science fiction

Scientists Build a Teeny Tiny Tractor Beam

Tractor beams make intuitive sense. Matter and energy interact with each other in countless ways throughout the Universe. Magnetism and…

2 weeks ago

Spock-tacular! Tech Pioneer Boosts Plan for Leonard Nimoy Memorial

Efforts to create a memorial celebrating the legacy of Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played a pointy-eared alien named Spock…

4 weeks ago

‘For All Mankind’ Gives Harsh Reality Check About Human Space Exploration

* Warning: Mild Spoilers Ahead * The Apple TV+ series, For All Mankind, just wrapped up Season 3 and is…

5 months ago

Will Earth’s Follies Take Root on Mars? Black Comedy Explores the Frontier

The world's richest human wants to build a city on Mars: Fifty years ago, Elon Musk's vision of our future…

8 months ago

Why Believing in the Multiverse Isn’t Madness

What is the multiverse? The idea that the universe we inhabit is just one of many parallel universes gets a…

9 months ago

The Science — and Fun — Behind “Moonfall”

The master of disaster has struck again, and this time our Moon is the ominous villain.   In “Moonfall,” film…

12 months ago

Perseverance’s Landing Site Named for Octavia Butler

The Perseverance rover's landing site was renamed the Octavia E. Butler Landing, in honor of the groundbreaking author who passed…

2 years ago

Alcubierre Gives us an Update on his Ideas About Warp Drives

A new look at warp drive fuels hope that it might be possible after all.

2 years ago

Beyond “Fermi’s Paradox” XVI: What is the “Dark Forest” Hypothesis?

A recent addition to the list of possible resolutions to the Fermi Paradox: nobody is broadcasting because they don't want…

2 years ago

An Astronomer Checked to see if There’s a Secret Message in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

One way to look for a message in the cosmic microwave background is to convert thermal fluctuations into a binary…

2 years ago