Faith in Hollywood Restored: This is (Probably) Battle Cat From the Masters of the Universe Movie

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There's been little news of Sony Pictures' Masters of the Universe movie lately (though it's got a new script draft), but the Senior VP of Production at Colombia Pictures tweeted out this photo when asked for an update about the film.  If that isn't Battle Cat, I don't know what it is.  But either way, it sure looks awesome.

Those Harry Potter LARPers are Back With a Full Wizarding School Experience

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Polish Potter LARPers from the College of Wizardry are seeking funding via Indiegogo to put on a four day wizardng school event that includes the opportunity for 130 people to attend classes and spend three nights at a real Polish castle, be sorted into a magical house, and roleplay to their hearts' content.

If they manage to raise one million dollars through the campaign, the group intends to purchase a castle in Poland to make their wizarding school real (well, as real as it can get, anyway).  Though last year's event was given permission by Warner Bros. to use terms from the Harry Potter series, future events will not be set in the famed magician's universe, but will instead be a part of an original magical world.  

Check out their campaign for more info.

Genius of the Day: Homer Simpson Predicted Higgs Boson Before Scientists

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In a 1998 episode of “The Simpsons” called “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer knew about the Higgs boson (aka “God Particle”) many years before it was even discovered.

He is shown writing an equation on a chalkboard, which actually turns out to be a lot more than just a bunch of gibberish.

“That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson,” Simon Singh, author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, told “The Independent”. “If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is. It’s kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered.”

Peter Higgs theorized about the particle in the ’60s, and it was finally discovered in 2012.

The writers on the show are all a bunch of math geeks, who have hidden easter eggs throughout the series since it premiered. Another of the equations Homer is working on in the same scene references Fermat’s Last Theorem, which Singh also has written about.

You can read more about the chalkboard scene and the math involved in this chapter from Singh’s book published at Boing Boing.

Here’s a more detailed explanation about the Higgs portion:

The first equation on the board is largely Schiminovich’s work, and it predicts the mass of the Higgs boson, M(H0), an elementary particle that that was first proposed in 1964. The equation is a playful combination of various fundamental parameters, namely the Planck constant, the gravitational constant, and the speed of light. If you look up these numbers and plug them into the equation,1 it predicts a mass of 775 giga-electron-volts (GeV), which is substantially higher than the 125 GeV estimate that emerged when the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012. Nevertheless, 775 GeV was not a bad guess, particularly bearing in mind that Homer is an amateur inventor and he performed this calculation fourteen years before the physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, tracked down the elusive particle.

The Simpsons have also made headlines for “predicting” a number of other future events, including the Syrian civil war, the ebola outbreak, the Siegfried & Roy tiger attack, smartwatches andmalfunctioning voting booths.

But you would think as longest-running animated series in U.S. TV history that they would eventually get a few things right.

The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To

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The team from the awesome indie comedy film Mystery Team is set to bring The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To, to life in film.

Dan Eckman, Meggie McFadden and DC Pierson from Derrick Comedy, are adapting Pierson's own coming-of-age superhero novel. Half action, half comedy, the story revolves around two high school outcasts taking a superhero adventure a la Back to the Future and E.T.

If you like the concept, spread the video around to help them find financial backing!