This orbiting museum in the show ‘Star Trek: Picard’ plays a key role in fending off a futuristic form of cyberattack.
‘Star Trek: Picard’ is set 400 years in the future, but, like most science fiction, it deals with issues in the here and now. The show’s third and final season provides a lens on cybersecurity.
It is one thing to treat AI as a tool when it has no scope for emotion. It is quite another when AI has a full suite of emotional responses.
The kiss aired one year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned laws banning interracial marriage.
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At the time, Gallup polls showed that fewer than 20% of Americans approved of interracial marriage.
Science fiction is full of computer programmes and androids who fall afoul of the plots of some of Shakespeare’s most brutal tragedies.
With commercial spaceflight companies now taking older people to space, it’s timely to consider the potential physical impact space flight might have on them.
Holograms with a sense of touch are being created at Glasgow University.
It could be the first steps towards a Star Trek-style holodeck.
Faster than light travel is the only way humans could ever get to other stars in a reasonable amount of time.
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If humanity wants to travel between stars, people are going to need to travel faster than light. New research suggests that it might be possible to build warp drives and beat the galactic speed limit.
With little else to draw from, people turn to science fiction when thinking about the Space Force.
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Science fiction has often had an inspirational and positive relationship with space endeavors. But the new US Space Force is struggling with a pop culture public relations problem.
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.