B Nall

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Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’ is one of the decade’s best sci-fi dramas

As we enter the dog days of summer and you contemplate what television show to watch next, consider that you may have missed one of the finest …

Monkeys

The Beast in Me

MISSOULA, Mont. — In the summer of 2012, the same year that scientists fully decoded the genome of the bonobo, the last great ape, my partner and I were stalked by a female grizzly bear. We first saw her high above us in a field of huckleberry bushes as we hiked along Grinnell Lake on the east side …

National Parks

Our Hubris Will Be Our End

You can walk to the beach from where we are staying. It’s a long peel of dun-colored sand bordered by tidy rainbow summer houses, monotonous black and white condos and monstrous blue McMansions that blister the length of the Delmarva Peninsula. On the other side of the sand lies the heaving, …

Built Environment

9 Podcasts for Road Trips That Are So Addictive You Just Might Miss Your Exit

Consider this a public service announcement: It's not too late to take a summer road trip. Whether you have your sights set on the sunny California …

Books

You Can Now Buy A Functioning HAL 9000

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>Gadgets<br>• Gear<br>• Retro<br>• Space<p>Anyone who’s ever had an argument with Siri or Alexa with already be familiar with the parallels to …

Arthur C. Clarke

Aboriginal Traditions Describe The Complex Motions Of Planets, The 'Wandering Stars' Of The Sky

Image: iStock<p><i>Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died.</i><p>The five …

Astronomy

Are We Alone?

According to different estimations the human species has been around for plus minus 4 millions years. What might seem a lot to the mortal human being is a mere blink of an eye in the timeline of the universe.<p>So young a civilization, we are nevertheless pragmatically discussing the cyborgization of …

Universe

2001: A Space Odyssey - Stuff To Blow Your Mind

No discussion of great sci-fi cinema is complete without mention of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The 1968 classic is 50 years old this year, so Robert …

Pocketcasts

How the South Does Sous Vide

Immersion cooking has long been a staple in restaurant kitchens. Now, it’s easier than ever to do at home—and it’s the perfect technique for hot, steamy summer days. Here, eight Southern chefs share their favorite ways to sous vide<p>A large pot of water might not strike most people as the right …

Sous-vide Cooking

How to make béarnaise, the king of steak sauces

Recipes

What is nothing? Martin Rees Q&A

<i>Philosophers have debated the nature of “nothing” for thousands of years, but what has modern science got to say about it? In an interview with The</i> …

Physics

5 Groundbreaking Craft Beers Worth Traveling For

Forty years ago, America was at its beer nadir, with the lowest number of breweries since Prohibition: a mere 89. Today, there are more breweries …

Beer

Country diary: a busy time for spiders

You might associate spiders with autumn, when big ones appear around our homes and terrify arachnophobes, but many spider species are at their busiest right now, breeding and feeding to reach their full potential.<p>The meres and mosses of Cheshire are home to a few rarities, so I’ve asked Rich …

Nature

Dying North Coast railroad could become world-class hiking trail

An old railroad right-of-way could one day be transformed into a hiking trail stretching from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay through some of the North Coast's most scenic country.<p>A bill authored by state Sen. Mike McGuire would create the 300-mile-long Great Redwood Trail, which some people …

Hiking Trail

The Origin Of The Word 'Umami'

<i>This is a part of Science Diction, a series digging into the scientific origin stories behind our words and language. Find all our stories and</i> …

History of Science

What’s Another $7 Billion When You’re Exploring the Universe?

If it ever gets off the ground, the James Webb space telescope will be a scientific marvel for this century. With capabilities to see farther out in space — and further back in time — than the Hubble space telescope, it will be able to detect the very first galaxies coalescing out of the big bang …

Universe

Earth’s Undetected ‘Mini-Moons’ Could Make for Exciting New Astronomy

Every once in a while, our planet captures a “mini-moon,” a tiny asteroid that hangs out in our orbit for a bit before venturing back into the depths …

Astronomy

Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like

<i>Summertime is for road trips.</i> Atlas Obscura <i>and</i> All Things Considered <i>are traveling up the West Coast, from California to Washington, in search of "hidden wonders" — unique but overlooked people and places.</i><p>It's a little before 5:00 on a summer morning, and Matt Mikkelsen stands not so far down a …

National Parks

'2001: A Space Odyssey' to Release in IMAX Theaters for First Time Ever

In 1968, director Stanley Kubrick changed the face of science fiction with <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, an epic that spanned time and the cosmos, inspired …

Science Fiction

Sci-Fi Short Film "Hyperlight" presented by DUST

Final Offer

With the general pessimism that exists surrounding our political leaders, I’m not sure who you’d choose to negotiate with powerful aliens over the …

Writing

Excavation Begins on a Truly Giant New Telescope

The bigger a telescope’s mirrors, the better resolution it has. Excavation has just begun on a new telescope that will be truly enormous, called the …

Universe

Here's who Neill Blomkamp wants to play RoboCop in his sequel

Someone asked director Neill Blomkamp who he'd like to see as RoboCop in his upcoming sequel, and his answer was both surprising and kind of …

Science Fiction

How many humans would it take to keep our species alive? One scientist's surprising answer

Given the threats posed by asteroid strikes, pandemics and the like, it's not an idle question.<p>In recent years, astronomers have found thousands of planets orbiting nearby stars, making the old science-fiction trope of off-world colonies seem a bit less absurd.<p>But it was the 2016 discovery of a …

Science Fiction

Guide to British fungi: where to find and how to identify

<b>The British Isles is home to a staggering 15,000 species of wild mushrooms or fungi. These organisms live almost everywhere in the UK, but tend to</b> …

Fungi

Powers of Ten™ (1977)

It’s Easier to Leave the Solar System Than to Reach the Sun

The center of the solar system is a tricky destination, but NASA is going.<p>In a very short time, we human beings have seeded our corner of the universe with all kinds of signs of our existence. We have flung hundreds of satellites into the sky, cloaking the Earth in technology. We sent spacecraft to …

Astronomy

Interstellar Travel Requires a Long-Term Approach (and Humans Are Too Impatient)

The biggest hurdle to mounting an interstellar mission may be humanity's short attention span.<p>It'll take several decades of sustained, focused, …

Stanford University

The otherworldly science fiction of China’s Cixin Liu

It is a story we all have seen or read at some point. A lone scientist, absent- mindedly monitoring radio signals in a solitary outpost, suddenly …

Science Fiction

The 100 best science fiction movies of all time, according to critics

At its best, science fiction can present a captivating, inventive picture of societal trends and flaws.<p>The Metacritic data we compiled here to track the most critically acclaimed sci-fi movies of all time traces a lineage of great films from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" through the Tom …

Science Fiction