Do We Inhabit Within A Giant Hologram?

The principles which govern our universe is still open to debate within the science community, from quantum mechanics, which is a theory suggesting that of a formalism underlying the description of all physical systems to the holographic principle.

This principle suggests and “mathematically determines our Universe is just two-dimensional, however it appears three-dimensional due to the holographic effect whereby the Universe behaves like a giant hologram. Due to this giant hologram everything that we see around us is just a projection of a two-dimensional surface”. Still awake? Good, new research which has aimed to test the validity of this principle has been undertaken by Austrian researchers which have been able to show that this holographic principle has validity for a much more realistic outlook of our galaxy.

This latest theory which has been devised by researchers at the Vienna University of Technology describes a “holographic principle which works in a flat spacetime along with the theoretical regions with negative curvature”. This is fascinating but does need to be re read one or two times in order to understand the viewpoint.

It’s incredible that these theories are able to be investigated by the science community with the aim of understanding more about our universe. A compelling statement by Max Riegler of Vienna University explains that “This calculation affirms our assumption that the holographic principle can also be realized in flat spaces” it will be interesting to see further developments within these equations.

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Infinite Crisis Closing on August 14th

Infinite Crisis was developed by Turbine Inc and published by Warner Bros and it started out as a highly popular MOBA game – but something must have changed as they’ve just announced that they will be shutting down the game and its servers on August 14th, 2015.

It’s only been out of beta for a couple of months and officially launched on Steam on the 26th of March this year. The short-lived game brought a wide range of crazy characters from the DC Comics Multiverse. The game is packed with heroes and villains alike, such as Nightmare Batman, Gaslight Catwoman, Green Lantern and The Flash.

“This was an extremely difficult decision to make. On behalf of the entire Infinite Crisis team we want to thank all of you for your feedback, support and for joining together to create one of the best communities in gaming,” the statement reads.

MOBA is very popular and millions of players taking it out on friend and foes in the PVP battlefields of DOTA2 and League of Legends. But the time doing that with super heroes is almost over.

Any player that bought the Starter Pack or Elite Pack through Steam can request a refund by visiting the official support article.

Anyone can still get a chance to try the game out for free and play it until the servers shut down in August.

Captain America HUGE Cast Announcement

If you are a fan of the Avengers film series and branched films; you’ll sure to be up to date with the film timeline. We’ve just had the release of Age of Ultron and Ant-Man will be out in the Summer, which stages the end of ‘Stage two’ of the film series. That then leave Captain America: Civil War to kick us back off in 2016 for the third and proposed, final filming stage.

With only a year until the release, filming has most likely already started (under wraps of course), but we are starting to get some pretty hefty details in regards to the filming cast; basically everyone apart from the Green Guy.

The official film synopsis given by the studio reads:

“Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.”

Let’s kick off the cast list, the team at the end of the last Avengers film will be directly included, so we have Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Don Cheadle (War Machine) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch)….that’s six straight away.

It has then been confirmed that Paul Rudd will make an appearance as Ant-Man after the release of the standalone film this Summer. We should also expect a visit from Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) before he has his own standalone film in 2018. Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) is named to appear despite his seeming departure in Age of Ultron and of course Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) will be back, establishing the rivalry between him and Cap that follows the comic story line; ten now.

Even though this will be an almost smaller sequel to Age of Ultron, the past of Winter Solider will make it into the new film. Sebastian Stan (bucky Barnes) will return at the Winter Solider, Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter) and Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow) will also be returning.

Almost there, really. Daniel Brühl will be appearing as Nazi villain Baron Zemo, Martin Freeman will also appear, but no confirmed role for him just yet.. Lastly, William Hurt will make his first appearance in the film series since his debut in The Incredible Hulk back in 2008. That’s sixteen major roles, SIXTEEN; how will directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, give each of these enough screen time to warrant them? Who knows.

 The directors have a tough job on their hand with this one, this will be the first film to include more than 2-3 other Avengers cast, leading almost directly off the Age of Ultron, but also having to make sure this has enough traction to stand alone AND set up for the rest of the film series.
I can’t wait for it, the chemistry all played on screen makes me like Captain America more and more with his unseemly witty responses that just doesn’t fit in with our very matured sense of humor. Are you excited for the rest of the series? Let us know in the comments.
Thank you to Wired for providing us with this information.

Stargate Producers Working on New ‘Dark Matter’ Sci-Fi Series

There hasn’t been a new Stargate TV show for a long time now, but that hasn’t stopped Paul Mullie and Joseph Mallozzi, former writers and directors of the popular Stargate series, from trying their luck on another sci-fi franchise.

Their latest creation is named “Dark Matter” and is said to air on SyFy this June. The trailer below shows some resemblance to the Stargate: Universe series, but it is said that the new series is sourced from a graphic novel called Dark Horse.

The cast for the series also seems to be a bit low-key, having recruited some less familiar names, such as Marc Bendavid, Zoie Palmer and Anthony Lemke. Roger Cross and Jolle Ferland are some familiar faces that viewers will see in the series compared to the aforementioned actors.

Also, there is word of a couple of the old Stargate cast members joining to captivate Stargate fans, having Amanda Tapping and Torri Higginson in the series as well.

