What do you owe a faithful android like Data?
Philosophers say now is the time to mull over what qualities should grant an artificially intelligent machine moral standing.
Researchers are working on handheld devices that can signal the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the air.
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Miniaturized laboratory equipment is making it easier to identify airborne pathogens in the field, but there's still work ahead to be able to instantly determine if a room is safe or contaminated.
A document in Tengwar, the script of the Elvish languages invented by JRR Tolkien, Dozza, Italy.
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From Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones, writers and linguists have invented an array of new languages.
The littlest robo.
Soft robots printed in the home? Not as far off as you might think.
Protesters fill the streets outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
This year, The Conversation celebrated the 50th anniversary of 1968 with its first podcast, 'Heat and Light.' These are some of the most interesting stories we uncovered – ones that still resonate in 2018.
A time-lapse image showing the plane flying across a gymnasium.
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Ionic winds – charged particles flowing through the air – can move airplanes using only electricity; no propellers or jet engines needed. The scholar who led the project explains how it works.
Nervous about how southern television viewers would react, NBC executives closely monitored the filming of the kiss between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner.
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The career arc of Nichelle Nichols – the first black woman to have a continuing co-starring role on TV – shows how diverse casting can have as much of an impact off the screen as it does on it.
Seasoned readers of US science fiction will have the uncanny feeling of having seen this all before.
Strange new materials that propel the fictional Star Trek universe are being developed by scientists in reality today. Above, the USS Discovery accelerates to warp speed in an artist’s rendition for the TV series Star Trek Discovery.
Advanced materials that seem like they come from Star Trek are becoming reality today.
A ship of klingons.
The latest iteration of Start Trek's most famous non-human species is physically extraordinary – they've been kitted out like badass Egyptian warriors.
Here, an alien crew member, Saru on Star Trek: Discovery. We often rely on science fiction to guide our expectations of alien life. We can hope lessons about accepting beings very different from yourself can be extracted by the series end.
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Star Trek: Discovery explores our corner of the block -- just a fraction of the galaxy. Some stars are better candidates for intelligent alien life, and it may not be anything like we imagine.
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Gene Roddenberry's vision has been upheld by diverse casting, but storylines remain within mainstream 20th-century ideas of gender and identity.
Cmdr. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) goes on a scientifically implausible spacewalk in
Star Trek: Discovery.
Star Trek Discovery is the latest offering in the 50-year-old science fiction franchise beloved by scientists — but it isn't about science.
William Shatner as Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk is depicted on a commemorative stamp issued by Canada Post in 2016.
Canada's economy faces a radical shift as abundant energy and resources could propel the country toward a Star Trek future.
One day doctors could instantly diagnose your illness with a handheld device.
William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) entering a Holodeck simulation.
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The technology needed to create a real Star Trek-like Holodeck is not that far out of reach.
In this episode we look at historical visions of the future and how accurate they were, the future of work, and what it's like to predict the future for a day job.
Amy Adams and the weird pods.
New sci-fi movie has a fascinating approach to an old question.
The Starship Enterprise, the famed setting of the original ‘Star Trek’ series, was almost lost to the graveyard of failed pilots.
With a pilot that was deemed too complex and cerebral, 'Star Trek' looked dead in the water. Fifty years later, we look back at the show's rocky beginnings.
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Films set in the ancient world can no longer adequately live up to the demands of the 'epic'. Instead, we should look to films set in space.