The 10 Famous Scientists You Would Most Want on Your Side in a Bar Brawl

It’s two in the morning, you’re in a dive bar, and shit, as they say, is about to go down. You needn’t turn to action heroes to find a group that will help you take out the trash. The sciences offer a few heavy hitters. Here are ten scientists you’d want with you in a fight. » 8/07/15 10:00am 8/07/15 10:00am

10 Urban Legends about Famous Scientists

We've all heard stories about killers in the back seat and puppies that turn out to be rats, but hapless heroines aren't the only ones who spawn urban legends. There are a number of urban legends about famous scientists. Some are funny, some are mere inaccuracies, and some are about committing murder by accident. » 7/19/13 10:00am 7/19/13 10:00am

Which scientists would make great superhero sidekicks?

Recently Neil deGrasse Tyson helped Superman find his home planet, Krypton. Seeing a superhero team up with a superscientist was great, but it got us thinking - what other scientists would make a good sidekick? To many of us, scientists are already superheroes, so pairing them up with comic superheroes isn't combining… » 2/28/13 10:00am 2/28/13 10:00am

This Hugo-winning author is also the most dangerous villain on the planet

David D. Levine has been many things, including Hugo-winning short story writer and Martian explorer — but now he's taking on a new role: supervillain. Check out this brand new Dr. Horrible-esque video, in which he delivers a "Letter to the Editor" from the supervillain Dr. Talon, from his story in the anthology The… » 1/24/13 10:38am 1/24/13 10:38am

New resolution would see "Darwin Day" recognized this coming February 12

How cool would it be to set aside a day to celebrate the birth of one of the most important and influential scientists to ever walk this good Earth? That's exactly what U.S. House Democrat Russ Holt is hoping to establish — and he's introduced a resolution to Congress that would see February 12, 2013 officially… » 1/24/13 8:40am 1/24/13 8:40am

10 Fictional Scientists We Wish Were Real

Tonight sees the season finale of Fringe, giving us one last look at the brilliant insanity of Walter Bishop. While we love Walter, we're not sure if it would be a good thing if he existed in real life — but there are plenty of fictional scientists we wish were for real. Both for their awesome inventions, and for… » 5/11/12 10:13am 5/11/12 10:13am

Science fiction needs more scientist heroes — not scientist villains

Science fiction scientists have been responsible for numerous fictional disasters. They've reanimated corpses that have come back to kill them. They've cloned dinosaurs only to utterly lose control of them. They've shrunk their kids and turned themselves into flies. But one researcher is calling for more fictional… » 2/11/12 10:30am 2/11/12 10:30am

10 Scientists Who Experimented on Themselves

Science moves forward by experimentation. Often, however, that experimentation is laughably silly, incredibly frightening, or unconscionably cruel. Since the reaction of most scientists who are faced with such experiments is either, "get a monkey" or "get an unsuspecting human," there are a lot of horror stories out… » 2/25/11 10:00am 2/25/11 10:00am

Scientists may soon be trying to make sense of Hollywood movies at a theater near you

Science on Screen, a series at Boston's Coolidge Corner Theatre in which audiences watch a Hollywood movie and then a scientist uses it to explain real scientific principles, may soon arrive at your local rep theater — thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Arthur P. Sloan Foundation. [Boston.com] » 1/24/11 8:00am 1/24/11 8:00am