Science derived from media
I was recently reading my daily articles in the pulse new reader app, and came across an interesting article that reminded me of a Dr. Who episode I saw recently. The article titled “MIT create an artificial leaf that can split water, power fuel cells” talks about how researchers have created a leaf prototype made of silicon solar cells and a cobalt catalyst. It could have the ability to power a fuel cell and in large capacities produce oxygen. In the show Dr. Who, the doctor comes across a space ship that produces oxygen for the residents by containing a large artificial forest. The similarities between these two ideas got me thinking about how scientific ideas evolve from fictional ideas. It makes me wonder if we should be looking into fictional stories to look for interesting ideas for the future. I mean plenty of shows, books, and tv’s have wacky ideas that maybe could evolve into new technologies. Another example besides the leaves could be from the movie Minority Report, with their special interfaces on their monitors. This could be considered the precursor to multi touch that is in use today by Apple and several other mobile device manufacturers. In addition to that several manufacturers are trying to make ultra thin monitors made of glass like the ones they use. I find this an interesting example of how science interacts with media, which is the main theme of our course. What do you guys think? What would be a cool invention that you saw in a recent movie, show, or book.