Sci-fi to Science Reality

I was going to write a post today about how scientists are working with ultrasonics to produce levitation on both a large level (moving platforms) and on a tiny, near molecular level in medicinal studies, and how this is similar to the ay my stories have used ultrasonics for ship propulsion and showers, among other things. But instead I am turning it around, because the coolest thing just came across my radar.

I am sure most of you have heard the story of how StarTrek changed the world. Gotta love Shatner and he certainly has a point! If you haven’t have a listen here: http://youtu.be/YQKd4d1Ps7s A very much tongue in cheek narrative by old Bill talks about how HE changed the world (that’s the real title BTW, but I think it is a bit much, LOL). Really it is a discussion on how science fiction can lead the way for real scientific developments, inspiring ideas and concepts that just might make it someday into the real world (think flip top communicators).

Now, what I am currently excited about is a writing competition. But those are a dime a dozen you say?  Well this one is different. The Tomorrow Project is a writing competition, but one a bit different than I’ve seen before. Here’s their description and their link.

What kind of future do you imagine? What kind of future do you want to live in? What future do you want toAd for The Tomorrow Project Writing Competition avoid? The goal of The Tomorrow Project is to have conversations about the future so that we can improve it. If we want to imagine a better tomorrow and then build it, then we need to change the story we all tell ourselves about what the future holds. The future is not a predetermined inevitability; it is whatever we make it. Join us in exploring and creating the kind of future we want to work toward together – through fact-based, science-based fiction, comics and video conversations.

In collaboration with the Society for Science & the Public, ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination and the Intel Foundation, the Tomorrow Project is announcing an innovative fiction competition geared at 13-25 year olds worldwide, asking them to contribute science fiction stories, essays, comics and videos to explore the kind of future we want to work toward together.

– See more at: http://isef.tomorrow-projects.com

I just have one problem. Why is it limited to 13-25 year olds? Soooo not fair.

Lilly

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