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The Matrix

  1. Entertainment

    Brace Yourselves: Rumors Say The Matrix Is Getting a Prequel Trilogy

    The Matrix was a huge achievement in filmmaking both technically, visually, and in terms of story. The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions may not have been as bad as most people make them out to be, but let's just say the news of a Matrix prequel trilogy has us... cautiously optimistic.

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  2. Science

    New Technique Hijacks Photosynthesis to Create Electricity From Plants

    Plants use energy from the Sun through photosynthesis, and humans use energy from the Sun through things like solar panels. A new technique created by researchers at the University of Georgia allows humans to get electricity from plants by hijacking the photosynthesis process. This research could someday lead to some very literal power plants.

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  3. Science

    Guinea Pig Turned Into Living Battery, The Matrix One Step Closer To Just Being Our Lives

    You may think of guinea pigs as just furry little machines designed to process alfalfa into poop, but they are so much more than that! They are furry little poop machines that also make convenient batteries, like potatoes, that have fur and squeal! It's not just them, either -- pretty much any mammal can be turned into a battery, courtesy of our highly conductive inner ears, meaning the plot of The Matrix just got more plausible.

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  4. Entertainment

    The Matrix, Done A Capella [Video]

    From the mind and mouth of Matt Mulholland comes the iconic "lobby scene" from The Matrix, done a capella. While that is impressive in its own right, the effect of having all that deafening gunfire replaced with "pew pews" and "kapows" is downright delightful. (via BuzzFeed)

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  5. Science

    Jury-Rigged Cameras Capture Tesla Coils In “Bullet Time”

    Rob Flickenger wasn't satisfied with the common images he was getting of his experiments with Tesla coils using a single camera. So obviously, the answer was to get 10 digital cameras and set them up to capture images in Matrix-style "bullet time" (although not actual bullet time, because that term is a registered trademark of Warner Bros). Flickenger purchased 10 Canon A470 cameras and configured them to work as a single 70-megapixel, 10-angle camera. According to Flickenger he chose the cameras because they were able to run CHDK, the scriptable firmware for Canon cameras. This allowed him to write code to streamline the process of taking all ten photos at once, and then get the images off of the cameras easily. By wiring all of the cameras to the same 10-port USB hub, and using CHDK’s syncable USB remote feature, Flickenger was able to wire up a single button to make all of the cameras fire at once. Video after the jump.

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  6. Entertainment

    Every Movie’s Story Can Be Told in a Single Barcode

    moviebarcode is a nifty new Tumblr that consists of a series of "barcodes" made by compressing every frame of a given movie into a single image. These really do give you a feel for the prevalent colors within a given movie (above: The Matrix), and devoted fans may even be able to figure out roughly what is occurring within a given movie during a given band of color: For instance, the seasonal, stylized structure of Hero is very apparent in its barcode. Here's hoping that guessing movies by their barcodes becomes the new parlor game among film geeks. (moviebarcode)

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  7. Entertainment

    Rumor: Keanu Reeves Says Fourth and Fifth Matrix Movies in the Works, in 3D. Update: No.

    As the above xkcd strip wistfully points out, in the space of six short months in 2003, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions managed to accomplish the difficult feat of burning all of the goodwill and fan excitement elicited by the original Matrix. So is Ain't It Cool News' reader report that Keanu Reeves and the Wachowski siblings are collaborating on a fourth and fifth Matrix movie, possibly in 3D, a chance to right old wrongs, or the reopening of an old trauma? Update: So this somewhat dicey-seeming story is in fact bogus. The Playlist: "We reached out to reps for the actor and were told that 'none of it is true…he did not speak nor get an award from the from the London International School Performing Arts.' So, chalk this one up to a fan hoax and nothing more."

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  8. Science

    DARPA Tries Harvesting Energy From Humans, The Matrix Inevitable

    Electronics keep shrinking, as "embedded technologies" like microchips grafted to the skin and computer monitor contact lenses have surged over the last decade. But how can engineers generate enough energy to run such mystifyingly compact, yet complex gadgets? In Smithsonian Magazine's August issue, an article details how the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—the U.S. Department of Defense agency that helped fund the development of computer networking, the first hypertext system, and global positioning—is trying to deal with the battery problem: Their Energy Starved Electronics program, founded in 2005 with MIT researchers, seeks to utilize the human body itself as the power source. The Wachowski brothers were right!

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  9. Entertainment

    The 15 Best Exercises from Training Montages

    A remake of 1984's Karate Kid comes out this weekend, where the main character learns Kung Fu. We're just as confused as you are, but, we do fondly anticipate one thing: another entry into the long cinema tradition of training montages in action movies, full of kicks, punches, defeat, perhaps a loss of hope, and then comfortingly certain triumph. But the other thing that training montages have to be full of is things that would make even professional personal trainers raise an eyebrow. We've collected fifteen of our favorite training montage exercises, from the ones that made us go: "...what is that even supposed to do?" To the ones that made us go: "WTF THAT IS HARDCORE."

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  10. Weird

    Vitamin Water’s Facebook Flavor Tastes Like The Matrix

    In September, vitaminwater launched an interactive Facebook app which its fans could use to design and vote on a new flavor of vitaminwater. Yesterday, they announced the Facebook-themed winner, which will be called Connect. It will be "a tasty black cherry-lime flavor made with caffeine and 8 key nutrients." Do you know what else was black cherry-lime flavored, according to Wikipedia? You guessed it: Powerade's Matrix Reloaded promotional drink from 2003. Coincidence?

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