Geology is the science of stones, of their shapes and formations and locations and changes over time. Human history, too, is a study, in part, of stones: ones shaped by humans, piled high by humans, flung at high velocities by humans at other humans. There is history in rocks and rocks in history.
A few months ago, in the expo-hall of the Austin Convention Center, I laid my left hand flat on a sheet of sterile paper and let a very tall, friendly man insert an RFID chip into the space between my thumb and index finger. “Oh, you've got thick skin,” he said, pressing the needle a little harder. I made a half-hearted joke about being a woman on the internet, and the whole thing was over.
The United Kingdom might have a mad scientist problem. Or at least, a mad engineer one. Colin Furze, a YouTuber who seems to have unlimited energy for creating working versions of science fictional devices, made a thermite-hurling fire cannon last month. Now, with sponsorship from Ford, it seems he's expanded his repertoire to hoverbikes.
Thermite burns hot. Very, very hot. This makes it equally useful for welding together train tracks and also for welding shut artillery pieces, and it's used in some grenades. Because thermite burns at such high temperatures, it's best to be far, far away from it while it burns. Colin Furze, who regularly makes outlandish contraptions for his YouTube channel, clearly intends his thermite launcher as a functional instrument of peace:
You may have thought, after the critical bomb that was Indiana Jones And the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, that perhaps cinema's most beloved archaeologist/adventurer/Nazi fighter character was destined to rest undisturbed for centuries, the legacy of the classic first three films slowly washing away the memories of that not-so-great fourth one. Alas, that was not to be.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” revisited a once-glorious universe, years after it was ruined through mismanagement, neglect, and overdrawn politics. I am speaking, of course, of the fictional setting of Star Wars, and not at all about what three poorly written prequels did to the franchise. In this new concept art from Industrial Light & Magic, we get a glimpse into the vision of the world at its creation.