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(Source: Wired) Now that the June 6 launch date and the $300 (before a $100 mail-in rebate) price tag is official for the Palm Pre, it is time to take a closer look at how the Pre compares to the iPhone 3G.

When the Palm Pre was first announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it offered features like universal search that scans contacts on the phone and the web, copy-and-paste and multi-tasking that were not available on the iPhone 3G.


(Source: wired.com)  Geeks love special effects—it’s in our blood. It’s the way things have been ever since Star Wars hit theaters and those of us alive at the time sat mesmerized by the opening shot of the Star Destroyer pursuing Princess Leia’s ship.

So I was pretty excited to take a look at The Science Channel’s new series Science of the Movies, especially when I learned that the first episode included a segment with John Dykstra, one of the pioneers of the special effects world. The show is hosted by Nar Williams, who has hosted several TV shows before and writes a geeky blog, but with whom I was unfamiliar.


(Source: latimesblogs.latimesl) Liesl Bradner has been interviewing the masters of Hollywood effects and asking a simple question: What’s your proudest moment of achievement on screen? She’s gotten answers that are sometimes surprising but always insightful. You can read the whole series in our Wizards of Hollywood section of Hero Complex. Today, Liesl’s subject is John Knoll, who  found glory aboard the Black Pearl.
John Knoll is a visual effects supervisior at Industrial Light & Magic who took audiences back to a galaxy far, far away in the most recent trilogy of “Star Wars” and also, with his brother, co-created a somewhat successful bit of software called Photoshop. Knoll won an Academy Award for bringing the squid-like Davy Jones to life in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and is now working again with “Pirates” director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp on the animated film “Rango,” which is due in 2011.


(Source: darkhorizons.com) James Cameron’s “Avatar” is so anticipated that IMAX has boldly scheduled a near three month run of the 3-D science fiction thriller on its big screens says The New York Post.

To give you a comparison, Paramount’s currently much talked about “Star Trek” got only two weeks on the Imax circuit.

For now though “Avatar” is lined up to run in IMAX theaters from its December 18th release through until Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” takes over on March 5th.

(Source: NationalGeographic) Meet “Ida,” the small “missing link” found in Germany that’s created a big media splash and will likely continue to make waves among those who study human origins.

In a new book, documentary, and promotional Web site, paleontologist Jorn Hurum, who led the team that analyzed the 47-million-year-old fossil seen above, suggests Ida is a critical missing-link species in primate evolution (interactive guide to human evolution from National Geographic magazine).

(Among the team members was University of Michigan paleontologist Philip Gingerich, a member of theCommittee for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society, which owns National Geographic News.)

    
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