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Nov 9 2013 12:00pm

Carl SaganIt’s difficult to put into words the kind of impact Carl Sagan has had on fans of genre fiction. The combination of his enthusiasm for science education, his patience, and his outreach made him the unique man that we honor today, and if I wrote non-stop for a year I doubt I would be able to find a way to encapsulate that.

Which is when it occurred to me that I didn’t need to do that. At the 2013 New York Comic Con I was lucky enough to get to sit in on the panel for Cosmos and heard Sagan’s wife Ann Druyan and host Neil deGrasse Tyson speak of the man they loved, the man who set the example for what they were trying to accomplish. What they spoke was deeply thoughtful and brazenly passionate, and I’d like to share that with you now.

[“...he believed that science belonged to all of us...”]

Oct 24 2013 2:00pm

Parasite Mira Grant The other side of Seanan McGuire—author of the ongoing affairs of faerie misfit October Daye—Mira Grant got off to a great start with the Newsflesh books. The first of the three, Feed, was ostensibly about bloggers during the zombie apocalypse, and whilst it won none, it was nominated for any number of awards, including the Hugo. I enjoyed it an awful lot.

Feed, however, felt complete to me, so when Deadline was released the next year, I didn’t know quite what to make of it. I read it regardless, and found it... fine. Entertaining enough, but not notably so, not innovative in way its predecessor was, and certainly not necessary. In the end, my nonplussedness was such that I never bothered with Blackout beyond the first few chapters: though it bears saying that the Best Novel nominations kept on coming, for book two of Newsflesh and the conclusion, overall, the series seemed to me to define diminishing returns.

But it’s a new dawn, a new day, a new time, and I’m feeling good about the future. Parasite marks the beginning of a brand new duology, and I’m pleased to report that I’ve got my Mira Grant groove back. Indeed, I’ve rarely been so keen to read a sequel, in part because Parasite doesn’t so much stop as pause at a pivotal point, but also because it’s a bloody good book.

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Oct 16 2013 10:00am

Bad For You techno panic timeline Kevin C. Pyle Scott CunninghamBehold the techno-panic timeline!

In Bad For You, coming on January 7th from Henry Holt, authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.

In this handy graphic, they point out the repeated panics we’ve had over new technology, from the printing press to books to telephones and everything in between and around. It turns out we’re really super into blaming new things for existing problems!

If only we could invent some kind of device that would impart information from previous years and eras, as a way hopes of not, um, not...

No, wait, it’ll come to us....

[The techno-panic timeline]

Oct 14 2013 12:30pm

Ada Lovelace Day

Quick, how many female scientists can you name? Yeah, besides Marie Curie. When Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology at Brown University, was still a student, most of the people she spoke to—even in science departments—couldn’t name very many.

Five years ago, Fausto-Sterling and her former student, Maia Weinstock (now the News Director at BrainPOP) created the Ada Lovelace Edit-a-Thon to focus more attention on women’s involvement in science, right where the scientists of tomorrow will see it—on Wikipedia. Our friends at The Mary Sue highlighted the project, and we’re excited to share it with you! 

[Click below to learn more, and take part.]

Oct 11 2013 5:00pm


Bill Nye has taken his Science Guy-ing to the internet! Nye is hosting a weekly show on the THNKR YouTube channel called “Why with Nye”—the man has a way with a rhyme—designed to teach kids of any age about the wonders of space.

He’ll specifically focus on the Juno mission to Jupiter. The Juno mission involved using Earth’s gravity as a slingshot to project the probe toward Jupiter, in order to study its atmosphere, magnetosphere, and gravity. By studying Jupiter, NASA hopes to better understand the distribution of elements that eventually formed Earth—or they will hope that, as soon as the government resumes functioning and they’re able to budget for hope again.

While the probe experienced a glitch yesterday during the slingshot maneuver, the researchers don’t think that this will affect its trajectory towards Jupiter, and even if something does go wrong, we can trust Nye to use it as a teaching tool. If he can dance to Daft Punk on an unbendable knee, he can do anything.

Oct 5 2013 8:48am

It’s Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s birthday and we are celebrating by remembering the connectivity of everything in the universe. Click below to hear him talk about “the most astounding fact”...

[Watch the video]

Oct 2 2013 5:10pm

Chris Hadfield, David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, Christopher Wahl

Remember that awesome video of Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station? You should. It was kind of the best thing ever.

But photographer Christopher Wahl didn’t think his transformation went far enough. When he was asked to do a photoshoot with the returned astronaut, he decided it was time to blend Bowie and Hadfield into one. Check out the transformation in the video below!

[A lad insane...]

Oct 2 2013 10:22am

Thor the Dark World, Jane Foster, Thor, Science!

Are you female, over 14, and in grades 9-12 (or know someone who is)? Do you love science? Are you interested in talking to women involved in STEM—that’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—fields?

If so, you should probably enter this awesome contest coming at you from Marvel.

[Details on the contest!]

Sep 27 2013 2:00pm
Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham

Bad For You Kevin C. Pyle Scott Cunningham scientific method

In Bad For You, coming on January 7th from Henry Holt, authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.

Today we’re featuring a section focused on how ignoring the scientific method produced the wayward assumptions that characterize Fredric Wertham’s anti-comics book Seduction of the Innocent, and how that ignorance propels arguments for banning books. (See this map of comic burnings across the U.S. in the 20th century.)

