Author: Simon M. Rook

Simon is a writer and Marine Corps veteran. In addition to writing about science, he is a speculative fiction author and connoisseur of all things awesome.

How the Robot Masters will Identify You After the Machine Uprising

I’ve had a Facebook account for less than two years. Facebook is one of those things (like skinny jeans and boat shoes) that became really big while I was deployed to Iraq. When I came back, reintegration to society was tricky enough without broadcasting my efforts to the world at large ─ which is why …

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“Interstellar” Science: The Physics and Technology of the Motion Picture

Today I left work, did not go home, drove to two sold-out movie theaters and finally drove past my house to stand in a line the length of a theater corridor to watch a three-hour movie, after which I (finally) returned home 16 1/2 hours after I departed for work and sat down at my …

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Hardware, Software, Wetware: The Transhuman Future

Ever get tired of carrying around important thumb drives (and then forgetting where you left them)? What about headphones? Are they really comfortable to wear? And what about typing an e-Mail to your professor? Wouldn’t it be easier to just think what you want to say to her? What if you could interface with technology …

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The Genetic Chop Shop: Biohackers and what they mean to the world at large

The news is always buzzing with GMO issues. Farmers accuse evil corporations of poisoning our food, CEOs announce they’re trying to feed the hungry and scientists develop goats that produce spider webs (you read that correctly – but other than the webbing, Spider-Goat cannot do whatever a spider can). What is going on with genetics? …

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The Science Behind a (Common) Age-Defying Miracle Ingredient

I see claims touting new miracle products every day. You know the ones I’m talking about: The products with near-mythical ingredients discovered deep in the recesses of South American rain forests; the berry purported to cure blindness and ugliness; the pill to restore the vigor of youth; the elixir to instill the demeanor of Buddha …

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