Biological threats provide fertile plot material for books, movies and videogames
By Amanda MacMillanPosted 03.01.2005 at 6:00 pm 0 Comments
Viruses and bacteria in the form of biological weapons and natural disasters have infected the storylines of science-fiction movies, books and best-selling documentaries. The country’s recent focus on anti-terrorism has brought more attention to the subject, but scientists and authors have been warning against bio-disasters for several decades.
Minneapolis ranked first among U.S. cities in innovative transportation solutions, fourth in energy technology.
By Matthew PowerPosted 03.01.2005 at 5:35 pm 0 Comments
As a kid growing up several hundred miles from the nearest metropolis, I used to draw fantastical visions of the great cities of the future. There would be moving sidewalks on every surface. (“Walking” was over.) Hover-taxis, hover-skateboards, hover-buses. (Hovering was a central element of my urban planning.) Also, sleek monorails conducted by robots, zipping noiselessly between glittering towers that vanished into cloudbanks and reappeared above them, miles in the sky.
By James VlahosPosted 03.01.2005 at 5:00 pm 0 Comments
Technology: 3-D Scanning
Nominee: Dirk Callaerts, Mark Proesman | Eyetronics Shapeware
Credits: Blade: Trinity, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Pity the evil vampires of the horror flick Blade: Trinity. In the film, released late last year and starring Wesley Snipes, their skin boils, they are shot and stabbed, they turn into skeletons and explode into ashes.
By James VlahosPosted 03.01.2005 at 4:00 pm 0 Comments
Technology: Volumetric Effects
Nominee: Alan Kapler | Digital Domain Storm
Credits: The Day after Tomorrow, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, XXX
In 2004’s The Day after Tomorrow, the science is silly—an ice age descending in days?—but the climatic havoc is sublime. Grapefruits of hail bombard Tokyo. Floods ravage New York. Out-twistering Twister and out-storming The Perfect Storm, the movie wowed audiences as it established a new benchmark for disaster on film.
The first wave of full-featured
Internet phones sends Ma Bell packing
By Suzanne Kantra KirschnerPosted 03.01.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
They don´t even call it Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) anymore-it´s just broadband phone service. And although the dirt-cheap all-you-can-gab plans made possible by routing calls over the Internet are a financial no-brainer, a raft of new phones makes VoIP truly practical. Now broadband callers can choose models with the functionality we take for granted on land lines, like cordless handsets.
We weighed dozens of variables, from the number of homes with wireless internet to the number of robotic surgeries performed at local hospitals, to rank U.S. cities by tech quotient. And the winners are ...
What makes a place high-tech? When Popular Science set out to determine America´s top cities for technology, that was naturally the first question we had to answer. We surveyed experts-academics, scientists, government officials, think-tank intelligentsia, market researchers-to determine the key indicators of
a tech-embracing metropolis. We polled our own staff, pondering what we value most about the ways in which technology and innovation affect our daily lives. Then we gathered information from such sources as the Census Bureau,
The sci-tech oscar winners wonâ€™t be getting teary-eyed on prime time. But for special-effects lovers, these techie brainiacs are Hollywoodâ€™s little-heralded heroes
By James VlahosPosted 03.01.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Each February at a modest, Joan Riversâ€free ceremony in Los Angeles, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestows a cherished set of honors: the Scientific and Technical Awards. These aren´t the Oscars of Tom, Brad, Charlize and Nicole, and that´s OK-let the jocks ride the homecoming float while the whiz kids play Dungeons & Dragons in the basement. Who needs superficial red-carpet glory when you´re leading nothing less than a revolution in filmmaking? Call it Revenge of the Nerds V: Brainiacs Take Hollywood.