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J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final Harry Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was released 7 years ago this week. That got us thinking about our Harry Potter...
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Forty-five years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to land on the moon. What you may not know is that years earlier, a group of female test pilots took...
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Many of the biggest ideas in science today were dreamed up in the studios of NY's avant garde artists.  So says John Brockman.  He was there.  Today, he brings the same  wide...
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Have you heard about "sacred economics"? It's Charles Eisenstein's viral idea, that we need to get our economic systems back in line with our values. Looking for the extended...
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We're looking forward to seeing "Life Itself," the new documentary about legendary film critic Roger Ebert. Here's our 2003 interview with him about great movies... 

What's on This Week

07.20.2014
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Brutal storms, rising seas, drought... you've seen the headlines. Our climate changed future seems pretty scary. But do all the messages about climate catastrope keep people from...
07.20.2014
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Science is moving out of the lab and into the pages of literary fiction.  This week, we introduce the “Lab Lit” movement and talk about why fiction needs more realistic portrayals...

Kim Stanley Robinson on Science Fiction Realism

We recently had science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson in town to judge our 3 Minute Futures competition. Watch this video to see what he had to say about the winning entries, as well as the role science fiction plays in shaping our understanding of the present and future.

You can also hear more on scifi and the future in Imagining Possible Worlds.

Kim Stanley Robinson: Science Fiction and the Realism of Our Time from Wisc Institute for Discovery on Vimeo.