But is there really a correlation between scientific education and supression of literature? Authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham cover that concept, too!

[The scientific method and the supression of literature]

Sep 26 2013 2:45pm

real lightsabers photonic molecules Harvard-MIT

Cross another dream off the bucket list, because the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms just created a new form of matter that could potentially be used to create real lightsabers. (They report no progress on The Hoverboard Initiative, however, and the clock is ticking...)

Scientists at the lab are reporting that they’ve successfully managed to get two photons to interact with each other and form a “photonic molecule” that acts as if it has mass but maintains the properties of light. Photons as a rule contain no mass and don’t interact with each other, which is why two beams of light pass right through each other. Lightsabers aside, the creation of a “photonic molecule” is actually a Pretty Big Deal.

[The science behind these lightsaber molecules.]

Sep 5 2013 9:00am

To GM or not to GM? The genetically modified (GM) argument has been raging for decades, though recently it has gained more mainstream attention as advances in science and the increased clout of biotechnology corporations such as Monsanto and BASF make more bioengineered foods a reality. In the September issue of Scientific American, David H. Freedman, author of Wrong, takes a look at both sides of the GM debate.

[Feed me, see more]

Sep 4 2013 5:05pm

Bill Nye the Science Guy, Dancing With the StarsWe are so excited that Bill Nye is going to be on Dancing With the Stars because, seriously, how have they gone this long without properly representing SCIENCE?

And now we’re more excited because of this picture. Because if you’re gonna dance, you gotta do it with some style, and da-yum, the Science Guy looks so dapper it hurts.

Bill? To paraphrase and a beloved brute squad member—we hope you win.

Aug 23 2013 8:00am

Liam Brazier is a London-based illustrator and animator who works in a gorgeous style—we’re calling it stained-glass-Deco-Futurism. You can check out his animations on his blog, and stop over at Society 6 to see more superheroes (our other favorite being his rendition of Logan putting his adamantium to good use.) We approve of any artist who names Star Wars as his initial inspiration, and if we might humbly suggest a new subject, how about Jean Grey Descending a Staircase?

Today’s Morning Roundup invites you to join in a discussion about the word “geek,” offers some news about Doctor Who and Hayao Miyazaki, and would like to humbly request that science continue being a thing that happens. Read on, by all means.

[Plus some minifigs confront a LEGO-dragon!]

Aug 7 2013 10:00am

Dune Sandworm

When I sat down to think about which bits of science I wanted to highlight in Frank Herbert’s Dune, one of the first things I thought of was Sandworm biology…

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Aug 5 2013 8:00am

Peter Dinklage Bolivar Trask

The above is a promotional still of Carl’s dad visionary Bolivar Trask from X-Men: Days of Future Past, as played by Peter Dinklage. Trask Industries is responsible for the creation of Sentinels, robots who we’re sure will sit back and guard things peaceably once things get rowdy in the next X-Men movie. Hopefully Trask’s marvelous ’stache will make it through okay.

Your morning roundup is being rewarded for your selflessness and wondering if you’re really the friend you say you are.

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Aug 1 2013 10:00am

Dune Hunter Seeker

Remote-controlled attack drones have been stirring up a lot of controversy in the press lately. The idea of remote-controlled, robotic assassins is old-hat to long time science-fiction fans, but what’s new is their real-life use by various governments to kill military and not-so-military targets.

A similar remote-controlled, assassination technology was used in Frank Herbert’s Dune. So clear your mind and focus your hyper-awareness as this installment of Science of Future Past looks at Dune’s hunter-seeker probe and how it compares to its real-world analog.

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Jul 21 2013 1:00pm

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Neil deGrasse Tyson San Diego Comic Con trailer

Fox has released a trailer for the new series of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which will air as a 13-part mini-series beginning in the spring of 2014. Although we miss the Carl Sagan voiceover and that special 1980’s this-was-shot-on-video wubbly visual style, the trailer hosts some nice homages to Sagan’s original series.

[Watch below]

Jul 16 2013 12:45pm

Scientific American Quantum Shorts fiction contest

Scientific American has just announced the Quantum Shorts 2013 competition, in partnership with Tor Books and the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. The Quantum Shorts contest encourages readers to submit a short story that is inspired by quantum theory and will run until December 1, 2013.

[Details on how you can submit a story]

Jul 12 2013 1:30pm

Superman Krypton crystals data science

This is no fantasy... no careless product of wild imagination. No, my good friends.

Scientists at the University of Southampton (together with the Eindhoven University of Technology) have developed a method of recording optical information in glass that allows for a massive amount of information to be stored, practically using lasers to record it in five dimensions

How cool is science? So cool that we can only compare it to superhero comics, because that is the nearest analogue. The group supervisor summed it up with this: “It is thrilling to think that we have created the first document which will likely survive the human race.” It is thrilling!

They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be...

Jul 10 2013 12:30pm

Nikola Tesla John C. Reilly

Today marks the 157th birthday of mad and maddening scientist Nikola Tesla, a man that science fiction writers and fans have practically taken to heart as a patron saint. There are a myriad of reasons why: his ingenuity. The fact that history proved him correct in matters concerning ideas about electricity that his rivals tried to bury. That sly moustache.

Tesla’s intriguing nature lends itself naturally to high-spirited tales of fiction, internet memes, and some high class strutting from David Bowie. Below, the staff lists some of their favorite instances of Tesla pop culture.

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