Chinese scientists say they’re close to building a real transporter

By Matthew Jackson, Source: We all love our Star Trek transporter toys, but we all know what we really want to do is step into the full-size model and shout “energize!” just before our bodies become light and then re-make themselves in another place. Sadly, it’s still out of

Newfound Mayan calendar proves world was never gonna end in 2012

By Don Kaye, Source: You know how it’s been said for years that the Mayans predicted the world would end in 2012? Well, forget all that: A new discovery shows that the Mayans did no such thing. A cottage industry has sprung up around the idea that the Mayans—known

Think you were abducted by aliens? Researchers say it was a dream

By: Matthew Jackson, Source: Thousands of people have been brave enough (or crazy enough, depending on whom you ask) to come forward in the last half-century with tales of alien abductions in the dead of night. It’s a widespread phenomenon, but researchers are adding fuel to the skeptic fire

Scientists just invented a REAL Doctor Who sonic screwdriver

By Trent Moore, source: Seeing as he’s a man of little violence, the Doctor’s trusty sonic screwdriver has been his tool of choice on the BBC series for decades. Now, it seems scientists have actually created a real one. Researchers at the Dundee University have built a device that

Former NASA scientist says Star Trek is agency’s ‘worst enemy’

By Trent Moore, Source: Though science fiction can help inspire us to create and strive toward new technological breakthroughs, it can also have a decidedly negative effect, at least according to one former NASA scientist: It makes people forget that rocket science is, you know, rocket science.

Scientists say there are killer dinosaurs in space waiting to eat us

By Marc Bernardin, Source: Manned missions into the cosmos were always going to be a dicey affair, given the multitudes of things we don’t know (and the fact that NASA’s funding is a fraction of what it should be). But if there are actually hyper-intelligent dinosaurs waiting for us,

Could there be ‘billions’ of habitable planets in our galaxy?

By Trent Moore, Source: We may not have to look too terribly far to find a habitable alien planet out there. It turns out, there could be a few billion just in our own neighborhood. According to a new study, there are likely a lot more rocky – but

Carl Sagan’s son on the one thing alien movies always get wrong

By Matthew Jackson, Source: Last week, legendary futurist Ray Kurzweil gave us his take on the failings of science fiction cinema. Now Nick Sagan, son of iconic astronomer and Contact author Carl Sagan, has his own bone to pick with sci-fi filmmakers. Unlike Kurzweil, he’s only got one complaint,

Scientists figure out how we can (really!) climb like Spider-Man

By Trent Moore, Souce: We’ve all probably had the thought at some point in our lives, whether watching the movies or reading an old comic: I want to climb a building, Spider-Man style. Just grab ahold of the brick and shoot right up a 90-degree angle. Well, thanks to

Lost Charles Darwin fossils discovered in a drawer after 165 years

By Carol Pinchefsky, Source: You find all sorts of strange things in drawers. Broken pencils. Bits of string. Charles Darwin’s slides. An even more broken pencil sharpener. Wait … what was that third thing? That was likely the thought process of Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, a palaeontologist at Royal Holloway,

Watch spectacular NASA footage of a comet striking the sun

Ever wondered what happens when a cosmic snowball strikes the sun at 300 miles per second? Well, your curiosity is about to be rewarded … Witness the awesome display captured by NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) that seems to be some errant alien missile targeting the sun. This class

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