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