elysium

By Amber Lena

NASA's Mark Uhran is the former Assistant Associate Administrator of the International Space Station. MTV Geek had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Uhran about the technology seen in Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" (starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster), how it relates to today's space station technology, and whether something like "Elysium" would be technologically possible in the future.

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self freezing coke

When I was little and my mother would take me to K-Mart, the first thing I wanted to do was run to the snack bar and get a Coke-flavored ICEE and a hot pretzel. I love a good frozen Coke. Now, thanks to this fancy trick, I no longer have to hang out at the K-Mart snack bar like a sad-sack creeper, I can make them myself.

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AT Cosplay

by Alison Mayer

Welcome to MTV Geek's daily round-up of all things GEEK from the weird, wild world of the web! Got a cool link? Share it with us on Twitter at twitter.com/mtvgeek!

In this episode: Marti Noxon joins the new "Tomb Raider" film, "Adventure Time" cosplay gets a gender-bender makeover, and open source DNA!

MARTI NOXON SIGNS ON TO REWRITE THE NEW 'TOMB RAIDER' MOVIE

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If you are a big "Game of Thrones" fan, this might be the ultimate "collectible"!

A breeder in Oregon has started the Dire Wolf Project, creating dogs that resembles the real-life prehistoric dire wolves (Canis dirus) which walked the Earth about 10,000 years ago. Read More...

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Sheepshead fish image from YouTube

Imagine catching a fish that smiles back at you with rows of very human-looking teeth! Meet the sheepshead fish, a creature of the sea The Joker would be proud of.

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The folks behind "Epic Rap Battles in History" have pitted Gandhi against Martin Luther King, Bruce Lee against Clint Eastwood, Darth Vader against Hitler, and more. But now, patent powerhouse Thomas Edison is going head-to-head with genius mad man Nikola Tesla in a shockingly awesome, and electrifying (natch) rap faceoff.

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In December, a petition was posted to the White House website asking for the U.S. government to secure funding to build a real-life Death Star. The petition read:

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ThinkGeek has brought together three of the finest thinkers in science as a Justice League-style supergroup called "Science Corps International." The team features "Master of Space and Time" Dr. E, the electrifying High Voltage and mistress of subatomic manipulation, Madame Radiation!

ThnkGeek says:

Science Corps International: an elite team of Earth's brightest scientific minds which arms humanity against a dangerous universe through systematic testing, observation, and prediction. Here to kick anti-intellectual butt across space and time.

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NASA produced (some may say brazenly) the above video that takes place tomorrow, December 22, 2012 laying out exactly why the world didn't end "yesterday" and how we've got all it wrong about the supposed Mayan Apocalypse.

Said Dr. John Carlson in the video:

The Mayan calendar did not end on December 21, 2012 and there were no Mayan prophecies fortelling the end of the world on that date.

Adding:

The truth is more interesting than fiction.

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What would happen if you took 50 pounds of putty and dropped it from 42 feet in the air? We have absolutely no idea, but if you want to find out, The Franklin Institute of Philadelphia is the place to be on December 8th. Together with Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld, The Franklin Institute will drop 50 pounds of Thinking Putty from the ceiling of the museum’s Atrium during The Great Putty Drop of 2012. Read More...

 

Live Through This: Twinkie is probably older than you

Is there nothing more a marvel of science than The Twinkie? Yes, it might "disappear" if Hostess goes bankrupt...but thanks to Roger Bennatti, we know that a Twinkie never truly dies. Back in 1976 as a science teacher in Maine, Bennatti sought to teach his students the nutritional benefits of the Twinkie, conducting the following experiment: how long would the succulent yellow treat last? Like, if you just left it on the table or under your bed or something.

Apparently, the answer to that question is 36 years and counting. Read More...

Just over three months into its 2-year mission, NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery “for the history books,” but it sadly looks like we'll be waiting a few weeks to find out what exactly that discovery is. Read More...

A couple weeks ago, the International Space Station celebrated its 12th consecutive year of occupation, and NASA introduced a new tool to find it in the night sky. By signing up for Spot the Station, curious earthlings can receive email or text message alerts when the ISS is visible above their home. Read More...

The tractor beams seen in shows like "Star Trek" have become staple of the sci-fi genre, and now it looks like some clever physicists are getting closer than ever to making them a reality. It may not be the starship halting tractor beam we've seen in the movies, but the team was able to use an optical beam to pull a 1.5 micrometer silica sphere suspended in water, proving that a tractor beam could actually exist. Read More...

The Red Bull Stratos mission ran into a few delays due to windy weather last week, but on Sunday, October 14th “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner made history as he jumped from a space capsule lifted 24 miles above the Earth by a giant, helium-filled balloon. The jump set a new world record for the highest skydive and you can see it all go down after the break! Read More...

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