In the latest reboot of the franchise, the 2015 release of The Fantastic Four is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. When four young outsiders teleport to a dangerous alternate universe, their physical forms are transformed in unbelievable ways. With their lives turned upside down, four ordinary people become The Fantastic Four consisting of the Invisible Woman, Mr Fantastic, The Thing and the Human Torch. As a team, the Fantastic Four must not only learn how to understand and harness their new powers, but, find a way to save the world from a former friend who turns enemy.
Our favourite Minions from the Despicable Me film series return in their own story of survival. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions, takes us back to the very beginning of Minions as single-celled yellow organisms. The Minions evolved through the ages with their sole purpose in life being to serve the most despicable masters they could find, such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Napoleon and Dracula. Unsuccessful in keeping their masters, the loyal Minions eventually find themselves in Antarctica, depressed and with nobody to serve. However, three determined Minions, Kevin, Stuart and Bob, embark on a journey leading to their next potential master, the world’s first-ever female super-villain, Scarlet Overkill and her husband, Herb. During their adventure, Kevin, Stuart and Bob, also face their biggest challenge yet, to save all of Minionkind from annihilation. Will they succeed?
Set 22 years after the events in the first movie, Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park called Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. The new high-tech dinosaur park is owned by the Masrani Global Corporation who, in an attempt to boost park visitors, request geneticists to create the first genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur. Unfortunately, the development of a modified Velociraptor backfires horribly as predicted by behavioural researcher and Jurassic World staff member, Owen, who must save the park and himself. Jurassic World will be the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park film series.
Based on the superhero Marvel Comics, Avengers: Age of Ultron, brings together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in one movie to save the world. When Tony Stark tries to kick-start a resting peacekeeping program, things don’t go to plan. The Avengers, consisting of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye are then faced with the ultimate challenge. The Avengers must prevent the villainous Ultron from enacting his evil plans with the fate of the planet hanging in the balance. Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and the eleventh instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The United States Navy has recently completed testing of a robotic fish, called Silent Nemo, that performs underwater surveillance missions. Modelled on a bluefin tuna, the Navy hope to use the submersible drone to undertake secret underwater inspections. The Silent Nemo prototype was tested at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia by researchers from the Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) and Boston Engineering. A similar device known as GhostSwimmer has also been used by Boston Engineering to gather data on tides, currents, wakes, and weather conditions and resembles the swimming style of a large fish. Director of Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group, Michael Rufo, explained, “GhostSwimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe.”
A disabled tortoise has a new lease on life after being fitted with a customised wheelchair made from Lego. Blade the tortoise suffered a number of health problems resulting in the loss of his leg strength and the ability to hold his own weight. Owner, Iris Peste, refused to give up on Blade and enlisted the help from Dr. Carsten Plischke, a vet who suggested creating a Lego wheelchair for the animal. Two sets of wheels were then fitted to the underside of Blade’s shell enabling him to scoot around. Dr Plischke said, “For people there are walkers, rollators or prostheses but for animals there are no companies that produce something like that. you have to come up with creative solutions; every animal needs its own treatment.” In more good news for Blade, his wheelchair is believed to be a temporary solution and with time the tortoise is expected to eventually regain full strength in his legs.
Home is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation. The movie is based on a children’s book called The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, and tells the story of an alien race called Boov in search of a new place to call home. As the overly confident Boov invade and start reorganising Earth to their liking, the human race are relocated. However, one resourceful girl named Tip escapes capture and whilst on the run, encounters a banished Boov known as Oh. Together, the pair soon discover there is more at stake than intergalactic relations and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
A group of American rocket enthusiasts have successfully launched a portable toilet into the sky following the completion of a project called ‘Thrusting the Throne’. In a field at Three Oaks in Michigan, the unusual flying object made an arc in the sky before it narrowly missed an onlooker’s pickup truck on landing. The rocket toilet was behind the Michiana Rocketry Club with members planning and implementing the project for over two years. Around 30 people worked on the invention from engineers to sales people arranging sponsors. The Michiana Rocketry Club’s objective behind the rocket toilet was to increase awareness of rocketry as a hobby. One enthusiast, Bob Bycraft, claimed the launch was carefully planned and that it wasn’t “barnyard engineering”.