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SpaceX rocket successfully lands : Elon Musk brings humanity closer to Mars

Stories - January 18, 2017

Slowly but surely, Elon Musk is bringing humanity closer to Mars thanks to his company SpaceX. Their latest achievement has been to land a Falcon 9 rocket!

After successfully deploying 10 Iridium communication satellites in space, the rocket came back to Earth and landed perfectly on a drone ship in the Pacific.

Despite previous failed attempts, Elon Musk’s persistence has paid off. This is a big step for the company which possesses ‘’reusable’’ rockets – financially speaking this saves them about $60 million on the construction of each Falcon 9.

But this is much more than just good news for the 46-year-old Iron Man: each success is a step closer to his dream to ‘‘colonize’’ Mars, as well as making the trip affordable. ‘’Getting to Mars now would cost you $10 billion. The same amount of cash could buy you a few square blocks in Midtown Manhattan. But once the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System is fully operational, you’ll be able to travel to the Red Planet for around $200,000’’.

Mars is no longer a dream, it’s a trip to look forward to 😉

Falcon before launch

Une photo publiée par Elon Musk (@elonmusk) le

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Elon Musk leads the way for the future of transportation with Hyperloop

Stories - January 20, 2017

Imagined by Elon Musk in 2013, the vacuum-sealed hyperloop train system just hurdled a few steps closer to reality.

The project now has a list of feasible routes! Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One announced 35 semifinalists in its Global Challenge (out of 2,600 submissions!), in which teams had “to identify locations around the world with the potential to develop the world’s first hyperloop networks”. An important criteria for Elon Musk was outlasting ground shaking – which would cause real problems for high-speed pods. That is why Musk favours tracks on columns, so that they can be adjusted and realigned in the event of ground movement. Next step of the competition, three showcases to narrow the list down to winners.

2017 is also going to be the year Hyperloop’s 700 mph pod performs its first full-scale tests! Over 500 meters, than over a few miles. Being a CEO of rare transparency, a five-part video series has been planned to follow TE Connectivity engineers over the course of the project.

Hold on tight because this year Elon Musk is shaping the future of transportation right before our eyes. Start getting used to your World Metro Map : San Francisco-Los Angeles will soon only be a 35-minute ride 😉

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Even when recommending films, Elon Musk is all about science

Stories - January 19, 2017

Elon Musk never seems to turn off his scientific mind – even during his leisure time!

He recently shared on Twitter the fact that he had rewatched “Ghost in the Shell” and the end of “Colossus: The Forbin Project”. These names may not ring a bell, but they sure do resonate in today’s world: artificial intelligence, a field of study which Elon Musk is passionate about. He actually started a non-profit organization, OpenAI, to democratize “safe” research in artificial intelligence.

The word “safe” is very important to Elon because he does not want to endanger Humanity with progress. He does not want to repeat “Colossus: The Forbin Project”, where a supercomputer is given total control over launching nuclear missiles, nor does he want to reach a stage where humans are partly cyborgs like in “Ghost in the Shell”.

Rewatching these sci-fi classics (which were way ahead of their time) might be a way for Elon Musk to keep in mind the possible threats of AI, and start thinking of ways to prevent them.

Hopefully, before facing these threats, Elon will have been able to see the cinematic adaptation of the Japanese anime “Ghost in the Shell” – from what he answered to a follower on Twitter, he sounds very enthusiastic about it 😉

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When virtual reality brings Aliens to life

Stories - January 11, 2017

Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Promotheus… Unless you live in a cave, you must have already heard of the pop culture phenomenon: Alien.

English director Ridley Scott is back again with his blockbuster franchise! Originally scheduled for October, then August 2017, Alien: Covenant is now officially coming out in May 2017.

The lucky few who got to see 15 exclusive minutes of the film, describe it as “gory, tense and thrilling…”

Fans will be glad to hear that besides the figurines and skull replicas, the franchise will also be offering its own Virtual Reality experience: Ridley Scott and Fox Innovation Lab have confirmed that they are teaming up (again) for a “frightening journey in the depths of the Alien universe”.

Will you dare take Michael Fassbender’s role as David the Android and face a Xenomorph?  😉

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Pandora is no longer 4.4 light years away!

Stories - January 12, 2017

It only took James Cameron 2 hours 42 minutes to make us forget about our dear planet Earth, so imagine what would happen if we spent a day in Pandora

The 2009 blockbuster Avatar has broken all kinds of records: highest grossing movie of all time, 9 Oscar nominations, 2 Golden Globes… So, why not plan a sequelDon’t be fooled – Pandora is coming to Earth! The 62-year-old-director is way ahead of the game and has already planned not only four sequels, but – unexpectedly – a Theme Park!

After releasing exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ footage of the park’s first attraction, Disney has officially announced that the park will open in Florida this Summer. Fans will have the opportunity to explore Pandora like never before: meeting local aliens (the Na’vi), encountering physic-defying sites, climbing aboard the back of a Mountain Banshee

If the park is as realistic as the film is to Zhangjiajie National Park, the experience promises to be unique, breathtaking, and – most importantly – extra-terrestrial!

