Science Of Sci-Fi

Maker Faire: Fan Filmmakers Explain How to Make Props Cheaply

Until the day comes when we can make real speeder bikes from Return of the Jedi, or a Rick and Morty portal gun, we'll have to...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 23 September 2017 - 2:41PM

Aliens and AI: André Bormanis Explores the Science Behind 'The Orville'

  The Orville is Seth MacFarlane's take on a Star Trek-style space adventure, complete with new galaxy, ship, and crew (who still...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 11:51AM

Infographic: The Top 10 Most Powerful Energy Sources in Sci-Fi

The folks over at SaveOnEnergy have put together an infographic comparing the power of different sci-fi power sources, from the Death...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 3:54PM

Adam Savage's 'Tested' Shows Off Their New 3-D Printed Lightsaber Hilt

As any student of the Force knows, building a lightsaber is key to a Jedi's training. While the process of carefully placing a...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 08 September 2017 - 10:15AM

Sci-Fi Writer Morgan Gendel Unveils His Plans for a New Mars Habitat

We’ve covered all kinds of stories where sci-fi tech crosses over into real world, from the winners of the Tricorder XPRIZE to...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 04 September 2017 - 6:50PM

The Future of AI: From Quantum Computing to the Internet of Things

One of the most well-attended and energetic panels at Escape Velocity this year was "Artificial Intelligence: How Close Are We...And...

Chris Mahon
Sunday, 03 September 2017 - 7:15PM

The Real Life Equivalents of Famous Sci-Fi Weapons

Ever wondered what goes into creating a crazy science fiction weapon like a phaser or a lightsaber? Being fictional, they all had to...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 03 September 2017 - 6:20PM

The Creation of the Klingon Language Was Bizarre, Funny, and Utterly Unique

Here’s a fun piece of trivia for Star Trek fans: Klingons spoke Klingon before the language was actually created. How is that...

Chris Mahon
Saturday, 02 September 2017 - 5:47PM

Three Big Ways 'The Expanse' Does Science Right

Syfy's The Expanse has won praise from fans and critics for being one of the most scientifically rigorous sci-fi shows on TV, to the...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 01 September 2017 - 5:50PM

'Minority Report' User Interface Gets Recreated with Augmented Reality

Currently, virtual reality is seen as the future of immersive technology, being used by everyone from major tech giants to NASA...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 01 September 2017 - 5:02PM

A Look At The Morals of Artificial Intelligence in Sci-Fi and Real Life

Can we trust artificial intelligence to be moral? If it decides that humanity is a threat and needs to be destroyed, we can try to...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 01 September 2017 - 12:48PM

The Science of Sci-Fi: How Science Fiction Predicted the Future of Genetics

  Since the golden age of science fiction, many authors have predicted the future with surprising accuracy. Interstellar travel...

Dan Koboldt
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 - 1:03PM

Airbus Is Close to Releasing Its Own Self-Driving Flying Car

It's happening, people. After decades of waiting, we're getting close to the Holy Grail of sci-fi technology: the flying car. Airbus...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - 10:53AM

Digital Immortality, The Future of Memory, and Sci-Fi Utopias: An Interview With Dr. Phil Frana

When you sit down with Phil Frana, you better buckle up for a conversation that ranges from the history of artificial intelligence...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 07 August 2017 - 3:30PM

Fake Scholarly Article on Midi-Chlorians Tricks Professional Scientific Journals

Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?If so, you might have been reading the International Journal of Molecular...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 31 July 2017 - 10:17AM

Interview: A New Biopic Charts the Life of Ingo Swann, the 'Father of Remote Viewing'

Ingo Swann is one of those figures who straddles the line between science and science fiction. He is recognized as one of the creators...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 26 May 2017 - 3:30PM

PatchBOTS Creator Shows You How to Create a Working BB-8 Droid

Last month, we featured a working BB-8 droid created by PatchBOTS, a new YouTube channel focused on creating movie-accurate props and...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 - 4:30PM

Top Questions From Our "Science of Star Wars" Panel at Silicon Valley Comic-Con

When you wade into the Star Wars fandom and ask the hard-hitting questions (Why does C-3PO have a red arm in TFA? What's Palpatine's...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - 3:30PM

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