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Prometheus

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Movie: Prometheus


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Hiya fellow spacenuts,

Its been awhile, yes? But we are back with a movie review of Prometheus which came out a few weeks ago. As usual, our review focuses on the interesting aspects related to space travel and not so much on the plot. Nevertheless, the summary of the movie is that scientists on Earth find some ancient paintings on different continents that point to a distant planet being the harbinger of the human species on Earth. So, a voyage is planned and executed. What happens during and after the voyage is the crux of the story. Hopefully, this does not give away anything interesting to people who have not watched the movie so far. But soon, we bare some details that may do that. So brothers who have not seen the movie and want to, please go watch the movie and return. We will still be here, never fear.


Ahem, back? Good, let us begin.

Super-8

"Imagine a poly-morph material but which take on different properties of metal, rubber, cloth, glass etc.
depending on what you want them to behave like"
Technology Review: Super 8

 

Namaste folks, this week we come to you with a review of the movie Super 8. When I first heard that this was a movie based on aliens with Steven Spielberg as the executive producer I was a little excited as Spielberg usually makes fantastic alien movies.

The movie is decidedly different from his usual fare and reminded me very strongly of E.T. Well, now that you can guess what the plot is, let us discuss the space related aspects of the movie.

Beware, spoilers ahead. Go see the movie first in case you don't us to spoil it for you. By the way, this is a fantastic movie, especially for children and teenagers, so if you can, definitely watch it.

 

There were two very bold ideas proposed in the movie and one that is quietly understated. Let us examine them one by one.

 

 

The first idea proposed in the movie is about a material that is metamorphic. Essentially, there is a synthetic material which in its natural form appears something like a Rubik's cube. The spaceship of the alien is composed of this material.

So imagine a car in which the engine, the tyres, the seats, the windshield and even the lamps are made out of one single material but which take on different properties of metal, rubber, cloth, glass etc. depending on what you want them to behave like.

This concept is not novel. Remember the villain in Terminator 2? (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/T-1000).

 

Turns out there has been a search for this kind of material for a long time. However, the best we can do today is something called Liquid Metal (http://www.liquidmetal.com/) which is a metal that behaves like a plastic. Plastic as we all know comes in different forms and can be made to look even like glass. Would it not be great if we could create a metamorphic material like that of the alien in Super-8?

 

World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles

World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles

Hello folks. We are back with a review of another science fiction movie featuring aliens from space. World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles. Should you see it? If you are going for a matinee, sure. Otherwise, spending 200+ rupees is probably not going to appeal to most people. Movie summary: Aliens attack Earth. Humans fight back. One attack point is Los Angeles where the entire movie is based.

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The standard disclaimer: We will reveal some plot details. So if you wish to see the movie and come back, do so. The review is not going anywhere.

The movie begins by showing astronomers tracking a bunch of objects, which at first glance look like meters, falling towards Earth. It is only when the speed and trajectory of the meteors deviates from the existing one that NASA and other space agencies become very concerned. I thought this was very pertinent considering two facts. One, that all the major telescopes on Earth combined, are looking at less than 2% of space at a given point in time. Hence it is quite possible to miss something spectacular happening for a brief period in the remaining 98% of unobserved space. There are indeed telescopes and satellites that make passes over the entire sphere for quick observations but these are not adequate. Two, there is currently no way of telling what kind of technology can be used for interstellar travel (i.e. across different stars in a galaxy). Hence, detecting if a particular object nearby in space is natural or not is difficult. Yes, theories abound on what is possible but our current estimates for travelling to Mars is about 214 days each way which puts interstellar travel firmly out of the lifespans of today's humans. What is needed is a breakthrough in both bio-tech to have some sort of cryogenic suspension state available for multi-year travel and at the same time in physics to manipulate space and time. We are seeing some more intriguing theories come up (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42100367/ns/technology_and_science-science/), Once we have knowledge of how interstellar travel can happen, then we can deploy sensors inside the solar system to detect when we receive alien attention.

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