Ask Bas Lansdorp, founder of the Mars One Project, about his plans to…

Bas Lansdorp has big plans for Mars, not to mention the human race. By 2023, the Dutch entrepreneur intends to colonize the Red Planet in the first of a series of one-way human missions. It's all a part of Mars One, a project he founded, and one that he hopes will soon become a "global media spectacle." » 8/09/12 11:49am 8/09/12 11:49am

Jill Tarter, inspiration for the movie Contact, tells us about her…

Jill Tarter is the holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI, and the inspiration for Jodi Foster's character in the movie Contact. When we asked her what turned her towards the sciences, she gave us one of the most epic answers we've ever received. » 8/07/12 12:37pm 8/07/12 12:37pm

How Top 10's Zander Cannon fell in love with science

Zander Cannon is best known for his stellar artwork for Alan Moore's Top 10, the story of a superhero police force handling day to day problems in Neopolis, where everyone has super powers. » 7/27/12 2:40pm 7/27/12 2:40pm

is a series of short interviews co-hosted on io9 and Gizmodo that asks the luminaries of science and science…

How Gödel Saved Mark Changizi from Physics

Evolutionary neurobiologist Mark Changizi is obsessed with asking the question, "why?" — and as a scientist, it's served him well. His questioning of virtually everything has led him to investigate why it is that we think, feel, and see the way we do — a set of inquiries that has led to important discoveries on why… » 7/26/12 2:30pm 7/26/12 2:30pm

How Flash Gordon Inspired Charles Bolden To Become the Head of NASA

When Charles Bolden enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy for college, he was absolutely sure of two things. The first was that he was never, ever going to fly airplanes. The second was that he was definitely not joining the Marine Corps when he graduated. » 7/25/12 9:30am 7/25/12 9:30am

Why the American Museum of Natural History's Ellen V. Futter Chose to…

You don't become president of one of the greatest institutions for scientific research and education on Earth without harboring a serious passion for science and education, so where did Ellen V. Futter — who practiced law and served as president of Barnard College before taking over the American Museum of Natural… » 7/23/12 6:35pm 7/23/12 6:35pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson decided to become a scientist when he was…

Last night at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, I had the pleasure of chatting on stage with Neil deGrasse Tyson about what inspired him to become a scientist. He told a packed crowd about how he fell in love with the stars — in the Hayden Planetarium that he now runs. Here's a video of Tyson… » 7/20/12 9:33am 7/20/12 9:33am

How Improbable Research's Marc Abrahams Finds the Humor in Science

In 2008, a team of Japanese researchers developed a way to extract vanilla flavoring from cow dung. In 2003, scientists at the Cornell Food Lab investigated the limits of human appetites, by feeding people with self-refilling, bottomless bowls of soup. And in 2010, investigators from the Zoological Society of London… » 7/18/12 4:40pm 7/18/12 4:40pm

Planetscape Paintings from an Interstellar Journey

Today the art department at image and VFX design studio Framestore has shared with us some of their original illustrations of a mission into interstellar space. Here you can see what future explorers might see as they encounter a new planetary system, and survey the planets and moons there. There are some bizarre… » 7/18/12 7:00am 7/18/12 7:00am

Nick Denton is here to talk about how Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels…

Most people know Nick Denton as the founder of io9's parent company, Gawker Media. Today he's a notorious media entrepreneur, but his inspiration began with science fiction. My first conversation with him was about the Syfy series Battlestar Galactica. Later, he revealed that he'd read Isaac Asimov's celebrated… » 7/17/12 12:00pm 7/17/12 12:00pm

The Surprising Novel That Got Kim Stanley Robinson Interested in…

Kim Stanley Robinson is a legend of science fiction. He's best known as the author of the Hugo-winning Mars series (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars), the Three Californias trilogy, and alternate history novel The Years of Rice and Salt. This year he published one of his masterworks, the novel 2312, about what… » 7/13/12 4:02pm 7/13/12 4:02pm

How Growing Up in Oklahoma Got Daniel Wilson Excited About Robots

Former roboticist Daniel Wilson made a huge splash several years ago with his non fiction book How to Survive a Robot Uprising, and then set his optical implants on writing fiction. His debut novel Robopocalypse was a huge bestseller, and is set to become a Steven Spielberg flick. And now he's got a new novel out, … » 7/12/12 12:51pm 7/12/12 12:51pm

Mae Jemison always knew she would go to space

Mae Jemison is nothing short of a scientific visionary. In the 1990s, when she was working as a medical doctor, she decided to try out for the Space Shuttle program. A few years later, she was an astronaut, doing medical experiments on the Space Shuttle and making history. After leaving NASA, she worked on developing… » 7/11/12 11:41am 7/11/12 11:41am