Science Of Sci-Fi

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

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