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…

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

Why don’t Americans elect scientists to office?

Back in August of 2011, the New York Times published an interactive feature titled If I Were President. The Times ran the opinions of 12 respondents in total, including astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — director of the Hayden Planetarium and one of the most compelling science communicators of our time. » 2/15/12 9:15am 2/15/12 9:15am

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…

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

The Real Mad Scientist Is Always Better Than The Movie

Last night, New York's Imagine Science Film Festival featured four short films about mad scientists — but they left out the maddest parts. Even though the films brought some unjustly overlooked geniuses to light — and shed some new light on familiar ones — they were missing some of the most important, and wildest,… » 10/22/08 8:00am 10/22/08 8:00am

A Performance-Enhancing Drug for Scientists and Professors

Barry Bonds isn't the only guy trying to better his game with drugs. If you're trying to compete for the best grants and patents in the cut-throat science industry, you might be taking modafinil (AKA Provigil). Named "professor's little helper" in a Nature commentary today, modafinil is a stimulant that its users… » 12/19/07 11:00am 12/19/07 11:00am