How to Turn Real Science Into Great Science Fiction

Science fiction is the literature of discovery — and there are tons of great ways to come up with stories worth telling. But a lot of the most compelling stories are based on actual cutting-edge science. But how do you turn real science into science fiction? To find out, we asked hard SF writers and scientists. » 9/18/13 11:03am 9/18/13 11:03am

The science of swarms will blow your mind

Here are two things you should do immediately. One: watch this. It's a jaw-dropping video of starlings in flight that will straight up give you chills. The swirling cloud of birds is called a "murmuration," and it's just one example of how animals in very large groups can engage in remarkably coordinated collective… » 3/22/13 10:23am 3/22/13 10:23am

How hagfish choke their predators with slime

Hagfish are pretty disgusting creatures, but some of their most unsavory qualities also make them pretty fascinating. Consider, for example, what is perhaps the hagfish's most repulsive feature: the thick slime that it exudes whenever it is threatened or disturbed. Just a teaspoon is enough to turn a beaker of liquid… » 10/28/11 4:00pm 10/28/11 4:00pm

The biggest roadblock to getting good information about scientific…

What's blocking your access to accurate scientific information? Often, it's the representatives of research institutions themselves. Today on Embargo Watch, science journalism watchdog Ivan Oransky reports on just one example of how universities try to prevent reporters from getting information about scientific… » 2/14/11 4:15pm 2/14/11 4:15pm