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Dr. Scott Viguié (a.k.a. Doctor Geek) holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist, attorney, actor and author. Before his wife will permit him to go back to graduate school, yet again, he will have to promise to move on to something that starts with a "B". As luck would have it, Scott is also the first bionic man. Well, ... not exactly.

In reality, Scott was one of the first to undergo extensive orthopedic surgery to compensate for cerebral palsy. While these cutting edge techniques did in fact grant him the ability to walk, making him better ... stronger ... faster, his new abilities did not in fact come with the cool sound effects. S o began a lifelong obsession with science, technology, and the science fiction that inspires them.

Scott's love of all things science fiction and fantasy can be heard on various podcasts, including Articles of the Shadow Proclamation, Earth Station One, and Earth Station Who. Throughout the year, Scott travels the convention circuit, appearing at such conventions as Dragon*con, Time Lord Fest, and TimeGate, where he can be seen participating in Doctor Who related panels and speaking on such topics as "The Archaeology of Stargate".

Scott established Doctor Geek's Laboratory and Doctor Geek's Science Fair in the hope that it would encourage a rekindled sense of optimism for the future. That it would bring about enthusiasm for innovation. That it would bring the fictional world of tomorrow, one step closer to today.

Scott is also a consultant for the Science & Entertaiment Exchange, a volunteer network based out of Los Angles that connects productions with experts who can add a little science to the fiction.

To contact Doctor Geek directly, email him at: scott@drgeeklab.com and follow him at www.facebook.com/thedoctorgeek.

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The season two finale is here, but don’t worry the moment has been prepared for.  Amidst Professor Pedantic’s continued efforts to bend the Laboratory of Applied Geekdom to his will, Mister Flask concludes this season’s investigation into bionics.  Can Doctor Geek regain command of the lab before all is lost?

 

 

Ever since the funding for SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, was effectively killed in the 1994 federal budget that cancelled the High Resolution Microwave Survey and terminated NASA’s SETI efforts, SETI has been reduced to looking through the results of other projects such as the volunteer distributed computing project, SETI@home.  That is until now!

 

Through the formation of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has just given SETI $100 million.

 Over the next ten years, the new initiative will be hiring prime observing time on the world’s premiere telescopes.  The telescopes to be used are 50 times more sensitive than the best previously used for SETI. They’ll also be scanning 10 times more of the sky, over 5 times more of the radio spectrum – and they’ll be doing it more than 100 times faster.

The initiative was announced by Milner on July 20th 2015 in London at The Royal Society, where he was joined by physicist Stephen Hawking, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, SETI research pioneer Frank Drake, UC Berkeley astronomy professor Geoff Marcy and postdoctoral fellow Andrew Siemion, and foundation chairman Peter Worden.

With all this new activity, who knows wat SETI will find.  Let’s hope someone is working on a universal translator so we will have it ready when SETI gets that signal from some strange new world.

 

 

You read that right, a company in Japan called Cyberdyne has created a powered exoskeleton called HAL.  But unlike its fictional namesake, this company is a venture firm which was established by Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai, of the University of Tsukuba, Japan, in order to materialize his idea to utilize “Cybernics” for the benefits of humankind in such fields as medicine, caregiving, welfare, labor, heavy works, and entertainment.

 

HAL® (Hybrid Assistive Limb®) is the world‘s first cyborg-type robot, by which a wearer‘s bodily functions can be improved, supported and enhanced. Wearing of HAL® leads to a fusion of “man”, “machine” and “information”. HAL® assists a physically challenged person to move and enables him or her to exert bigger motor energy than usual. HAL® is also considered as the system that accelerates a motor learning of cerebral nerves.

 

The demonstration video is amazing, but I wonder, had Christopher Reeve had access to HAL would Superman be turned into The Terminator?

 

 

 

 

By harnessing the power of light and oxygen, Carbon3D has created a new 3D printing process that is between 25-100 times faster than traditional 3D printing.  Unlike traditional 3D printers which print the object layer by layer, Carbon3d’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) allows for the printing of a true 3D object.

 

Just like Michelangelo, who is famous for saying, “The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; the sculptor's hand can only break the spell to free the figures slumbering in the stone.” The CLIP technology works by harnessing the power of light and oxygen to cure a photosensitive resin.  In other words, a projector beams the image to be printed into the pool of photosensitive resin.  Then, oxygen is introduced in the unneeded areas.  The oxygen creates dead zones which prevent the resin from curing in the unneeded areas and like Michelangelo; the build platform frees the printed object fully formed from the liquid. 

 

As Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-Founder, Carbon3D said, “Current 3D printing technology has failed to deliver on its promise to revolutionize manufacturing.  Our CLIP technology offers the game-changing speed, consistent mechanical properties and choice of materials required for complex commercial quality parts.”