Science Of Sci-Fi

Star Wars, Space Travel, and AI: The Top 10 Stories From Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2017

The moment you step into Silicon Valley Comic-Con, you know you're in Steve Wozniak territory: the staff members are wearing t-shirts...

Super User
Monday, 24 April 2017 - 4:55PM

Artificial Intelligence and 'Westworld': The Future of Robotics at Silicon Valley Comic-Con

Everyone who's watched Westworld is looking forward to a future that looks like this:When in fact, it may look more like this:Today,...

Chris Mahon
Sunday, 23 April 2017 - 6:28PM

Universal Language: The Science Behind 'Arrival' at Silicon Valley Comic-Con

  When we heard about the movie Arrival, we had the same reaction a lot of sci-fi fans did: "Linguistics? They're going to make a...

Chris Mahon
Sunday, 23 April 2017 - 5:13PM

Outer Places Is Coming to You Live From Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2017!

When Jon Kesh (our night editor, pictured left) and I (right) arrived in sunny San Jose for Silicon Valley Comic-Con, we had two goals...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 21 April 2017 - 6:58PM

Watch the Outer Places Panel, Live at Columbia University's BRITE Conference

We're at Columbia University's annual BRITE Conference today, and we're hosting a panel!.  Tune into the stream below at 11:05 a.m....

Jacob Harris
Monday, 06 March 2017 - 9:51AM

Marvel Fan Builds His Own Electrified Wolverine Claws

There are few among us who haven't dreamed of having retractable adamantium blades built into our hands. Sure, we don't get into knife...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 03 March 2017 - 11:17AM

Astronomers Have Discovered a Tatooine-Like Star System

It looks like Star Wars may not have taken place so far, far away after all. Scientists have just announced a star system that is...

Johnny Brayson
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 9:47PM

NASA Hunts for a Habitable Tatooine

Astronomers have discovered a Saturn-sized planet called Kepler-16b, which is located 200 light years from Earth and orbits two suns -...

Noelle Phansalkar
Monday, 26 December 2016 - 4:29PM

Hardcore Batman Fans Created A Fully Functional Bat-Grappling Hook!

Batman is simultaneously the most badass superhero of all time and the easiest target for jokes in the whole DC universe (aside from...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 - 1:28PM

VIDEO: This Is Why Cyclops Can Still See During His Optic Blasts

Cyclops is one of the most beloved X-Men of all time, known for his iconic "optic blasts," beams of red light that emit no heat but...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 12:54PM

How Would Humanity Handle the Events of "Arrival"?

Last weekend, sci-fi blockbuster Arrival opened in theaters, thrilling audiences with beautiful action sequences of alien spaceships...

Noelle Phansalkar
Thursday, 17 November 2016 - 5:36PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Robert Kirkman Talk the Science of The Walking Dead

Astrophysicist and educator Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for providing a scientific analysis of all the latest science-fiction films...

Zain Charkawi
Saturday, 12 November 2016 - 12:23PM

These Star Wars Drones Are Equipped with Real Lasers

Star Wars fans can already buy their very own BB-8, or wield a lightsaber in VR, or even wear Star Wars makeup. But let's be real,...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 10 November 2016 - 5:59PM

Could Marvel's Galactus Really Consume the Earth?

Have you ever wondered what Earth would taste like to Galactus? No? How about the amount of energy Galactus would receive if he...

Cory McDonough
Sunday, 23 October 2016 - 12:27PM

Here's an Awesome Chart Comparing the Dawn Spacecraft and a TIE Fighter

Star Wars is often viewed more as a space fantasy than a relatively true-to-life speculative fiction in the vein of Star Trek (unless...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 11:05AM

According to Two PhDs, Scientists Already Have the Genophage from Mass Effect

We've spoken in the past about Mass Effect's use of quantum entanglement to create a communicator that can transmit messages securely...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 10 October 2016 - 2:05PM

How the Dream Hacking in USA's "Falling Water" Could Happen in Real Life

Dream-hacking has been of interest to scientists for years, even before Inception brought it to the public eye. Now, the new USA show...

Janey Tracey
Saturday, 08 October 2016 - 12:26PM

Andy Weir Imagined Neil deGrasse Tyson Looking Over His Shoulder While Writing "The Martian"

The Martian is considered to be one of the most scientifically accurate science fiction books in recent memory, and it wasn't written...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 06 October 2016 - 5:24PM

Westworld Showrunners Say Sentient Artificial Intelligence Is "Imminent"

HBO's Westworld, which takes place in an android-filled park that allows people to enact all of their darkest vices, is the latest in...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 30 September 2016 - 10:16AM

A New Experiment Just Teleported a Particle and Pioneered the Quantum Internet

Before we're flooded with quotations of "Beam me up, Scotty" (and the obnoxious people who know it's actually "Scotty, beam me up"),...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - 1:29PM