Season 2 of Sci Fi Science Debuts on September 1st on The Science Channel!
I am proud to announce that the second season of "Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible," debuts next Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 9 pm, on the Science Channel (check your local listings for details). It was a pleasure working for six months with the Science Channel to produce 12 exciting episodes that I am sure will fascinate and educate the audience. Here are a sample of the new technologies and fantastic sci-fi concepts we explore in the second season: ** Terraforming Mars. Within this century, will it be possible to turn this barren planet into a new Garden of Eden? We interview some of the world's top scientists who think so.
** Exploring the Galaxy. In the distant future, how can humanity possibly explore a galaxy with 100 billion stars which is 100,000 light years wide? We explore cutting-edge ideas how this seemingly impossible feat might be accomplished
** Alien Invasions. What happens if the Earth is invaded by hostile aliens? Hollywood gives us totally unrealistic scenarios of how we will defeat a hypothetical invading force that might be thousands of years ahead of us. So how do scientists believe we will confront this threat?
** Robot Domination. What happens if robots take over the world? Science fiction writers love to describe what happens when the robots finally become smarter than us, and possibly take over. But what do the experts in artificial intelligence believe? How do they think we will face this crisis?
** "Star Trek"-Style Holodecks. At first, physicists shook their heads when the holodeck was first introduced by the "Star Trek: Next Generation" series. It seemed impossible to create an imaginary world which appears totally realistic. Yet we interview the scientists who laying the scientific groundwork of a real holodeck.
** Building a Transformer. Kids love to play with Transformer toys, yet we investigate research which might make possible something even more advanced: shape-shifting.
** Meteors and Comets. We've all seen the movies where astronauts on the Space Shuttle save us from a meteor or comet impact. However, the Space Shuttle is being mothballed, and cannot even reach deep space. So how will we actually prevent a meteor or comet impact?
These are just a sample of the exciting episodes that will unfold over the next 12 weeks on the Science Channel!
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The 21st century is experiencing an Asianization of politics, business, and culture.
- Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.
- The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population.
- European ideas, such as parliamentary democracy and civil service, spread across the world in the 19th century. In the 20th century, American values such as entrepreneurialism went global. In the 21st century, however, what we're seeing now is an Asianization — an Asian confidence that they can determine their own political systems, their own models, and adapt to their own circumstances.
Research has shown that men today have less testosterone than they used to. What's happening?
- Several studies have confirmed that testosterone counts in men are lower than what they used to be just a few decades ago.
- While most men still have perfectly healthy testosterone levels, its reduction puts men at risk for many negative health outcomes.
- The cause of this drop in testosterone isn't entirely clear, but evidence suggests that it is a multifaceted result of modern, industrialized life.
Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
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