October 2013 Science Newsletter (WITH SPECIAL COMPANY UPDATE!)

Happy Halloween everyone!

This month went by incredibly fast for us.  For those of you that might not have already heard, our sister company, Broken Crayon Games (notice the family relation), released their very first game, Wizardous: An Apprentice’s Betrayal.  It’s an incredibly fun (although at times frustrating – by design) mobile game.  You can pick it up for all of the major mobile devices.

The game is FREE until Nov. 1st (NO ads, NO in-app purchases… just free) in order to give those who show us early support something in return!  The version in stores currently is only a Promo version and is missing the final levels, however if you download it now while it’s FREE, you’ll be updated to the final complete version on Nov. 14th!

Here are links to the game in stores:

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wizardous-apprentices-betrayal/id719287441?ls=1&mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.botfgames.wizardous

NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wizardous-broken-crayon-games/1117075416

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Crown-Games-LLC-Wizardous/dp/B00FP23JJ2

Though there are a lot of great things I could talk about with this game, it’s a bit off-topic for this newsletter.  If you’d like to learn more, feel free to check out the Wizardous website.

Alright, so enough about Broken Crayon Games and Wizardous — you’re all here because you support Broken CROWN Games and Escaping Titan, which is all about getting the science behind our sci-fi right.  So onto the science!

Science Behind the Sci-Fi Panel Overview

FEATURED GUEST PANEL:
  • Science Focus: Physics
  • Author: David S. Latchman – David holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago with specialization in Environmental & Medical Physics. David is a freelance science writer whose work has appeared in Next Door Magazine. His blog, The Quantum Tunnel, focuses on the science featured in popular movies and TV shows. He can be found on Google+ and on Twitter.

This Month’s “Random Science News”

We’ve got a range of topics for this week, including Saturn and Titan updates, Mars news, and a cancer-related “vaccine” (cell therapy really).
That about does it for this week’s Broken Crown Games science newsletter.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Have a safe and Happy Halloween, but before you go out on that candy grab, don’t forget to check us out on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, for the latest in Broken Crown Games’ news!
 -Tyler

August 2013 Newsletter

After last month’s poll, it seems most of you enjoy the image based posts more, so I’ll keep that trend going with this month’s newsletter.  We’ve also addressed a few issues that were preventing the newsletter from getting out to everyone, so hopefully more of you will be receiving this one!

Finally, since we hopefully have everyone’s attention, we just wanted to ask that you:

  1. ‘Like’ us on Facebook
  2. ‘Follow’ us on Twitter

By do this, it really helps us see who is out there, and also gives you a better way of keeping up to date on what we’ve been up to.  I’d love to keep talking because I’m awesome like that, but honestly, this week’s panelists came up with some great topics, and I just don’t think I can come up with anything to top them.  Though for the most part this month’s topics are a bit more ‘sci-fi’ oriented than usual, the science these guys bring to the table is still 100% there to back up what they are saying.  So without further rambling from me, enjoy as our scientists cover topics including the possibility if mind control in real life and the math behind the real potential of alien life!

Science Behind the Sci-Fi Panel Overview

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Robert-Hampson-PhD,-Who-s-in-control,-Aug-8-2013
Jacob-Haqq-Misra-PhD,-Seasons-on-Titan-,-Aug-15,-2013
Amitai-Bin-Yun,EMP-Weapons-End-of-Civilization-or-Just-a-Lot-of-Fizz,-Aug-22-2013
FEATURED GUEST PANEL:
Ed-Trollope,The-search-for-life-the-Drake-Equation,-Aug-28,-2013

This Month’s “Random Science News”

A heard some great direct feedback about the videos from last week as well, so I thought I’d keep that trend going this month as well.  So with out further adieu, here is your ‘Random Science News’ for August!

  • Think video games don’t have a place in real science?  Tell that to NASA’s JPL team, which took the Occulus Rift (Broken Crown owns a developers kit for this by the way!!) and used it to allow their team to simulate walking on Mars using images from the Curiosity Rover.  Here’s a video of it:
  • Video games weren’t the only form of entertainment to blend with science this month, as the two met on the big screen in ‘Europa Report’.  Many are saying this is one of the most scientifically accurate sci-fi movies in recent memory.  Here’s the movie’s trailer:
  • Perseids meteor shower occurred this month!  For those of you following us on social media, we through out a quick warning so you wouldn’t miss it.  If you did, here is a quick video of what you missed (skip to 5:18 in the video to get a good shot of the shower at its peak):

Share your thoughts!

I really appreciated the feedback from last month, so I thought I’d come back for more again.  Its about that time to start the search for new panelists if we are going to change things up, but before we do, we want your thoughts on what to keep and what to change up.  If you select that you’d like new topics, please feel free to offer up subjects or people you’d like us to contact about being next year’s annual featured panelist.

Thanks for reading,

 -Tyler