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How to Fly to Alpha Centauri

Friday, July 18, 2014

It’s a staple of sci-fi, but the realities of interstellar travel are grim: it would take tens of thousands of years to get to our nearest neighbor in the galaxy using current technology. But some scientists working on the problem think it can be cracked in about a century.

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At MIT, an Ethics Class for Inventors

Friday, July 18, 2014

A class led by two researchers at MIT’s Media Lab asks students to take imaginary technologies from sci-fi classics and turn them into real inventions. Will they miss the point of cautionary tales like Blade Runner or Neuromancer?

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The SimCity of Tomorrow

Friday, July 18, 2014

One of the longest-running and most successful video game franchises, SimCity, draws on current trends to imagine life in a simulated future. In its latest iteration, gamers have a choice between building rich but polluting industry and investing in green technology. You might be surprised which one is more popular.

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Will Sci-Fi Save Us?

Friday, July 18, 2014

What does today’s sci-fi mean for our real-life future?  Cyberpunk author Neal Stephenson argues that it’s time to get over our love of dystopia. A class at MIT searches sci-fi classics for technologies they can invent right now, although maybe they shouldn’t. Geoengineers take a tip from Carl Sagan – ...

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The Real Scientists of Hollywood

Friday, July 18, 2014

Every sci-fi film and TV show, no matter how cockamamie, needs a science advisor. Surprisingly, these scientists take the far-fetched scenarios cooked up by screenwriters seriously. Today’s real-life science, they point out, was yesterday’s laughable sci-fi.

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For a Black Writer, Sci-Fi Offers a Reboot of Society

Friday, July 18, 2014

African-American writers have been contributing to the development of science fiction from the beginning. Artist and writer Carl Hancock Rux says they’ve used the genre to think their way out of race relations as we know them.  

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Hacking the Climate

Friday, July 18, 2014

Geoengineering — tampering with the Earth’s climate — is a sci-fi idea that could very well become a reality. But it’s controversial, because it’s impossible to know the long-term effects of tampering with such a complex system.

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