This week NASA announced that it has discovered a source of free-flowing water on the surface of the planet Mars, a breakthrough finding that could forever change how human beings view our celestial neighbor. Famed physicist/futurist and CBS News science contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku told ‘CBS This Morning’ that, with this, NASA may have “hit the jackpot.”
Public fascination with Mars has increased ever since NASA launched its unmanned rover Curiosity, which continually sends back images of the Martian landscape. Once thought to be too hostile to support life, the discovery of liquid water alters our understanding not only of the origins of the red planet but in the future potential for an eventual human presence on Mars. “It changes everything,” said Kaku, “It means that this liquid water can be used for, perhaps, irrigation, drinking water, and even rocket fuel.” WATCH NOW!
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. In a series of four special featurettes released by 20th Century FOX, legendary physicist Dr. Michio Kaku tells us why there’s more to the science of Fantastic Four than you may expect. The videos feature a healthy amount of new Fantastic Four footage that should whet your appetite for the movie, which hits theaters on August 7th. The first is entitled ‘Alternate Dimensions.’ WATCH NOW!
CBS News science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku returns to ‘CBS This Morning’ to discuss Kathryn Schulz‘s recent New Yorker article, ‘The Really Big One’ — an examination of the Cascadia subduction zone that predicts a "mega-quake" capable of wiping out a major portion of the Pacific Northwest and potentially triggering the worst natural disaster in North American recorded history. WATCH NOW!
On the historic success of NASA‘s space mission to the Pluto System, the New Horizons space probe has started sending back the first-ever high resolution close-up images of the dwarf planet’s surface. The data is traveling across a staggering three billion miles of space — the same distance traveled by the probe on its trek to Pluto and beyond. Meanwhile, here on Earth, scientists are studying the data as it continues to stream in. Dr. Michio Kaku joins Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Show’ to discuss the scientific and historic significance of New Horizons revelations about Pluto. WATCH NOW!
A recent New Yorker report predicts a so-called "mega-quake," a catastrophic seismic event, likely to destroy a significant part of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States — taking the lives of an estimated 13,000 people along with it. Worse still, the report cites FEMA calculations indicating that such an earthquake would seem to be overdue. Physicist and futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku joins Shepard Smith on FOX NEWS to confirm that the danger is far from overstated. "The Cascadia fault is an earthquake waiting to happen," said Kaku, "We know it’s going to happen with an energy 30 times the maximum energy of the San Andreas fault." WATCH NOW!
Three billion miles from Earth, NASA‘s New Horizons space probe just flew by Pluto. The journey to the farthest edge of our solar system took nearly a decade to achieve. CBS News science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, who wrote an op-ed article for the Wall Street Journal entitled ‘That Pluto Probe Just Might Save the Earth’, joins ‘CBS This Morning’ to explain how this feat affects us here at home. WATCH NOW!
New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft humanity has ever launched has also traveled longer and farther than any other — more than nine years and three billion miles — beyond any space mission in history to reach its primary target. Today marks a historic milestone in the journey, as New Horizons flies by Pluto and its system of at least five known moons, sending back breakthrough reconnaissance. What new insights will that Pluto probe reveal to expand our understanding of other such planet-threatening comets? Dr. Michio Kaku offers us his perspective in a special op-ed article written by Dr. Kaku himself for the Wall Street Journal. READ NOW!
On the heels of a third SpaceX rocket launch failure, CBSN, the "Always On" online news network from CBS NEWS, invited Dr. Michio Kaku to discuss the matter with CBSN‘s Jeff Glor. What are the ramifications of this accident? Does it pose any future impact on SpaceX‘s or NASA‘s plans for the International Space Station? What does this setback suggest about the ongoing commercialization of space? WATCH NOW!
Dr. Michio Kaku sits down with Stuart Varney on FOX Business for a rapid-fire discussion of the science behind a number of life-threatening developments happening right now that could really ruin your day. Pick your poison: Will it be death by over-speeding train? How about a mysterious and systematic breakdown in the food chain? Why not cut to the quick with a mile-wide asteroid on a collision course for Earth? All are covered in a lively session you really should see. WATCH NOW!
What’s the difference between an earthquake and an aftershock? For the people of Nepal, grappling with a 7.3-magintude aftershock of the quake that rocked the region just weeks ago, it hardly matters… or does it?
Dr. Michio Kaku returns to MSNBC appearing on ‘NOW with Alex Wagner‘ to discuss the science of earthquakes, aftershocks, and the relative predictability of major seismic events like the Nepal disaster. WATCH NOW!