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These pictures give a taste of what to expect

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Cuteness from outer space…

Stories - January 13, 2017

Although one could easily picture Matilda in a Star Trek movie, the 4-year-old cat happens to come from Earth!

She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with 2 humans and a dog. But back in 2013, when she was adopted, no one could have predicted how a normal looking 2-week-old cat could change. It is only when she grew older and bigger that she tested positive for feline leukaemia  (which enlarges the pupils), and acquired that amazing alien like look.

Her “alien” look was so beautiful and unique that her proud flatmates started an Instagram account and other social media accounts – all named: “alien cat Matilda”. No need to say that the combination “cute cat” + “alien” was perfect to go viral: 141k followers on Instagram, 28.7k likers on Facebook, Matilda merchandise… She is one of the most famous cats in the galaxy, with thousands of people following Matilda’s daily life with her “servants” (“the Lady”, “the Dog”, and “the Bearded Man”).

Unfortunately Matilda’s alien eyes caused her increasing pain, so her owners had no option but to accept surgery – which was financed by her fans!  With her eyes now stitched up, one can only wonder whether she will become as famous as Oskar the Blind Cat who has over 374k followers on Instagram?

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Matilda after surgery ; Matilda drawn by a fan of hers

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David Bowie’s secret musical : Lazarus

Stories - January 16, 2017

David Bowie was much more than a music legend. His songs, his characters, his performances: they all came from outer space.

He was the alien rock-star Ziggy Stardust, the fictional astronaut Major Tom, “The Man who fell on Earth”… He always seemed to be searching for fulfillment in space.

His unexpected last project, Lazarus, is a perfect summary of how and what he wanted to be remembered as : a creative alien seeking to be loved.

To bring to life his ideas, Bowie personally called upon Enda Walsh to co-write the play. As for the characters, he cast Michael C. Hall (Dexter) to play Thomas Jerome Newton, and Michael Esper (Green Day and Sting musicals) to be Valentine. The show is an incredible mixture of Bowie classics, visual effects, acting and dancing – a real ‘cosmic’ ride into the artist’s imagination.

When he was younger, David often said that he wanted to put into writing the end of his life, like the Japanese writer Mishima. So this last play is probably what David wanted: a final bow.

The New York production is now in London, make sure to keep an eye on it during 2017 😉

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Spanish artist creates an amazing visual crossover between Star Wars and Alien

Stories - January 17, 2017

Space Cockroaches have invaded the LV-426 planet and are now threatening the Empire. Local authorities have sent a detachment of Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist to save the galaxy.

Sadly, this is not the pitch of the next Star Wars movie – but one could have easily thought (and hoped) so! These few lines are in fact a figment of a talented Spanish artist’s imagination – Guillem Pongiluppi – in which the worlds of Star Wars and Alien collide. As a freelance concept artist, he has already worked for artists (Justice), films (Warcraft, Aloft), as well as the TV show Cosmos (produced by National Geographic and the BBC)! You will definitely be begging for a crossover of the Empire vs. Alien after seeing these impressive pictures…

The 36-year-old artist drew a total of 10 pictures, 10 stages of the battle. Each picture has its own short description, which details the characters in the scene, how far we are in the battle, and who is still alive. The storyline along with the colors and realism bring each scene to life. The result is most spectacular! Take a look for yourself 😉 

Stormtroopers fighting off the Alien invaders

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When skaters meet drones at night

Stories - January 04, 2017

Drones pictures are often spectacular, offering us a whole new perspective on the world we see every day.

Jeffrey Moustache, a drone lover, takes the Art of photography to a next level, with his project called Transient Eclipse. He uses his drone to make beautiful and impressive shots of skating while experimenting another innovative technique: aerial lighting.

The approach of Mr Moustache is very clever : instead of using his drone to perform the capture itself, he uses his engine as an assistant and carries a flash that he turns on at the right moment of the capture. It results an exclusive light effect, as if it was actually falling from the sky on the skaters. With this technique, he can both mix the use of a drone and a traditional camera reflex placed on a tripod, allowing him to take pictures pretty much anywhere. His portraits of skaters at night are full of poetry and a kind of magic. #congrats

Skateur au clair de drone ©Jeffrey Moustache Photography

Skate me to the moon… ©Jeffrey Moustache Photography

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Build your own drone with Lego bricks

Stories - January 05, 2017

Drones are getting as trendy as Lego and with Flybrix kits, building your own drone has never been so easy! Even if it’s not an official partnership, Flybrix uses Lego bricks and circuits to build your own flying engine. The pack also includes several engines, a flight control board, and an app for controlling the engine.

Good news, this is a “crash-friendly” and rebuildable drone. In other words, if it explodes, you’ll just have to build it again!

The founders, Amir Hirsch, Robb Walters and Holly Kasun, aim at getting teens interested in aerodynamics and geometry, and want to help children building their own drone. Do you want to know more about Flybrix? Check out the story of The Wrong Brothers as they are experimenting the drone in the video below:

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