by Dr Sylvia Hsu-Chen Yip So I was quite the butterfingers scientist. There was one memorable conversation that I had with my professor: “So, Sylvia… Can I ask something? Are you a little bit on the clumsy side?” Taking a deep but short breath, I …
This Will Change Everything is a compilation of responses to the 2009 Edge question, “What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you live to see?” As one might expect, the responses more or less converged on a few common themes: climate change, biological engineering, nuclear war, ubiquitous computing, etc. But there were also a few more peripheral predictions: the discovery of a proof for the Riemann Hypothesis, the commercialisation of neurocosmetics, the evolution of masculine subjectivity, and the perfection of lie detectors, just to name a few.
In “X-Men: First Class” film, the general premise has been sufficiently adapted from its comic book series. X-Men film series have been created based on a team of “genetically-enhanced” humans, who carry mutations that confer them with special abilities. Particularly, this movie focuses on the relationship between Charles Xavier, Erik Lensherr and the origin of the “X-Men”.
In Mapping Mars, Oliver Morton tells the story of what happens with these reams of data sent back by the few dozen missions to Mars over the past half-century, from the low-resolution Mariner images until Mars Global Surveyor of the early 2000s (when this book was published). This contains two parallel histories: the history of humanity’s knowledge of the Red Planet, and models of how Mars’s own history could have created what we see today.
The concepts of invisibility, teleportation, faster-than-light travel, and the book title itself are the topics highlighted in Slow Light by Sidney Perkowitz, a professor emeritus of physics at Emory University. We are always amazed when we see these phenomena in action as depicted in sci-fi or fantasy movies, especially the famed Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak or Star Trek’s warp drive. Ever wonder how close science and technology are to achieve these “magic”? If you have, then this is the book to whet your curiosity palate.
It might not be wise to compress a three-hour epic into a mere two-page review when the film consists of six distinct yet interwoven stories spanning across different centuries (from 1849 to 2321), with diverse elements comprising of sci-fi, comedy, romance, action, thriller, and ultimately philosophy. Despite its vast ambitions, Cloud Atlas could be, ironically, one of the most overlooked films of 2012.
Book Review: “The Book Of Nothingness: Vacuums, Voids And The Latest Ideas On The Origin Of The Universe”
Gabrielle Chong reviews the interesting book on the ideas of vacuum in space and the origin of the universe.