Science Of Sci-Fi

There Is Now a Catfish Officially Named After Star Wars's Greedo

Scientists name a new species of catfish after the Star Wars character Greedo, the one that Han shot first.

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 9:48AM

Spider-Man Worm Shoots Sticky Webs Out of 'Slime Jets'

Spider-Man's web-slinging powers have been explained in several different ways in his comics and movies, including genetic mutation...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 1:12PM

Kim Stanley Robinson: Terraforming Mars Would Take a Lot Longer than in the Mars Trilogy

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy was often called "the ultimate in future history" when it was published in the 1990's, as a...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 13 March 2015 - 5:27PM

Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal Motor Brings Us One Step Closer to the T-1000

Scientists have already accomplished Terminator-inspired bionic technology, but this is on a whole new level. This self-powered liquid...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 12:22PM

Real-Life Inception? Scientists Implant Fabricated Memories in Mice

Have scientists discovered a real-life method for incepting false memories? Researchers from Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 09 March 2015 - 4:22PM

Real-Life Anthropomorphic Robot Looks Just Like Neill Blomkamp's Chappie

Neill Blomkamp's Chappie may have been an incoherent mess overall, but the titular robot didn't disappoint. Now, Virginia Tech has...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 05 March 2015 - 1:54PM

The Hidden Planet on the Other Side of the Sun - Debunked

For decades, science fiction has been fascinated by the concept of a "counter-Earth," or an Earth-sized planet that's equidistant from...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 4:17PM

AI Theorist Calls the Turing Test 'Speciesist'

"Human-like intelligence" has often been used as a benchmark for the advancement of artificial intelligence, even though AI can...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 1:34PM

Interstellar VFX Team Publishes Scientific Study About Constructing an Accurate Black Hole

Interstellar certainly wasn't a perfect movie, but it did have one huge advantage in the form of scientific consulting from Kip...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 13 February 2015 - 3:40PM

Ex Machina Scientific Advisor: Real-Life Robots Will Sooner Have Ava's Intelligence than Her Body

The upcoming film Ex Machina explores a twisted version of the Turing Test, featuring an eerily human-like robot named Ava. But is Ava...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 10:39AM

Marvel's Physics Consultant Explains the Science of the Ant-Man Suit

In the upcoming Ant-Man movie, Paul Rudd plays a "superhero" who isn't exactly super on his own. Like Iron Man and Batman, his...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 08 January 2015 - 10:20AM

Neuroscientists Diagnose the Brain Condition of Pop Culture Zombies

Following the success of works like The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, and World War Z, zombies have seen something of a renaissance in...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 - 12:34PM

Scientists Study Heart Disease in the 24th Century by Watching Star Trek

If only Jordan Hoffman had known when he re-watched and ranked all 700 episodes of Star Trek that he could have gotten a legitimate...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 - 2:43PM

The Science of Interstellar: Read an Excerpt from Kip Thorne's Companion Book

Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne's scientific contributions to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar are well-documented, but that didn't...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 29 December 2014 - 2:59PM

#RealJurassicParkProblems: The Real Obstacles Towards Building a Jurassic World

The first trailer for Jurassic World came out today, but before we've seen enough of the new movie to complain about inconsistencies...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 1:33PM

How Iron Man's Stark Arc Reactor Would Work in Real Life

Could Tony Stark's arc reactor exist in real life? Probably not, but Gizmodo's Ryan Carlyle made a valiant attempt to explain an...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 21 November 2014 - 1:55PM

Watch: Discovery Channel Explains the Science of Interstellar, Narrated by Matthew McConaughey

Still don't know what the hell happened in Interstellar? Watch this Discovery Channel special on the hard science behind Christopher...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 14 November 2014 - 9:58AM

Physicist Provides Scientific Explanation for Why No One Can Lift Thor's Hammer

In the recently released Avengers: Age of Ultron footage that premiered during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers step up one by one...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 2:13PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Twitter Critiques the Science of Interstellar

Neil deGrasse Tyson took to his Twitter last night (in what looked like a live-tweeting session) to tell the world his thoughts on...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 10 November 2014 - 10:08AM

Why Getting Rescued By The Flash Would Probably Kill You

Physics is a pesky thing in comics. Superheroes are usually breaking the laws of physics by definition, but we still demand some kind...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 06 November 2014 - 10:44AM