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James Blish was born in New Jersey in 1921; he died in 1975. He had a BA in microbiology and served as a medical technician in WWII. He won a Hugo in 1959 for A Case of Conscience.
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RocketScore Tells You Your SAT Essay Score
You now have an online teacher and evaluator - RocketScore, the artificially intelligent grader that provides a prediction of the score your essay will get on the SAT.
IVF Parents Pick Sex, Alter Balance Of Nature
Should parents undergoing fertility treatments like IVF have the right to choose the sex of the baby? Lawmakers in Britain have split over this issue, reigniting the debate over "designer babies".
Robonaut ISS Checkout Video
Amazing video of a teleoperated robot on the International Space Station; sf authors saw this a half-century ago.
Robot English Teacher From KAIRA
A robotic english teacher is now being used in pilot programs in Seoul, Korea.
Catholic Belief And Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life
Jesuits in fact and in fiction aproach the question of whether aliens might exist, and if they have souls.
AMANDA May Find Probes To Other Dimensions
The AMANDA neutrino array team may have some positive results in the use of high-energy neutrinos in proving the existence of higher dimensions.
Artificial Gravity Generator Now Possible?
Scientists have sneered at artificial gravity generators for the last 75 years. These ESA-sponsored experiments may have generated the first artificial gravity fields.
ULTra PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) Planned For London
The ULTra is back in the news, this time at Heathrow airport.
MindMentor Computer-Based Psychotherapy
Does the Eliza computer therapy method actually work? Two Dutch psychiatrists think so.
Do Aliens Have Souls?
The Vatican's chief astronomer thinks that the existence of aliens would not contradict Catholic belief. But what about their souls?
Lessons To Be Downloaded Into Brains Of Schoolchildren
Forward-thinking schoolmen get a jolt from the Matrix.
Polaris Poker AI Defeats Humans, Rakes In $195K
Interesting shift in strategy brings victory to Polaris, the winner in the Man-Machine Poker Competition held in Las Vegas this weekend.
'Virtual Space Station' NASA Software Psychologist
This software suite provides a therapist - or group therapy - on a DVD; perfect for long space voyages, which can be stressful.
Emdrive Electromagnetic Drive For Chinese Space Ships?
Is this technology a physical impossibility? The Chinese space program is determined to find out.
'Thinking Cap' Now With TMS Coil
Sydney researchers try using transcranial magnetic stimulation to improve ordinary people, with anecdotal results. SF writers love this idea.
Brain Stimulation Enhances Motor Skill Learning
Any shortcuts to learning are appreciated; when can we get it in a convenient helmet form?
ULTra Personal Pod Driverless Taxis Here!
This driverless taxi apparently lacks a depressed robotic driver; it drives itself.
Computer, Heal Thyself - With ClearView
When you can read about an idea fifty years before it's implemented (and in an entertaining story to boot), that's good value.
Tweeting Tree Like Blish's Message Tree
I've heard of whispering pines, but twittering trees? Sony Ericsson does it again.
Biofuel From Algae
Can we improve the ability of algae to produce material we need? Should we?
Your Computer Therapist Will See You Now
Computers are more helpful than ever.
Electric Brain Stimulation Quickens Learning
Faster learning is as close as the nearest electrical outlet.
DecNef: Download Skills Into Your Brain
Click here to download your next career.
Fear of Dentists App, iPhone-based Therapist
'The machines aren't ignorant of human psychology - far from it.'
Russia's SAR-400 To Work Alongside Robonaut 2
'For a wild instant he had thought there was a man on Jupiter already...'
Mahoro Two-Armed Lab Robot
'...He realized that the moving thing inside was - of course - a robot.'
NASA's Robotic Rover Drivers
'Helmuth, after all, was not on Jupiter - though that was becoming harder and harder for him to bear in mind.'
Google Vs. Death
Who wants to live forever?
Multi-Party Quantum Communication Possible
'The cops have heard every word... wherever in the whole universe that there's a Dirac transceiver.'- James Blish, 1957.
SETI Workshop On Communicating Across The Cosmos
'...heard every word, not only locally, but wherever in the whole universe that there's a Dirac transceiver'- James Blish, 1957.
Students Control Lab Experiments Remotely Via App
'Hello, Europa... Is this your robot I'm looking at, in sector 94?'- James Blish, 1957.
Metal Solvent Ray Thrower - also a reaction pistol
Electric Kitchen - cooks freed from gravity