What's The Secret Of Turning A Single Story Into An Endless Franchise?

We know how (and where) franchises go to die, but what turns a one-off movie or a standard TV series into a franchise that can go on, sometimes even for generations? » 10/30/14 4:20pm 10/30/14 4:20pm

How We Use Ancient Stone-Cutting Techniques To Preserve Dinosaur Tracks

Unearthing the fossilized bones of dinosaurs without destroying them is already a pretty fiddly process, one that requires time, patience, and many, many delicate brushes. But when you're talking not about bones but the even more delicate tracks that dinosaurs left behind, the process gets that much trickier. » 10/24/14 4:20pm 10/24/14 4:20pm

Why We Love To Watch The World Burn

Whether by sweeping pandemic, by natural disasters of biblical proportions, by a horde of zombies, or by some unspecified slowly-unfolding environmental destruction, world-destroying fiction is having a moment. But what is it that makes it so appealing to see the world fall down around us? » 10/21/14 4:20pm 10/21/14 4:20pm

This Is The Episode That Finally Made Me A Fan

Some shows reel you in slowly, making you invest in the story before you decide that you love it. Sometimes, however, you can pinpoint your love of a show to a single character, a single storyline, or even a single episode. » 10/17/14 4:20pm 10/17/14 4:20pm

What Are The Best Reasons Why We Should We Explore Space?

It's difficult to look up on a clear night and not feel the pull to get out there, anywhere, and see a little more of the universe than the little blue marble that we've anchored ourselves on. But, when faced with the need to justify the money, time, and tech to get us there, what are the best reasons to explore space? » 9/29/14 4:20pm 9/29/14 4:20pm

Do Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and E.T. Take Place In A Shared Universe?

Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and ET, all seem like very different stories. But could all three stories actually take place in the same universe? A new theory says yes — and lays out a path for just how they might be connected. » 9/23/14 4:20pm 9/23/14 4:20pm

Is This WWII-Era Cipher The Most Unbreakable Code Ever Written?

Many cryptographers throughout history have claimed that a particular code is the most-unbreakable ever written. But does a rarely-used code, invented in 1917 and briefly employed during World War II, have a potential claim to the throne? » 9/15/14 4:20pm 9/15/14 4:20pm

Should Television Shows Be Less Concerned With Continuity?

Ideally, a great television show should be both satisfying in terms of the overall story that unspools over the series and in terms of the smaller story that is told in a single episode. But what happens when the story needs of the series and the episode find themselves in conflict? » 9/12/14 4:20pm 9/12/14 4:20pm

Why Is It So Hard To Predict The Technology Of The Future?

Attempting to predict the future is always a roll of the dice — even if we manage to correctly foretell where the winds will shift us, it is impossible to know what unexpected events will detour us on the way there. But what makes the technology of the future so particularly difficult to imagine? » 9/11/14 4:20pm 9/11/14 4:20pm