Science Of Sci-Fi

The Air Force Is Looking for a Real-Life Star Trek Universal Translator

In the Star Trek universe, the officers on the Enterprise had access to a useful little gadget called the Universal Translator, which...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 12:02PM

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Reveals His Biggest Problem with the Death Star

Nail DeGrasse Tyson stokes the flames of the Star Wars versus Star Trek debate- again.

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 - 4:14PM

NASA Roboticist Says BB-8 Isn't Designed as Well as R2-D2 or C-3PO

NASA roboticist Brett Kennedy claims that the physics of BB-8 "just doesn't work out," which is blasphemy. Luckily, he compares him to...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 4:52PM

Here's How Fast Superman Would Have to Fly Around the Earth to Reverse Its Spin

In the 1978 Superman film, Superman travels back in time by flying around the Earth at such high speeds that he reverses the spin of...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 07 December 2015 - 12:34PM

Star Wars: Study Shows Destroying the Death Star Would Also Destroy the Galactic Economy

The Star Wars Rebel Alliance might have triggered a massive depression.

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 - 9:45AM

Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Uses Science to Choose Between the Millennium Falcon and the Enterprise

The Star Wars versus Star Trek debate answered once and for all.

Janey Tracey
Monday, 30 November 2015 - 3:48PM

How The Martian Realistically Depicted Mars and Space Travel

The Martian was a huge commercial and critical hit, satisfying fans of Andy Weir's immensely popular novel and even getting Oscar buzz...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - 10:17AM

Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Critiques the Science of The Good Dinosaur

If the asteroid that caused the dinosaur extinction missed, could humans and dinosaurs have lived at the same time? That's the...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 23 November 2015 - 12:28PM

Scientists Create a Real-Life Freeze Ray

Mr. Freeze is arriving on Gotham sometime next year, and as it turns out, a real-life Mr. Freeze could be making an appearance even...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 2:42PM

Scientists Weigh in on Whether Mark Watney's Martian Farming Would Really Work

In the highly popular and acclaimed new movie The Martian, based on the novel by Andy Weir, protagonist Mark Watney is forced to grow...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 29 October 2015 - 3:57PM

Watch: Star Trek Tractor Beam Levitates Object Using Acoustic Holograms

We've seen many Star Trek-esque technologies come to fruition, including transparent aluminum, molecular scanners, and, of course,...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 2:24PM

Back to the Future Superfan and Physicist Is Trying to Build a Real-Life Time Machine

Today is Back to the Future Day, and while most of us dream of traveling back in time in a DeLorean, superfan and prominent physicist...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 4:10PM

Science vs Cinema: How Accurate Was Ridley Scott's The Martian?

We all know that The Martian was one of the most scientifically accurate sci-fi films in recent memory, not least as a result of...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 19 October 2015 - 11:59AM

Could the Heroes Reborn Apocalypse Ever Happen in Real Life?

Spoilers for the latest episode of Heroes Reborn follow!After five episodes, Heroes Reborn finally has an actual premise. The evil...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 16 October 2015 - 10:04AM

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