Weekly Round-Up! 5 Ways Science Met Science Fiction Last Week

Monday, 02 June 2014 - 10:46AM
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Monday, 02 June 2014 - 10:46AM
Weekly Round-Up! 5 Ways Science Met Science Fiction Last Week

Watch our weekly round-up video, where we show you the biggest stories in the intersection between science and science fiction for the past week.

 

Scientists have hypothesized that a void at the center of our galaxy is a supermassive black hole. But now, a new theory has arisen that it is actually a wormhole, a tunnel between two points in spacetime that could potentially allow for time travel. Read our article about the possible wormhole at the center of the Milky Way here, and our article about scientists recently finding a method to send photons through wormholes, opening the possibility for sending messages through time, here.

 

Last week, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital announced that it would begin human trials for a suspended animation technique that involved removing a critically wounded patient's blood and cooling it before returning it to the body. By cooling the body's temperature, they may be able to virtually stop the body's functioning in order to allow for more time to implement life-saving techniques. Read our original article here.

 

SpaceX unveiled their first manned Dragon spacecraft, the Dragon V2. This spaceship will be the first with the sole purpose of shuttling astronauts to and from the ISS. Read our original article here.

 

Google released a new "driverless" car, which uses laser technology in order to map its surroundings and combines that data with data from world maps in order to drive itself. Similarly, scientists successfully ran a test in which pilots flew planes using only thought commands. Read our article about the latter here.

 

Dutch researchers achieved the quantum teleportation of data, a feat that Einstein didn't even believe was possible. The researchers were able to teleport information in a quantum state without it being altered in any way. This technology has many practical implications. If the anyone attempts to "read" the information, then the data will automatically be destroyed. This could make valuable information more secure from hackers. 

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