Fictional Weapons Come To Life As Boomerangs

You load up that new game or sit down to the latest movie and suddenly all you notice is the high-tech gadgets and weapons they seem to pull out of every nook and crevice. From Batmans Batarang to the pickaxe from Minecraft, you’ve seen them all. You’ve never seen them in real life, which is about to change as Victor Poulin has created a series of fictional weapons as boomerangs.

Poulin is from the group Boomerangs by Vic. Not only did he dream it but he has created not just one or two but six boomerangs based on film and video game weapons. If that wasn’t cool enough, he has a little video to show you that no only do they look awesome they also all work.

From the Batarang to the Pickaxe Poulin has used “the best 10inch birch on the market” to create six weapons that if someone throws at you, you should really have started running away a long time ago.

Showing honour to not only the classic boomerang designs, like Sokka’s boomerang from Avatar the Last Airbender but the more uniquely shaped weapons like Minecraft’s pickaxe and even the tomahawk from Black Op’s 2 Zombies.

I know that if push ever comes to shove, these weapons are something I’d rather be using than facing. If you could see one weapon from a video game or movie come alive as a boomerang, what would you choose?

Google Translates Russia as “Mordor”

Google Translate is an extremely useful albeit slightly confusing tool at times, the freedom to translate any foreign web page or language with a degree of accuracy has been widely used by a huge array of consumers and companies alike.  However, there are instances when Google translates something completely different as in this case whereby the Russian Federation had been accidentally translated as “Mordor”

Reports confirm that Google has patched a bug within the “translation from Ukrainian to Russian service”.  Below is a screenshot to illustrate this rather awkward yet slightly apt re-imagining of the translation, the company stated this error was introduced automatically and, therefore, did not come from user input.

The search giant also stated that its software was able to operate by analyzing patterns within hundreds of millions of documents, this sounds impressive but the translations are not always perfect when you consider both the complexity and also the context of language which can vary depending on the circumstances.

It is interesting to note that “Mordor” is defined as a “fictional universe of Middle-earth and was the region occupied and controlled by Sauron,” when you consider the fairly recent activity by Russia in Crimea, it makes the translation all the more relevant.

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Peter Jackson to Direct Episode of Doctor Who

A year ago we released an article stating that Peter Jackson could direct a future episode of Doctor Who. The time is nigh.

Peter Jackson is very active with his facebook, posting snippets from behind the scenes and regarding causes he actively supports. While he is well known for his work on the J.R.R Tolkien films such as the Lords of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies, Jackson is well known for supporting and looking out for anything that he could be creative with. Doctor Who is just one of those shows and as a video posted on his facebook shows, he is not one to shy away from announcing his activity in the show in the near future.

While there are no real details and this may be premature, there is hope that this could mean in the near future, maybe next season, we could see an episode with the Jackson touch. While famous for its big guest appearances there is rarely a guest producer or director, especially one known for his large films. As if that wasn’t mean enough for the Doctor Who fans, Tolkien fans may notice the Silmarillion (yet another one of Tolkien’s books set in Middle Earth) marked with post-it notes and an inserted page. Because teasing one fan base is just not enough.

Record For Furthest Distance Quantum Data Transmission Broken

Recently, there have been a lot of articles about technologies straight from science fiction. With lasers being mounted to airplanes by 2019 and Japan firing a laser equal to a thousand times the world’s electricity consumption. With everything from science fiction becoming a reality, it was only a matter of time before this topic appeared in our news again, Quantum Data. Quantum refers to anything that can be in two forms at the same time, for example, Quantum computers are looking at changing how your computer works from  “yes, no” to “yes, no, both”. Quantum Data transmission is a step further.

From Star Trek to Gundam teleportation has always been at the head of science fiction, the ability to go from one place to another by being transmitted like an email or text message. A team of scientists at the US’ National Institute of Standards and Technology have gone and transmitted a photon of information across 63 miles. Now calm down, lets put that into perspective. When transmitting data that far, 99% of photons wouldn’t make the full trip, and this latest record was only broken because of a set of new detectors.

With the ability to transmit data, in what could possibly be the most secure way, across miles from your home to your work and local shops, transmitting quantum data could make WiFi look like plastic cups and string. Would you look forward to being able to use your computer from 63 miles away aware that no one could intercept your messages because you were using the same computer that was 63 miles away, at the same time? Confusing isn’t it?

Thank you Engadget for the information.

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Airforce Wants Its Jets To Have Lasers By 2020

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ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 16, 2014) The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Everyone loves a good laser, be it shot into the sky at a festival, or at your favourite hero as they try to save the galaxy. Even the real world is liking them, with more and more of science fiction being created and used in the real world. The Navy have even created and mounted a rail gun onto a ship  while BAE are looking at magnetic force fields.  Now even the Airforce want to get in on the science fiction weapons and mount “lasers” onto their Jets by 2020.

Dubbed Directed-Energy weapon pods, the devices will be mounted onto jets and will use beams of directed energy to ‘burn’ missiles and UAV’s, with the hopes of being powerful enough to even combat other aircraft. With a large contract on the line several companies have come up with solutions, HELLADS (High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defence System), from General Atomics, runs off a single lithium-ion battery and is small enough to fit onto a predator drone.

With the possibilities of being mounted to both land, sea and air vehicles, laser technology could revolutionise the way we act against other weapons. With the ability to shoot down missiles and heat up and melt the components in vehicles laser technology could quickly become the new step in modern warfare.

Thank you Engadget for the information.

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Beoing Develops EMP Weapon

EMP, a term used to describe what was once a weapon only in film and books. Electromagnetic pulse weapons were imagined as a counter to electronic tools of warfare, or even everyday life. They were imagined to destroy or disable electronic devices, with no damage to people or property. This may no longer be just science fiction, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have successfully tested an EMP based missile with “little to no collateral damage”.

Named CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project), the missile is designed to be launched from an aircraft, and then fly a pre-determined flight path, emitting bursts of directed high-powered energy towards a target the device has proven that it can knock out multiple targets with no damage to the buildings they are in.

Hollywood has long been in love with the idea behind EMP’s, with movies such as Red Dawn starring Chris Hemsworth, showing off how an entire country could be crippled by removing all those modern inventions and devices that we have come to love and rely on. With CHAMP’s reported success, EMP weapons may no longer be held to our screens and minds as Boeing are keen to continue testing and development with the hopes of deploying the device for active service as soon as possible.

You can see the video statement presented by Boeing below,

Thank you Boeing for providing us with this information.

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World of Warcraft Movie Delayed To 2016

Previous news set the World of Warcraft movie launch date on the 18th of December 2015. However, we learned that it has been delayed to 2016, according to a tweet from the official World of Warcraft Twitter account.

Based on the information given, it seems that the movie will be moving from its 18th of December 2015 release date to an 11th of March 2016 release date. It is unclear as to why there might be a delay since no explanation was given, but since games get frequent delays, why not movies based on games get delays as well eh? Blizzard’s involvement and the company’s attention to detail and their reputation for delaying games, this does not come as a complete shock, but hopefully what this means is that we can look forward to an even greater movie and perhaps prove that movies adapted from video games don’t have to be horrible.

During BlizzCon 2013, additional details of the movie was shared with attendees. The movie will take us back to the original Warcraft game where it will be more about Orcs versus Humans as opposed to some of Warcraft’s later stories, like the one involving Arthas and the Lich King. The movie is expected to begin filming next year and according to the rumors, Colin Farrell and Paula Patton could be part of the cast.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information