science fiction

  • Why people fear particle accelerators

    Public unease about the Large Hadron Collider.

    Author Kristine Larsen does herself a bit of a disservice with the subtitle to her new book, Particle Panic!, which s...

    Physics June 14, 2019
  • Inside the essence of internal life

    Book explores links between mind and science fiction.

    Max Planck, the German Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and father of quantum theory, was not a man given to...

    Culture May 24, 2019
  • The roots of robots’ bad reputation

    Robots have been treated poorly by story-tellers.

    If the general public has a fairly dystopian and muddled view of computer vision and the machine-learning neural netw...

    Culture May 22, 2019
  • Conversation

    The Matrix 20 years on

    The Matrix has more to say about philosophy than science.

    Incredible as it may seem, the end of March marks 20 years since the release of the first film in the Matrix franchis...

    Society March 29, 2019
  • Humanoid robots set to take over hospital lab

    The revival of a century-old play provides entertaining focus on the ethics of building organs to...

    In a wonderful collision between science, science-fiction and art, actors and researchers from the BioFab3D laborator...

    Technology July 18, 2018
  • Blending science with science fiction

    The key to understanding the late physicist’s work.

    Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died recently at the age of 76.He was a man who had a significant influence o...

    Society April 8, 2018
  • Guide to the declaration of cyborg rights

    Cybernetic organisms live among us, and want to be understood.

    What with all the trouble over human and animal rights, have we given enough thought to cyborg rights?Attention rec...

    Society April 6, 2018
  • The big Cosmos holiday reading guide!

    The Cosmos office is closed for an Easter break until Tuesday, April 3. In the meantime, please e...

    On Purposeby Michael RusePrinceton University Press (2017)I once attended a seminar on the philosophy of laughter, wh...

    Space March 29, 2018
  • Sci-fi tractor beams one step closer

    Bringing Star Trek trope just a bit nearer.

    A key science fiction device - a tractor beam powerful enough to lift a human - is now a step closer to reality, foll...

    Physics January 22, 2018
  • Putting Hollywood under the microscope

    Grading your favourite sci-fi flicks on their scientific accuracy.

    Science fiction films capture our imaginations as they take us to other worlds and other times. Expertly woven storie...

    Society June 7, 2017
  • Star Trek, Dr Who inspire quantum cleverness

    Science fiction inspiration has led to a diamond-studded detection device. Cathal O’Connell reports.

    Who knew? Star Trek's tricorder is one step closer to reality.Joe HauptInspired by Dr Who’s sonic screwdriver and the...

    Technology March 9, 2017
  • A planet that outpaces science fiction

    James Bradley's new novel, Clade, is about climate change. He talks to Megan Toomey.

    News that Siberia’s Yamal crater may have been caused by a methane explosion disturbed Bradley. – Vladimir Pushkarev...

    Uncategorized April 27, 2015
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