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Arthur C. Clarke Dabbles in Science Nonfiction and Speculates About Space Travel

Monday, August 20, 2012

WNYC

"Around the close of this century." That is when distinguished author, scientist, and visionary Arthur C. Clarke, in this 1954 appearance at a Books and Authors Luncheon, predicts man will break free of Earth and fly to the moon. 

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'Limitless': Hollywood's New Thought Thriller

Monday, March 21, 2011

The fantasy of outsmarting our enemies and even the ones we love most in this world is a natural dream. We all love to be right, to have the upper hand. The movie “Limitless” tests the boundaries of that fantasy by imagining the consequences of a world where we can access the deepest boundaries of our brains with the helpful pop of a pill.

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Of Cyborgs and Starmen

Monday, July 26, 2010

Science fiction has a powerful grip on popular music, from Ziggy Stardust to R&B singer's Janelle Monae's current android alter-ego. Today, we explore how the literary genre continues to shape music. Author Rick Moody, whose new novel The Four Fingers of Death involves a mission to Mars, joins us along with WNYC and WQXR host David Garland. Plus, Josh Ritter plays live from his new album So Runs the World Away, and talks about his spectacular recovery from writer's block.

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Space Is The Place

Monday, July 26, 2010

Female pop singers get into sci-fi.  John Schaefer asks, what took you so long? 

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Takeouts: Tension on the Korean Peninsula, Listeners On the First Synthetic Living Cell

Monday, May 24, 2010

  • North Korea/South Korea: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the situation between the North and South "precarious" and has expressed support for measures to punish North Korea for its attack on a South Korean warship. BBC correspondent, John Sudworth reports from Seoul.
  • Listeners Respond: We brought you a story Friday about how a team of scientists in Maryland had developed the first synthetic living cell, new living bacteria created from non-living parts. Today we hear what you think of the issue. Is this science or science fiction? 

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    Are You Ready to Enter 'The Twilight Zone'?

    Friday, October 02, 2009

    "The Twilight Zone" turns 50 years old today, and we take a look back through the episodes that made this one of the most influential television series – science-fiction or otherwise – in history. With Rod Serling's distinctive narration alongside mysterious plot lines that made the hairs stand up on viewers' necks, the series was and remains in a class of its own. Are you ready to enter ... the Twilight Zone?

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    Warp Speed Ahead!

    Thursday, May 07, 2009

    Geek alert! The new Star Trek film opens this weekend. So we're wondering: are we even close to developing the technology we see in films like Star Trek? Are we ever going to be able to travel at warp speed or beam ourselves to work or, better, Hawaii? And if the Cylons attack, are we going to be able to live in space? From Jules Verne's novels inspiring the development of submarines and the Starship Enterprise spurring the development of the flip phone, science fiction has offered ideas for new technologies. Marc Millis is the former head of NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project, and is the closest we could find to our own Scotty. He joins The Takeaway with a look at the science of the future.

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    What?! Teleportation does exist?

    Friday, January 23, 2009

    Scientists have teleported information between two atoms. All it took was zapping them for a few picseconds with laser pulses while they were trapped in a vacuum that was surrounded by metal electrodes and an invisible cage of electromagnetic fields. Sound wacky? Well, it is quantum mechanics. Before you start singing, "Beam me up, Scotty," listen to The Takeaway's favorite physicist Brian Greene talk teleportation.

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