science fiction

‘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…

4 weeks 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…

3 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…

5 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…

8 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

Could There Be a Form of Life Inside Stars?

A new study proposes that alien life could evolve from nuclear interactions rather than atomic ones.

2 years ago

Beyond “Fermi’s Paradox” VII: What it the Planetarium Hypothesis

In this installment, we explore the possibility that we haven't heard from aliens because they've got us in a simulated…

2 years ago