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When worlds collide: science or science fiction?

The discovery, reported this week, of a faster-than-light neutrino shows just how easily the line between science and science fiction can become blurred. Equally, to the uninitiated, the language of science can be indistinguishable from the language of science fiction. We all know, alas, that Superman does not really exist, but how about the kryptonite which is his Achilles heel? And did clones appear in science fiction before Dolly the sheep’s double came into existence?

To confuse matters even further, as the speculative fiction of yesterday inspires the new technologies of tomorrow, words that were coined to refer to something fictional can become part of everyday (real) life. But are you able to tell which words originated in science fiction and which in science fact? Take our interactive quiz and find out!

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