Science Of Sci-Fi

Real-Life Thor Creates Flying Hammer That Returns to His Hand

Over the last five years, YouTube has seen a rise in incredibly capable tech hobbyists with access to advanced machine tooling and a...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 13 November 2017 - 11:14AM

Build Your Own Iron Man 'Jet Shoes' With NASA's New Public Patent

This is one of those moments where science-fiction transcends "fiction."  NASA has long held a patent for Iron Man-style "jet...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 10:02AM

How Sci-Fi Movies Get Mutants (and Evolution) Wrong

  Recently, a large-scale genetics study examined DNA from 215,000 participants to determine how and where the human genome might be...

Dan Koboldt
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 1:16PM

21st Century Problems: How NOT To Fall In Love With A Chatbot

If Ex Machina has taught us anything, except that Oscar Isaacs has some incredible dance moves in his arsenal of talents, it's that...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 11:37AM

Nvidia Has Built a Real-Life Virtual Reality Holodeck

As the ability to wander around artificial simulated worlds becomes easier thanks to developments in virtual reality technology, many...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 10:57AM

Could DARPA's Brain Uploads Lead To 'Matrix' Military Training?

With all the movies and TV shows currently streaming online, who has time to learn a new language or some other cognitive skill...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 09 October 2017 - 11:22AM

The Most Powerful Weapons In The Sci-Fi Universe

Understanding one's tools is important, but it's especially paramount when dealing with weapons. Whether you're a Green Beret raising,...

K.S. Anthony
Thursday, 05 October 2017 - 4:43PM

How The Fastest Ships In The Universe Stack Up

While Elon Musk works on getting us to condos on Mars with SpaceX or, at the very least, trying to close the temporal gap of coastal...

K.S. Anthony
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 - 2:33PM

Indie Developer DreamSail Games Creates a Mecha VR Game That's Essentially 'Pacific Rim'

Every kid who saw the original Nintendo Power Glove had the same thought: the future is now, and it is awesome. For this...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 - 3:10PM

How ‘Hollywood Weapons’ Green Beret Host Terry Schappert Would Train The Rebel Alliance in ‘Star Wars'

During a conversation with retired Green Beret Master Sergeant Terry Schappert, you could find yourself talking about anything. He is...

K.S. Anthony
Monday, 02 October 2017 - 3:55PM

Dr. Janina Scarlet Talks About Using Superhero Comics With Psychology

Just in time for New York Comic-Con, we interviewed psychologist Janina Scarlet about her book, Superhero Therapy! Dr. Scarlet...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 29 September 2017 - 4:03PM

New 'Science and Star Wars' Episode Shows How Close We Are to Having Real-Life Droids

The droids of Star Wars may not seem like the most spectacular element of the franchise's mythos, but they're actually...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 11:36AM

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