How an alien race may transform barren worlds into living paradises

It starts ominously. A robot spacecraft flies into a planet's atmosphere and embeds itself into the ground. Scouts are sent off to test the planet's resources and presumably suck the planet dry. I've seen this movie about robot uprisings and the hijacking of Earth too many times. Luckily, this short isn't one of them. » 8/21/14 9:33pm 8/21/14 9:33pm

The futuristic jets, humans, and Star Wars designs of Stephen Chang

Stephen Chang tells me he loves to think about how the future will weave technology into humans. He has done a lot of cool art so far and I'm sure he'll get far. If he doesn't, that's fine: He got his design for the Rogue Shadow ship—from the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed—turned into an official Lego set. » 8/21/14 7:26am 8/21/14 7:26am

How robots have already taken over our world

If you think it's just a joke that robots are going to replace humans, it's not. It's going to happen. In fact, CGP Grey explains in 'Humans Need Not Apply' how it's already happening around us right now. You might not notice it but you will after you watch how we're following historical patterns towards obscurity. » 8/13/14 7:09pm 8/13/14 7:09pm

Here's a satirical glimpse of Earth's dystopian future

Made by Duncan Elms, this video imagines a future where Earth has been ravaged by wars, cyclones, food shortages, destructive weather and horrible humans and turned into areas of uninhabitable zones. And yet, cities would still make bids to host the Olympic Games, even if they're during a nuclear winter. » 7/23/14 11:17pm 7/23/14 11:17pm

Futurama in photorealistic 3D is absolutely stunning

Whoa. Artist Alexy Zakharov re-imagined the world of Futurama in 3D and transformed the cartoon into a complete stunner. It makes me want to watch a movie version of Futurama set in this world right now. Hell, it makes me want to cryogenically freeze myself so I can live in this world when I wake up. » 7/15/14 7:46pm 7/15/14 7:46pm

Video Explains What Graphene Is and Why It's a Magic Material

So what's the deal with graphene and why does everyone think it's the next big thing? Well, as SciShow says, it conducts electricity better than silver, it conducts heat better than diamonds and even though it's only one atom thick, it's even stronger than steel. So why isn't it more popular and everywhere? » 7/15/14 12:14am 7/15/14 12:14am

Stealth bomber concept splits in three, reassembles like Voltron

This "Voltron" stealth bomber seems out of a science fiction movie, but it's one of the aircraft concepts that military powerhouse BAE Systems is working on: A single bomber/drone would fly as one from the home base, then divide into three airplanes to execute different tasks in the same area and reassemble to return… » 7/09/14 4:41pm 7/09/14 4:41pm

In the future you'll be able to learn a whole language eating a pill

When MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte says that humans will be able to learn an entire language by eating a pill, you better listen. In this new TED Talk, Negroponte shows all the times he was right predicting the future in the 1970s and 1980s even while people laughed at him. Here's what he thinks that will… » 7/08/14 10:22pm 7/08/14 10:22pm

What a space city would actually look like in real life

We are used to seeing space settlements in sci-fi illustrations and movies, but these are not realistic. Bryan Versteeg—from Spacehabs—uses scientific principles to develop concepts that can actually happen one day. The Kalpana One Space Settlement is one of them. Bryan has sent us new renders of this awesome place. » 6/11/14 1:02pm 6/11/14 1:02pm

This prediction for Humanity's next 40,000 years is worth fighting for

The last two minutes of Cosmos' eleventh episode are perhaps the most inspiring in the entire series—or at least the most uplifting. The sequence gives us a glimpse of humanity in the next few thousands years—the first few minutes of the next Cosmic Calendar year*—in the most optimistic way imaginable. » 5/28/14 8:01pm 5/28/14 8:01pm

The Future of Cars Will Be Awesome for Enthusiasts (and Everyone Else)

Hang out with an old-time car enthusiast, and you're bound to hear some serious grousing about the state of modern cars. "Can't fix 'em with a screwdriver like you used to," et cetera, ad nauseum. Perhaps that's true. But that doesn't mean that a world of electric-powered, computer-controlled, self-driving cars will… » 5/06/14 3:20pm 5/06/14 3:20pm

Using Plastic Surgery To Keep Astronauts Human On Long Space Missions

A brief exchange in the back of last week's issue of New Scientist asks: "I understand that the lines and sagging skin we acquire as we age are due to the sun and gravity. If I lived in a space station in zero or microgravity away from the sun, would I stay looking young?" A perfectly innocuous, if even somewhat… » 4/21/14 5:41pm 4/21/14 5:41pm

Americans Are Surprisingly Optimistic About the Future of Technology

Even in an age of security leaks and government surveillance, amazingly, Americans still feel pretty good about the role that technology will play in their lives, according to a new study. However, when you ask them about the specific advances—like bioengineering, wearable tech, drones, and robots—Americans are a bit… » 4/17/14 2:00pm 4/17/14 2:00pm

I've seen the future and it's this touchscreen Pizza Hut menu table

Behold the future, my friends. It isn't hoverboards or laser swords or transportation hailing apps or drone deliveries, it is this: a gigantic touchscreen that lets you build your own pizza on the table that you will eat it on. Use the touchscreen to perfectly customize your order, play games while you wait and pay… » 3/04/14 1:08am 3/04/14 1:08am