The planet Mercury will be "In Retrograde" four times throughout this year. The planet’s mystifying movements during such celestial events, associated since ancient times with "uncertainty, confusion, and doubt," are believed to disrupt communication, technology, travel, and more.
Is there any truth to this belief? CBS News science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku joins ‘CBS This Morning’ to explain what’s going on and to discuss whether the myth is backed by science. WATCH NOW!
A new position paper, recently released by the European Science Foundation entitled "Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience," which urges scientists to "develop their capacity to make reliable and timely warnings of [volcanic] eruptions," cites the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park specifically as both a natural hazard and potential threat to millions of human lives.
How big is this threat? Could there be an all-out disaster that devastates the nation or are we getting ahead of ourselves? Physicist, futurist, and bestselling author Dr. Michio Kaku provides perspective to help size up the possible danger and better interpret these findings. WATCH NOW!
"It’s time to pass out the cigars!" exclaimed a jovial Michio Kaku at a recent appearance on CBSN, the online news network from CBS NEWS. Dr. Kaku was speaking about the arrival of a newborn baby — a newborn baby planet, that is.
The birth and formation of planets has long been shrouded in mystery but now, thanks to an exciting new cosmic sighting, astronomers have captured startling images of an observable newborn planet as it coalescences into form. The discovery promises future insights to better understand our own planet and make things better for life here at home. WATCH NOW!
Over 260 people have reportedly died so far, mostly in Pakistan, because of a magnitude-7.5 earthquake that hit the north-eastern region of Afghanistan. The most severely affected areas are also the most remote, making the communications and recovery effort particularly difficult. Meanwhile, the death toll continues to escalate.
BBC World News America, reporting on the tragic events, invited Dr. Michio Kaku to join their broadcast via satellite to discuss the science underlying this seismic activity and its significance around the globe. WATCH NOW!
Scientists observing a star (known officially as KIC 8462852) have detected a massive unidentified object floating in space between the Kepler Space Telescope and the subject star in the constellation Cygnus, over 450 parsecs from Earth. But what is it?
Could it be some kind of "alien megastructure?" Are we on the precipice of proving the presence of intelligent extraterrestrial life? CBSN, the online news network from CBS NEWS, asked Dr. Michio Kaku to offer his first insights on this mysterious and potentially miraculous discovery. WATCH NOW!
"NASA will take steps toward establishing a sustainable human presence beyond Earth, not just to visit but to stay," proclaimed NASA in a newly released detailed report. How long before humanity has "boots on the ground" on the red planet and can we do it? Dr. Kaku has answers. WATCH NOW!
On the historic success of NASA‘s landmark discovery of liquid water on planet Mars, the space agency has announced an ambitious and detailed multi-phase plan as part of a special report entitled NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration. The plan culminates in a permanent human presence on the red planet in the relatively near future. Dr. Michio Kaku visits MSNBC to discuss the feasibility of this plan and the possibilities of such a mission. WATCH NOW!
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!
A sinkhole in Florida this week appeared in nearly the exact same location as a previous sinkhole that swallowed up and killed a man in his sleep back in 2013. With chilling confirmation that sinkholes can and do strike the same place twice, we need a better understanding of the science of sinkholes. CBSN, the "Always On" online news network from CBS NEWS, invited Dr. Michio Kaku to explain these geological events and offer his suggestions on what we can do about them. 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!
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!