13 Things from Sci-fi That Became Sci-fact

To commemorate some big anniversaries in science and sci-fi, Perimeter Institute researchers, students, and staff reflect on fantastical figments that science has made real. 

This is not just a big year for science (general relativity turns 100!), but for science fiction too: July 3 marks 30 years since the release of the movie Back to the Future
And that’s not all: in Back to the Future Part II, Marty and Doc wedge into the DeLorean and head to the future, arriving on October 21, 2015.
As Marty would say: “That’s heavy!”
To celebrate, strap into your time machine and discover Perimeter Institute’s favourite sci-fi-turned-real-sci technologies (and a few things that could be just on the horizon). 
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