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Assignment: Impossible

Assignment: Impossible

Exploring the area between the unknown and the impossible.

From The Writer's Desk: Secret Electronic Wars?

In the series, "From The Writer's Desk," I'll describe what I do for a living as a writer and ideas I have for advancing my craft. Today I have a story out on a secret war that might have taken place for years in the embedded computers found within the devices that make up the backbone of the infrastructures of our nations and corporations...

November 26, 2012 — Charles Q. Choi

A Modest Proposal: Printed Cyborgs

In the series "A Modest Proposal," my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real.

November 21, 2012 — Charles Q. Choi

The Science of Swords: The Sound of Approaching Doom

The sword is silent as it leaves its scabbard in an expert draw. The only sound it makes is when it whistles as it cuts through the air. It might be the last sound you ever hear.When I'm not writing about science, one of my pastimes is swordsmanship...

November 15, 2012 — Charles Q. Choi

Visions: Only If They Catch You

In the series "Visions," science fiction about the very latest research will be paired with analysis looking into the facts behind the fiction. The goal is to marry ripped-from-the-headlines science fiction with analysis into the possibilities hinted at by new discoveries...

October 4, 2012 — Charles Q. Choi

From The Writer's Desk: Untold Stories in Science Writing

In the series, "From The Writer's Desk," I'll describe what I do for a living as a writer and ideas I have for advancing my craft. By devising inflation theory, considered by many in physics to be the best explanation of why the universe currently looks the way it does, cosmologist Alan Guth at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology probably ranks among one of the most important physicists alive today...

October 1, 2012 — Charles Q. Choi

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