Science fiction becomes science fact in new Discovery Science series

Robot uprisings, alien invasions and deadly asteroid strikes are all scenarios taken from the pages of science fiction.

But in SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU II, internationally-renowned physicist and co-founder of string field theory, Dr. Michio Kaku, shows that these sci fi stories may not be far from science fact.

Beginning Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Science see how topics that currently seem out of the realm of possibility are closer to becoming reality in this 12-part series.

In SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU II, Dr. Kaku consults the experts – science fiction fans – to determine the best solutions for each challenge. The demanding fans inspire him to think in new, exciting ways. So Dr. Kaku turns to cutting-edge research from top scientists, engineers and physicists from around the world to ascertain how to make outrageous ideas come to life.

Episode highlights from SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU II include:



Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Dr Michio Kaku believes that just like in sci fi, a neighbouring planet could be transformed into a second Earth. The nightmarish conditions on the Mars’ surface lead Dr. Kaku to meet with Bob Zubrin from the Mars Society who explains how the Red Planet could be geo engineered. To melt the Martian ice caps, Chris McKay, a NASA research scientist, suggests building a huge solar mirror. Dr. Kaku comes up with an even more daring plan – heat up Mars by shooting asteroids at the planet’s surface, resulting in the birth of Earth 2.0.


SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU II – “Galactic Colonization”

Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Dr. Kaku shows how science fiction’s most inspiring vision – the colonization of the galaxy – could become reality. Powered by Jupiter’s magnetism, robot probes, or “swarmbots,” could be used to find habitable planets. Science fiction suggests that suspended animation and galaxy ships be used to allow the colonists to cover the vast distances of space. But Dr. Kaku and astrophysicist Max Tegmark come up with a far more radical plan: e-mailing human DNA by laser across the galaxy to a colony where an army of “swarmbots” will use it to grow clones in an incubator.



Monday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Dr. Kaku is on a mission to save planet Earth. About 90% of the rocks in space are big enough to destroy civilization – and it’s not a question of if they’ll hit, it’s when. He shows what would happen if nuclear weapons were actually used to blow up an incoming asteroid and fortunately comes up with a safer, rocket powered solution. To deal with the multiple threats, Dr. Kaku takes a lead from Star Wars and designs a system of laser equipped Death Stars to zap the space rocks before they hit us.

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