Every weekend, the GeeksPH Team will post what’s up, what’s interesting and what’s coming in the geek world—may it be anime, science, comics, movies, fandom, books, or what-have-you. Here are a few news items of the week that have caught our attention.
- Last week, we mentioned that whiskey was being sent into space. This week, we find out that Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, is going on a NASA mission. She will board the SOFIA, “an airborne observatory, [with] a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible.” So she may not be leaving Earth, but she’ll still have the best view.
- If you want to have a similar extraterrestrial experience without leaving terra firma, check out the Mind Museum in Taguig where it’s Space Month this August. Maybe they’ll tell you that after checking out Pluto and its moon, Charon, scientists had to think up names for their land formations. But NASA didn’t hog all the fun. They shared it and ran a naming campaign online! Awaiting approval by the International Astronomical Union are places like Pluto’s Voyager Terra and Cthulhu Regio, and Charon’s Vader Crater, Macross Chasma and Mordor Macula. Four for you, Internet! Let’s hope these names will be finalized!
- If you’re a Moonie that finds yourself in Tokyo before September, be sure to check out this bar that’s been temporarily turned into a Sailor Moon Cafe.
- Car company Lexus just made all Back to the Future dreams come true by creating a hoverboard.
- Cryptozoic Entertainment previewed the Attack on Titan boardgame at the recent Gen Con. Of the game: “It’s a little broken but probably in the best way possible. It’s thematically accurate in the sense that the Titan almost always wins.” Nasty, but realistic.
- Cryptozoic also brought along their preview for the Portal boardgame at Gen Con, where people compete for slices of cake. Yum.
- Today on DIY-ing c/o the Internet: “How to Make (simulation) 3D Holograms with your Smartphone“! Also check out, “How to Turn Your Smartphone into a Black Light”.
- Something that affects everyone: climate change is real.
- In celebration of this month’s Linggo ng Wika, Google partnered with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for the Love Your Language campaign. There are no rewards though Google will recognize top contributions. So do it for the personal bragging rights, but also do it for #PinoyPride. Help preserve Filipino.