Quantum Mechanics -- It Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

Quantum mechanics is a beautiful, and still-controversial, idea. It is rightly popular. What's not right is the way people use it to justify any stupid idea in their novels, their TV shows, or their personal philosophies. "Quantum" is a terrible way to make something sound future-ish and it needs to stop. » 7/25/14 11:19am 5 minutes ago

Project Almanac Gets Found-Footage Time Travel Right

Project Almanac is shot found-footage style, had its title changed three times and had its release date pushed back nearly a year, but don't jump to conclusions just yet. We got the chance to see Dean Israelite's directorial debut at Comic-Con, and while we can't give a full review just yet, we can tell you it looks… » 7/25/14 10:30am 54 minutes ago

At Comic-Con? Put On Your Mask for the Surveillance Camera Network

In the TV series Person of Interest, an AI can access virtually every surveillance camera across New York City. So the question is: do cities really create networks of interconnected private and public security cameras? Yes, they do. Including in San Diego, right in the heart of Comic-Con. » 7/25/14 10:10am Today 10:10am

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. » 7/25/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

Here's The First (Tiny) Look At The Vision In Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Marvel has been releasing two interconnected Avengers: Age of Ultron posters a day at Comic-Con; when the last two posters are released tomorrow, we'll post the entire, 8-part epic picture. But today's Quicksilver poster reveals something more — the first glimpse of the android known as The Vision! » 7/25/14 9:42am Today 9:42am

The All-American Expo That Invaded Cold War Russia

Over the course of six weeks during the height of the Cold War, almost three million Soviets visited an exhibition that celebrated America. American kitchens, American art, American cars, and most especially American capitalism. The American National Exhibition in Moscow was a full-court press to convince the Soviet… » 7/25/14 12:32pm Today 12:32pm

Creator Reveals Penny Dreadful's Origins And The Horrors Yet To Come

Penny Dreadful got off to a strong start in its first season, boasting a remarkably detailed world, deeply complex characters and an exciting core narrative. But to be fair, as creator John Logan pointed out at the show's Ballroom 20 Comic-Con panel, he's been working on this thing for 10 years. » 7/25/14 9:25am Today 9:25am

Over 90% Of Human DNA May Be Completely Worthless

Geneticists at Oxford University are making the astounding claim that a mere 8.2% of our DNA does something biologically important. That means upwards of 90% of the human genome is "junk" — a discovery that could dramatically hasten genetic research. » 7/25/14 8:40am Today 8:40am

Why Some In Star Wars: Rebels' Galaxy View The Empire As The Good Guys

While Star Wars: Rebels centers around a spaceship crew doing their best to stick it to the Galactic Empire, it will be a while before we see a full Rebel Alliance form. That's because, as the show's producers explained at yesterday's Comic-Con panel, a lot of people feel that the Empire has brought stability to… » 7/25/14 8:20am Today 8:20am

​How an Obscure 2nd Century Christian Heresy Influenced Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is shaping up to be the sleeper success of 2014. But no one has yet commented on one of the film's most unusual subtexts — its direct allusions to Gnosticism, the ancient Christian belief system that was damned by the Roman Church as heretical and virtually extinguished by the 5th century. » 7/25/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

The 1970s Spacecraft Is Doing Science Again!

The 36-year-old ISEE-3 is back collecting shiny new science! ...but our efforts to bring it home are for nought. Instead, our first crowd funded, crowd source citizen science space mission will be on a heliocentric orbit. Ah well, that's still pretty amazing! » 7/25/14 10:42am Today 10:42am