Science Of Sci-Fi

Marvel Fan Builds a Real-Life Mjolnir that Only He Can Lift

"Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor," say the Marvel gods (although that's since been...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 - 11:16AM

Robotics Company to 3-D Print Tiny Disney and Marvel-Themed Bionic Arms

In the past, prosthetic limbs have generally been purely functional, trying to blend into the rest of the body wherever possible. But...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 4:07PM

The Real-Life Science of Opening Interdimensional Portals on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

On last week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy opened an interdimensional portal by using her seismic abilities to emit a...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 12:53PM

Amazing Close-Up Images of the Real-Life Ares 3 Landing Site from The Martian

NASA is really putting all of their eggs in the Martian basket. Earlier today, they released a side-by-side comparison of The Martian...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 05 October 2015 - 2:25PM

NASA's Side-By-Side Comparison of The Martian and the Real Mission to Mars

After a huge opening weekend, The Martian is officially a success. This is not only good news for sci-fi fans, but for science...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 05 October 2015 - 11:47AM

Watch: How Do Hive Minds in Science Fiction Work in Real Life?

Hive minds are omnipresent in science fiction, even in cases you wouldn't expect. Group minds, or a collective intelligence occupying...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 02 October 2015 - 5:00PM

The 10 Most Realistic Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

These are the Sci-Fi 10 movies scientists can't get enough of.

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 01 October 2015 - 5:39PM

NASA Wants The Martian to Show Us That Mars Is 'Survivable'

NASA has had a huge hand in consulting on the real-life science of The Martian, and are openly intending to use it to drive public...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 01 October 2015 - 10:22AM

Molecules Made of Light May Bring Us Closer to Real-Life Lightsabers

Scientists have long claimed that it is extremely difficult, if not completely impossible, to build a real-life light saber. There are...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 5:21PM

Ridley Scott Knew About Water on Mars, Almost Worked It Into The Martian

When NASA announced yesterday that they've confirmed the presence of liquid water on Mars, many cynical onlookers noted the suspicious...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - 11:50AM

Watch: Could the Joker Venom Really Make You Die Laughing?

Why so serious?

Janey Tracey
Sunday, 20 September 2015 - 12:44PM

A Transhumanist Pastor on Killer AI, Battlestar Galactica, and Humans as Artificial Intelligence

Transhumanist pastor Christopher Benek made waves recently when he asserted that he "doesn't see Christ's redemption as limited to...

Janey Tracey
Saturday, 12 September 2015 - 3:58PM

We May Be Able to Teleport to Other Planets by the End of the Century

Beam me up, Scotty!

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 5:39PM

Watch: Techies Cut Open Baby BB-8 to See What's Inside

Find out what makes the adorable droid tick.

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 12:37PM

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