National Geographic on How Science Fiction Informs the Future

Word would travel of scientist Giovanni Aldini’s electric reanimation experiments on dead criminals in 1803 to author Mary Shelley before the 1818 publish of her book Frankenstein. It was an instance of science informing fiction. In turn, Shelley’s masterpiece would then inspire scientist Earl Bakken to develop the first wearable, battery-operated pacemaker. This is only one example of science fiction triggering the pursuit of scientific …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Electric cars, Record Store Day, debunking Star Trek theories and more in our look at the web

1. Star Wars + Record Store Day Milestone Anniversary Turntable In celebration of the 10th annual Record Store Day, as well as the 40th anniversary of the very first “Star Wars” film, Crosley Radio has made a limited edition record player. Only for sale at select retailers who are taking part in 2017’s Record Store Day, the turntable is the brand’s Cruiser Deluxe—a portable player …

Debunking a Long-Lasting Star Trek Theory

Mathematician James Grime has debunked a very popular Star Trek theory by using fairly simple math. The widely held belief that “redshirts” (those who work in engineering or security) die more often than any other character isn’t true, Grime says. While technically 10 gold-shirted, eight blue, and 25 red-shirted die in the series, that calculation ignores the fact that there are more redshirts than anybody …