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.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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