Earth Station One Episode 104: Flash a-ah, Savior of the Universe

Earth Station One Episode 104: Flash GordonThis week, the ESO crew hurls themselves into the void and travels to the planet Mongo to discuss the adventures of Flash Gordon. Can our intrepid heroes of Mike, Mike, and Bobby with guests Dan Johnson and Scott & Debbie Viguie, help Flash save the universe? Or will they face the mercy of Ming? Tune in to the next episode of Earth Station One to find out! Plus, Chris Hardwick and the Nerdist crew came to Atlanta and Christine Hoffman gives us a full report! All this, plus the usual Rants, Raves, Shout Outs and Khan report!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Flash a-ah, Savior of the Universe
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Could there be ‘billions’ of habitable planets in our galaxy?

Millions of planets could host life..By Trent Moore, Source:

We may not have to look too terribly far to find a habitable alien planet out there. It turns out, there could be a few billion just in our own neighborhood. According to a new study, there are likely a lot more rocky – but habitable – planets out there orbiting red stars within our Milky Way galaxy.

The only problem? They can be tough to spot. We’ve managed to find a few, but scientists are now saying there are probably quite a lot more out there that we’re missing. Even better, many of them are solid candidates to house extraterrestrial life. Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Hunger Games’

By Ashley Bergner
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I’m pretty sure by now, I’m one of the last people on the planet to read “The Hunger Games” novel. ;) However, I finally picked up a copy last week, and since then, I haven’t been able to stop reading it. It’s a smartly-written, fast-paced and thought-provoking novel, and the good news for fans is, the film version is just as powerful.

The story takes place in a civilization called Panem, a post-apocalyptic society in North America that’s divided into 13 districts. Years ago, the districts of Panem tried to rebel against the oppressive government but were brutally crushed (the 13th district was even obliterated). As punishment for the rebellion, the government started the “Hunger Games,” a televised gladiator-style competition where teenagers are forced to fight to the death. Continue reading

Don’t worry—that big screen Flash movie ain’t dead yet

The Flash movie isn't dead ... yetBy Don Kaye, Source:

We haven’t heard much about that Flash movie in recent months, but don’t worry: the Scarlet Speedster’s big screen debut has not been consigned to movie studio limbo yet.

The Flash was one of the major DC characters expected to be rolled out as part of an effort by Warner Bros. Pictures (which owns the comic book giant) to create its own onscreen universe similar to what Marvel has been doing for the last five years.

However, something got in the way of that plan: the color green. As in Green Lantern, and all the green cash money that that movie did not make last summer as hoped. Continue reading

Does Touch Get the Math Right?

Dose Touch's Math Add Up??By: Dr. Keith Devlin, Source: The Huffington Post;

The new Fox TV series Touch, starring Kiefer Sutherland, has as one of its central characters a mathematically gifted, autistic, 11-year-old child Jake, played by David Mazouz. How accurate is the portrayal of mathematics in the show? Based on the first episode, the answer is, “Not very.” (The caveat is, it doesn’t really matter.)

The first number we encounter, by way of Jake’s disembodied voice (he does not speak, so we only hear him as a thought-track) is the golden ratio, approximately 1.618. Thematically, that’s good, since that number does occur a lot in nature, often by way of its closely associated Fibonacci sequence. Which makes it all the more perplexing that, midway through the first episode, we have Danny Glover’s character repeating a series of oft-recycled falsehoods about the Fibonacci sequence. Continue reading