The Western Lines

August 16, 2010

How to Explore the Universe in Style

Will such futuristic technologies as depicted in our favourite science fiction television shows ever become a real possibility?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we join physicist Michio Kaku as he designs and unveils his plan for a way to explore the universe in style.


The key to its design is that staple of any great space adventure series – the warp drive. As any Star Trek fan knows the warp drive is the common name for various types of faster-than-light spacecraft propulsion systems, both fictional and hypothetical.


Will true Sci Fi fans be pleased with what Dr. Michio Kaku comes up with?

Sci Fi Science – How to Explore the Universe

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August 15, 2010

The Terrifying Possibility of Mind Control

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the final episode of the highly acclaimed documentary series “That’s Impossible” narrated by veteran actor Jonathan Frakes, best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.


This final instalment of the series takes an in-depth look into the possibilities of mind reading and control. We will investigate almost miraculous technologies that may soon allow people to transmit their brainwaves and speak to each other mind to mind, computers that could find terrorists by reading their thoughts, and machines that scan our minds like thumb prints. But could all of this not-so-impossible technology turn against us as thought theft becomes the crime of the future?

That’s Impossible – Mind Control

http://www.youtube.com/p/B0E2A673FF45D5C1?hl=en_US&fs=1

August 12, 2010

Death Rays and Energy Weapons

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the penultimate episode of the highly acclaimed documentary series “That’s Impossible” narrated by veteran actor Jonathan Frakes, best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The spotlight of this instalment shines on the actual development of death rays and energy weapons reminiscent of those depicted in science fiction.

Cutting edge breakthroughs are bringing this science fiction technology to the battlefield. We will explore reports of high-powered lasers that can shoot down enemy planes and vaporize armies from space, bombs that release bursts of energy more powerful than nuclear warheads. But could this death-at-the-speed-of- light weapons be defeated by another science fiction technology in the works…. force fields?

That’s Impossible – Death Rays and Energy Weapons

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July 15, 2010

Real Terminator Robots

Robots that think, move like humans and fight our wars. Imagine a world where Real Terminator Robots really exist and have abrogated Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.



At leading universities and covert government labs, robots are now being developed in man’s image; cyborgs with superhuman strength, machines that may eventually be able to make decisions, even kill on their own. But will these very robots designed to protect us ultimately turn on their masters?



Today on Discovery Enterprise we present another episode of the highly acclaimed series “That’s Impossible” – Real Terminators narrated by Jonathan Frakes. According to the show’s producers these nightmarish possibilities may very well be just on the horizon.

That’s Impossible – Real Terminators

http://www.youtube.com/p/0EF996712EEE8BCF&hl=en_GB&fs=1

July 7, 2010

Is Invisibility a Real Possibility?

Much of what today we consider commonplace was once the stuff of science fiction in a bygone age. Many of the technologies we take for granted today, such as space travel, transcontinental passenger aircraft, submarines and almost instantaneous global communication, once existed in the realm of speculative fiction. How many of the technologies which exist only in the realm of our best loved Sci-Fi motion pictures and television series will eventually become the reality of tomorrow?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present “That’s Impossible” a television series on the History Channel that examines seemingly impossible technologies based upon stories and inventions in history, and detailing exactly what is needed to turn them into reality. The show premiered on July 7, 2009 and is narrated by veteran actor Jonathan Frakes, best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.


One appalling fact is continuously driven home in this series, that many of our greatest scientific and technological feats have in part been driven forward, in leaps and bounds, by military necessity.

Will humankind’s quest for invisibility lead to a major human catastrophe and tempt us to wage war and unimaginable acts of barbarism?

The great Greek philosopher Plato uses the tale of the “Ring of Gyges,” which confers invisibility, in The Republic as a thought experiment to argue that a person with such a ring, whether previously just or unjust, would use it to commit as many crimes as necessary to get what they want. Plato does not agree with this. The argument of the rest of the Republic, consequently, is that the just man would not be tempted by invisibility to commit crimes, because he would know that crime itself makes one unhappy and that he is better off to remain just.

H.G. Wells’ novel “The Invisible Man” however, ends tragically when its central protagonist, Griffin successfully develops a method to achieve invisibility, but cannot become visible again, and is driven to insanity and becomes a pathological killer.

Which aspect of our human nature will prevail? We at Discovery Enterprise would very much like to hear from you. Join us and, please express your views in our forums section.

That’s Impossible Episode 1 – Invisibility Cloaks

http://www.youtube.com/p/BE68573C1C595FE0&hl=en_GB&fs=1

The Invisible Man (1933) Trailer

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November 21, 2009

The Universe – "Science Fiction, Science Fact"

Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore the very limits of science and the possible. Many of the technologies we take for granted today, such as space travel, transcontinental passenger aircraft, submarines and almost instantaneous global communication, once existed in the realm of speculative fiction. How many of the technologies which exist only in the realm of our best loved Sci-Fi television series will eventually become the reality of tomorrow?


The world of tomorrow is quickly becoming the futuristic world of today. While you may not be “beaming” to your next appointment, researchers are preparing for the first tests of a transporter. And while scientists have long mocked Hollywood’s visions of warp speed a new generation of physicists continue to rewrite the fundamental rules of the universe. Is there a way around the cosmic speed limit – the speed of light?

The Universe -Science Fiction Science Fact

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