When science meets science fiction

For years, the concept of a head transplant has conjured illusions of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, rather than being a tangible reality. Now, however, brain surgeon Sergio Canavero has proposed an operation, set to take place in 2017, in which a living human head will be transplanted onto a donor body. If it were to be […]

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Review: Interstellar

Set in the near future, Interstellar predicts the effects of humankind’s rapacious materialism: raging dust storms tear through the land, crop yields are an annual disappointment, and the earth is no longer capable of sustaining its six billion inhabitants. Matthew McConaughey is Cooper, a former NASA astronaut turned corn farmer and inspirational father to Murph (Mackenzie Foy, […]

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Loving Looper

Looper doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to the minutiae of time travel – as Jeff Daniel’s aging gangster notes, thinking about it “just fries your brain like an egg”. Several of the finer points relating to being able to jump backwards in time are glossed over or barely acknowledged – indeed, if […]

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