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This is carnal science fiction cinema. This is carnal science fiction cinema. Sancho McCann/Flickr

Anatomy of an Ant: Doomsday in Phase IV

I will often say to my film students that if you want to know what aches a culture at a particular historical juncture then you need to visit and spend time with the catastrophic imagination of science…
Killer robots, a problem as old as voodoo. Killer robots, a problem as old as voodoo. x-ray delta one

The truth is no stranger than fiction when it comes to robots

Robots represent the cutting edge in science. For decades we have been promised a bright future in which these human-like machines will become so advanced that we won’t be able to tell the difference between…
Our obsession with worlds worse than our own says more about our future than we might realise. Our obsession with worlds worse than our own says more about our future than we might realise. x ray delta one

Science fiction and dystopia: what’s the connection?

The future in science fiction is often presented in a dystopian setting. Certainly films such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca and Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men follow this pattern…
More than 99.5% of the genome is identical between two humans, but that still leaves 15m positions to search through. More than 99.5% of the genome is identical between two humans, but that still leaves 15m positions to search through. fdecomite

Personal genomics: where science fiction meets reality

Imagine a future where doctors take a strand of your hair or a drop of your blood and tell you your DNA predicts a 78% risk of developing heart disease. On the plus side, it also predicts exactly which…
Hyper-drives might be the stuff of science fiction, but they could be science fact too. Hyper-drives might be the stuff of science fiction, but they could be science fact too. 20th Century Fox

Warp drives and reality: new hope for a Galactic Empire?

Fans of science fiction must be disheartened when introduced to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. Dreams of galactic empires, criss-crossed by roguish princesses and beautiful smugglers, go out…