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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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Moller International, Inc. The developer of the Skycar® a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capable, high-speed light aircraft, announced that it has established a relationship with American Space Industries (ASI) of Menlo Park, CA to produce sub-scale models of the Skycar®.  These electrically-powered unmanned radio-controlled reproductions of the Skycar®are intended for model aircraft fans who want to experience the thrill of flying a VTOL aircraft with the extraordinary characteristics of the Skycar®.

President and founder of Moller International, Dr. Paul Moller said of this new partnership, “We know that there is a tremendous market for RC aircraft, and we think the Skycar’s design will provide an excellent basis for those hobbyists that want a VTOL aircraft that also has high-performance aerodynamics”.  He also added, “We expect that we can use these reproductions to test out some of our control theory and add to our knowledge regarding the performance of a personal VTOL aircraft.”

Russell Decker, CEO of ASI said, “American Space Industries is very pleased to be working with Moller International to help put this futuristic vehicle into hobbyist’s hands today. Dr. Moller’s Skycar® is a pioneering example of the advanced flight concepts that will help define the future of personal flight. Building and flying a radio control version of this vehicle, and utilizing the latest manufacturing techniques and new super-lightweight materials, the craft will provide hours of fun for hobbyists everywhere. Recent advancements in battery design, material science, and computer technology permit the operation of this radio control model that will closely emulate the extremely precise flight characteristics of the Moller Skycar®“. The Skycar® is not a Quad-copter, it’s much more and this model is the first of its kind at this scale and will be an absolute dream to fly.

Moment of Science - Esperanto

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For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Ken Spivey of The Ken Spivey Band, dedicates his song Health to the Company to all his friends and companions.  Meanwhile The Lab Staff uses the WayForward Device to see how they resolve their season one cliffhanger.

BREAKING NEWS – The very popular Facebook Page Doctor Who and The TARDIS by Craig Hurle has also recently undergone a regeneration for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.  It is now The Doctor Who Hub 

How does fiction quickly indicate that the story takes place in an altered history? Easy, the sky will be full of airships.  With few exceptions this mode of transport has been relegated to the past.  To see airships in wide spread use now is mere fantasy.  Or is it?

Mac Byers came up with this design for his final project while at the University of Huddersfield.  As you can see from the video below, it combines the luxury cruise concept with air travel.  Now all they need to do is add a little more 19th century flare, and I am sure our Steampunk brethren will be the first to purchase a ticket.

The technology behind this design is currently being developed by Aeroscraft.  Lift is primarily coming from the engines, leaving the helium to offset the weight of the cargo.

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Meet Robert and Alex Doyle, the father / daughter team who are sending a TARDIS into Orbit for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.  There is still time to support their project before the Kickstarter ends on June 29th 2013.

 

Once the projects funds, stay connected to this dynamic duo by following their progress on their Facebook Page