Pictured above is an experimental aircraft built by the USAF in 1956-57 known as “Project 1794″. It was built by the Canadian company Avro Aircraft, LTD. It was tested in Malton, Ontario. The test version was subsonic, but a Mach 4 version was on the drawing table.
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It was a normal day on Twitter until William Shatner did this:
@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB
@WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface.
This one stars great radio actor, and future star of “Cannon”, William Conrad!
You think you’ve escape. That no one knows where you are. But you’ve forgotten about the …
“Man in the Storm” aired on “The Whistler” on February 18, 1951.
We never know if we should buy these stories, but reports have come out from the Toronto film festival that several audience members fainted while watching “The Incident”. A horror film about night-shift workers in an insane asylum during a power outage.
Why doubt it? Well, it came upon the heels of the announcement that IFC had picked up the film to release under their IFC Midnight banner. Why else do we doubt it? We’ve tracked down reports like this before. They usually end up being demonstrably unrelated to the film. Another reason we doubt it? We’re just cynical bastards.
Still … you’re free to judge for yourself …
More info from Vin Diesel on the upcoming Riddick film The Chronicles of Riddick: Deadman Stalking:
While I was working on character, the Director and his team of artists have been creating the world and style of this picture. We all know how much I enjoy concept art and storyboards, haha, I am like a kid in a candy shop.
Seeing the early stage of CGI is always fascinating to me, it is a element that usually comes together long after the filming process, so you look forward to seeing it fully realized.
First stop for the Riddick production is Canada, which is where we shot a large part of Chronicles…
P.s. I am grateful to have Universal in such support of this complex character’s journey… not many studios would back an “R” rating. Very cool.
The image above is from one of the new storyboards.
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Residents in rural Sask buzzing about meteor rocks and bidding war
SASKATOON — Residents in rural Saskatchewan near the Alberta boundary are buzzing with speculation 10 tonnes of meteorite rocks are scattered across their small patch of the Prairies.
And with a bidding war brewing between meteorite hunters in the United States, many expect the sparsely populated area could soon find itself in the middle of an astronomical circus.
“It could turn into quite a fiasco,” Mike Casper of Ithaca, N.Y., said Tuesday.
The private collector, who is also curator of the meteorite collection at Cornell University, said he has seen hundreds of rock hunters pull into towns in Arizona and Texas where meteors were spotted in the past few years.
On Thursday, a large fireball brightly lit up the night sky and was reportedly spotted by tens of thousands of people across all three Prairie provinces. Witnesses reported it was as bright as the sun and some heard sonic booms.
The fireball was as big as a desk, say experts, and meteors that size occur over Canada only once every five years.
Alan Hildebrand, a University of Calgary researcher, has since pinpointed an area of farm fields near Manitou Lake, where possibly hundreds of chunks from the meteor may be found.
Robert Haag of Tucson, Ariz., the self-declared “Indiana Jones of meteorite hunters”, earlier announced a $10,000 reward for the first one-kilogram chunk located.
“I will up that to $12,000 US,” Casper said. “When they find it and the smoke clears, somebody’s gonna phone me, cause they know they’re looking for a bidding war.”
He said he paid $225,000 for a rare meteorite in 1997. He owns hundreds of others.
“It’s just the romance of owning something that did not originate on this planet,” he said.
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Search is on for Meteor that lit sky over western Canada
MONTREAL (AFP) — Scientists and amateur astronomers have been combing the prairies in western Canada for a 10-ton meteorite that lit the sky and exploded with the force of 300 tons of dynamite, according to experts from the Canadian Space Agency.
The meteorite, seen on Thursday by thousands of people in a 700 kilometer (435-mile) radius, fell southeast of Lloydminster, near the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta provinces, astrophysicists Alan Hildebrand and Peter Brown said in a statement.
At the moment it entered the atmosphere, the asteroid fragment weighed approximately 10 tonnes, from an energy estimate derived from infrasound records, said Brown, professor of meteor physics at University of Western Ontario.
“The indicated energy is approximately one third of a kiloton of TNT,” he added.
Hundreds of fragments of the meteorite weighing more than 50 grams (1.76 ounces) were likely strewn over a wide area since its the speed of entry, some 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) per second, was well below the average 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) per second of most meteorites, said University of Calgary researcher Hildebrand.
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