We were promised hoverboards. We ended up with shake weights.
Along with robots and ray guns, the 21st century was definitely supposed to include hoverboards and flying cars. We have pretty decent robots, and all kinds of lasers. We’re still waiting on the hoverboards (if Back to the Future II called it accurately, they’re coming to revolutionize our lives next year). And as for the flying cars, there is a very small, well-funded race among a few entrepreneurs to make this sci-fi trope a reality.
Studio 360 explores how we’re living in a science-fiction story and figures out when we’re going to get all the toys we were promised:
Nope, this is not the latest character in Finding Nemo 2. It’s the axolotl, which was named the “water monster” by members of the Aztec civilization in what’s now Mexico City.
But this salamander is in trouble, says biologist Armando Tovar Garza of Mexico’s National Autonomous University. Tovar Garza says researchers spent four months last year skimming the muddy waters of Xochimilco and found “zero” axolotls.
Wes Craven has spent more than four decades scaring you. Now you can get some payback.
For its latest “Extra Credit” listener challenge, Studio 360 wants you to create a super-short horror movie based around the theme “young genius”. Craven picked the theme and he’ll pick the winner, too.
Your entry must be 30 seconds or less. That may sound tough, but as Craven tells Kurt Andersen, “today the attention span of most kids is about five seconds. To keep them there for ten seconds is going to be tough.” Other advice from the master: break all therulesyou think you should be following.
With a microphone in hand, BBC Correspondent Andrew North has covered war and crises around the world. But lately he’s added another tool to his reporting kit: A sketchbook. On his latest reporting trip to cover the Jaipur Literary Festival in India, be put down his microphone and picked up a paintbrush.