CSI partners with Solve for X to develop moonshot solutions


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CSI partners with Solve for X to develop moonshot solutions

The Center for Science and the Imagination is partnering with Solve for X, a new forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork. Solve for X launched a


Scientists: The Real Villains in Sci-Fi Films

Last summer, in stretch of humid boredom, I walked 6 blocks to see Ridley Scott’s Prometheus at the cinema by my family’s house. I asked my friends, who are sci-fi

Mammatus Clouds

Beautiful Disasters

Robert Krulwich, NPR Science Friday correspondent and RadioLab contributor, recently shared a blog post about the phenomenon of ice crystals forming in the shape of flowers in the arctic waters.

Molecular Gastronomy

Inventive Cooking…with the Help of a Little Science

In our fast-paced world filled with meals-on-the-go via fast food chains and restaurants touting the “get in and get out” method of food preparation, cooking has taken the turn of

Skyscrapers Photo

Bridging the Gap – A More Perfect Partnership

How do we bridge the gap between science, the imagination and policy-making to take great ideas to impact and build towards a more stable and productive future? The 21st century certainly

Nevada Solar One Power Plant

A Delocalized Energy Future

Faced with global and local catastrophe in the form of widespread climate change, the coming century will be defined, of necessity, by a transition away from a fossil-fuel based economy.

Sermon for Science and the Imagination

My wife and I attended a Christmas Eve service in an Episcopalian Church. We’re not religious, but we grew up steeped in various religious traditions and nostalgically love to hear

The Pencil

Mobile technology today and tomorrow


Thinking Outside the Box (and Offscreen Too!)

Sometimes we get the urge to reach into a screen and grab whatever object is on the “other side.” This is just one of the many things you can do

Celebrate National Science Fiction Day by Learning To Live in the Future

By Ed Finn It’s 2013, people—we are living in the future. Since the news is still awash with problems we created for ourselves decades or centuries ago (the permanent fiscal crisis, gun control, the political powder-keg that is the Middle East), it may have escaped your notice that today is also National Science Fiction Day.


Frankenstein Graduate Position at ASU

Attention prospective Arizona State University graduate students! ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination and Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes are seeking a Graduate Research Assistant as part of

Book Cover, Title: American Dreamers Quote reads "My new American Dream is the hope that my old American dream-the one that I was lucky enough to live myself-will continue to expand and be available to all who seek it." Arianna Huffington. Subtitle, Optimists, Mavericks, and Mad Inventors Share their dreams for brighter futures.

First Principles

Newly released: American Dreamers, a collection of “dreams from optimists, inventors and mavericks with ideas for a brighter future.” My essay (online here) leads off the book with a look at the combustible, illuminating nature of good ideas and the unique optimism of the American Dream. It’s also a pretty good declaration of principles for what we are trying to accomplish at the Center for Science and the Imagination.

How tall can we build?

One of our Hieroglyph collaborations.

The Launch

Tomorrow Project: Humanities – Imagining Our Future (And Yes, Tweeting Cows!)

Ron Broglio, Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University, discusses how philosophy, aesthetics and literature can help us rethink the relationship between humans and the environment.