The Science of Fiction
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Jun
06
Five Times Star Trek Biology Plots Went Off the Rails

Five Times Star Trek Biology Plots Went Off the Rails

An non-exhaustive list of Star Trek’s weirdest takes on genetics, evolution, and more.
9 min read
May
21
We’re going to radically transform our cities — or abandon them

We’re going to radically transform our cities — or abandon them

Cities have evolved dramatically throughout history, and we may be on the cusp of the next great urban transformation.
6 min read
May
20

Some bonus content for your Thursday!

Hey everyone! I wanted to share a piece I wrote for Polygon today that I thought would be of interest
1 min read
May
08
How a biologist invented the fabled fauna in Jeff VanderMeer’s new eco-thriller

How a biologist invented the fabled fauna in Jeff VanderMeer’s new eco-thriller

The two creatures at the heart of Hummingbird Salamander aren’t real—but a scientist created them by drawing on principles of biology and ecology.
5 min read
Apr
24
Meet the company designing tech for superheroes and spacecraft

Meet the company designing tech for superheroes and spacecraft

Marvel's go-to visual effects studio has also worked for leading consumer tech firms, automakers, and the aerospace industry.
10 min read
Apr
10
How a pandemic made Dracula more relevant than ever

How a pandemic made Dracula more relevant than ever

Not quite alive and not quite dead, Dracula is both a metaphor for viruses and an embodiment of the fears they create.
6 min read
Mar
27
Where in the galaxy will we mine lithium?

Where in the galaxy will we mine lithium?

Lithium plays a key role in modern technology. Astronomers weigh in on where to find it beyond Earth.
5 min read
Mar
13
That time America almost started World War 3 over space weather

That time America almost started World War 3 over space weather

A dramatic solar storm in For All Mankind almost led to nuclear war. The plot line has eerie echoes of history.
5 min read
Mar
06
For All Mankind’s women astronauts on the fight to make space for everyone

For All Mankind’s women astronauts on the fight to make space for everyone

The Apple TV+ alt-history shows a more inclusive version of NASA in the Apollo era.
6 min read
Feb
27
Hallucinations-on-demand, artificial reefs: How science fiction is inspiring innovation

Hallucinations-on-demand, artificial reefs: How science fiction is inspiring innovation

An MIT researcher is helping students bring their favorite sci-fi technologies to life.
12 min read