Tanner Lund

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What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.<p>Last January, the Chinese Academy of Sciences invited Liu Cixin, China’s preeminent science-fiction writer, to visit its new state-of-the-art radio …

Revisiting Gattaca in the Era of Trump

Whenever I tell someone about my research on the ethical issues surrounding reproductive and genetic technologies—everything from assisted …

New science fiction and fantasy books to help you escape this holiday season

Get ready for sentient bread, state-controlled magic, Moon heists, and djinn cities.<p>It is the dreaded season of airport delays, family "fun," and …

Steven Soderbergh Is Back to Destroy Hollywood

For 25 years, Steven Soderbergh was a master of manipulating the Hollywood system to his creative advantage, until he quit in disgust over what it had become and struck out on his own. Now he’s back to teach other filmmakers how to make films for the next 25—and blow up the system for good.<p>One of …

Logan Lucky

'Dunkirk' and the Great Films That Won't Be Made

I was perhaps unreasonably excited to see "Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan’s new movie about the evacuation of British forces from a French beach during World War II. The historical event on which it is based is astonishing: unable to get enough warships close to the beach to load their fleeing troops, …

Blockbusters

In pictures: Rocker Chester Bennington remembered

The 101 Best EDM Songs of All Time

Sorry for being correct as hell.<p>There aren't many acronyms as controversial as EDM. Across the smoking battlefields of YouTube comment sections, prestige music outlets, and molly-fueled arguments in festival bathroom lines, a generation has relentlessly chewed over exactly which electronic dance …

The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror novels – reviews roundup

The End of the Day by Claire North, The Book of Bera by Suzie Wilde, From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters, The Apartment by SL Grey, Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon<p>Claire North, the pseudonym of Catherine Webb, has earned a reputation for tackling serious subjects with a lightness of touch, enviable …

Science Fiction

The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time

From classic jumps to psychological horror, these films might just keep you awake at night.<p>What makes a scary movie scary?<p>If you glanced at what's come out in the past 20 years, you might think it's the amount of diced body tissue flying around the screen. Horror has always depended on shock value …

This Game Engine-Rendered Sci-Fi Short Film's Graphics Are Jaw-Dropping

The Unity Demo Team show off new digital filmmaking tools in their latest short film, 'Adam.'<p>When artificially intelligent humanoids pass beyond the uncanny valley, most theorists assume they will one day become indistinguishable from humans. Or, perhaps they will pass into another realm of …

A research team has an unsettling explanation for why we haven't found aliens

Given the size and age of the universe, he said, and the statistical probability of life emerging in other solar systems, why is it that humanity has not seen any indications of intelligent life in the cosmos?<p>This query, known as the Fermi Paradox, continues to haunt us to this day.<p>If there are …

This NASA engineer has all kinds of insight into the real science of 'Star Wars'

"If one wanted to build a death star, you didn't build it by launching a bunch of stuff off a planet," Muirhead says, in a new video from Wired.<p>Instead of the Empire's way of putting together a massive planet-killing space station through slave labor and materials brought in from throughout the …

‘Alien megastructure’ star KIC 8462852 shows no sign of life

Searches for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence have come up empty-handed, forcing astronomers to think the ‘alien megastructure’ may be a natural phenomenon<p>The star KIC 8462852 exploded into the public consciousness in October when it was suggested that mysterious signals could be explained by …

NASA shows where Matt Damon would have been stranded on Mars

All of the images were taken with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE — the main imaging instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. To find the exact location of the fictional Ares 3 site, the author of <i>The Martian,</i> Andy Weir, provided the precise coordinates he wanted to …

Someone published thousands of photos of historic US space missions — here are some amazing ones

The 9,200 high-resolution images posted to the Project Apollo Archive were taken during every manned mission to the moon, both on the way there and back.<p>These aren't just photos of the moon's surface either. The entire film reels were uploaded so you can see the blurry outtakes along with some …

The first step toward finding gravitational waves in space will be launched this year

The LISA pathfinder will soon begin a six-month technology demonstration<p>Scientists are one step closer to detecting gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein in 1915. The LISA Pathfinder, the European spacecraft that houses the technology needed to detect …

NASA’s Comet Hitchhiker will help create a guide to the galaxy

NASA engineers say they have come up with an easier way of exploring comets and asteroids in our Solar System: harpooning fast-moving space rocks. The idea is to make a probe — called Comet Hitchhiker — that would "catch rides" on asteroids by spearing them with tethers. Once the vehicle finishes a …

Space

Powerful phenomena are kicking stars out of our galaxy at speeds of over 1 million miles per hour

Stars are built with the lightest elements in the Universe, hydrogen and helium, but they contain an incomprehensible amount of mass. Our Sun is made of 2 x 10^30 kgs of stuff. That's a 2 followed by 30 zeros. That's 330,000 times more stuff than the Earth.<p>You would think it'd be a bit of challenge …

'Ghost particles' from space found in South Pole ice

A neutrino observatory based in Antarctica has confirmed the detection of massless particles deep within the South Pole’s ice. They were created from …

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Study Skills

Christopher McQuarrie Offers More Insight for EDGE OF TOMORROW Sequel

Nasa astronauts take first bites of lettuce grown in space: ‘Tastes like arugula’

The bountiful harvest aboard the International Space Station is part of Nasa’s Veggie experiment to make spacecrafts more self-sustaining for longer missions<p>It was one small bite for man, one giant meal for mankind.<p>On a gustatory adventure never attempted by humanity, astronauts have for the first …

The Moon Passing in Front of the Earth, As Seen from 1 Million Miles Away

Last month, NASA shared the first full photo of Earth captured with its new DSCOVR camera that’s floating 1 million miles away. Today it released …

Saturn Moons Stare Up at Ringed Planet in Gorgeous New Photo

Two Saturn moons appear to be gazing up at their giant parent planet in a stunning new photo taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.<p>The new image, which …

35 weird objects seen on Mars, explained

Space crab? Mars object in NASA pics totally thrills red planet fans

“Spider”, “Alien”, “John Carter”, “awesome Martian space crab” – these are a few suggestions by social media users who apparently thoroughly studied …

Beautiful new photos by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly make the Earth look strangely alien

Over the past few weeks, space headlines have been dominated by other worlds: Clear images of Pluto for the first time, the “closest cousin” to Earth ever discovered, the ongoing exploration of our planetary neighbor Mars. With all this excitement, it’s easy to forget that we live on a pretty …

Space

Humans are endangering the most abundant animal on the planet

Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue whales (which can eat as much …

Nasa may have found the most Earth-like planet to date

<i>UPDATE: Nasa has now announced its findings. Read all about it here.</i><p>Nasa may have just found the closest thing to an Earth-like planet in the …