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KAKU ON WHAT IF: TYPE II CIVILIZATIONS

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Will We Become A Type II Civilization?

How cool would it be if we could one day regulate our atmosphere, control the climate and maybe even blast threatening asteroids into stardust? Well, to do those things would require A LOT of energy.

Essentially, we’d have to be able to harness all the power from the Sun. According to the Kardashev scale that ranks planets according to their ability to harness the energy from their star and even their galaxy, that would make Earth a Type II civilization. What does that mean and how far away are we from achieving that level of uber energy capacity? You’ll have to tune in to find out as What If: Discussed welcomes back Dr. Michio Kaku, physicist and science communicator extraordinaire, to help us better understand “What If we became a type II civilization?”

THE PHYSICS OF SCIENCE FICTION

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Star Ships. Time Travel. Black holes. Wormholes. Alien civilizations. Hyperspace. Anti-matter drive. Parallel universes.

Physics of Science Fiction (Physics 332) is a new course which Professor Michio Kaku will be teaching this Fall Semester exclusively for students at The City College of New York (CCNY). It applies physics to explain some of most sensational themes found in science fiction.

This exciting new course is taught online by Dr. Kaku, professor of theoretical physics, NY Times best-selling author, TV and radio personality, and co-founder of string field theory. The course uses lectures, slideshows and planetarium shows to explain the cutting edge of science. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU! Sorry, this course is for registered CCNY students only.

Prerequisites: None, except a healthy imagination.
Credits: 3; Online lectures held on Tues & Thurs @ 2pm to 3:15 pm, then Dr. Kaku hosts a live online Q&A session via Zoom.
Required reading: Dr. Kaku’s Physics of the Impossible and Hyperspace. One midterm and final.

KAKU ON FIRST BLACK HOLE IMAGE

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Researchers at the National Science Foundation used a global network of space telescopes to capture the historic first image of a supermassive black hole and its shadow more than 55 million light-years away from Earth. CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, joins CBSN to discuss the landmark announcement from a studio in Seattle, where Kaku was visiting for his U.S. book tour to promote the paperback release of his national bestseller, THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY: Our Destiny in the Universe. Click to WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON ‘COSMIC COINCIDENCE’

Click for more CBS This Morning Millions plan to witness Monday’s coast-to-coast total solar eclipse that will move through a 70-mile-wide "Path of Totality" spanning over the United States across fourteen states from Oregon clear through to South Carolina. CBS News science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku joins ‘CBS This Morning’ to discuss what he calls a once in a lifetime "cosmic coincidence" that should be on everyone’s bucket list. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON LIFE BEYOND EARTH

Click to Show Only FOX BusinessDoes planet Earth have a twin out there somewhere? This week, Dr. Michio Kaku visited with Kennedy on FOX Business to talk about exoplanets and new discoveries advancing the startling prospect (and growing probability) that intelligent life all but certainly exists beyond Earth. In the vastness of the cosmos, Dr. Kaku asserts, it is increasingly clear that "we are NOT alone." WATCH NOW!

CNBC THE EDGE: THE FUTURE OF THE MIND

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The Edge is a bold series by CNBC that explores the limitless potential of innovation. Theoretical physicist and futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku, hosts a special edition of The Edge, based on his #1 bestselling book, The Future of the Mind, aptly called ‘The Edge: The Future of the Mind’.

Debuting internationally, the special series has since been released for U.S. broadcast. All episodes featuring Dr. Kaku are also available online at CNBC‘s website to watch on-demand. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON RING OF FIRE EARTHQUAKES

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Japan, Ecuador, and the entire west coast of the United States all reside on the same tectonic "Ring of Fire". Both Japan and Ecuador just endured three deadly rapid-succession earthquakes. Is the U.S. next? Understanding how these quake sites are connected offers us a better grasp at predicting future seismic surges. CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, appeared live on CBSN to talk about these recent seismic events and what we need to be thinking about as this activity inevitably continues, potentially closer to home. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON HAWKING’S STARSHOT

Click to Visit FOX BusinessThis week, renowned cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, announced Breakthrough Starshot — a hundred-million dollar research and engineering effort funded by Russian scientist and billionaire entrepreneur, Yuri Milner, and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. The aim, according to Milner, is to develop "high speed light-driven nano crafts and to lay the foundations for an eventual voyage to Alpha Centauri.”

Dr. Michio Kaku visited with Kennedy on FOX Business for a fun awe-inspiring discussion of Starshot‘s daring plans to make swarms of tiny spacefaring starships that will explore the cosmos at speeds approaching a thousand times faster than today’s fastest spacecraft. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON THE SCIENCE AND FANTASY OF THE NEW FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE

Click to Visit the Fantastic Four Movie WebsiteFantastic 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!

Fantastic Four - In Theaters August 7

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