June 13, 2017
This week we lost Adam West, the actor best-known for his deliberately wooden, comic turn as Batman in the 1960s. While many bat-fans find the series an embarrassment, its runaway success helped revitalize the superhero comic, and demonstrated that superheroes could work in mainstream media. Only Superman, really, had achieved that status beforehand, on radio and television.1
The Harry Potter Festival organized for Goderich, Ontario, has had to move to nearby Blyth. Those who booked accommodations in scenic Goderich will receive shuttlebus service. The festival will see the small town transformed into some Harry Potter-verse equivalent over the three-day festival, which has attracted ticket-buyers from around the world.
Japan’s Softbank is buying Boston Dynamics, Google’s robot company:
SpaceX update and a couple of Cons, below:
April 23, 2017
April 22 was Earth Day, and many people took the opportunity to address the broader issues of science which is actively under attack in many political quarters. The London March’s guests included Peter Capaldi, the current Doctor Who, astronaut Garrett Reisman joined the crowds in LA in an electric hummer, and Bill Nye addressed protesters in the Washington:
Other Newspace below, including alien-seeming Terran lifeforms, John Glenn, and Cosplay:
December 31, 2016
We live in interesting times, but as 2016 finally comes to its conclusion, I’m hoping for a happier future. Enjoy whatever you might be doing this evening and, before I head out, I have gathered, with the Bureau’s help, a few Newspace stories for ya:
NASA’s Jeff Williams has posted this amazing video of earth from space. It seems like a good way to end the year, so take a good, long look:
December 7, 2016
We have fan films, fans, space news, and an extra-terrestrial deadline this week to cover.
This fan film, uploaded to Youtube earlier this week, features a spectacular battle between the Hulk and Hulkbuster Iron Man.
November 7, 2016
I put together a video of the third annual Forest City Comicon, which featured Billy West, battling vikings, cosplay, and more:
Of course, there were other Cons held recently…..
October 11, 2016
September 29, 2016
By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard that SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to establish a colony on Mars. Eric Mack of Cnet argues that the plan is insane but not impossible, while TheVerge’s Elizabeth Lopatto finds Musk’s plans implausible, but notes that they may lead to other important discoveries.
Assuming the first flights ever get off the ground, they’ll be dangerous one-way trips.
Who wants to sign up?
Or ask additional questions?
August 29, 2016
In May, a Russian telescope received a distinct and unusual signal, possibly from the sunlike star, HD 164595, which is known to have at least one planet. Information is now reaching the press.
I’m not saying it’s aliens, but It’s the kind of signal that deserves and is receiving further investigation. Stay tuned.
Juno completed its first orbit of Jupiter this weekend, while NASA’s year-long simulation of a Mars mission ended with much learned and no one dead from annoying their close-quarters roommates. In fact, the six participants are confident a Mars mission would succeed, at least in terms of the human factors. It is the longest such experiment since a Russian one that ended in 2011.
Also from Russia, with love if a bit belated: Some video has been posted to Youtube of St. Petersburg’s StarCon, earlier this summer.