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” – 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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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”: Robotic Drones 2

October 18, 2013 9:24 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”: Robotic Drones 2

One of the most exciting scenes from Iron Man 2 (2010) is the climactic battle, where Iron Man and Warmachine take on a legion of robotic drone soldiers. From the Trade Federation’s battle droids in the Star Wars prequel trilogy to the robotic terminators that Skynet sends to wipe out […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Robotic Drones 1

October 8, 2013 10:34 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Robotic Drones 1

Besides the terminators that are the series’ namesake, the most well-known robots in the Terminator series are the Aerial Hunter Killers. These flying robots are objects of terror to the human resistance, being able to rain down fire from above. Although these robots are far more advanced than anything currently […]

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

October 3, 2013 9:50 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Deadpool

Deadpool, the infamous “Merc with a Mouth,” is a famous and well-loved Marvel character. A large part of Deadpool’s popularity comes from his comedic antics and the fact that he is aware that he is in a comic book. Besides this awareness, Deadpool is known for his skills as a […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”: Vibroblades

September 20, 2013 11:37 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction”: Vibroblades

Although the strangely named “vibrational weapons” may not be as ubiquitous as lasers or power armor suits, they are still a recognized form of technology throughout science-fiction. These weapons and tools – their names are often shortened to “vibro weapons” or “vibroblades” – are particularly common in the Star Wars, […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Multiple Man

September 13, 2013 9:41 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Multiple Man

Jamie Madrox is a superpowered mutant from the Marvel universe who usually goes by his nickname of Multiple Man. Jamie has the ability to create an identical duplicate of himself whenever he suffers a physical impact. Although he can only create one duplicate at a time, that duplicate can create […]

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Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Rocketeer 2

September 4, 2013 9:41 am
Putting the “Science” in “Science Fiction” – Rocketeer 2

Humans have dreamt of flight for centuries, as the story of Icarus’ wax wings and Leonardo da Vinci’s plans for an ornithopter show. The idea of soaring through the air like a bird, propelled by the beating of powerful wings, has captured imaginations for ages, though progress on achieving the […]

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