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Mon
Mar 24 2014 4:00pm

That Galaxy is Shooting Lasers. The Science of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Episode 3: “When Knowledge Conquered Fear”

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey episode 3 science Isaac Newton

Want to know more about the Really Cool Things behind the science and history revealed in this week’s episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey? This must be the place!

This week we’ll dig deeper into episode 3, “When Knowledge Conquered Fear” and look at the constellations of Middle-earth, galaxies that SHOOT LASERS, how awesome-not-awesome Isaac Newton was, and the galactic cataclysm pinwheeling towards us right now.

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Wed
Mar 19 2014 11:00am

SUPER CORN! The Science of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Episode 2: “Some of the Things That Molecules Do”

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey episode 2: Some of the Things That Molecules Do

As a mostly educational program Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is meant to inspire a sense of wonder in its viewers, regardless of their background, along with a desire to explore the worlds around them in the same curious manner as host Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Ship of the Imagination.

Towards that end, instead of simply recapping and reviewing each episode, I’ll be assembling a list of Really Cool Things behind the science. Want to learn more about what you saw in the program? Come this way!

This week we’ll dig deeper into episode 2, “Some of the Things That Molecules Do” and meet some adorable foxes, raise an eyebrow at What We’ve Done To Corn, and see a map of Titan that could double as an epic fantasy world.

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Tue
Mar 18 2014 3:30pm

Watch Andrei Linde React to Being Told His Big Bang Inflation Theory is Correct

Andrei Linde Big Bang Inflation

The world of astrophysics got the shaking of a lifetime earlier this week with the discovery of proof that the universe began with a bang. (Or cosmic inflation theory as it is more accurately known.) Now watch as Stanford University surprises Andrei Linde, one of the proponents of the theory, with the news of the discovery!

[It’s about to get emotional all up in this science]

Thu
Mar 6 2014 12:10pm

What Makes Carl Sagan’s Cosmos So Great?

Carl Sagan's Cosmos

Cosmos is returning to our screens this Sunday, March 9th, updated for the early 21st century in look, style, and discovery. But what was it about its originator Carl Sagan’s Cosmos that inspired such a need to see it continue?

As fans of science fiction and fantasy, and as fans of entertaining science education, the answer to that question feels obvious. This is a show that effectively explained the fourth spatial dimension with nothing more than a piece of paper and a box, this is a show that taught us how to figure out how much alien life there could actually be around us.

But there’s more to it than that. As Brit Mandelo discovered when she rewatched the show for us in 2013, watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos takes you on your own journey. Read her own explorations of each episode and see where the show might lead you.

Mon
Feb 24 2014 12:15pm

Are You Ready for Some Star Stuff? Cosmos Returns March 9th!

Neil deGrasse Tyson is donning his shades and taking us on a glorious adventure across time and space! And, given those shades, we're assuming that he's ditching Carl Sagan's shag-carpeted starship for some sort of Delorean, or at least a totally boss van. Fox has premiered a glorious trifecta of techno-driven Cosmos trailers, and we are just slightly excited.

[Click through for all three trailers!]

Tue
Feb 11 2014 4:10pm

Marvel Body Mass Index Study Reveals Nearly 1/3 of Female Characters Are Underweight

Captain America, Bob Hall, Kitty Pryde, Terry Dodson

In the world of comics art there are plenty of fans who take exception to the way most women are depicted artistically on the page. This is not difficult to understand: breasts are defying all forms of gravity, waist-to-hip ratios clock in at Barbie levels of discomfort, and everyone is usually fighting in heels.

The return argument is that the men in comics are depicted in an equally unrealistic capacity, though any good feminist will tell you that there’s a difference between female objectification and male power fantasies. But it goes well beyond that realm, too. In fact, it might just be plain unhealthy. Literally.

[An interesting study...]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 5:30pm

To Live or Die on Mars: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian Andy Weir

We all have our dreams and desires.... or we all had them. How sad!

Andy Weir, at least, did something with his. Fascinated by space exploration from an early age, “like most kids growing up [he] wanted to be an astronaut. Instead, he wrote a book—The Martian—which he self published on Amazon in 2012.”

By all accounts, it went down very well, in the wake of which overwhelmingly positive and in all probability profitable response, an assortment of proper publishers came a-calling. The result is a novel with problematic priorities that begs for the suggestions of a more determined editor. That it is a gripping and largely satisfying text nevertheless speaks to how marvellous The Martian might have been.

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Wed
Jan 29 2014 3:30pm

They Built a Machine To Give You All the Feels

MIT Media Lab sensory fiction

Imagine wearing a book. Imagine the characters in that book asserting their emotions onto you physically, from triumph to tragedy. When they’re sad, you feel sad. When they’re cold, you’re shivering, and so on... Vice reports that MIT’s Media Lab has created a prototype for a “sensory fiction” device that will mimic what the characters in a book are feeling.

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Mon
Jan 13 2014 10:00am

Subject Number One: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

MR Carey The Girl with All the Gifts

There’s been a bunch of buzz about this book in the six months since its announcement. Aside a hearty helping of hyperbole, however, we’ve had next to nothing to go on: only an unsettling excerpt about a girl who loves “learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom” evidently being kept in captivity; and the fact that M. R. Carey is an ever-so-slight pseudonym for the author of the five Felix Castor novels and any number of awesome comics, not least Lucifer and more recently The Unwritten.

