Actual space news, and some recent con cosplay, appear below (along with a sneak preview of Halloween, not for the weak of heart):
July 31, 2018
Meanwhile, on Earth, Actor Topher Grace has edited The Hobbit into the two-hour film it probably should have been, to much online applause.
See both while you can.
For fun, below: the recent Aquaman trailer and an amusing fan revision of it:
July 24, 2018
Okay, it has some serious limitations and the price tag is a tad hefty, but Richard Browning’s outfit is the closest we’ve come to a real life Iron Man suit, and you can have one, if you can spare the cash.
True, the suit is not a brand new item (you may have read about the prototype last year) but its more impressive flight-capacity and hypothetical availability appear to be.
July 21, 2018
I’ll have to get back to you with brief footage of my foray (as a spectator!) into second-tier “Pro Wrestling” later this summer. Meanwhile, we have a range of posts from around the net: new rocket engines, the Tsar’s space program, a Homestar Runner boardgame, a new Buffy, and video reports from San Diego:
May 16, 2018
For those interested parties, NASA is telecasting a spacewalk on May 16, 2018.
April 21, 2018
If you’ve been following one of the creepier celebrity stories making the rounds this year, you may know that Allison Mack, best known as Chole from Smallville, has been arrested this week for complicity in crimes allegedly committed by a bizarre sex cult. Earlier, the investigation looked at Kristin “Lana Lang” Kreuk’s involvement, but she left the group years ago, and claims the activity at that time was less legally and ethically troubling.
If you want something less serious or scientific, we’ve got two recent cosplay videos by Youtubers, below.
March 31, 2018
Sometime this Easter weekend, the Chinese space station Tiangong 1 will crash to earth, but the odds of anything hitting you are very remote. If you think you might hit those odds, buy a lottery ticket.
UPDATE: What didn’t burn up went down over the south Pacific.
The last blue moon until 2020 rises tonight.
And they’ve put Stephen Hawking to rest. His ashes will lay next to Sir Isaac Newton.
Far less seriously, we have posted some fan video from WonderCon 2018, held last weekend, below:
February 24, 2018
We dropped the regular Newspace features awhile back, but I still like the idea of wide-ranging posts on news of interest to Bureau readers, so here goes another attempt:
SciShow Space takes a look at forthcoming space missions:
While, elsewhere, we learn what led the Ariane 5 rocket off-course. I’m not saying it was aliens, but…
Okay, actually, aliens had nothing to do with it.
We have a round-up of video from around the Net, looking at science, cosplay, and Play-Doh superheroes.
December 14, 2017
December 14, 2017
Astronomers identified Oumuamua, the cigar-shaped extrasolar object passing through our solar system, back in October. More recently, it has made the news because its unusual qualities make for cool sensationalist headlines. Stephen Hawking, et al have not actually said the thing is an alien craft, and probably aren’t betting it is, but its unusual shape and nature mean that scientists have to check all possibilities.
It’s more likely just an unusually-shaped asteroid from another system.
Or a space whale. It could totally be a space whale, right?
In an unrelated development, NASA will make an announcement later today regarding the Kepler Space Telescope and its ongoing scanning of the galaxy for signs of inhabited planets.
UPDATE: With Google-based “machine intelligence” helping to analyse the Kepler data, NASA confirms an eighth planet in the Kepler-90 system, making it the first to tie our system in the number of known planets.