Author Archives: Bill Smallwood

Fun Fact Friday: Star Trek inventions that became reality

Fun Fact Friday: Star Trek inventions that became reality

Did you know that quite a few of the technological marvels from television’s Star Trek started out as science fiction, but are now reality, or even commonplace? It’s true! Cell Phones: It’s funny when you think about it. Remember flip phones? Captain Kirk had one before they were cool! While mobile phones are now a

Fun Fact Friday: Earthquake Resistant Buildings

Did you know that Japan (and some other countries) build buildings that are nearly earthquake proof? It’s true! Japan is very prone to earthquakes, so their engineers spend a long time determining how to make structures more resiliant to the effects of plate tectonics. These buildings are designed to move with the force of an

Fun Fact Friday: Chickens

Did you know that chickens actually store away gravel inside their bodies to aid in the digestive process? Chickens (and other birds) have a special organ called a gizzard. When chickens eat, they ingest bits of gravel and stones. These stones (called gastroliths) are stored away inside the gizzard, and help to grind the harder

Fun Fact Friday: Flying Cars

Science fiction is an ever-evolving genre that often reinvents itself to stay ahead of current trends in technology. After all, many inventions that were once science fiction are now commonplace. There is one constant exception, inspiring the question that many have asked, however tongue-in-cheek: “Where’s my flying car?” From Doctor Who (2007) to The Fifth

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