Science Of Sci-Fi

The Octopus Could be the Most-Likely Model of Intelligent Alien Life

We’ve always known that the octopus was smart, but we’ve never quite understood why. This relative of the snail has managed to...

Alexandra Grunberg
Sunday, 06 September 2015 - 12:27PM

Watch: Could Robots Really Use Humans as Batteries to Power the Matrix?

How much "people power" does it take to run The Matrix?

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 03 September 2015 - 5:37PM

Astrophysicist Claims a Star Trek-Style Warp Drive Is Theoretically Possible

This year marks the centenary of Einstein's theory of relativity, and in that time we've used that foundational theory for all manner...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 3:24PM

NASA Reveals Nine Real-Life Space Technologies in The Martian

The Martian has been hailed as one of the most scientifically accurate sci-fi novels in recent memory, and the film adaptation looks...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 - 11:34AM

Venmo Creator Is Building Samantha from 'Her'

"Fin feels like a person — actually, it feels like a multiplicity of people, almost like a city."

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 - 1:13PM

Planet of the Apes: Koko the Gorilla Demonstrates Great Apes' Capacity for Speech

Forget about the robot apocalypse, we might need to worry about apes taking over the world.

Janey Tracey
Friday, 14 August 2015 - 1:04PM

The X-Files Scientific Advisor on Why It's More Accurate Than Other Sci-Fi Shows

"Much of the science is actually true."

Janey Tracey
Monday, 10 August 2015 - 3:05PM

Cognitive Enhancers: A Real Life 'Limitless' or a Dangerous Fad?

Scientists are creating devices that can shock your brain into working harder.

Alexandra Grunberg
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 - 3:44PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Most Scientifically Accurate Superhero, the Science of Superman, and More

Neil deGrasse Tyson admits that he’s not a comics expert, but he certainly isn’t a stranger to the world of superheroes either. He...

Zain Charkawi
Monday, 03 August 2015 - 2:39PM

'Impossible' and Controversial EM Drive Can Get Us to the Moon in Four Hours

If it actually works, the engine could get us to Pluto in only 18 months.

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 1:58PM

From Cyborgs to Nanobots: 5 Ways Scientists Hope to Achieve Immortality for Humanity

We may not be at the point where we

Alexandra Grunberg
Monday, 20 July 2015 - 7:05PM

'Fastest Spaceships in the Universe' Infographic Compares Real and Fictional Spacecrafts

How does Voyager I stack up against the Delorean?

Janey Tracey
Friday, 17 July 2015 - 5:03PM

What Hollywood Gets Right and Wrong About Artificial Intelligence

Scientists rank which Hollywood movies get it right, and which get it very, very wrong.

Janey Tracey
Friday, 17 July 2015 - 11:25AM

Top Ten Highlights from Our 'Science of Star Wars' SDCC Panel

Thank you to everyone who came to our panel at SDCC! We had a ton of fun, as panelists Fon Davis (production designer, Star Wars...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 13 July 2015 - 3:26PM

Astrobiologists Are Trying to Make a Real-Life Tricorder, and Other Highlights from NASA's SDCC panel

Thursday is generally a less eventful day at SDCC, but NASA's "Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact" panel did not disappoint....

Janey Tracey
Monday, 13 July 2015 - 1:07PM

William Hurt Calls the Plot of AMC's Humans 'Inevitable"

On AMC's Humans, eerily human-like androids called Synths have become staples in every household, as ubiquitous as iPads and iPhones....

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 02 July 2015 - 2:47PM

Terminator: Genisys Science Consultant Calls Terminator Time Travel a 'Horrible Mess'

There are a lot of things wrong with Terminator: Genisys, not the least of which is the completely wonky altered timeline. But while...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 - 3:49PM

Star Wars Style Hoverbikes Snapped Up by the US Military

Just like jetpacks will soon be changing the face of EMTs, Star Wars style hoverbikes may soon be coming to the military.A deal...

Noelle Phansalkar
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - 12:23PM

Scientific Journal Claims Interstellar Should Be Shown in Physics Classes

According to a bonafide scientific paper, Interstellar should be shown to students as an accurate portrayal of a wormhole.

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 - 11:26AM

The Science of Ant-Man - Exploring the Reality of a Shrinking Superhero

How would the human body cope with being shrunk down to 'Ant Size'?

Alexandra Grunberg
Monday, 15 June 2015 - 2:45PM