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Watch Rick And Morty sacrifice Butter Bot to the gods of capitalism

Look: We all have bills to pay, and so do our favorite TV shows. Despite the many faults of the worst elements of its fanbase, <i>Rick And Morty</i> is a …

Try this trick to go straight to sleep

Each time you choose to stay up a little longer bingeing that Netflix show, you’re beckoning death, slowly cutting off years from your life. This was …

You can now unlock a Windows 10 PC using the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint reader

Samsung is updating its Flow apps to add support for the Windows Hello feature of Windows 10. Devices like the Galaxy S6, S7, and S8 will all be able to unlock Windows 10 PCs using the fingerprint reader. Samsung first introduced the ability to unlock its Windows 10-powered Galaxy TabPro S with a …

Theresa May receives the Monty Python treatment in brilliant supercut

It took the Australian mastery of <i>ABC</i>'s <i>Insiders</i> to create the perfect parody of Theresa May, superimposing the prime minister's soundbites from the …

The Crystal Maze (Reboot) Charity Special – Revenge of the Moss?!

In the 1990s, British TV game show <i>The Crystal Maze</i> was essential viewing. It was a cross between <i>Gladiators</i> and a Mensa IQ test. The real joy of it, …

The Sci-Fi Guru Who Predicted Google Earth Explains Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession

“Snow Crash” author Neal Stephenson talks to the Hive about the differences between augmented and virtual reality, how to create a convincing Metaverse, and why social media is driving us insane.<p>Way back in 1992, author <b>Neal Stephenson</b> published his breakthrough novel, <i>Snow Crash,</i> a cyberpunk …

Remembering Prisoners of Gravity, the greatest science fiction TV show of all time

From 1989 to 1994, the public broadcaster TV Ontario ran Prisoners of Gravity, a brilliant science fiction TV show that used a goofy framing device …

This worm grew a second head after a trip to space

There are all kinds of experiments going on aboard the International Space Station, but they all probably don't produce results as strange as this one. An article published today in the journal <i>Regeneration</i> details a recent experiment in which an amputated flatworm grew two heads -- twice.<p>Planarian …

The 20 Best Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix

Aliens, dystopia, and superheroes, oh my! These are the 20 best sci-fi movies Netflix has to offer.<p>Photos: Everett Collection ; Illustration: Dillen …

It’s No Game: A Hilarious Short SciFi Film with David Hasselhoff

What does a creative writer do that a computer can’t? Could an AI have drummed up Hamlet? Artificial Intelligence has come a long way in the last …

Science Fiction

Frankie Boyle gets own BBC2 topical news show: The most devastating takedowns from Britain's biggest cynic

Frankie Boyle has landed a topical news show on BBC Two. Keen to become more “contemporary”, the channel has decided to position the controversial …

Dilbert’s Revenge

The gospel of Scott Adams is one of mediocrity untroubled by humility, which means that now is the perfect time for him to make a comeback; the …

Sebastian Gorka

Artificial Intelligence Is Already a Better Artist Than You Are

“<i>Man is the sex organ of the machine world.</i>” —Marshall McLuhan<p>The pictures on this page were all designed by a machine learning algorithm written by …

Listed: Five Science Fiction Films We Still Need on Blu-Ray

Unbelievably, these classic science fiction films have never been given a proper release on blu-ray. Hopefully someone listens to us and finally gets …

Science Fiction

The warp drive: from science fiction towards science fact?

Not so long ago we had to assume that we’ll never be able to travel faster than light. This was based on scientists’ sensible belief that we can …

The Best Science Fiction Horror Movies You've Never Seen

<i>(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated</i> …

Welcome To 'The Collapsing Empire:' Questions For John Scalzi

John Scalzi's novel <i>The Collapsing Empire</i> kicks off a new series set in — you guessed it — an interstellar empire teetering on the brink of collapse. The Interdependency sprawls across light-years of space, held together by a strange dimension called the Flow, which enables humans to span the …

Science Fiction

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is working to build machines that can carry on a conversation. That's something so many people are working on. In Silicon Valley, …

BeeHex cooks up $1 million for 3D food printers that make pizzas

The phrase “3-D printer” typically brings to mind devices that churn out plastic objects like jewelry, toys, hardware prototypes or even prosthetics. Now, a startup building a 3-D food printer, BeeHex, has raised $1 million in seed funding to launch its first product, a pizza printer called the …

Neverthink is a video app for when you really want to lean back

Neverthink might just be the most ‘lean back’ online video experience yet. The site (and as of today, iOS app) takes content sourced from YouTube, Reddit and elsewhere and re-packages it into non-skippable channels. The result is a TV-like experience that, say its creators, is more “on-demand …

A brief history of ‘Shooting Stars,’ the funniest video meme of the year

How did a minor Australian pop hit from 2009 turn into the very best video meme of 2017? Once you hear Bag Raiders’ furiously catchy “Shooting …

Five ways nanoscience is making science fiction into fact

Russian author Boris Zhitkov wrote the 1931 short story Microhands, in which the narrator creates miniature hands to carry out intricate surgeries. …

Roald Dahl

This may be the most hilariously NSFW game show opening of all time

<i>8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown</i> is already chaotic enough as it is, but last Friday's episode really took things to a whole new level.<p>The British …

Scottish comedian pens hilarious yet brutal piece about Trump

Frankie Boyle has penned an opinion piece on Donald Trump and it's both hilarious and snarky as hell. The Scottish comedian is notorious for his …

This Blade Runner Fan Film Looks Absolutely Gorgeous

Even fan films get lavish trailers these days—but this trailer for <i>Slice of Life</i>, set within the world of <i>Blade Runner</i>, is almost lavish enough to make …

Scientists Created A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals

The crystals' patterns repeat not in space, but in time.<p>Crystals are structures in which a pattern of atoms or molecules repeats in space. Now, two teams of researchers have figured out that crystals' repeating patterns can also exist through time. These "time crystals," detailed in a new paper in …

Quantum Mechanics

Spaceworks may have a real-world stasis chamber for space travel by 2018

A process traditionally used to treat cardiac arrest or traumatic brain injury is now showing promise as a possible method to enable long-term space …

14 Best Science-Fiction Books to Read

These days, it seems like the headlines being splashed across our TVs, phones, and computer screens seem more like they're from a book or movie than actual real life. It's all enough to make you think to yourself, "Wait, did they just... is this a science-fiction novel?"<p>Not quite — this is all very …

The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Just in time to surf the wake of the latest Star Wars film comes <b>GALACTIC EMPIRES (Night Shade, paper, $17.99),</b> a collection of compact space epics anthologized by Neil Clarke and written by some of the biggest stars and up-and-comers in the genre. The 22 stories featured are all stand-alones, …

Books

The Death of Good Screenwriting in Hollywood

<i>Tom Jolliffe on the death of good screenwriting in Hollywood…</i><p>Awards season is in full swing, so it seems somewhat ironic to come and bemoan the …