Tonight at the World Science Festival, starting at 8PM EST, Lawrence M. Krauss, John C. Mather, Amber Miller, Lyman Page, and David Spergel will be discussing the birth of the universe. Popular Science's own senior editor and beer supertaster Martha Harbison will be Twitter-moderating from the @PopSci account, and since the WSF is webcasting the talk for free, you can follow along with both her and the discussion at the same time. Might we also recommend this PopSci Buzzword Bingo game? Get five climate-change buzzwords in a row, and you win (but we all lose.). Watch it here.
On this week's podcast, we cover the high-tech behind the summer's hottest movies
By PopSci Staff
Posted 05.14.2008 at 3:37 pm 2 Comments
They're not just chock-a-block with action. This summer's biggest blockbusters are backed by some of the most advanced technology on the planet. On this week's Cocktail Party Science, Chuck Cage sits down with writer Corey Binns and editor Martha Harbison to discuss the art and science of Speed Racer and its implications for the future of film.
Rip open a Pleo, get the run down on hybrids, and learn about the military's futuristic flying laser gun as Chuck Cage and the editors of PopSci take a behind-the-scenes tour of the third annual How it Works issue. Learn the stories behind the stories of some of the world's most sophisticated machines.
March 2008 has been a rough month for nerds. First came the passing of D&D co-creator Gary Gygax. Now we hear that one of the mightiest names in science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, has died.
Clarke, author of some of the genre's classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Childhood's End, was a tireless enthusiast for science and technology. Arguably, though, Clarke's most striking contribution to humanity, published in a paper in 1945, was his idea of using geostationary satellites as communications relay stations.
Linda B. Buck, co-winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, retracts a 2001 Nature paper, citing irreproducible results.
By Martha Harbison
Posted 03.07.2008 at 4:47 pm 0 Comments
For scientists, having to retract a paper is like a kick to the gut. It means that your work cannot be verified, and thus is likely either 1) an error or 2) a fabrication. So it comes as something of a surprise that Nobel prize-winning scientist Linda B. Buck had to retract a 2001 Nature paper this week, citing an inability to reproduce the reported findings, and "inconsistencies between some of the figures and data published in the paper and the original data."
That sound you hear is a million d20s clattering on tabletops, rolled in tribute.
By Martha Harbison
Posted 03.04.2008 at 4:15 pm 0 Comments
E. Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, has rolled his last d20. He was 69.
I could go on and on about the impact D&D had on multiple generations of geeks, freaks and nerds, or its influence on modern computer gaming (World of Warcraft, LotROnline and Everquest), or even its rather checkered history with the civilian population. (Who remembers the anti-D&D hysteria in the 80s?)
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.