10 Robot Deaths That Were More Moving Than Almost Any Human's

When any beloved character dies, it's heart-rending — but sometimes, the death of a beloved robot (or android) can be the saddest of all. Maybe because we bond so intensely with artificial beings, their deaths can feel like losing a best friend. Here are 10 robot deaths that are more devastating than almost any… » 12/05/13 10:16am 12/05/13 10:16am

Build Your Own Eco-Helper Bots from "Silent Running"

In the movie Silent Running, Bruce Dern plays a nice scientist who just wants to tend his garden — his gigantic garden that takes up a huge spaceship. In fact, he has four giant pods that contain the very last vestiges of Earth's four major types of ecosystem. Of course, Earth itself has been destroyed by pollution… » 6/03/08 2:02pm 6/03/08 2:02pm

Share Your Sex Memories With All Your Coworkers

Whenever someone urges you to do something dumb in the name of science, it's always a good idea to stop and ponder. That's the important takeaway message in this clip from 1983's Brainstorm, the second movie from Silent Running director Douglas Trumbull. Scientists invent a new method for recording experiences,… » 3/28/08 2:46pm 3/28/08 2:46pm

How To Improve Your Starship's Feng Shui

When you're cruising across the galaxy at faster-than-light speeds and battling super-intelligent crystaline beings, the slightest mistake can spell disaster. So it's vital to have good feng shui on your starship's bridge. Just look at this flight deck from the movie Red Planet: cramped, ugly and angular, with no way… » 3/05/08 10:00am 3/05/08 10:00am

The Robots That Launched The Cute-Bot Revolution

Wall-E may be the cutest lil robot ever to hit our screens, but he's also the latest in a long line. It seems like wherever you go in scifi, you have to step over a cute chirpy little bot, who whistles, or tweets out a little catchphrase — including R2D2 from Star Wars, Twiki from Buck Rogers and K-9 from Doctor Who.… » 3/04/08 4:00pm 3/04/08 4:00pm