Posts by Sky Conway
TWO TICKETS TO THE MOON
How much would you pay to fly around the moon? Two wealthy space fans are about to learn the answer to that question. Whoever they are, they’ll become the first commercial passengers to buy tickets for a planned space flight to orbit the moon and return safely to earth — two round trip tickets for the adventure…Read More
“WE ARE ALREADY CYBORGS”
The title of this blog is a quote from futurist and entrepreneur, Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX. I love Elon Musk! Sometimes I think Elon is single-handedly trying to drag the rest of the country into the 21st century. Elon said in a recent interview, “we are already cyborgs,” a reference to our use…Read More
CONTROLLING ROBOTS WITH YOUR MIND!
Remember the 1960’s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, The Jetsons? George Jetson had a maid named, Rosie The Robot. Good news! The day is coming when we’ll be able to hire our own Rosie — a mechanical housekeeper! And Rosie will know exactly how we’ll want her to perform her duties, simply by reading our minds! How is this possible?…Read More
One of the greatest things about being a science fiction fan today is enjoying the latest discoveries of our amazing planet hunting technology. For the first time in history we can find new worlds far outside of our solar system, light years away! Naturally we want to know if any of these new worlds are…Read More
THE DE-EXTINCTION OF WOOLLY MAMMOTHS!
Do you remember the first time you saw the great Steven Spielberg movie, JURASSIC PARK? It was an amazing experience. Stan Winston’s animatronic creatures and the world’s first CGI photo-realistic dinosaurs were awe-inspiring. And then there was the story! Michael Crichton’s idea of using dino-DNA preserved in amber to clone dinosaurs was an innovative, seemingly…Read More
FOSSILIZED PROTEIN FOUND IN DINOSAUR BONE!
Researchers at the University of Toronto have made the rarest of discoveries — they’ve found a trace of collagen and iron-rich proteins inside the fossilized rib of an ancient herbivore called a Lufengosaurus. The Lufengosaurus was a long-necked dinosaur that once thrived in the early Jurassic period in a region of China. To date, finding…Read More
TELEPATHY IS REAL!
Telepathy has been a science fiction staple for ages, but the ability to read someone’s mind has always been just a fantasy — until now. The Wyss Center for Bio and Neuro-engineering in Geneva Switzerland has announced that four of their patients, suffering from complete paralysis, have been able to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions simply by…Read More
EXOSKELETONS: FROM SCIENCE FICTION TO REALITY!
The word, ‘exoskeleton’ originally referred to creatures like ants and crabs that wore their skeletons on the outside of their bodies as protective armor. Then in 1959, out of the imagination of author Robert Heinlein came a sci-fi novel called STARSHIP TROOPERS. In the book, soldiers of the future wore power suits that…Read More
“Never give up, never surrender” is a great quote from a very funny sci-fi movie, Galaxy Quest. But I wanted to use that quote in today’s blog as it applies to a famous figure from the world of science: the legendary theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein. Because the key to Einstein’s success, believe it or not,…Read More
PART THREE — MAN, MACHINE, AND THE SINGULARITY
In part one I talked about how, in science fiction, the first robots were created to be our adversaries; metal monsters built to terrorize human beings. In part two I described how robots evolved in the imagination of science fiction writers, creating a new breed of robots who had charming personalities and human emotions; a…Read More