The real world seems to continue to get closer to the technological future envisioned by Star Trek, and apparently some of the people working to make that happen are inspired by Star Trek. A new report says that Google is working on a secret project to develop a voice controlled personal assistant, and they named the project "Majel" after Majel Roddenberry Barrett.
On his Comedy Central show Stephen Colbert often makes Star Trek references so it isn’t a surprise that when he sat down for a chat about science with astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson the subject turned to Trek. See below for a video where Tyson and Colbert opine on the scientific accuracy of the "red matter" from the 2009 Star Trek movie.
Welcome back to Science Saturday! This week: watch the launch of Mars Science Laboratory today, live on NASA TV, witness the underwater “icicle of death” caught on film for the first time, and duck and cover from falling botched Russian Mars mission. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: NeverWet superhydrophobic spray.
This week in Science Saturday: Welcome the Mars 500 crew out of their 520-day simulated Mars mission, watch a huge asteroid whiz close by Earth, add three elements to the periodic table, and find alien life by searching for night lights. All this and more, plus our (weird) gadget of the week: the USB eye warmer.
Bored during your late-night duty shift in Cargo Bay 2? Take a break and read about this week’s science news! This week: Roddenbery’s new stem cell research center, the results of a skeptic-funded climate change study, witness a star being born (literally), and try out the new astronaut tractor beam! All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the Holodesk!
Welcome back to Science Saturday! This week: Debunk those faster-than-light neutrinos, take a flight in an all-electric aircraft, rename the Very Large Array, and see a mysterious Argentinian sunrise. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: the throwable panoramic ball camera!
In this week’s ScienceSaturday, reduce, reuse, and recycle an entire rocket; see Mercury as it’s never been seen before; witness the launch of China’s first ever space laboratory; and uncover an entire fleet of 2,500 year old chariots in China. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: AlphaDog robot!
This week in Science Saturday: travel faster than light (?) on the back of a neutrino, watch a satellite fall to its doom, record your dreams on video, and celebrate the Autumnal Equinox! Read on for your weekly sciencey fix!
Ready for this week’s science fix? Welcome to Science Monday. This week: Spot a supernova from your own backyard (with nothing but a pair of binoculars!), watch a star being born, order pizza — on the moon, and discover Endeavor crater with Mars rover Opportunity! All this and more, plus our picture of the week: a look at Earth from Juno.
Welcome back to a long overdue edition of Science Saturday. This week: make three ground-breaking astronomical discoveries including a diamond planet, a star-swallowing black hole, and the supernova of a generation. Also, team up with NASA and Tor/Forge Books to create NASA-inspired sci-fi novels.
Last month Amazon and CBS announced they will be adding Star Trek to the Amazon Prime streaming video offering. And this week the entire Star Trek TV catalog went online. More details below plus an early review/comparison between the Amazon and Netflix streaming services for Star Trek.
Welcome back to Science Saturday! This week, discover Pluto’s new moon thanks to Hubble, see the first ever close-up view of asteroid Vesta, learn how the space shuttles will become museum pieces, and explore Gale Crater with the next Mars rover! All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: bionic glasses!
The space shuttle program came to an end this morning when Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And once again Star Trek was part of the event with NASA playing the theme to Star Trek: Voyager as the shuttle was towed home for the last time. Watch video of the event below.
Much has been said about how the Star Trek ‘PADD’ devices resemble Apple’s hot iPad tablet. Well now CBS has made that connection even closer with the release of the an official Star Trek PADD application for iPad. More details and screenshots of Star Trek PADD for iPad below. [UPDATED: Promo video added]
Say au revoir to the space shuttle program as Atlantis is the last ever shuttle to launch into space. The James Webb Space Telescope is in danger of being cut; What do we stand to loose? Plus, holodeck technology is in the making, and how to harness power from thin air. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: Terrafugia flying car gets street legal!
