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From the Desk of Doctor Geek

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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At the heart of our recent "Our Companion the Robot" investigation is the quest for the artificial intelligence.  From HAL 9000 and KITT to Iron Man's JARVIS science fiction is teeming with AIs.  So how soon before you will have your own constant companion?  Sooner than you think.

The creators of CUBIC were inspired by JARVIS to create an AI that unlike Siri, has the ability to integrate with your home giving you voice command over your environment.  Thanks to some cloud computing and an app, Cubic can follow you wherever your adventure takes you.

 Cubic was recently funded by an Indiegogo campaign so expect to see Cubic soon.

 

 

  

Moment of Science - Esperanto

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The first chapter in the season two finale has begun!  I can honestly say that we have been building to the investigation into bionics from the very beginning.  From reality to fiction and back again, the science and fiction of bionics has touched so many lives, including my own. 

 So put on your red tracksuit and prepare to jump into an investigation that shows how science can make one better than they were before! 

 

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Attention fans of Dr Geek's Lab do you listen to the show via iTunes? We just updated our RSS. Please re-subscribe in the iTunes store so you won't miss our latest episode. The season 2 finale has just begun!

 

 

CDCoverArtWhat does every science fiction show need? It’s own soundtrack of course! I am proud to announce the release of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory: The Science of Music… From Fiction!!!

There are plenty of ways to get the album. Besides iTunes, and all the typical retailers, you can download it directly from CD Baby. You can order it here, or from our music store on our Facebook page or from the store page on our website.

A physical CD release will be available starting in December 2014

Fourth Element 1 ReduxTrack List Two Page Spread

As our listeners know, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory are big supporters of the privatization of space.  We are confident that commercial enterprises, working with NASA, will bring us closer to being a space faring civilization.   A lot of positive actions have been taken lately that make that goal seem ever so likely.  Unfortunately this week has marked not one but two setbacks for the commercial space program.

First, Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket and unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which was carrying roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, exploded about six seconds after launch. Second, One test pilot died and another was injured when Virgin Galatic’s SpaceShipTwo was lost.Details are still coming in as to what exactly happened in each instance.  At present, Virgin has stated that  the “vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo”.

While we here at Doctor Geek’s Laboratory take a moment to honor the life lost, we are reminded that spaceflight is an ultrahazardous activity, that all the pioneers of private space flight take countless risks in trying to expand man’s reach in this universe.  We salute them all and understand risk is their business.