Michio Kaku on "Colbert": Invisibility Cloaks En Route
Appearing on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" last night, Big Think
blogger and theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku told Stephen
Colbert that he wasn't "a crazy person" even as he suggested that we could soon be teleporting people onto space shuttles, space stations and the
Dr. Kaku talked about how his work is defined in
"hyperspace" and higher dimensions, and how the cosmic questions
physicists deal with often border on "reading the mind of God." "We want a one-inch equation
that can explain everything from the Big Bang to the creation of life
and the Universe as we know it," said Dr. Kaku, who noted that Albert Einstein had sought a similar equation.
Colbert also asked Dr. Kaku about time travel, wondering (as Stephen Hawking has) why haven't we met anyone from the future who has traveled to our time. Dr. Kaku suggested that future travelers might be among us, wearing Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks.
Dr. Kaku's recent posts for Big Think have focused on whether learning from nature
might help us create a "replicator" in a lab; why physicists "are the only
scientists who can say the word 'God' and not blush"; and the basics of string theory.
A new study shows choosing to be active is a lot of work for our brains. Here are some ways to make it easier.
There's no shortage of science suggesting that exercise is good for your mental as well as your physical health — and yet for many of us, incorporating exercise into our daily routines remains a struggle. A new study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, asks why. Shouldn't it be easier to take on a habit that is so good for us?
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?
- History is written by lions. But it's also recorded by lambs.
- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
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