How Will Humanity Get to Mars?

And now for something a bit different. With the recent news that the Mars One project had over 100,000 people apply for the one-way trip to the red planet, maybe now would be a good time to look at the logistics of actually making the trip to Mars.

Space physicist, Martin Archer, explains how humanity would be able to make it to Mars with current technology but also details the dangers that astronauts face when making an interplanetary journey.

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Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol Review

The Doctor was back on Christmas Day (Boxing Day in Canada) with another Doctor Who Christmas Special. Last year’s Christmas special was the first special that wasn’t set at Christmas time. While the Russell T. Davies era Christmas specials were set at Christmas, they weren’t what one would call “Christmassy.” New Doctor Who head writer Steven Moffat set out to change that with an episode that put a Doctor Who twist on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Was Moffat successful in his attempt to make a proper Christmas episode of Doctor Who? I review Doctor Who’s A Christmas Carol after the jump. Continue reading

Doctor Who Season 5 Review (Part 2)

Four weeks after the season wrapped up on BBC in the UK, Space aired the season finale of this season of Doctor Who in Canada. This was the fifth season of the show but it was the first under new showrunner Steven Moffat. Moffat was writer of some of the best episodes of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival so expectations were high heading into this season. The playbook from the last five years of the Russell T. Davies era Doctor Who were thrown out the window. A new actor was drafted in to play a more alien Doctor. The sets were redesigned, the logo changed, and the musical score was revamped. Most importantly for Who fans were the regular mentions of vintage Doctor Who.

So how was this new season of the iconic British sci-fi show? I review the final six episodes of the season, rate the season as a whole and examine the history of the new Doctor Who on Canadian TV after the jump. Continue reading

Doctor Who Season 5 Review (Part 1)

Four weeks after the season wrapped up on BBC in the UK, Space aired the season finale of this season of Doctor Who in Canada. This was the fifth season of the show but it was the first under new showrunner Steven Moffat. Moffat was writer of some of the best episodes of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival so expectations were high heading into this season. The playbook from the last five years of the Russell T. Davies era Doctor Who were thrown out the window. A new actor was drafted in to play a more alien Doctor. The sets were redesigned, the logo changed, and the musical score was revamped. Most importantly for Who fans were the regular mentions of vintage Doctor Who.

So how was this new season of the iconic British sci-fi show? I review the first seven episodes of the season after the jump. Continue reading

Weekend Link-Off: Now With Less Speling Errors

beyonce_si19To celebrate the success of our Beyonce post, she headlines today’s link-off.  After the jump, an ad for the strangest restaurant ever in the history world.  And that spelling error in the title was intentional.

The Washington Nationals may be a major league ball club but both the quality of the team on the field and the spell checkers off the field would seem to contradict that. (Deadspin)

NCAA approves Division 1 women’s beach volleyball.  Well, I say beach volleyball but in order to be politically correct it’s called “sand volleyball.”  So will sand volleyball use the beach volleyball wardrobe? (ESPN)

Ergonomics gone wild!  Keyboards gone horribly wrong when they’re designed with ergonomics, ease of use, and general insanity in mind. (CIO)

Space dust: The galactic taste treat. (Daily Telegraph)

The new Yankee Stadium has seen a substatial increase in home runs over last year.  It has nothing to do with the fact that it’s a new stadium or players on the juice.  No, the seats are accelerating the air heading out to rightfield. (CNBC)

Since I’m in Canada, I don’t really understand the whole Erin Andrews obsession that’s swept the blogosphere.  Well, besides the obvious reasons.  Fortunately, Dan Shanoff of The Sporting News does a good job of figuring it out for me. (The Sporting Blog)

The Vancouver Canucks have been jinxed by a local blog that’s asked readers to submit Stanley Cup parade routes.  That will always end well. (The White Towel)

Since we’ve been doing a lot of NHL playoff coverage the last week and a half, here’s a list of NHL players and celebrities separated at birth. (Sports Illustrated)

Another chapter in the book of “Are Race Car Drivers Athletes”.  This time, Formula 1 drivers. (F1 Fanatic)

Good news Facebook users.  Facebook has decided that they don’t completely own you.  They just own you until you delete your account. (CBC)