An epidemiologist explains how science fiction has taught us—and misled us—about pandemics
"If that’s what always happens in the movies, why wouldn’t that happen in real life as well?"
An exclusive interview with Star Trek science advisor Erin MacDonald
With a PhD in astrophysics, MacDonald uses her science background to help Star Trek explain di-lithium, warp drive, and more.
Pop culture has embraced the idea of a multiverse—but scientists aren't even sure if we should be debating its existence.
Fake crystals with awesome powers
Crystal lore may be mostly fantasy, but it has a real effect on our lives.
An inside look at SimEnvironment, Maxis' long-lost toxic waste simulator
The exclusive story about the Sim City maker's mysterious EPA-themed game.
Mining the ocean is controversial. Could the Enterprise do it right?
After all, these guys did save the whales.
What exactly is the 'Eye of Aldhani' in Andor?
It may look like a meteor shower on steroids—but it doesn't act like one.
The darkest form of environmentalism
Gilead, the fictional Christian state in The Handmaid's Tale, is kind of an ecofascist paradise.
A fantasy-themed bar brings the magic of chemistry to life
Science and magic collide at The Cauldron, a fantasy-inspired potion bar that showcases molecular mixology.
How Star Trek changed NASA, helped save the whales, and more
Author Ryan Britt discusses his new book Phasers on Stun! How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World