Star Trek is a story of exploration that has fascinated us for more than 50 years.

The myriad writers, directors, artists, and technicians responsible for pop culture mega franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Marvel Universe are arguably some of the most creative of our time. But how do these imagined tech advances and innovations hold up IRL and the ever-ready-to-pick-it-apart nerd community? And can physics and science (as we currently understand them) explain the phenomena seen in the franchise?  This is where the scientists come in! 

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) will discuss the theme of human exploration and show that, although we cannot change the laws of physics, we have come a long way in understanding them and, perhaps, to applying our knowledge to changing the present and future! C2ST is joined by Trek enthusiasts Dr. Voula Saridakis of the Museum of Science and Industry and Dr. Dirk Morr of the University of Illinois at Chicago. They’ll go over just how much science there is in the science fiction of Star Trek and give us a look at some real scientific discoveries inspired by Star Trek!

April 7, 2022
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV

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Quantum computing is a type of computation that harnesses the collective properties of quantum states–, such as superposition, interference, and entanglement–, to perform calculations. The devices that perform these quantum computations are known as quantum computers.

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March 2, 2022
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV

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Join C2ST and cosmologist, Dr. Chihway Chang for a presentation on this mysterious force. Together we will seek to answer questions such as:

  • What is dark energy in simple terms? 
  • Why is dark energy important to us? 
  • Is dark energy everywhere? 
  • And how does dark energy affect humans?

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August 19, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Facebook Live and C2ST YouTube TV

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C2ST and Argonne National Laboratory are excited to continue our 75th anniversary partnership celebration by taking a close look at how Argonne made its name–the production of clean nuclear energy. The lab has grown extensively since its founding, tackling an array of societal challenges in science, energy, the environment, and national security, but nuclear research was there at the start and is still an important part of Argonne’s portfolio today. Read more…

February 16, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

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Join C2ST as we connect with researchers LIVE from the NSF-funded telescope projects in the South Pole and Chile to unlock some great mysteries to the origin of the cosmos.  Read more…

July 2, 2020
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST TV Youtube Live

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Join C2ST and Fermilab for the Neutrino 2020 Physics Slam! Read more…