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Assignment: Impossible

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A Modest Proposal: Smartphone Balls

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.

August 8, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

Too Hard For Science? Are There Drugs That Kill Love?

Antidepressants might lift up one's spirits, but might they break hearts? In "Too Hard For Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don't think could be investigated...

August 2, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

From The Writer's Desk: Interviewing the stars of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

Just saw "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at a press screening on Friday. My review is coming soon, and until then, here's a preview — my interviews with James Franco and Andy Serkis, where I talk with them about the nature of humanity and the challenge of portraying a unique mind.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CYtdhHw-Lghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JmAV7NZMm8The interviews were shot in HD and were given to me on CompactFlash cards...

August 1, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

A Modest Proposal: A Pocket 3-D Printer

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.

August 1, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

Visions: Rare and Precious

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...

July 29, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

From The Writer's Desk: A Salon of the Mind

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. Imagine a lounge of celebrated writers and keen intellects from all across history...

July 29, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

Too Hard For Science? Rerunning the Past

History could be reenacted, raising the question of whether we live in a simulation In "Too Hard For Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don't think could be investigated...

July 26, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

A Modest Proposal: Game-Sourcing

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.

July 25, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

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