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Planet of the Apes: Is Doctor Zeius Proved right?

In Planet of the Apes Dr. Zeius is a religious zealot, and his goal is to not have is vision of the world upended. He denies he truth of Taylor and at the end destroys Cornelius' dig site. As he is leading Cornelius and Zira away at the end he says that what he is doing he is doing for the good of all the apes. I used to take this as an act of hypocrisy, but on re-watching it this line is juxtaposed with Taylor's discovery of the Statue of Liberty. It feels to almost be implying that Zeius is right, that progress is not an inherent good. What is the intent of these last few scenes meant to be? [more inside]
posted by ArthurBarnhouse on Jul 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Help Me Build a Solar System

I want to build a solar system with a decent amount of verisimilitude, and the math and physics are killing me. [more inside]
posted by Deoridhe on Dec 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Captain Planet's John Hancock?

I have this poster of Captain Planet that I want to frame to put in my office and I am thinking of "autographing" it. However, I do not seem to find any evidence of Captain Planet being able to either read or write, despite having a great spoken vocabulary. This could be because the earth does not have its own written language or alphabet. I am thinking the best thing to do is punch a hole in the poster and then hang it. Do you have any better ideas?
posted by parmanparman on Oct 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Hollow Earth Physics

Until last night I was unaware that the hollow earth conspiracy was a thing. Since then, I've been driven crazy by trying to imagine the physics of it. What would gravity be like on a shell planet? Details about the exact setup within. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 17, 2013 - 25 answers

With your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!

Clueless guy needs help finding makeup and ingredients for Captain Planet Halloween costume! [more inside]
posted by Hurst on Oct 22, 2012 - 6 answers

The slowest game of peek-a-boo on record.

Could Alpha Centaurians detect planets around Sol? [more inside]
posted by chairface on Oct 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Cut the big blue marble in half...

What would happen to the earth's rotation, orbit, etc. if the planet were half as large, diameter-wise, as it is now? [more inside]
posted by drlith on May 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Want to find out the name of a story I have forgotten

I am trying to find a short sci-fi story but cannot recall either the writer or the title. The story is about a spaceship marooned on a hostile ice planet where they are constantly under siege from the indigenous race there - not described. The people undertake a genetic development programme to alter themselves and their offspring to cope with the outside environment and be more hostile, stronger and savage than the indigenous population. The denouement of the story is the leader telling the last generation of people there that the children are ready to leave .... and that is all I can remember. Can anybody give me any clues or even the name of the story? Kevin
posted by hruntlefoot on Apr 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Software is saving the planet

I'm learning how to write scalable "enterprise-grade" software solutions, e.g. on the so-called "cloud." I've been programming for a couple decades, so this is not a stretch. Software is eating the world anyway, so I'm going to use software to save the world. Please help me cast a wide net. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Which David Attenborough BBC film is best?

Which is better? LIFE or PLANET EARTH by David Attenborough? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 8, 2011 - 28 answers

Lengthening your horizons.

How close is the horizon on the moon? On Mercury? On Mars? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Apr 4, 2011 - 3 answers

If I'm going to see farther than others, it will be because I'll be standing on the shoulders of y'all

Help me build a giant parabolic reflector planet-o-scope of SCIENCE! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jun 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Flyby image of a planet/moon

Help me find this picture that was on APOD years ago [more inside]
posted by Glow Bucket on Jun 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Magratheans, anyone?

How do I discover what day/night and seasonal cycles are like on a hypothetical unusual planet? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Could there be a planet so big that it is bigger than itself?

Would it be possible to have a planet with significantly more surface area than the earth and similar gravity (at ground level) by decreasing its density? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Jun 18, 2009 - 5 answers

Help de-code a kid's winter wish

Help me de-code a NYCares Winter Wishes Wish - I have no idea what this kid is asking for [more inside]
posted by nanhey on Nov 17, 2008 - 14 answers

Sci-Fi novels on unusual planets

What are some great sci-fi novels that take place on planets with unusual climate/geography? [more inside]
posted by mamessner on Jul 12, 2008 - 42 answers

Appealing, school-appropriate video game clip?

I would like to find a link for a short video clip of a video game that meets certain criteria. It will go into a presentation to elementary school teachers, as a quick backdrop to a point about interactive games that will be used in school, and that will be fun while challenging kids to think and learn. (It won't itself BE that game; it just has to plausibly look the part.) It needs to have some connection to an outer space theme. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jun 2, 2008 - 9 answers

Effects of solar eclipse spanning decades?

Any ideas on the effects of a prolonged solar eclipse, say 10-30 years? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan on Oct 7, 2006 - 43 answers

Venus words

In English, we have words like mercurial, martial, jovial, and saturnine... [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Apr 26, 2006 - 22 answers

Camera+???+telescope=long distance photos

I would like to attach my camera to a telescope... [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Nov 30, 2005 - 16 answers

How does copyright law work with RSS feeds? Can they be republished?

What are the legal implications of re-publishing full-text entries from another site's RSS feed? Planet sites do it for mostly legitimate purposes, and spam-logs do it for, well, spammy purposes. But are there any laws that apply? The US copyright code doesn't assume the information is already freely available on the internet, so it seems like a grey area. [more inside]
posted by Geektronica on Nov 14, 2005 - 13 answers

Help me find Mike Ploog's comic art.

Severely comicbook-geekish question: Storyboard and film-design artist Mike Ploog used to do comics. He did some breathtaking b&w art on the 1970s Marvel Planet of the Apes Magazine. Does anyone have a Ploog checklist, or know which POTA issues between 16 and 29 Ploog did art for? [more inside]
posted by Shane on May 1, 2004 - 0 answers

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