Articles by: Kyle BentleyKyle Bentley
Kyle Bentley is a University of Ottawa graduate who enjoys reading and writing about many topics, including new and exciting technology. He is fascinated by the technology in science fiction, and is looking forward to bringing new perspectives and ideas about technology to the readers of Ottawa Life Magazine. To contact please email: kyle.bentley@hotmail.ca

Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” — Bug Zappers

August 11, 2014 2:34 pm
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” — Bug Zappers

Whether it is the Tyranids of Warhammer 40,000 or the Arachnids that menace humanity in Starship Troopers, a large number of science fiction series place humanity at odds with an insectoid menace eager to feed on innocent humans. While space faring insect invaders are pure science fiction we do not […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”–A New Light Shines on Lasers

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”–A New Light Shines on Lasers

It has been a long time since I last wrote about lasers–one of the most common gadgets in science fiction–but that does not mean scientific interest in these devices has lessened. The opposite is true in fact, with new advances being made in this field on a constant basis. As […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Solar Power

June 17, 2014 9:22 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Solar Power

As I have discussed several times in the past, one of the main issues that we are currently facing, and that limits our development into the future, is our need for renewable, safe, and sustainable ways of harvesting energy. By far one of the safest, cleanest, and most renewable sources […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Self-Charging Devices

June 5, 2014 9:45 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Self-Charging Devices

Whether on television, the big screen, or in a book, science fiction is known for its bewildering array of handheld gadgets. Besides the many amazing functions these devices possess they also seem to simply keep running forever. After all, when was the last time you saw someone on Star Trek […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Regenerative Plastics

May 14, 2014 12:56 pm
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Regenerative Plastics

A common factor of technology in science fiction is that it seems to last far longer than ours, and is able to stand up to much heavier punishment. While a modern cell phone can be rendered totally useless if it is dropped on too hard a surface, the gadgets, vehicles, […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Monowheels

April 29, 2014 9:16 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Monowheels

One of the technologies that crops up in science fiction a lot, despite their apparent flaws, is the monowheel or powered unicycle. Although their appearances may change the core concept of these vehicles is that the rely on only a single wheel for movement, instead of the traditional two or […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Telerobotics

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Telerobotics

In the past I have spoken about both autonomous robotic drones and power armour suits that are operated by the person wearing them. However some films, such as Surrogates and Iron Man 3 explore the idea of merging the two, creating robots that can be remotely controlled as if a […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Zeppelins and Airships 2

April 2, 2014 9:50 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Zeppelins and Airships 2

Last year I discussed advances in the creation of modernized airships and zeppelins, and in the last year these advances have not slowed down. In fact, improvements in technology and infrastructure have made the creation of fleets of airships a very real possibility. Although zeppelins have some disadvantages when compared […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Chainswords

January 31, 2014 9:16 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Chainswords

Chainsaws are very useful tools in many situations, but in science-fiction, they are generally shown in a very different role. From the chainswords and chainaxes used throughout Warhammer 40,000 to the chainsaw bayonets from the Gears of War series, chainsaws in science-fiction are more often shown as weapons than tools. […]

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Space Marine Bolters: Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”

January 14, 2014 8:52 am
Space Marine Bolters: Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”

Of all the weapons used in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, the bolter is the most famous. One of the iconic images of the franchise, these terrifying weapons are wielded by the power-armored space marines to destroy Mankind’s enemies. These heavy rifle-like weapons fire self-propelled .75-calibre rockets called bolts, each with […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Orbital Drops / Boosting the Danger Quotient

January 3, 2014 10:07 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Orbital Drops / Boosting the Danger Quotient

Whether it is through the use of individualized drop pods, reinforced armor suits, “gravity chutes,” impact-resistant gel, or even good old-fashioned parachutes, orbital drops are a common event in many pieces of military science-fiction. This maneuver is a more high- tech version of the conventional air drop, in which brave […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – 3D Printing

December 12, 2013 9:55 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – 3D Printing

Advances in technology are most often applied to the manufacturing sector. Whether it involves new materials, more advanced construction techniques, plasma or nanotechnology, this sector is quick to adapt to the possibilities offered by new technologies. Although the materials and techniques of manufacturing may change, the role it plays in […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Robotic Muscles

November 28, 2013 9:24 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Robotic Muscles

Earlier this year I talked about giant robots, and the many technical challenges that have prevented them from being put into production. Although there are many reasons why creating a giant robot is difficult, the major one has always been how to make it move. Robots tend to rely on […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – A Wealth of Stealth: The Invisible Woman 2

November 20, 2013 9:21 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – A Wealth of Stealth: The Invisible Woman 2

It has been more than a year since I posted my first blog about the Invisible Woman, and how scientists were trying to replicate her ability to make herself completely invisible by using metamaterials and stealth technology. The ability to make something invisible to the naked eye has been dreamt […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Fusion Power 2

November 13, 2013 9:27 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Fusion Power 2

In one of my earlier blogs I discussed nuclear fusion, the many potential benefits it could provide, and the difficulties that have stymied efforts to create a working fusion power plant. Nuclear fusion is seen by many as the best possible solution for the world’s growing energy crisis and, although […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Robotic Drones 4

October 31, 2013 12:46 pm
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Robotic Drones 4

In my previous three blogs, I have discussed the many military applications of remotely controlled robotic drones. However, drones of this type have many potential uses outside of combat. Some drones are available in military and civilian versions, like the robots used by soldiers and police officers to disarm explosive […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”: Robotic Drones 3

October 25, 2013 9:20 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”: Robotic Drones 3

Robotic combat drones are commonly shown marching across or flying over sci-fi battlefields, but these movies and TV shows often pay little attention to warfare that might occur at sea. Star Wars‘ aqua and manta droids, as well as the hydrobots of The Terminator series, show that the usefulness of […]

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