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Star Trek 3 Will Warp Drive to an Universe Where No Star Trek Story Has Gone Before
The last time we got a Star Trek movie, it turned out to basically be a less-than-stellar, rather nonsensical remake of one of sci-fi's greatest blockbusters. Fortunately, it doesn't appear as though fans will have to go through the re-do treatment again with Star Trek 3, as director Justin Lin has promised not only an original story, but also brand new worlds and alien species.
Deadline caught up with the filmmaker as he imprinted his hands into a wet concrete slab in front of the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and it was during their chat that Lin revealed his plans to take the next movie in the legendary franchise to some brand new places. Discussing the approach to the project, the director first jokingly noted that Simon Pegg will not be in every scene of the film (referencing the fact that the actor is writing the screenplay), but then added that he doesn't plan to adapt a classic story we've already see. Said Lin,
It’s all new and fresh. The Klingons, Romulans and other species are great, but it’s time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species.
Unlike the last two J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek films - which spent quite a bit of time on Earth - the upcoming Star Trek 3 will find the crew of the Enterprise finally on their five year mission through space. Because of the alternate timeline nature of the rebooted series, it would be rather easy for the production to just borrow from one of the franchise's classic stories, so it's refreshing that the film won't be going in that direction again. Of course, the news takes on a different color when you consider the fact that the sequel has actively been removing its Star Trek-y-ness.
Star Trek 3 - which is said to have the title Star Trek Beyond - is expected to start production soon, which is causing a bit of a time crunch behind the scenes as the script is being put into workable shape. Even if the screenplay doesn't make the deadline, however, it's unlikely that the project will get delayed. This is because 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, and it's incredibly hard to imagine that Paramount Pictures won't try to exploit that fact as much as they possibly can. As such, we can expect Star Trek 3 to head into production in the next few weeks as planned.
The sequel is expected to bring back Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, and John Cho as the crew of the Enterprise, and there have also been reports linking Idris Elba and Kingsman's Sofia Boutella to the project. Look for it in theaters on July 8, 2016.
Predictions: The title “Beyond” suggests that deep space will be explored and that the Enterprise will really be going where no people have gone before. This is great and could lead to all sorts of awesome science fiction stuff. Maybe there will be a planet that’s alive and eats other planets. Or an area of space where all alternate timelines become visible. Or Sisko singing with Vic Fontaine on an asteroid somewhere! (What? The Prophets span all of time, don’t they?) Whatever the crew encounters, it will be more interesting than yet another “madman blows up the Federation” plot.
Star Trek Beyond is set to come out on July 8, 2016, the year of the show’s 50th anniversary. Simon Pegg has already mentioned there will be some kind of tribute to the passing of Leonard Nimoy, but might we have a Shatner cameo, too? And why stop with the Shat? I’ve been hoping for Q to show up in these movies for ages (like he did in the IDW comics) or hey, I’d even settle for Trelane. It would be great to see Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and of course, George Takei, but these cameos don’t need to be limited just to classic Trek actors. Let’s get Patrick Stewart in there! And if he won’t do it, we’ll totally settle for Jonathan Frakes, if only because a bare-chested fight between Chris Pine’s Kirk and Riker is something we should have already been given.
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NASA Should have planted plants on the moon by now
Arabidopsis (rockcress) is a genus in the family Brassicaceae. They are small flowering plants related to cabbage and mustard. This genus is of great interest since it contains thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), one of the model organisms used for studying plant biology and the first plant to have its entire genome sequenced. Changes in thale cress are easily observed, making it a very useful model. The American space agency, NASA, plans to grow Arabidopsis on the Moon in 2015 and on Mars by 2021
GoPro turns action videos to new extremes - 360-degree virtual reality
GoPro plans to take extreme videos to new extremes with two new future products that will introduce the company into the drone and virtual reality markets.
The camera-maker for adventure enthusiasts plans to roll out a six-camera product later this year that is capable of capturing spherical content, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said Wednesday during an onstage interview at the Recode Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. The products are part of GoPro's efforts to expand its business beyond simply selling cameras for skiers, race drivers and other sports-adventure enthusiasts.
GoPro's Six-Camera Spherical Array is a mounting accessory that will accommodate six Hero4 cameras, capturing high-resolution images and video from different angles. The content can then be stitched together to create a 360-degree virtual reality environment by using Kolor, technology developed by a French virtual reality software maker that GoPro acquired last month.
Enjoying the content will require users to do virtual reality headsets like Oculus, Google Cardboard, and Microsoft's HoloLens. The content can also be viewed on PCs or smartphones using YouTube 360 or Kolor's app.
GoPro is playing catch up with its camera array. For the past two years, Google has offered free online software to create interactive photo-spheres that can be embedded in Google Maps, and the company has its own virtual reality platform, Google Cardboard, to help developers create more VR experiences. Facebook in March said it would support spherical videos on its News Feed and plans to incorporate them into Oculus.
GoPro is also getting into another burgeoning technology by building a quadcopter, or drone. Woodman did not provide any pricing or design details but did say consumers could expect the drone to hit the market in the first half of next year.
A drone is a natural progression for GoPro: drones equipped with the company's cameras are frequently used to record landscapes for real estate companies and film movie sequences.