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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 PAPERBACK TOUR 2019

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Announcing the official release of THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY: Our Destiny in the Universe, the paperback edition of Dr. Michio Kaku‘s national bestseller. THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth. Official tour stops include San Francisco, Seattle, Oregon, and Chicago. Additional information is available on Dr. Kaku’s Official Website. Visit his Official Facebook Page for tour related online events and special promotions. VISIT NOW!

KAKU ON THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY

Click for more CBS This Morning CBS News science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku‘s new book, The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth is officially released and available for purchase. CBS This Morning invited Kaku to talk about his bold assertions on the future fate of humankind. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON NEWEST GRAVITY WAVES

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Early last year, scientists made a breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves in the wild, signaling the dawn of a new subfield of astronomy. This week, separate observatories in Washington, Louisiana, and Italy independently detected and collectively confirmed more gravitational waves in the wild — this time from the collision of two black holes about 2 billion light-years from Earth. Gravity waves pick up cosmic events that are invisible or nearly impossible to measure by any other means. By combining observations of a single event using multiple means, it’s now possible to gain a more complete understanding of the source’s properties than ever before. This method is called multi-messenger astronomy. CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, joins CBSN to break down what this discovery means for the future of astronomy. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON HISTORIC SOLAR ECLIPSE

Click to Show Only FOX Business On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will witness a wondrous and historic spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. The Moon will completely block the Sun, daytime will become a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona will shimmer in the dark sky. What makes this cosmic event rarer and more momentous is the eclipse’s "path of totality" which will darken skies along a straight line, spanning the nation from coast to coast. The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will stretch about 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina. Famed futurist and theoretical physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku, joins Kennedy on FOX Business with everything you need to know about the big event. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON MUSK-ZUCKERBERG AI DEBATE

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Does Artificial Intelligence represent a major threat to humankind or a major opportunity? Tesla & SpaceX visionary, Elon Musk believes the time is now to sound the alarms and assemble top thinkers and regulators with the mandate to address and contain the rising threat head-on. In sharp contrast, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is bullish on AI and dismissive of alarmists like Musk. So, who has it right? Physicist and Futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku returns to CNN International’s ‘Quest Means Business’ to consider all sides of the debate and contribute his own insights. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON DISCOVERY OF 7 EXOPLANETS

Click for more CBS This MorningNASA announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting "TRAPPIST-1," a faint star about 39 light years away in the "Aquarius" constellation. Three of them fall into the habitable or so-called "Goldilocks" zone, considered capable of supporting life as we know it. CBS News science and futurist contributor Dr. Michio Kaku joins ‘CBS This Morning’ to provide insights on this landmark find. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON HIDDEN FIGURES STEM STARS

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Click to Show Only Vanity Fair"Hidden Figures" is a powerful new feature film that reveals the untold true story of three women of African-American descent who contributed greatly to the USA‘s victory in the space race during the mid-20th century as so-called "human computers" for NASA. The movie, in theaters January 6th, inspired IBM and Vanity Fair Studios to join forces in saluting the new guard of stars in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (collectively known as STEM). As a world renowned popularizer of science and advocate for talent and resources to support and advance STEM fields, Dr. Michio Kaku, was invited to expand on the subject, to put a spotlight on today’s STEM stars, and, as with the film, to inspire future generations to take up STEM studies and contribute to the advancement of humankind. READ 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 VIRTUAL REALITY: NEXT BIG THING

Click to Visit CBS This MorningProjected revenues from virtual reality and augmented reality are expected to reach $120 billion by the year 2020. What will the future of this advanced technology look like? How will it change the way we live, work, and communicate? CBS News science and futurist contributor Dr. Michio Kaku joins ‘CBS This Morning’ to explore this new frontier and to see why Kaku says VR is the "next big thing." WATCH NOW!

HAPPY STAR WARS DAY

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@michiokaku: May The 4th Be With You! Happy #StarWarsDay to my many fellow @starwars fans. Science fiction fuels science reality!

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 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!

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KAKU ON ‘THE REALLY BIG ONE’ MEGA-QUAKE

Click to Visit CBS This MorningCBS 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!

WANT MORE MEGA-QUAKE? – BONUS

Dr. Kaku discusses the mega-quake on FOX NEWS. CLICK NOW!

KAKU ON PLUTO NEW HORIZONS SUCCESS

Click to Visit MSNBCOn 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!

WANT MORE PLUTO? – BONUS CONTENT

  • Dr. Kaku‘s Op-Ed for WALL STREET JOURNAL. CLICK NOW!
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