Dr. Michio Kaku returns to CNN International’s ‘Quest Means Business’ to discuss Tesla Motors‘ recent push into new frontiers for its energy storage technology and know-how; going beyond the realm of Tesla CEO, Elon Musk‘s, vision for an all-electric car and launching an off-shoot brand — Tesla Energy.
Kaku is an advocate of the venture, asserting that Musk is "onto something" with this unveiling, further affirming that an advancement in energy storage like that presented by Tesla Powerwall has the potential to be a "game changer" for solar, wind, and renewable energy initiatives. WATCH NOW!
Devastation from the Nepal earthquake and associated seismic activity continues to escalate along with the staggering death toll, now numbering in the thousands. Dr. Michio Kaku returns to ‘CBS This Morning’ to answer the tough questions and reveal the science behind the cataclysmic events responsible for this tragic loss of life. WATCH NOW!
California is in crisis. With record-breaking drought levels year over year and no major intervention plan, the situation has continued to worsen. Now, California Governor, Jerry Brown, is imposing the state’s first-ever mandatory limit on commercial water use. Will it be enough? CBS News Contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku recently joined ‘CBS This Morning’ to offer his perspective on the drought emergency and explore potential viable solutions to address the growing problem. Dr. Kaku warns that whatever happens next will have a definitive impact on the famed California lifestyle. WATCH NOW!
Dr. Michio Kaku made a special appearance at the world famous 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada yesterday, as the invited guest of TOYOTA. Kaku’s visit started not at a lectern, but at the wave of a checkered flag, as he took the wheel at TOYOTA‘s I DROVE i-ROAD exhibit.
The i-ROAD is a new concept in urban mobility that combines the potential of both cars and motorbikes with next generation performance in terms of driving, size and environmental performance.
The evening culminated in a themed VIP event, presented by TOYOTA, entitled ‘HOW WE’LL LIVE IN 2100’ featuring a private talk by Dr. Kaku, accompanied by a special dinner prepared by food futurist and celebrity chef, Richard Blais. Go to Dr. Kaku’s Official Twitter for more. Ready to see Dr. Kaku take the i-ROAD for a spin? WATCH NOW!
If you could be among the first human beings ever to step foot on planet Mars, would you go? Before you answer, there’s a major catch: the trip is strictly one-way. Still interested? Then there might be a future for you in space exploration AND reality television… Mars One, a controversial and widely criticized Netherlands-based non-profit company led by Dutch entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorp, plans to land the first humans onto Mars and establish a permanent human colony there by 2025. Bootstrapped by a crowdfunding campaign and reality TV pitch, Mars One is recruiting volunteer amateur space enthusiasts to take the plunge.
Reaction has been split, with many doubting if Lansdorp‘s mission will even launch, much less succeed. Dr. Michio Kaku, famed astrophysicist and known proponent of both private and government funded space exploration is, in this case, among the skeptics. In a recent ABC News NIGHTLINE story profiling the audacious endeavor, Kaku explains, “This has the atmosphere of a circus, where you have amateurs simply raising their hand, volunteering to be the first person on Mars. They have set impossibly unrealistic deadlines and the amount of money that you have to have to go to Mars is incredible, perhaps 50 to several hundred billion dollars. Given the fact that this will be untested technology, I would assume that the failure rate would be about 90 to 95 percent for a mission of this magnitude. In other words, it’s a tragedy waiting to happen.”
Would you take your own ‘giant leap’ against-the-odds on a no-way-back ride to the red planet? Would you leave behind all your earthly attachments to join this unproven ragtag group of true believers? Dr. Kaku encourages you to decide for yourself after you’ve seen the full story on video. WATCH NOW!
At the recent BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards in London, England, cosmologist Stephen Hawking said, “The human failing I would most like to correct is ‘aggression.’ It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.” He warns that major nuclear war could be the end of civilization, possibly humankind.
As both a physicist and an optimist, Dr. Michio Kaku sees the very same scenario as motivation for ingenuity and opportunity. Specifically, using science, technology, and strides in space exploration to strengthen humanity’s presence (and its chances) to survive and even prosper beyond our earthly limits, out in space — to become, as he puts it, a “2 Planet Species.”
Dr. Kaku returns again on MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Show’ to discuss Hawking‘s remarks as he presents his own insights along with solutions that could be like an “insurance policy” for the human race. WATCH NOW!