Science & Tech

  • The Science of Seasons in Game of Thrones

    Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013 05:30 pm GMT -4

    There is very little in Game of Thrones that can be attributed to any known science. How Melisandre has demon shadow babies that suck the life of the man who sires them, or how a wall of ice stands at the border between a perfectly green forest and a barren, frozen wasteland without melting remain […]

  • “Killer Robot” Threat is Real

    Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013 03:15 pm GMT -4

    I don’t know about you, but I’m going to stop taking out my rage on my toaster. After all, if it chooses to burn my Sunday bagel, it’s autonomous enough to do even more damage. Christof Heyns, a UN appointee, will present the Human Rights Council with a warning against autonomous robots.  In a presentation […]

  • Robots Programmed To Be In Love

    Posted Monday, May 27th, 2013 10:00 am GMT -4

    Where are my robo-shippers? Here’s a story that will touch your soul much better than your RoboCop/RoboCable love fantasies. Two German artists have created an installation that involves two robots who have been programmed to have a relationship with one-another. Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler and Carolin Liebl built two robots utilizing sensors that can read sounds and […]

  • 78,000 People Can’t Wait to Leave Earth And Head To Mars

    Posted Thursday, May 9th, 2013 02:57 pm GMT -4

    On April 22nd a science fiction dream took the next step to becoming a reality. Mars One, a nonprofit seeking to find the crew of the first Red Planet colony started accepting applications April 22nd, and as of May 7th, the number of applicants has reached 78,000. That is 78,000 people who took Total Recall […]

  • ‘Doctor Who’ in Real Life: The Fourth Doctor

    Posted Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 12:00 pm GMT -4

    Do you ever wonder what if the Doctor exists and walks among us? That ‘Torchwood’ is real and the television show ‘Doctor Who’ is just an elaborate cover up? If the answer to that is yes, ever wonder who he might be? Well, in the grand tradition of me not wanting to discern between fact […]

  • Scientists Think Aliens Embedded Message in Our Genetic Code, Like, for Real

    Posted Thursday, April 11th, 2013 04:25 pm GMT -4

    A new article published in Icarus may have its readers double-checking that they’re reading a planetary science journal and not Prometheus fan-fiction (if there is any…) Researchers Vladimi I. shCherbak of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and Maxim A. Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute have hypothesized that our genetic code may be storing some type […]

  • Truth Is Stranger Than ‘Surface’

    Posted Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 06:44 pm GMT -4

    For those of you who happened to be lucky enough to watch Surface, in all it’s unfortunately cancelled glory, this science-related story about pockets of heat being trapped in the ocean probably sets off more than a few implausible warning bells, all of which probably sound a lot like this: Oh god, are corporations breeding […]

  • NASA To Screen Promo Before ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

    Posted Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 08:00 pm GMT -4

    It’s hard to believe that space exploration needs to be advertised, but with budget cuts and NASA retiring space shuttles, space has become a silly dream not worth pursuing anymore. We went to the moon and Mars is nothing but ice and rock, what more could we do? Well, the AIA (Aerospace Industries Association, which […]

  • RoboEarth: The Internet for Robots

    Posted Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 07:00 pm GMT -4

    It looks like Robocop and T-1000 can now skype cat videos to each other. Scientists in Europe have developed an internet for robots, called RoboEarth. Utilizing a similar infrastructure to cloud computing, RobotEarth allows robots to share information with each other about how they function and their environment. According to its website, “… the the […]

  • Marvel Unveils Improved Digital Comics Service ‘Marvel Unlimited’

    Posted Friday, March 8th, 2013 10:00 am GMT -4

    The digital age is here and the comic book industry is following suit to accommodate. Knowing that some of their readers prefer reading digitally on their tablets, phones, or computers, publishers are coming up with new ways to get their comics to their readers. As part of their latest efforts to do this, Marvel has […]

  • Vulcan Tops The List Of Names For Pluto’s Moons

    Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 08:30 pm GMT -4

    Trekkies have a reason to celebrate as the 2 week long contest to name Pluto’s moons, P4 and P5, has ended and the name Vulcan has come out on top! Last week we reported that William Shatner had requested the organizers of SETI’s ‘Name Pluto’s Moon’ contest to add the name Vulcan and Romulus to […]

  • PlayStation 4 Announcement Recap, With Video

    Posted Friday, February 22nd, 2013 03:49 pm GMT -4

    The big PlayStation event is over, and the PlayStation 4 has been officially revealed. While Sony is known for having poorly-paced conferences, with each opened by a discussion of the history of PlayStation and the company’s goals, this event was a great change of pace. Sony took the stage in a big way, delivering exactly […]

  • Scientists Create Zombie Cells

    Posted Friday, February 22nd, 2013 01:18 pm GMT -4

    Get your flamethrowers out, people. Zombie cells have been created by scientists in New Mexico. Follow up question: why do weird science things always happen in New Mexico? Materials scientists at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque have managed to cultivate replicas of mammal cells that function like normal cells but technically they’re not alive. What […]

  • Shatner Leading The Way To Name Pluto’s Moon Vulcan

    Posted Friday, February 22nd, 2013 12:03 pm GMT -4

    Last week SETI launched a contest for the public to choose the names of Pluto’s two moons, P4 and P5. While several options were already on the list, the Institute did allow voters to suggest names to add to their list. Taking advantage of an opportunity for the ‘Star Trek’ franchise to “live long and […]

  • Pop! There Goes The Universe

    Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 11:00 am GMT -4

    Do you remember when you were little and you used to blow bubbles with a burnt-out babysitter who had a really cool nose ring? Your eyes would gaze upon the bubble as it floats along until suddenly, within a split second, it pops. The bubble no longer exists. Guess what? That’s how long it will […]