TV and the movies are full of slapdash -- extremely slapdash -- science. A mystical wave of the hand, a chalkboard full of scribbles, and voila! Cold fusion in every home. That gets no respect from me. But the practitioners of that science... well, sometimes they make it look really good.
So you can keep your wild-haired Wolverine with his tanned muscles and adamantium appendages. My lust objects wear glasses and SPF 45. Knowing how to maim and kill is all well and good, but reciting the digits of pi and lecturing co-eds in dusty classrooms is hot.
Here are 20 fictional scientists I just can't stop watching. Take a look at who excites my atoms.
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.