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Alex Michael Bonnici
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Fractals - The Colors of Infinity by Arthur C Clarke


Today on Far Future Horizons we embark on a voyage into the infinite of the distinctly mathematical kind with Arthur C Clarke author of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and inventor of the telecommunications satellite.


Arthur C. Clarke presents this unusual documentary on the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) and introduces us to the visually stunning and visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. This documentary relates the science of the M-Set to nature in a way that seems to identify the proverbial hand of God in the design of the universe itself. Dr. Benoît Mandelbrot in 1980 discovered the infinitely complex geometrical shape called the Mandelbrot Set using a very simple equation with computers and graphics.


So fasten your seat belts and join us on a visually stunning mathematical odyssey into the infinite M-verse.

http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2014/06/fractals-colors-of-infinity-by-arthur-c.html

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Million Dollar Moon Rock Heist



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the inside story of the most audacious heist in NASA's history -- how an intern stole moon rocks from the Johnson Space Centre.



It was a headline-grabbing heist of NASA proportions. Each year, hundreds of students apply to NASA's prestigious Co-operative Education Program, but only a handful are accepted – allowing them to work alongside NASA's top scientists and go on to careers at NASA and elsewhere. In 2000, one "Co-op" showed an inordinate interest in the cache of moon rocks kept at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, repeatedly visiting the lab to examine them. Then the moon rocks mysteriously disappeared. Moon Rock Heist follows the trail of international intrigue surrounding the recovery of the rocks and reveals how law enforcement finally tracked down the thieves.


http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2017/05/million-dollar-moon-rock-heist.html

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The Future by Design

#JacqueFresco #TheVenusProject #FutureByDesign

Today on Far Future Horizons we commemorate the memory of futurist and visionary Jacque Fresco who passed away on May 18th, 2017 at the age of 101.


The documentary “The Future by Design” concerns the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci.


Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque was a self-taught futurist who described himself most often as a generalist or multi-disciplinarian – a student of many inter-related fields.


Jacque Fresco was a prolific inventor. He spent his entire life conceiving of and devising inventions on various scales which entail the use of innovative technology.

As a futurist, Jacque was not only a conceptualist and a theoretician, but he is also an engineer and a designer.

The Venus Project is the highest expression of Jacque Fresco’s legacy.

http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2017/05/the-future-by-design.html

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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out


Today on Far Future Horizons we present the documentary “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out" to commemorate the ninety ninth birthday of one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century - Richard P. Feynman .


This delightful documentary will inspire anyone who would like to share something of the joys of scientific discovery. Feynman is a master storyteller, and his tales about childhood, Los Alamos, or how he won a Nobel Prize are a vivid and entertaining insight into the mind of a great scientist at work and play.

http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2017/05/the-pleasure-of-finding-things-out.html

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City at Night - On the Set of Destination Moon



Today on Far Future Horizons we are going to be treated to a flashback of some classic 1950's Hollywood hoopla as City At Night, a talk/variety show that was produced live on location by pioneering, Los Angeles television station KTLA visits the set of producer George Pal's classic Sci-Fi movie-in-the-making, Destination Moon.




KTLA-TV was launched in 1947 by Paramount Pictures and was guided by technical innovator and video visionary Klaus Landsberg. His efforts brought everything from an atomic blast in the Nevada desert to the Rose Parade to astonished and appreciative television viewers in Southern California.



This particular episode of City at Night is a sort of "making of" documentary for Destination Moon, the movie science fiction author Robert Heinlein wrote and served as technical adviser for. Heinlein himself appears five minute after the start of the program. Also appearing is the acclaimed space artist Chesley Bonestell and producer George Pal.


So without further adieu we present City at Night, on the set of Destination Moon.

http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2017/05/city-at-night-on-set-of-destination-moon.html

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Aldous Huxley's Brave New World


Today on Far Future Calling we are proud to present a BBC television movie adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World produced in 1980.



Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F. in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology and sleep-learning that combine to change society. The future society is an embodiment of the ideals that form the basis of futurology. Huxley answered this book with a reassessment in an essay, Brave New World Revisited (1958) and with his final work, a novel titled Island (1962).


This 3-hour TV adaptation of the 1932 Aldous Huxley novel is set 600 years in the future. In this "well- ordered" society, the citizens are required to take mind-controlling drugs, sex without love is compulsory, and test-tube babies are commonplace because of a ban on pregnancy. Keir Dullea (of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame) heads the cast as Thomas Grahmbell, "director of hatcheries".