Source: Blastr

Large Hadron Collider Scientists Hope to Find Parallel Universe this Week

The Large Hadron Collider, also known as the ‘atom smasher’, at the CERN centre in Switzerland will be fired up to its highest energy levels ever in a bid to detect, or even create, miniature black holes. If the scientists are successful in their experiments then a completely new universe will be revealed and rewrite the physics books as we know them.

The whole thing sounds very sci-fi, but the theories are solid from the things we know. So what could go wrong? There are those who warn against the dangers like they did before the Higgs Boson particle was found and their concerns might be more justified this time. The LHC has searched for mini black holes at energy levels below 5.3 TeV up until now, but the latest studies show that it needs levels of at least 9.5 TeV in six dimensions and 11.9 TeV in 10 dimensions. TeV stands for Tera electron Volts and one TeV is one trillion electron Volts.

“Just as many parallel sheets of paper, which are two-dimensional objects [breadth and length] can exist in a third dimension [height], parallel universes can also exist in higher dimensions. We predict that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if it does, then miniature black holes can be produced at the LHC,” said Mir Faizal, one of the physicists behind the experiment.

“Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualised. This cannot be tested and so it is a philosophy and not science. This is not what we mean by parallel universes. What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions.”

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Space Probe Rosetta Is Operational After Being In Hibernation For 4 Years

An artists impression of space probe Rosetta rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The space probe launched by The European Space Agency or ESA has sent its first transmission back to earth after 3 years of hibernation from over 800 million kilometers away. The probe named Rosetta sent its first signal to the ESA this morning, with the ESA saying they received Rosetta’s “Hello World” signal loud and clear. The probe was launched in 2004, but was put in hibernation mode in 2011 to save energy for the over 7 billion kilometer trek around the inner Solar System before it will rendezvous with the comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Space shuttle carrying the 3 tonne Rosetta blasting off from Kourou, French Guiana

Now that the probe is out of hibernation and if all goes to plan Rosetta will meet up with the comet in the next 10 of months. Once close enough to the comet Rosetta will drop a lunar probe to the comet’s surface to study and carry out experiments on the icy surface of the comet. Depending on whether you believe the creation of the universe happened with the “Big Bang”, comets are seen by those who do as being remnants of the birth of our star system and left overs from the “Big Bang”. Scientists hope that the information the lunar probe finds on the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will help unlock the secrets of how our solar system was created and what was the secret to kick-starting life on earth.

Artists impression of Rosetta’s lunar lander probe

Scientists from the ESA said that the reason Rosetta was placed in hibernation was because on its travels to rendezvous with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko “it was so far from the sun that the light was too dim to power its solar array, so it was shut down to conserve energy”. With Rosetta being so far away scientists at the ESA had to wait over 8 hours for the signal to reach earth, with the transmission travelling over 800 million kilometers just to reach us. A press statement released by the ESA summed up the feelings of all those involved with the project “It was a fairy-tale ending to a tense chapter”.

An artists impression of Rosetta flying past Mars

Who knows what kind of data this expedition will uncover using this high-tech lunar probe, we’ll keep you updated on more information regarding Rosetta and it’s mission to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko when it becomes available.

Thank you news.com.au for the information provided 

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Europe Launches Billion Dollar Telescope

An artists impression of the Gaia Telescope

The ESA (European Space Agency) has successfully launched a highly advanced telescope into space, it’s mission will be to detect over a billion stars whilst providing the most detailed map of the Milky Way Galaxy to date. The Gaia telescope was successfully launched from a Soyuz-STB-Fregat rocket from the ESA’s base in Kourou, French Guiana. The $1.4 billion telescope is the most sophisticated and hi-etch space telescope ever built by ESA and aims to build a “astronomical census”  of over a billion stars, roughly 1% of all the stars in the Milky Way.

Gaia will not only be measuring distance, speed, direction and motion of these stars to create a 3D map of our section of the galaxy. It will also be on the look out for new planets beyond our Solar System, with as many as 50,000 so called “extra-solar planets” hoping to be spotted during the telescopes five year life and mission. Gaia  will also be on the lookout for asteroids that could one day threaten Earth with the telescope mainly focusing on the massive asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter as well as looking for the distant explosion of exploding stars also known as a supernovae. Something that is rarely recorded let alone observed in real time, which this h-tech telescope will be capable of doing.

Jean-Yves Le Gall, head of the France National Center of Space Studies (CNES) which is taking lead of this mission had this to say;

‘We are at the dawn of revolutionizing our understanding of the history of the Milky Way. Gaia is the culmination of nine years of intense work which will enable exceptional advances in our understanding of the universe, it’s history and laws.” The 2-tonne telescope is so sensitive that it can measure the equivalent of the diameter of a hair at the distance of 1000 kilometers.”

Gaia will start it’s mission in May when it takes up a position at the Lagrange point L2, which is located about 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. This position with offer year round observation of the cosmos with out being disturbed by the Earth, Moon or the Sun blocking its view. It will take years after the Gaia’s mission has finished to transform the million billion bytes of raw data into usable maps, catalogs and eventually a 3D map of our section of the Milky Way.

Thank you The Sydney Morning Herald for providing us with this information.

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