Please make it so, NASA.
Physicist Harold White has been working on a real-life warp drive concept that was revealed publicly back in 2012, but as the idea has progressed towards (hopefully) eventual reality, the "Enterprise" ship has seen a really impressive redesign.Read More
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The Final Frontier
This amazing photo was taken in broad daylight, and is interesting enough as a fascinating shot of the moon. But it's doubly exciting because it looks like the Enterprise is drifting over the moon, and George Takei agrees, commenting on his facebook page,"My goodness, from this angle it looks like a certain starship I once flew." Unfortunately, Spock, Kirk, Sulu and company have not traveled back in time to our present day, and the shot in reality shows the International Space Station, photographed by Maximilian Teodorescu, a Romanian photographer. Still, regardless of whether we're seeing the Enterprise or the ISS, the photograph and the space station photographed are amazing.
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If you have pictures of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, The Intrepid, Sea, Space & Air Museum would like to talk to you. Well, not so much talk to you as just have you tweet at them, but still -- the Intrepid Museum wants to you to communicate with them, because they want to use your pictures of the shuttle in a new exhibit.Read More
The White House Is Sick Of Your Joke Petitions, Quadruples the Number of Signatures Required for an Official Response
the internet is serious business
This is presently at the top of Reddit, so apologies if you've already seen it, but it's incredible enough to be worth the reshare: YouTube's halnicholas has used the wondrous sandbox of Minecraft to create a 1:1 scale model of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Enterprise-D. Keeping in mind that every block in Minecraft has dimensions of 1m^3:
The original Enterprise is 642.5 Meters x 467.0 Meters x 137.5 Meters. This is about 3m per deck. Sadly, with the 1m deck you have to walk on, that only leaves 2m left over for hallway space. As your character is only 1.7m tall, you will be bumping your head around a lot. I decided to make the ship 22% bigger, so I could have 4 m per deck. That puts the final size @ 785m x 570m x 168m. I made my "pit" 800x600x180 to fit all 42 decks and almost made a critical error. Even though there are 42 decks on the enterprise, the 2nd deck is split into two half-decks, making actually 43. I made the pit bigger than she ship so I could have a little wiggle room and just missed making it too shallow. In my testing, the halls can get a little cramped. The current decks are just a guideline and framework. They don't call it "Creative Mode" for nothing. The halls are going to be sand-obsidian-sand (To give that light brown look with the black touch panel in the center) I'd show a demo, but Minecraft is down. I would like to mod my server so that sand doesn't fall. That would bee cool. I also don't know how to fly yet, will be making it much easier to work on the ship.There's still work to be done, though: For one, this ship wouldn't fit in Minecraft Alpha (!) and is currently hosted on a creative server, so Alpha would have to up its maximum game depth to allow it into the wild; for another, halnicholas needs to "model and import the warp nacelles, just so I have the framework there" and cut out some of the Adminium [bedrock]. Last but not least: An anti-griefing policy to keep this remarkable work from turning into rubble. (via Reddit; h/t RPS) Read More
Excellent video illustrating the evolution of the Star Trek warp jump as seen in every Star Trek movie since 1979 via Gizmodo. For my money, the coolest is the jump from
KHAAAAN! Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), depicted above.