JPL scientist analyzes pros and cons of the science in dystopian drama IO

Enlarge / Micah (Anthony Mackie) and Sam (Margaret Qualley) are two of the last people on a toxic Earth in the Netflix original movie IO. (credit: Netflix) Much of the human race has decamped to a distant colony, leaving behind an uninhabitable Earth, in IO, Netflix’s modest follow-up to its post-apocalyptic thriller, Bird Box. Directed […]

Intrepid scientist corrects physiology in Gulliver’s Travels after 300 years

Enlarge / Title page of first edition of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, relating the fictional adventures of one Lemuel Gulliver. (credit: Meisei University Library, Tokyo, Japan) Gulliver’s Travels is justly regarded as one of the best satirical novels of all time, although its author, Jonathan Swift, claimed he wrote the book “to vex the world […]

Chinese scientist claims he edited babies’ genes with CRISPR

A Chinese scientist claims to have created the world’s first genetically-edited babies using the CRISPR/Cas9 tool. He Jiankui (pictured) told the Associated Press that twin girls, Lulu and Nana, were born earlier this month following embryo-editing using CRISPR to disable the CCR5 gene, which allows the HIV virus to infect cells. An American scientist, Michael […]

Physics ‘invented by men’? Scientist faces backlash after ‘highly offensive’ talk on gender bias

A senior scientist at Pisa University has sparked anger following a talk he gave on the role of women in physics at Cern, the European nuclear research centre, in which he said that physics was “invented and built by men”. Responding to the backlash, Cern released a statement which said the talk given by Prof […]

A Utah Scientist Powering the 'Cancer Moonshot'

Article by Libby Coleman. Video by Nat Roe. It was one of those rare moments of bipartisanship: Then-Vice President Joe Biden visited the red state of Utah about a year ago and met with the enormously effective Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and former Republican Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. to discuss the C-word. Huntsman noted […]

My kid and I wrote a letter to NASA, and a very nice scientist wrote back

Enlarge / The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s. This is the color view of Europa from Galileo that shows the largest portion of the moon’s surface at the highest resolution. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute) […]

The Meg: Scientist destroys THESE big mistakes 'It goes against everything we know'

The movie is about Jason Statham’s attempts to stop the rampage of an 18-metre long megalodon; a huge and ferocious species that roamed the seas 20 million years ago. Of course in real life they’re long extinct, but the film suggests that a small number are still alive off the coast of China. Hans Sues, […]