This morning Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Florida for what is the final launch of the Shuttle program. And tonight to commemorate the event Star Trek’s George Takei and Nichelle Nichols were guests on MSNBC’s The Last Word to talk about the past and future of NASA’s manned space program. Watch the segment below.
On July 8th NASA launches Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-135, the final mission of the 30 year Space Shuttle program. To commemorate the event NASA has released a new documentary about the Shuttle program narrated by Star Trek’s William Shatner. Watch the entire doc below.
This week in Science Saturday: help support the search for ET life, get a brain memory extension, tell time for 10,000 years, and discover some missing moon dust. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: HD cameras streaming live from the ISS!
This week in a very spacey edition of Science Saturday, wave bon voyage to Mars rover Curiosity, win $500k for sending humans to another star, tour the universe and help scientists discover new objects in our galaxy, and see Star Trek on This Week @ NASA. All this and more plus our gadget of the week: Futuristic transparent airplane!
This week in Science Saturday, hear all the latest NASA news, say thanks and give a teary goodbye to Mars Rover Spirit, collect asteroid samples, send humans into deep space, and get a great view of Earth from orbit. All this plus our resident Mars expert’s take on “Bio Station Alpha”, a rumored new tricorder, personal jetpacks, and more!
This week in Science Saturday: It’s getting crowded in here! Galaxy may contain billions of starless wandering planets; Hear the first ever papal call to the ISS; Track tornado destruction from space; and witness the growth of Saturn’s super storm. All this and more plus our gadget of the week: LCARS-style laptop concept.
Two more clips for Star Trek director JJ Abrams new movie Super 8 have been released. This brings the total to four clips released this week, and all four link together. Watch them all below, plus check out the Spielberg-esque Japanese poster for Super 8.
After a two week delay Shuttle Endeavour launched on its final mission this morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Shuttle crew for STS-124 has gone into orbit with a Star Trek-themed mission poster and a crewmember who has appeared in Star Trek. Watch the launch and check out the poster below.
This week in Science Saturday, have a conversation with a dolphin, sail over the Grand Canyon in a jet suit, join Captain Piccard on an international solar-powered flight, and discover Io’s magma ocean. All this and more, plus our gadget of the week: converted sci-fi motorcycle helmets.
Star Trek’s future is getting closer and closer and today brings news of two pieces of "Treknology" that could be on the drawing board soon. First up the X-Prize Foundation has started to design a new "Tricorder X-Prize," and then there is Microsoft that has applied for a patent for something that looks a lot like a holodeck.
The latest official Star Trek Magazine (#34) is on newsstands now. This theme of the latest issue is Star Trek science and today we have an excerpt on an article about "Treknology" by Dr. Chris Dows. Check that out below plus both covers for STM #34.
This week Science Saturday reports how Einstein was right, again. In addition this week brought the first hint that the US is considering teaming up with China to go to Mars, DARPA began looking for input on man’s first interstellar starship, and a common ancestor to humans and Neanderthals has been identified. All that plus a $25 computer, a cool nebula image and the VSS Enterprise took another step to space.
While Kayla is busy in Germany, your humble editor takes on Science Saturday starting off with renewed hope for a Moon Base. We also look at commercial plans for manned trips beyond Earth, visit NASA with LeVar Burton, find out why SETI has is putting aliens on hold, get ready to say goodbye to Endeavor, and see how Google turns your browser into a universal translator.
Welcome back to another exciting edition of Science Saturday. Celebrate the vernal equinox with the chemistry of Cadbury Creme Eggs, peer beyond the Big Bang with an underground telescope, imagine life on alien worlds, see the latest from SDO solar observatory, and check out four possible commercial manned spacecraft. All this and more plus an Easter Egg Gadget and our DIY gadget of the week: Phi wall art!
This week, witness the Navy’s newest laser weapon, visit the retiring space shuttles (and the Enterprise), prep for spacecraft Juno’s upcoming launch, and hear the first ever Earth-Space flute duet in honor of Yuri Gagarin, first man in space. All this and more plus your gadget of the week: NAVI (Navigational Aid for the Visually Impaired).