The Influence of Science Fiction on Scientific Progress

We've come a long way in the 30 years that have passed since Marty McFly traveled into the "future" in Back to the Future Part II. Now, we're going to talk about where we're going in the next 30. 

All day long, we're hosting a series of conversations with scientists and innovators across the government and the country. You'll be able to ask them questions, watch videos explaining their cutting-edge developments, and share your answer to the question above: What does 2045 look like?

From The White House

Wil Wheaton and William Shatner: Addictive Video Games and Magic The Gathering

'Star Trek' alum Wil Wheaton joins his former co-star William Shatner in this 'Brown Bag Wine Tasting' extra to talk about his passion for video games. Wheaton reminisces about his youth spent playing Sega Genesis and Dungeons and Dragons with friends, and discusses the ability to create meaningful relationships in virtual worlds in popular games like World of Warcraft. Wheaton also goes into detail about the search for life in the rest of the universe -- on Mars and beyond.

From Ora TV

Wil Wheaton: UROK

Wil Wheaton -- actor, writer and king of the internet -- talks about his struggles with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

From Project UROK

Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings

Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings. The classic grudge match of two fantasy titans and the hordes that worship them. See as Kurz Gesagt takes this rivalry and its real life champions into the animated world to defend their lexicon, debate the myriad of characters and try to become the victor of the ages old question: GoT vs LOTR.

From Field Day

Pouring Molten Metals into Water

Ive been pouring 7 different metals into a 24" tall aquarium over the weekend, and the results have been super cool! I poured metals with different melting points to see if they had any different effects when they came in contact with water. From Pewter (350f/170c) all the way to Thermite (4000f/2204c). Some of them exploded, some of them sank and made molten metal drippy-castles, but they were all interesting.