The second season of time-traveling cop show Continuum hasn't started airing in the U.S. yet, and it's not over in Canada. But already, the Canadian network Showcase has ordered a third year of the adventures of Kiera Cameron, the cop from 2077.
There's one gift that every boy and girl, man or woman, can enjoy even for just a few minutes: Lego. No matter their background or education, the joy of building something with Lego bricks is irresistible. Here are some of the best sets of 2012, chosen to accommodate different budgets, ages and tastes.
This thing is genius. The kind of stuff that will leave you amazed as you build it, as you go "hmmm, where is this going..." to "oooooh, I seeeee! CLEVER!" to "OMFG NO WAY."
This is not real Lego. I mean, it is Lego and its pieces are Lego, but the large bulky surfaces that make this Iron Man are too large to be considered canon.
The Lego Master Builder Academy kits are great ways to get into serious Lego building.
I like most of the Lego Architecture series. I'm not a big fan of the monuments, like the Empire State Building, Big Ben or the Sidney Opera, but I can appreciate their value.
I still like this Lego fan model more than the latest official Lego rendition of the Rebel Alliance's X-Wing, but I have to admit that I loved both to build and admire the final result.
Ben Thoma is one of the crucial people in the Mars Science Laboratory mission. He has this mind blowing thought to share with you:
In just a few hours the Mars Curiosity Rover will be on the surface of Mars. During the seven minutes of terror that will precede touch down, many things must work perfectly. The first critical piece is the parachute.
Today marks one year since Atlantis roared on Launch Pad 39A en route to the International Space Station. It was the last of the 135 launches in the history of the space shuttle program. Here is an amazing video that shows them all at the same time.
Sometime in 1889, Emile Berliner recorded the first album in the history of the world. Then, that record by the father of the gramophone was destroyed. Today, Patrick Feaster, a sound historian at Indiana University, recreated the album using just a printed photograph of the album. His technique defies belief.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of my favorite movies ever, which is why I imagine our first contact with aliens like the video above: all pretty light and pretty music and pretty choreography.
Despite their age—they have been flying since the 1950s—the B-52 Stratofortress is still the backbone of the US Air Force's strategic bombing force. These jet-powered beasts can deliver up to 70,000 pounds of weapons to any target around the globe. That includes nuclear weapons, of course.
There's something about this animation that mesmerizes me. Like a lava lamp, but better. It's as if Earth had an invisible heart beat showing through the surface temperature of our oceans. Beautiful.
On August 5, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will touch down on the surface of the Red Planet. Or that's what we all hope, because it will be the craziest landing in the history of space exploration.
I always hated video in weddings. The quality always look so cheesy. But not this one. This one was filmed with RED Epic cameras on 5K resolution and 3D! These are the same cameras that Peter Jackson is using for The Hobbit or Ridley Scott used for Prometheus.
New York is a titanic animal made of more than eight quadrillion hungry cells. Cells that love delivery food—any kind, any time of the day or night. This video shows part of its food network, its pizza circulatory system.
It may be warm and nice or rainy and miserable outside but, most probably, you have office weather in your office cubicle. Wouldn't you rather be in one of these dream vacation houses now? They have to be the most relaxing and beautiful buildings on Earth. Or at least in the top 10. Dream on.