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Hook is one of those films that people love despite its flaws. It just hits all of the right nostalgia buttons. Rufio was certainly one of the standouts of the film—to this day the character pops up from time to time on the cosplay circuit. With that in mind, Hook star Dante Basco has taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to make a short film about Rufio’s origins entitled Bangarang (naturally). [click to continue…]

The trailer you are about to view is not from Blade Runner 2049. It’s from a short film called Slice of Life from Croatian filmmaker Luka Hrgovic and his friends. [click to continue…]

Imagine if Amazon’s Echo was shaped like a tiny theoretical physicist and could chit chat with you at length about science. Say hello to Professor Einstein: Your Personal Genius. [click to continue…]

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Some Kickstarter projects take off in a way that’s truly mindblowing. Such is the case with Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5. The campaign set its original goal at $100k, but skyrocketed to over $5 million in a matter of days.

The original game Kingdom Death: Monster is an epic tabletop miniatures game that conquered Kickstarter back in 2013 but has since sold out. Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 is not only an expansion but an upgrade on the original game. [click to continue…]

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When it comes to children’s books about science, projects on Kickstarter appear to be leading the charge. The Science Wide Open series was a recent hit, and “My Name Is Stardust” is looking to follow suit with an adorable book that’s inspired by the famous Carl Sagan quote “we are made of star stuff” and the work of of Neil deGrasse Tyson:

When Bailey was eight years old, she was watching the TV program Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with her family. In that evening’s episode, the host and narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “The planets, the stars, the galaxies, we ourselves and all of life—the same star stuff.” Bailey was so excited by this idea that she immediately went up to the family computer, opened a new document, and started writing what eventually became this book, so that she could share what she had learned with children everywhere. Bailey worked with her father over the next year to develop a story that they felt would teach children this idea, along with other areas of science such as evolution and astronomy, most effectively. After various versions of the story, and feedback from numerous parents and children, the story for My Name is Stardust was finalized.

The project has nearly reached its funding goal with a little over a week left in the campaign. Check out the project video below to learn more, and head on over to Kickstarter to get your copy. [click to continue…]

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If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, you may soon be able to create a miniature fire tornado on demand in the privacy of your own home (without unleashing hell upon the neighborhood).

The “Flameflex” utilizes a USB or battery-powered mesh cylinder which spins, creating an area of low pressure and a foot-long firenado. The fire itself is fueled by a bioethanol divided into two cells inside the device.

Needless to say, the Flameflex shouldn’t be used around kids or pets, but is said to be about as safe as a candle when used properly. A number of material options are available, including wood, copper, aluminum, and brass with prices ranging between between $66 and $78. Initial shipments are slated for January 2017.

See Flameflex in action below. [click to continue…]

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Strong enough for an ogre, but pH balanced for gamers. Plus Five is the “Ultimate Gaming Deodorant.”

That’s right sweaty gamers, Tim Cooley has launched a Kickstarter for a deodorant that’s made specifically for you. How is it different from any other deodorant on the market? I have no idea—but it has a clever name. Isn’t that what’s really important?

Stretch goals include fragrances designed for +5 Vitality, Wisdom and Dexterity. Check out the promo video below. [click to continue…]

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One of the ways to increase the number of women in STEM fields is to foster interest in those fields at an early age. This Kickstarter project by Genius Games seeks to do just that with a new picture book series called Science Wide Open.

The 3-book set includes Women in Biology, Women in Physics, and Women in Chemistry. It highlights female scientists and their stories while teaching the basics of Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.

It features important female scientists both famous and obscure, including revolutionary cancer researcher Jane C. Cooke, the Newton-correcting Émilie du Châtelet, and element discoverer Dawn Shaughnessy. Learn more in the project video below. [click to continue…]

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Sideshow is known for their collectible statues, apparel, and art prints, but now they’re attempting to launch their first video game: Court of the Dead: Underworld Rising on Kickstarter.

Over the ages, Death has secretly filled the Underworld with souls in an effort to build an army of liberated “mourners.” As his latest recruit, it is time to master your newfound powers and help the Underworld prepare to confront Heaven and Hell. Join Death and his Court of the Dead in the fight for your afterlife.

Underworld Rising is a role-playing video game set in the dark fantasy world of the Court of the Dead, created by Tom Gilliland of Sideshow. In this richly-illustrated 2D environment, you will join a faction and travel the Underworld, building an army of collectible followers. Journey on epic quests and challenge other players to combat in order to grow your legend and play your part in the Underworld’s bid to Rise, Conquer, Rule!

Sounds fun to me. Who wouldn’t want to have a legion of followers and fight both Heaven and Hell to save everyone’s soul? I mean really. Learn more about the project in the video below. [click to continue…]

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To celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Voyager Golden Record (Carl Sagan’s message for extraterrestrials that is currently 13 billion miles away from Earth aboard the Voyager I spacecraft), a Kickstarter has been launched to produce a commemorative reproduction as phonograph records for the first time

The Voyager Golden Record contains the story of Earth expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth’s greatest music from myriad cultures and eras, from Bach and Beethoven to Blind Willie Johnson and Chuck Berry, Senegalese percussion to Solomon Island panpipes. Dozens of natural sounds of our planet — birds, a train, a baby’s cry, a kiss — are collaged into a lovely sound poem. There are spoken greetings in 55 human languages, and one whale language, and more than one hundred images encoded in analog that depict who, and what, we are. Etched on the record’s gold-plated aluminum jacket is a diagram explaining where it came from, and how to play it.

The set will come with a book detailing the history and contents of the record, as well as a gold-leaf box to store it in. You can check out a video about the project below. [click to continue…]