It's that summery time of year, when the sun is shining, vacations are pending, and over 125,000 science fiction fans are gathering in San Diego for the annual Comic-Con extravaganza. The Science and Entertainment Exchange will be there, too: we are partnering with Discover magazine on a Thursday evening panel, July 22, from 6 to 7 PM, on the science behind science fiction.

Specifically, panelists will be discussing science as a double-edged sword, a field that is ethically neutral, but can be used for good or evil. And it will all be anchored within the context of some of TV's most popular sci-fi series: EurekaFringeDollhouse, and Caprica.

We've got a stellar line-up of panelists. Moderating the discussion will be everyone's favorite Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, who also heads the James Randi Educational Foundation. Phil will be joined by:

* Fringe staff writers Rob Chiappetta and Glenn Whitman;
* Jaime Paglia, executive producer and creator of the SyFy'sEureka;
* TV writer/producer Jane Espenson (Caprica, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly);
* NASA scientist Kevin Grazier, science consultant for Eurekaand Battlestar Galactica; and
* Ricardo Gil da Costa, Salk Institute neuroscience and consultant for Fringe.

So if you're going to Comic-Con this year, be sure and drop by for the discussion!

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