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A Trekkie's Guide to Anime: 6 titles Star Trek fans should catch

Watching an episode of the original <i>Star Trek</i> comes with certain expectations.<p>If you give the show an hour of your time, the show will give you an …

Battlestar Galactica's Starbuck Was Named After A Star Trek Character

Aside from being a hot-shot pilot, smoking cigars, playing cards, and being a little bit on the promiscuous side, Katee Sackhoff’s Starbuck from the …

Battlestar Galactica

Netflix Has Thousands Of Secret Movie Categories You Can Only Access With This Hack

Oh hello, "Critically Acclaimed Romantic Dramas from the 1980s."<p>You know that horrible, rug-pulled-out-from-under-you, life-spinning-out-of-control feeling when you've poured the wine and settled into the couch and opened the Netflix...and realized there's nothing you want to watch? It's all okay …

Sci-Fi Icon Brent Spiner Explains How the Geeks Have Inherited the Earth

And how, exactly, Dr. Brakish Okun improbably survived the first Independence Day.<p>Twenty years after the original <i>Independence Day</i> stormed the box office, a new sequel will blast its way into theaters. And while there’s been plenty of discussion over who among the original cast is returning (<b>Jeff</b> …

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Breaking: SpaceX successfully lands its rocket on a floating drone ship for the first time

It’s also the second time the company has pulled off a landing<p>SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It's the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended …

Watch today’s SpaceX rocket launch to deliver an expandable room to the space station

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, plans to launch a rocket to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida today (April 8). Among its cargo will be fungi and live mice for experiments, along with materials for growing veggies in space.<p>But the craft will also ferry a …

FBI bought 'a tool' to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

Last week, the US Justice Department dropped its encryption case against Apple thanks to a helping hand from a "third party." With some help, the government said it was able to access the contents of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone 5C, and this week FBI director James Comey …

NASA gives away the data from an Earth-mapping spacecraft

Want to know a whole lot about the Earth's surface? NASA and the Japanese government are now giving away all the data from the ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) instrument... for free. Previously, you had to pay if you wanted anything more than basic …

Near-Infrared

Aliette de Bodard picks up two sci-fi awards for 'startlingly original fiction'

Writer is the first to win best novel and best short story at British Science Fiction Association ceremony in the same year<p>Aliette de Bodard has scooped an unprecedented two British Science Fiction Association awards, for best novel and best short story.<p>It is the first time a writer has taken the …

Science Fiction

Apple reportedly designing its own secure servers

Apple's track record for online services like iCloud has been shaky at best. According to <i>The Information</i>, the iPhone maker has spent years trying to come up with an internal solution that can handle the amount of data that the company needs to keep iMessages, photos, iTunes, Apple Music, the App …

It’s Cherry Blossom Season: Pictures

Flowers

The Trouble with Star Trek Transporters

In the world of <i>Star Trek</i>, the transporter is used to move people and objects from one place to another, "beaming" them around. Various characters on …

All of Star Trek: Enterprise Was Really Just Will Riker's Holodeck Program

As with any franchise that has been around 50 years, <i>Star Trek</i> has a number of plot holes and continuity errors. The last show, <i>Enterprise</i>, was …

Here's how Apple says it would create 'GovtOS' if it loses its battle against the FBI

The filing includes testimony from Erik Neuenschwander, manager of user privacy at Apple.<p>It's the best look Apple has provided at what it would have to do on a technical basis to give the FBI access to the encrypted data on Syed Farook's iPhone 5C.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook called what the FBI wants the …

Privacy

This Estonian Robot Is the Swiss Army Knife of Tanks

The tracked drone can do it all.<p>A new shape-shifting robot on display at the ongoing Singapore Air Show could be the future of land warfare. Modular and able to take on a variety of missions, the THeMIS robot—or something that looks a lot like it—is likely to become an essential part of the future …

15 Websites You Should Know To Make Your Life Easier

Does it ever feel like the things you want to accomplish always end up on the back burner? If the answer to that question is “yes,” you’re not alone. …

Motivation

There’s now a drone racing league that feels like pod racing from Star Wars

Hurtling at 70 mph around tight corners and narrow straightaways, jostling for position against other racers, your favorite racer closes in on the finish line. You watch him round the final turn, but <b></b>he cuts it a little too tightly and crashes into a concrete wall, smashing into a million …

Drones

New STAR TREK BEYOND Details Revealed in Enterprise Set Videos

The most expensive material in the world costs $145 million per gram

Scientists at Oxford University in the UK announced that a spin-off lab called Designer Carbon Materials is now producing endohedral fullerenes, and they recently sold off their first sample of the material to the tune of $US 32,000 for 200 micrograms (1 microgram = one-millionth of a gram), which …

Chemistry

The George Awakens

For fanboys everywhere “The Force Awakens” was supposed to have one happy side effect: it would exile George Lucas from the galaxy he created. In 2012, Lucas sold his company and his homegrown mythology—I think we call it I.P. now—to Disney. To no one’s chagrin, Disney discarded his proposed …

NASA Begins Turning a Spy Satellite Into a New Hubble

The WFIRST satellite was built to spy on the Russians. Now it will spy nearby star systems for planets and hunt for elusive dark matter evidence.<p>In 2012, the National Reconnaissance Office gave NASA two powerful spy satellites it no longer needed. The agency spent several months figuring out what …

Telescopes

Giant Comets Could Collide With Earth, Research Shows

While the movie <i>Armageddon</i> taught us to be afraid of doomsday asteroids, it’s actually comets that may pose a bigger threat, according to new research …

25 Nostalgic Photographs Bring Us Back to Childhood and Long Lost Memories (Sponsored)

As Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, and other intellectuals from the latter end of the 20th century suggested, every photograph is nostalgic, if only …

This man lives his life as Darth Vader — and the photos are incredible

While many fans are excitedly preparing for the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," one Ukrainian man is taking things to the next level.<p>Darth Mykolaiovych Vader legally changed his name in homage to the classic "Star Wars" villain. He spends his days dressed in a Vader costume, complete …

Darth Vader

The First Trailer for Star Trek Beyond Finds the Crew Rocking Out to the Beastie Boys

While the world prepares for the premiere of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, Paramount Pictures reminded us of that <i>other</i> immensely popular sci-fi …

The First Trailer For Star Trek Beyond Is Both Fast and Furious

When Justin Lin signed on to direct the third <i>Star Trek</i> film, <i>Star Trek Beyond</i>, you knew the action was going to be bigger. But in the first trailer …

US cinema to reward fan who can endure Star Wars marathon

Texan cinema set to challenge fans to sit through the entire space saga, followed by JJ Abrams’ new episode on repeat, until only one remains<p>When Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally opens in multiplexes later this month, more than a year after the film’s debut teaser trailer invited fans to return …

Star Wars

'Red Mars' could be sci-fi TV's 'Game of Thrones'

Author Kim Stanley Robinson's <i>Mars</i> trilogy is heading to television, under the title of its first novel <i>Red Mars</i>. American network Spike TV has …

NASA Spotted an Object 3.3 Billion Miles Away From the Sun

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured the closest-ever look at a small object in the solar system’s distant Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy bodies and …