Not everybody is satisfied with society's lack of humanity and feeling; the loudest dissidents are free-thinking poet Heimholtz Watson (Dick Anthony Williams) and brilliant oddball Bernard Marx (Bud Cort). An injection of new "old" ideas are brought in by "primitive" John Savage (Kristoffer Tabori), who lives on an Indian reservation which still honours 20th century values. Meanwhile, Linda Lysenko (Julie Cobb) becomes a natural mother--and in so doing becomes a criminal. In keeping with the style of the original book, the script's newly-minted characters are given names of pop-culture icons (Disney, Maoina, Stalina, and so on). Brave New World was first telecast March 7, 1980.

Brave New World's title derives from Miranda's speech in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act V, Scene I

O wonder!

How many goodly creatures are there here!

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,

That has such people in't.


In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2014/02/aldous-huxleys-brave-new-world.html

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Leonardo’s Marvelous Inventions

Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the life and work of a man, who more than anyone else in history, epitomizes the Age of the Renaissance - Leonardo da Vinci.

In this episode of the History Channel’s Modern Marvels we take another close look at the technological innovations that flowed forth from Leonardo’s prodigious imagination and intellect.

Nearly 500 years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci still intrigues us. Most people think of him as a great artist, but he was also a remarkable scientist and inventor. His love of mechanics was unparalleled and he filled his notebooks with pages of incredible machines--from weapons of war to "Ships of the Skies", from submarines and scuba suits to robots and an analogue computer...even contact lenses and alarm clocks!

http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2016/03/leonardos-marvelous-inventions.html

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George Pál’s Destination Moon



Today on Far Future Horizons we will be featuring one of the greatest science fiction film classics of all time - Destination Moon.

Destination Moon was released in 1950 and directed by the legendary film director George Pál, who later produced other great science fiction film classics as “When Worlds Collide”, “The War of the Worlds”, and “The Time Machine”.


Pál commissioned the script by James O'Hanlon and Rip Van Ronkel. The film was directed by Irving Pichel, was shot in Technicolor and was distributed in the USA by Eagle-Lion Classics.



Destination Moon was the first major science-fiction film produced in the United States dealing seriously with the prospect, problems and technology of space travel. This movie was not the first such to hit the screens, however; Rocketship X-M stole its thunder.





The eminent science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein contributed significantly to the script and served as a technical adviser. Heinlein also published a novella of the same name based on the screenplay about the same time as the release of the film.


The film also foreshadowed many of the space milestones Apollo era and other space projects.

Much of the technology depicted in Destination Moon (such as nuclear propulsion and single-stage rockets) and other aspects like industry-driven project development vs. government driven, contrast with the eventual Apollo and Soviet Luna programs. However, in many aspects, the movie predicted elements of the Apollo Lunar missions and other first space flights. And, under President Barack Obama's new space policy goals industry- driven space projects have become a reality. Now without ado dear readers we present – Destination Moon.

http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2017/05/george-pals-destination-moon.html

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The Mystery of Planet 9

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode from the acclaimed documentary series “How the Universe Works”.

This instalment examines the Mystery of Planet 9.

Astronomers recently announced the discovery of a possible ninth planet that may be on the outer edge of the solar system.

In this documentary Scientists speculate that it could be 10 times the size of Earth and have moons capable of hosting life.

http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2017/01/the-mystery-of-planet-9.html

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Humanity from Space

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the documentary “Humanity from Space”.

From the global perspective of space, this 2-hour special reveals the breath taking extent of our influence, revealing how we’ve transformed our planet and produced an interconnected world of extraordinary complexity.



This is a journey through 12,000 years, “Humanity from Space” shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation have changed the course of civilization; innovations that touch all of us today in ways unimaginable to our ancestors.


And we’ll gaze into the future at the new challenges we’ll face in order to survive as our global population soars because of our success. In every case we’ll look at our progression in a unique and surprising way, revealing unforgettable facts and "who knew?" connections. To visualize these stories cutting-edge technology is used to turn raw data into authentic moving images, building on expertise from a previous (and highly-praised) project; "Earth from Space."

Using this technique, we can map humanity’s behaviour in stunning, never seen before detail, revealing how our civilization grew, how it works today and what the future might hold.


http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.com.mt/2017/04/humanity-from-space.html
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