How to drink coffee in space without burning your face off

Zero gravity is all fine and well — but not being able to grab a cup of joe in the morning would be a huge dealbreaker for many prospective astronauts. Thankfully, NASA has a solution to the problem. » 7/15/13 7:20am 7/15/13 7:20am

10 Words You Might Think Came from Science (But Are Really From…

Last week it came to our attention that the phrase "blast off" was coined—not in a purely scientific context, but a science fictional one—by E. E. Smith, an early science fiction author often referred to as "the father of space opera." The term appeared in Smith's 1937 story Galactic Patrol, when one character inquires of… » 10/17/11 10:00am 10/17/11 10:00am

Dancing in Zero Gravity to New Age Music Will Help Us Evolve

Today a 727 "Vomit Comet" lifted off from Las Vegas in order to film a scene of a woman dancing in zero gravity for an upcoming science fiction film called Stardance. Filmmaker Jeanne Robinson (choreographer and wife of scifi writer Spider Robinson) won the trip after showing this astonishingly bad preview video at the… » 12/31/07 11:00am 12/31/07 11:00am