If you are as old as I am (ancient), you may remember a classic space trading and exploration game called Elite, first released in 1984. The creation of Cambridge University undergraduates David Braben and Ian Bell, Elite was an iconic, computer gaming masterpiece. I was surprised and happy to discover last week that a modern follow up called Elite: Dangerous is being developed, a revitalized, enhanced version using the latest computing technology. After watching the development videos, reading the detailed plans, viewing awe-inspiring images and checking out game play footage of what has already been achieved, I'm blown away, enthusiastic about a computer game for the first time in years (being over 40, I'm not sure this is allowed).
The Mars Curiosity rover wandering about on the Martian surface appears to have captured photographic evidence of a rat living on Mars. The claim was made in an article posted on the UFO Sightings Daily website. A journalist for UFO Sightings Daily came to his conclusion after he had carefully examined pictures posted on NASA's official web page, pictures taken by the Curiosity rover.
You may remember Kathryn Bigelow's outstanding Iraq war drama, The Hurt Locker, about an Army bomb squad in Iraq trying to survive in a city where everyone is a potential enemy, every object a possible bomb, and every moment potentially your last. Less than a year and a half after Osama Bin Laden's death, Kathryn Bigelow is back in similar territory with Zero Dark Thirty (formerly called Kill Bin laden), a fictionalised (?) account of the search for, and assassination of, the world's most famous terrorist.
Space travel just got a lot more interesting with the launch of the first privately funded commercial spacecraft, the SpaceX Dragon capsule. The spacecraft is carrying 453.6 kilograms of science experiments and other supplies to the International Space Station, which is operated jointly by the US, Russia, Europe and Japan. An unmanned Falcon rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida yesterday. Despite a problem with one of the nine first-stage engines, the rocket placed the SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully into its intended orbit.
The process by which someone becomes a saint in the Catholic church is called canonization. The process can take hundreds of years and requires, amongst other things, independently verified miracles. If Apple's CEO Tim Cook was the Pope, and Apple the Catholic church, Steve Jobs would have been fast tracked to sainthood by now and would be ready for our prayers. The miracles of the iPad and iPhone were witnessed by many. After watching the latest promotional video on the anniversary of Steve Job's death playing on Apple's website, it appears Apple is determined to turn their former computer salesman and marketing spin doctor into something far greater than he was. The media have been doing this for years, even without Apple's assistance.