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  • Moviegoers were treated to a whole host of flicks this fall featuring their favorite Hollywood stars facing some serious adversity. Whether it was Robert Redford facing off against the ocean in "All Is Lost," Tom Hanks getting abducted by pirates in the docudrama "Captain Phillips," or Sandra Bullock and George Clooney getting lost in space in the box-office smash "Gravity," the fall movie season has been all about one thing: survival. Naturally, the genre of hyper-intense and realistic thrillers has become rife with parody.

    "Saturday Night Live" was one of the first to satirize the genre with a sketch, but New York-based comedian and performer Daniel Hubbard might have bested the long-running TV show with his short film that spoofs the trailer and story for "Gravity" by reimagining it as a harrowing trip to furniture superstore Ikea.

    Co-starring Alex Viola, Hubbard's video, titled "Alfonso Cuaron's Ikea," lampoons several aspects of the shopping experience at the Swedish furniture

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  • An unusual event in the world of air travel occurred last night, as a flight was canceled thanks to the aftermath of kicking a blind man and his service dog off the plane. The man, Albert Rizzi, was informed that in order for him to fly with his service dog, Doxy, the dog would have to remain under the seat in front of him. This is where the accounts from the airline, US Airways, and Rizzi and his fellow passengers begin to diverge. According to the airline, Rizzi became verbally abusive with flight attendants when they tried to calm his dog, who had left his required underseat location. Rizzi counters that the dog barely moved and was not misbehaving.

    Rizzi and Doxy were kicked off the flight, and then other passengers ended up raising such objections about the pair's dismissal that the pilot emerged from the cockpit to dismiss the rest of the passengers. The flight was canceled, and all passengers, not just Rizzi and his dog, were driven by bus from Philadelphia to Long Island.

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  • Time-lapse photography can be a revelatory tool for helping us see the beauty of movement when the normal speed of time is just too slow. We get to see gigantic, Earth-sized changes as never before. Richard Gottardo's Northern Lights time-lapse is a perfect example. He spent 7 hours in Southern Alberta, recording the remarkable color changes that take place over the Rocky Mountains. I know a winter vacation to a snow-covered mountain doesn't sound incredibly ideal, but if this is something you can see in all its glory, albeit not at this speed, that's very enticing.  

    Have you seen any cool time-lapses? Tell us on Facebook, or on Twitter.

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  • Finding the perfect gift to give your mother is often a daunting task. Perfume, flowers and jewelry have all been done so many times before. Two brothers in Romania, 29 and 26, figured out the best gift of all to get for their mama, the gift of memories. They recreated photos taken 20 years ago as a surprise for her 55th birthday. The pair, whose names are unknown, spent weekends over several months visiting old vacation spots around Romania to get the exact same shots as when they were kids. Before being posted to Reddit, the photos were uploaded to imgur where they have been viewed more than 80,000 times so far.

    Brothers in Romania recreate childhood photos for their mother

     


     

    Brothers in Romania recreate childhood photos for their mother 

     

    Brothers in Romania recreate childhood photos for their mother

     

     
    Brothers in Romania recreate childhood photos for their mother
      
    Brothers in Romania recreate childhood photos for their mother
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  • With seemingly only marginal increases in most pieces of technology, it's not often that you come across something that legitimately makes you say "wow." And we would've never expected to say that about a table. But leave it to the MIT Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab to come up with something we've never seen before. It's called the inForm, and as Tangible explains, it can, "render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way." Basically, the table has a large network of pins, cabling, and actuators underneath, all hooked up to a computer.

    inForm

    The computer takes info from a kinect camera, or from formulas for custom designs, and outputs the same shape, instantaneously, on top of the table. And the practical uses are pretty cool. The pins are so precise that they can move objects, or form custom shapes. They can even be controlled from the top.
    A diagram of how it works.

    The MIT team says that practical uses for the contraption could be 3D-mapping, advanced CT

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