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Could humans survive on Dune’s Arrakis?
A supercomputer and climate model reveal the truth behind stillsuits.
The US military wants force fields that could stop nuclear missiles
Force fields are the stuff of science fiction, but directed energy systems to fry drones, or stop people, already exist. Here's what's real about the tech—and what's more fantastical.
Why orange skies fill us with a sense of impending doom
Filmmakers use color wheels created by Isaac Newton to match sci-fi scenes to viewers' emotions.
What if you could design the perfect child?
A science-fiction take on the future of CRISPR and embro editing.
The historical significance of Harry Styles’ nipples, explained
And other weird things we learned this week.
Seven science fiction inventions that became reality
Sci-fi authors wanted to prevent dystopian futures. Instead they predicted them.
How to send messages 10,000 years into the future
Linguists, designers, and scientists are scheming up ways to break a language barrier that doesn’t exist (yet).
How science fiction could save us from bad technology
Speculation through ‘design fiction’ helps expose human biases—for better and for worse.
How predicting the future shifted from fiction to fact—and what we lost along the way
Consider the brain in a vat.
The science fiction podcasts every nerd should listen to
To help you ignore your dystopian reality.