Science Of Sci-Fi

The Real Face/Off: Surgeons Give a Man a New Face

Surgeons performed a real-life facial transplant, giving a patient an almost entirely new face.

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 - 1:56PM

WonderCon 2015: Science in Science Fiction - How Sci-Fi Predicted A Medical Robot Revolution

Find out how science fiction has predicted some remarkable advancements in the field of bioengineering.

Kieran Dickson
Monday, 06 April 2015 - 4:32PM

Boeing Files Patent for a Star Wars Inspired Force Field

Boeing could soon be saving lives using one of science fiction's most-famous protective devices, the Force Field. Made famous in...

Kieran Dickson
Monday, 23 March 2015 - 4:51PM

Renowned Astrophysicist Discusses Whether Sci-Fi 'Energy Beings' Could Exist

Beings made of pure energy show up in seemingly every work of science fiction, but could they exist in real life?

Janey Tracey
Monday, 23 March 2015 - 2:35PM

Science Writer Claims the Death Star Couldn't Destroy Alderaan with a Laser

Frasier Cain from Universe Today explains the energy requirements needed for the Death Star to destroy a planet in a few seconds, and...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 2:59PM

Scientists Create Artificial 'Chameleon' Skin That Can Change Color on Demand

A team of engineers created a thin film that can change color when pressure is applied.

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 11:28AM

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