David Lodge/FilmMagic/Getty Images The Real Star Trek Tricorder

In Star Trek, the tricorder is an all-purpose sensor array that can diagnose a person in moments. Is a real tricorder part of our near future?

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In the film Minority Report, we see Tom Cruise's character use gestures similar to today's touchscreen commands. What's the story behind the film's technology?

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Why is it in science fiction films you never see people struggle to operate consumer tech? Will the tech of the future really be flawlessly simple?

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Could a start-up company challenge the university system? We look at why higher education is so expensive and the goals of the Minerva Project.

Christian Jasiuk/iStock/Thinkstock The Future of Blood!

Blood: the liquid that we are large sacks of. Join the podcast team for a look at the future of artificial blood, rejuvenating transfusions and more.

lirtlon/iStock/Thinkstock Ants … to the Future

Ants can ruin a picnic, sure, but they might also inspire some of the most interesting materials technology and computer science of tomorrow. Your hosts take a look at these swarming, six-legged collective geniuses in this podcast.

Benderonny/iStock/Thinkstock Augmenting the Brain, Part Two: Tech

When you put your thinking cap on in the future, will it be a literal hat that boosts your intelligence? We look at tech that promises to make you smarter.

moonisblack/iStock/Thinkstock Augmenting the Brain, Part One: Chemicals

Are there safe, effective ways to boost brain power? Will the humans of the future be popping smart pills and leaving us all in the intellectual dust?

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Could an emerging technology eliminate the need for animal testing in pre-clinical trials? We examine the potential of the organ-on-a-chip.

dra_schwartz/E+/Getty Images Pew! Pew! Laser!

The inventor of the laser turned 99 in 2014. We look at emerging, cutting-edge uses for one of the coolest types of tech out there.

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