Michio Kaku: Time Travel, Parallel Universes, and Reality

“You changed someone else’s past…” Michio Kaku – (mind blown!!)

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Only One Man Can Explain the Zelda Timeline

Via Kotaku

And that man is not series creator Shigeru Miyamoto. Nor is it current overseer Eiji Aonuma. It is Doctor Emmett Lathrop Brown.

As a public service announcement, give the video a minute (literally) to warm up and get where it’s going. You’ll know when it’s got there, and then you’ll know why he’s the only man who can make sense of it all.

Also, a round of applause for Link’s Marty McFly voice. That’s a hard one to do well!

[thanks Ryan!]

Send an email to the author of this post at plunkett@kotaku.com.

Scientists Could Be Months Away From Discovering Antigravity

Via Technology Review

Scientists at CERN have announced that they’ve been able to trap 309 atoms of antihydrogen for over 15 minutes. This is long enough that soon, they’ll be able to figure out whether antimatter obeys the law of gravity, or whether it’s repelled by normal matter and falls “up” instead. It would be antigravity, for real.

While it’s never been tested experimentally due to how difficult it is to create and store the stuff, it’s disappointingly likely that antimatter will fall “down” just like regular matter. The thinking behind this is that antimatter (despite the “anti-“) is made of regular ordinary energy, and even if it’s got an opposite charge, it should still obey the same general rules as matter does. Antimatter falling up would mean a violation of the law of conservation of energy, among other things.

That said, if antimatter were to exhibit antigravity, it would go a long way towards explaining some of the peculiarities of our universe. For example, the universe is supposed to have just as much antimatter as it does matter, but we don’t know where the antimatter is. If antimatter and normal matter repelled each other, it could mean that there are entire antimatter galaxies out there. Also, that repulsion would explain why the universe is not just expanding, but speeding up its expansion, something that’s tricky to figure out when everything in the universe is always attracted towards everything else.

In either case, the team at CERN should be able to put the debate to rest within a couple months, when they plan to trap a blob of antihydrogen and then just watch it to see which way it falls. Down, and the laws of physics stay in place. Up, and you might just get that hoverboard you’ve always wanted.

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My Christmas Wish…

So now that classes are done, I promptly got sick. 😦  So yesterday I was pounding back Ginger Ale and Multi-Vitamins and watching various things on TV and DVD.  My brother (who is also very sick) came downstairs to watch the first Back to the Future movie with me.  And near the end I had an amazing idea!  *maybe it was the fever, or the cough syrup, but I realized that we don’t know how long Doc was in the future before he decided to come back and get Marty to go save his kids.  M

My Christmas wish is that they come out with some kind of The Adventure of Doc Brown, series.  It wouldn’t even have to be a movie; maybe a graphic novel or something.  But how badass would that be!!?? 

Get on that Santa!

Humorous Recasts

In what’s sure to be a continuing topic here on this blog, I’m posting another list of hilarious recasts.  First up,

Back to the Future – RECAST

Kirk Cameron as Marty McFly
Christopher Walken as Doc Brown
Barbra Streisand as Lorraine Baines
David Hasselhoff as Biff Tannen
Kurt Russel as George McFly
Bill O’Reilly as Prin. Stricklan

*we’re actually watching BTTF right now and I can’t stop seeing Christopher Walken as Doc. 😉

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – RECAST

Steven Seagal as Indiana Jones
Sissy Spasek as Marian
Adam West as Dr. Rene Balloq
Mickey Rooney as Maj. Arnold Toht

(Do you have ideas for funny recast?  Please comment)