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Sci-Fi Movie Interfaces: Why Transparent Screens Are Miserable to Use

Yesterday, we sat in on the excellent 'Made it So (Interface Makers in Movies)' panel at SXSW with Chris Noessel, Mike Fink, Mark Coleran and David Lewandowski, some of the designers behind the on-screen interfaces in movies ranging from '80s classics 'Blade Runner' and 'WarGames' to modern day blockbusters 'Avatar' and 'Tron: Legacy.' The panel followed a simple question and answer format, ...

Steve Jobs Keeps E-Mailing Mac Faithful, How to Create a Panoramic Photo

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Steve Jobs has been answering e-mail from the Mac faithful left and right lately, and the most recent response from the turtlenecked one promises a new and improved Fi...

William Shatner Starts Sci-Fi 'MyOuterSpace' Social Network

Nothing about William Shatner has ever been exactly subtle. But with one nonchalant tweet last week, the Shat quietly entered into the social networking foray by announcing the creation of his very own site. Shatner's oh-so-originally-named MyOuterSpace.com is geared toward not just Trekkies, but to creative sci-fi aficionados of all shapes and sizes. A self-proclaimed "Sci-Fi Social Networ...

Recreating 'Star Wars' on the Web, 15 Seconds at a Time

Casey Pugh, an enterprising blogger and Vimeo employee, has embarked on an auspicious film project bringing together hundreds of amateur contributors on Vimeo to recreate 'Star Wars,' piece by piece. He broke down the first film, 'Star Wars: A New Hope,' into 473 15-second clips and put them up on StarWarsUncut.com for the Web community to claim and create their own interpretations. Pugh said th...

The 'Matrix' Merovingian's Tie, and Other Sci-Fi Styles

For tie-wearers who abide by the fashions of geek chic, the ultimate is most certainly the Ediety Knot, unofficially titled the "Merovingian knot" due to its being worn by the French hedonist in the 'Matrix' trilogy. Known as being incredibly complicated and definitely suave, this how-to video breaks down the knot so anyone can imitate the slick rogue 'program' with a taste for French expletives....

Scientists Erase Memories in Mice

Movies have long had an obsession with erasing memories. 'Total Recall,' 'Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind,' and 'Men in Black' all feature the intentional manipulation of memory as a central plot point. Until now, the concept of selectively erasing memories has dwelt in the realm of science fiction, but scientists believe they have made a major step towards making such a procedure a reality. A...

Could This Flying Car be for Real?

Could this finally be it? We've been promised flying cars since the 1950s, but so far nothing has made it past the prototype and demo film stages. The father and son team of Chris and Jame Milner seem to think they can bring this dream to reality by 2010. At the New York International Auto Show later this month the pair will unveil their prototype convertible car / plane. The vehicle is small, n...