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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?”


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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!


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Game of Thrones fans know it well… Winter was coming and now "Winter is here!" So says the King of the North, or, in this case, Earth’s northern hemisphere. The Winter Solstice is here and that means winter. As Americans bundle up for the coldest part of the season, CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, joins CBSN on the shortest day of the year to discuss the Earth’s rotation and what it means for humans around the globe. WATCH NOW!


Click for more CBSN posts2016 is expected to be the hottest year ever recorded. Climate scientists warn that polar sea ice is melting at alarming levels. CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, appears on CBSN to explain what’s happening with the weather from a global perspective and to describe the factors that converted him from a skeptic into a concerned believer in the climate change crisis. WATCH NOW!

BBC Time Series (5 Clips) EARTH TIME

Our awareness that time stretches back long before we were born, and will continue to stretch into the future long after we’re gone, lies at the heart of our humanity. Without this sense we couldn’t learn from the past, and wouldn’t plan for the future But where did we come from, and where are we going in time? Every culture mythologises time and attempts to answer the ultimate questions: was there a beginning? And will there be an end?