Congress just got a bumper-crop of scientists. Meet the 10 new science whizzes on Capitol Hill.

David Zalubowski/AP 10 newly elected scientists are representing Americans in the 116th Congress. Eight of the new-comers are Democrats and two are Republicans. Here’s what these engineers, doctors, and other scientists want to do in 2019.  The 116th Congress was sworn in on Thursday, with 10 new scientists in the ranks.  Many of the incoming […]

The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix

Enlarge / The crew of the USS Orville stands ready for a new season of adventures in season 2 of The Orville. (credit: Fox Broadcasting) The Orville, Seth MacFarlane’s warm homage to the Star Trek franchise, delighted viewers with the interstellar adventures of the crew aboard the titular starship. As the series gears up for […]

Netflix Isn’t Killing Movie Theaters, According to Science

The rise of streaming services have changed the game for movie theater owners and Hollywood analysts, many of whom have spent the past several years operating under the belief that if audiences spend more time watching content on Netflix, that’s less time they’re spending seeing movies in theaters. But now a new study is here […]

Here’s why you develop crushes, according to science

NBCUniversal Television Distribution There are characteristics that differentiate a crush from a more serious romance, New York City-based therapist Dr. Bukky Kolawole told INSIDER. Crushes are rooted in fantasy and tend to happen when you don’t know much about a person but idealize what they are like, Kolawole said. Crushes and love do, however, have […]

Jonah Ray Explains Why ‘Mac and Me’ Beat Out ‘The Room’ and ‘Plan 9’ for ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ [Interview]

Over Thanksgiving, we had new Mystery Science Theater 3000 for which to be thankful. Netflix dropped a new season of six episodes, titled The Gauntlet. Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) and the robots were forced to watch six movies back to back and riff on them, although Netflix allowed people to watch them movie by movie. Those […]

Introducing this one simple thing to your relationship could make it stronger, according to science

Shutterstock A new study has found that couples who use pet names for each other are more likely to be satisfied in their relationship. Americans use nicknames for their partners more than Europeans. The study reinforces previous research which suggests using pet names is a sign of a strong relationship. Whether a classic “baby” or […]

When Superhero TV Shows Get Real Science Wrong, Do We Just Accept It?

When committing to a superhero TV show, does the viewer make a pact to accept bad science as well as the inherently weird science? It’s a question that comes up now and again, and one that I often raise via TVLine’s TV Questions column, or sometimes with a real-time tweet. And every time I do […]

It takes about two days for LEGOs to pass through the body. Science!

Enlarge / The horror: it took between 1.14 days to 3.04 days for the swallowed LEGO heads to reappear in subjects’ excrement, for an average of 1.71 days. (credit: Warner Bros. Pictures) Here’s some good news for worried parents whose small children have ingested a LEGO toy part (or two). A new study by pediatric researchers concludes that […]