So what is The Girl With All the Gifts?

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Thu
Jan 2 2014 3:00pm

Resistance is Futile: Scientific American Explores How the Internet is Changing Your Brain

Until recently, humans have relied on each other to distribute and share memory, in a world where the human brain was the pinnacle of data storage. But the Internet has radically and rapidly changed our relationship with this transactive memory system. In the December issue of Scientific American, Daniel M. Wegner and Adrian F. Ward explore the phenomenon in “How Google is Changing Your Brain.”

“Human! We used to be exactly like them. Flawed. Weak. Organic. But we evolved to include the synthetic. Now we use both to attain perfection. Your goal should be the same as ours.”

–Borg Queen, Star Trek: First Contact

For those of us who recall the shadowy time before the rise of the Internet and Google, if you had a question, you were promptly sent to the dictionary, encyclopedia, or library (up hill, in the snow, both ways) to try to find the answer. Today, a question barely has time to cross our minds before we are tapping away on our phones or computers to Google the answer. When a proper noun becomes a verb, you know something big has happened.

[Watch your future’s end.]

Wed
Jan 1 2014 2:00pm

Ten Scientific Non-Fiction Books to Fire Up Your Imaginations

We are smack in the middle of a holiday week, and you know what holiday weeks mean: reading giant fat books that we don’t usually have time for! We here at Tor.com love giant fat books, so we took to Twitter to ask you about some of your favorite scientific non-fiction, and you came back with a wonderful variety of suggestions. I’ve collected ten of them here, and I would love it if you pepper the comment thread with even more! There’s nothing quite like charging into a new year armed with giant fat erudition.

[Read more, and then read more!]

Mon
Dec 30 2013 9:00am

These New-Fangled Books Will Doom Us All!

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 to...read history...in hopes of not, um, not...

No, wait, it’ll come to us....

[The techno-panic timeline]

Tue
Dec 17 2013 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Neil Gaiman Completes His Transformation Into Charles Dickens

Neil Gaiman Charles Dickens

As part of the New York Public Library’s months-long celebration of Charles Dickens a project was undertaken to transform legendary Victorian author Neil Gaiman into legendary Victorian author Charles Dickens. As evidenced on Gaiman’s Tumblr, that metamorphosis was completed this past weekend during a reading of “A Christmas Carol” where, upon finishing, the newly made Dickens wandered outside and remarked upon the towering fortresses of glass, the marvelous contraptions whizzing about, and whatever a “Chipotle” is.

We’ve set some traps with brandy and fresh sausages but have yet to capture the newly made gadabout. Please, if you encounter Dickens in the New York streets, approach him slowly so as not to make him realize that he is entirely apocryphal.

Your Morning Roundup has a very brief look at Game of Thrones season 4. Go forth!

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Fri
Dec 13 2013 9:00am

Morning Roundup: The Jurassic Park Prequel is Going to be Adorable!

Whether you love or hate dinosaurs, it is imperative that parents instill in their children a proper respect for these terrible thunder lizards at an early age. Because then you get adorable pictures like this!

Your Morning Roundup is facing the truth about Luke Skywalker’s non-existent teaching credentials, canceling Charles Stross’ next book, and pretending it saw The Hobbit.

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Wed
Dec 11 2013 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Itty Bitty Orphan Black is Cloning its Way into our Hearts

Itty Bitty Orphan Black by Lady-Adventuress

Pre-school ain’t easy. Helena’s always scarfing down everyone’s food, Delphine’s being a goody two-shoes tattle tale, and Cosima is just straight up delinquent. And all of them are each other! What’s Principal Leekie to do?!? You’ll just have to read this brilliant Itty Bitty Orphan Black Tumblr by Lady-Adventuress to find out.

Your Morning Roundup is upstaging Neil Gaiman with a cat, piling the hurt onto Jonathan Frakes, and replacing dragons with Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Fri
Dec 6 2013 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Dragons Never Give Up Their Swag Without a Fight

Via the karen-gillan tumblr, we present to you: the real plot of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug! This movie marquee pretty much nails the subtext of the book, since Smaug is not left with much swagger after he’s bested by a tiny, basically defenseless halfling....

Morning Roundup features: mind control cats! Robot death! And news about the Terminator remake, a follow-up to Legion, and a heartwarming glimpse of an Amazing Spider-Man 2 villain.

[Also, some more thoughts on the women of Marvel!]

Sat
Nov 9 2013 12:00pm

Carl Sagan Lived His Life Believing Science Belonged to All of Us

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...”]

Thu
Oct 24 2013 2:00pm

The Worm Turns: Parasite by Mira Grant

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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Wed
Oct 16 2013 10:00am

These New-Fangled Books Will Doom Us All!

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 to...read history...in hopes of not, um, not...

No, wait, it’ll come to us....

[The techno-panic timeline]

Mon
Oct 14 2013 12:30pm

Honor Ada Lovelace Day by Editing Wikipedia!

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.]