Archive | Science vs SciFi

The Future has Arrived – I Can Haz Tricorder

Posted on 27 December 2013 by

Back in 1966, we were first introduced to the future as imagined by the creative team behind Star Trek. And with each passing day, the “incredible” technology on that show seems to become more quaint. The communicator was actually the model for the first batch of cell phones that everyone used until that became eclipsed [...]

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The Space Revolution Will Be Televised

Posted on 12 November 2013 by

NBCUniversal has signed and exclusive deal with Virgin Galactic to broadcast the private space company’s first manned commercial space flight.  Riding along on the Trekkie-approved VSS Enterprise will be company owner Sir Richard Branson and his children, Holly and Sam.  The current schedule for launch/broadcast is August 2014, but the company readily admits that date [...]

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It’s Okay To Pee In The Pool & 49 Other Science Misconceptions

Posted on 03 November 2013 by

If you love science fiction then you probably have at least a passing interest in science, if not an outright passion for it.  I really love science-y stuff, interesting facts, and watching TV.  That’s what makes this video from the wonderfully random site mental_floss so great; it combines all three of those things into one [...]

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Got A Smartphone & Ten Bucks? Make A Microscope!

Posted on 28 October 2013 by

Practically all of the cool things you can do with today’s multi-talented smartphones involve downloading an app.  “There’s an app for that!” is practically a cliche’, even if it’s true most of the time.  But apps are limited by the phone’s physical limitations, so no matter how good the camera may be you just can’t [...]

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“Cosmos” Returns to TV In 2014 With Neil deGrasse Tyson – Trailers

Posted on 28 October 2013 by

The original Cosmos hosted by the late Carl Sagan premiered over 30 years ago and was an instant hit with viewers worldwide.  I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t at least heard of Cosmos and it’s about time it returned.  In a time when we’re trying to spark an interest in the sciences we need [...]

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Help Micro-Sized CubeSats Explore Other Planets

Posted on 16 July 2013 by

Space exploration is no longer restricted to NASA and other countries’ government-run space programs.  Hardly a week passes these days without hearing new and exciting news about another private enterprise advancement in the field.  Keep reading for news about an exciting project that you can help back through a Kickstarter campaign that was first reported [...]

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Comics’ Best Cycles

Posted on 06 July 2013 by

Motorcycles and the fictional characters who ride them epitomize rebellion, independence and individuality. These characters tend to be edgy, jaded and vengeful. They’re guys that you want at your back in a bar fight and the type a father never wants to see his daughter so much as looking at. They are anti-heroes, and the [...]

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Curiosity’s 1.3 Billion Pixel Image Lets You Fill Your Face With Mars

Posted on 20 June 2013 by

NASA tweets.  A lot.  And when NASA tweets it’s always something exciting and worth a look. Just look at the picture above.  It’s an extremely scaled-down version of a 1.3 billion (Yes, that’s with a B like Batman!) pixel full-circle panorama of everybody’s second favorite planet, Mars.  To put that resolution into perspective, that’s 1300 [...]

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My Excellent NASA Adventure – Antares Launch

Posted on 22 May 2013 by

I’m old enough to remember when man first set foot on the moon, but even before that I was a huge fan of space exploration.  As long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with space and the idea of going there. For the majority of my life the very idea of an average citizen [...]

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Who Wants To Fly Like Iron Man? Next-Gen Watercraft Take Flight

Posted on 31 December 2012 by

I’m going to really date myself here, but when I was a kid one of the coolest things about watching Lost In Space was when they’d break out the jet pack and fly, almost like Superman.  Well, close enough.  James Bond even did it once.  James Bond is cool. We used to think that one [...]

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Your Next Smartphone Might “Grow” Buttons As You Need Them

Posted on 28 August 2012 by

Smartphones are great, I think we can all agree on that.  They’re little computers in your hand that can do almost anything short of cooking dinner.  There is a divide however: You either have to go with a completely touch screen phone or something bulkier if you want a real keyboard with raised keys. Personally, [...]

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Ultra High Density Data Storage – It’s In Your DNA

Posted on 21 August 2012 by

Okay, maybe not your DNA specifically, but it looks like the key to extremely high density data storage could lie in using DNA itself as the storage medium.  Over at Nature.com is an article describing how three researchers have encoded a little over 5mb of a book draft along with some jpeg images and a [...]

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Femto-Photography – Video At A Trillion Frames Per Second!

Posted on 05 August 2012 by

The image above probably doesn’t look very impressive.  After all it’s just someone shining a light at a water-filled Coke bottle, right?  Well, yes and no. What you’re actually seeing is a pulse of light captured as it’s passing through the bottle.  In fact, it’s captured with such a high frame rate that it looks [...]

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Mars Curiosity Rover Landing – 7 Minutes of Terror

Posted on 31 July 2012 by

It’s hard to believe that NASA’s Curiosity rover will be landing on the red planet in less than a week.  Like all space ventures, this is an unbelievably complex task with no margin for error and no “do overs” if something goes awry.  So far everything’s gone perfectly and we all hope it stays that [...]

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Get Inspired for Space Exploration with “We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 2) – A New Perspective”

Posted on 10 June 2012 by

Back in March we posted the article Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dreams and NASA’s Budget.  In it is a video consisting of a montage of clips surrounding the history of NASA.  These clips were set to a speech by acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about how the “space race” began and how it has fizzled out due [...]

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