Science & Technology

Drone Racing – The Underground Future of VR Sports
Science & Technology

Drone Racing is the high-tech sport taking off around the world. Ever wanted to do some podracing as seen in the Phantom Menace? Well this is as close as you can get right now and it is growing with some major international events and media partners driving the sport from underground warehouses into the mainstream. Gizmag recently did a report on the underground Drone Racing scene here in Rebel Scum Radio’s home town of Melbourne, Australia (Watch Video) but it is...

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Saturday, 25 June 2016
What the hell are gravitational waves? Brian Greene Explains
Science & Technology

A few weeks ago there was a landmark day for our understanding of the universe when the detection of gravitational waves was announced by scientisits at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) proving a 100 year old theory of Albert Einstein to be correct. When discussing this around the water cooler at work it was difficult to explain the importance and implications of the discovery.  Physicist Brian Greene, reknown for his ability to break down the super complicated into understandable ideas, explains the...

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Thursday, 10 March 2016
The HTC Vive sells 15,000 units in 10 minutes but is it enough?
Games

The Consumer grade version of the HTC Vive VR headset officially went on sale last week for $799 USD. 15,000 units sold out in 10 minutes going against the thinking that top end VR headsets are at too high a price point. While 15,000 units may sound an impressive achievement it must be noted that this is not a large enough amount of units for game developers to dive into the VR market and make a profit from. None the less it is...

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Tuesday, 08 March 2016
Ghostbusters Featurette – The Real Science of Busting Ghosts
Movies

Everyone knows you need to a proton pack to bust ghosts as seen in 1984’s smash hit film Ghostbusters. Well three decades on and science has moved has move on as particle physicist James Maxwell, designer of the latest Ghostbusters proton packs, explains in a new behind-the-scenes featurette at paranormalstudieslab. The featurette explores the real science that went into the design of the action/adventure/comedy film (I have never been 100% sure how to classify Ghostbusters) which is set for release in...

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Sunday, 06 March 2016
Moon Shot – J.J. Abrams & Google reach for the stars
Science & Technology

J.J. Abrams was a busy man in 2015 with the blockbuster space drama Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a seeming endless line of new projects emerging from his production company Bad Robot, but it was eventually time to come back down to earth as he turned his attention to a series of web-only documentaries about a Google-backed race to the moon – the Google Lunar X Prize. The new series is which is directed by documentary filmmaker Orlando von...

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Sunday, 06 March 2016
CES2016: STAR WARS, BATMAN, GAME OF THRONES AND AVENGERS USB FIGURES
Science & Technology

Who doesn’t want Star Wars, DC, Marvel, Simpsons or Game of Thrones figurines decorating their desktop at work? Well now you have a valid reason with Tribe  releasing a series of awesome USB enabled figurines at CES2016 this year. The team at IGN showed of a few of these in a video over the weekend and I instantly imagined work to be a much better place. The only problem is I doubt I would ever get them back if I loaned one out so...

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Sunday, 10 January 2016
Control Star Wars BB-8 Droid using the force (midi-chlorians not included)
Science & Technology

Everyones favourite droid from the Star Wars : The Force Awakens, BB-8, can now be controlled using the force (aka a bluetooth wristband – but a really cool bluetooth wristband). Without doubt one of the coolest gadgets (I wont call it a toy due to the complexity of the device) to emerge from the Star Wars merchandise blitz is Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 droid. Controlling the loveable droid from your smartphone is just out and out fun. And it is about...

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Tuesday, 05 January 2016
Quakescope – Quake on an oscilloscope
Games

Quake on an oscilloscope  in real-time? Could it be done? Should it be done? Yes and Yes. Lets take a look back. Old analog oscilloscope displays are monochromatic CRTs designed to display waveforms when testing electrical signals, rendering 3D first person shooters isn’t really their “thing”. How does it work? Firstly, Using the scope in X-Y mode the headphone cable was spliced. To get convert the audio into images was the next challenge. “Youscope” examples had shown this in the past as pre-rendered recordings...

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Saturday, 28 November 2015
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