Why society needs science fiction

3rd April 2012

'Leaving the opera in the year 2000' by Albert Robida.

While there's no single accepted definition of science fiction, science fiction usually deals with worlds that differ from our own as the result of new scientific discoveries, new technologies, or different social systems. It then looks at the consequences of this change. »

Are there room for gods in science?

26th February 2012

Photograph of Star-forming region S106.

Science has disproved many specific aspects of religious texts, if they are to be taken literally. The fact that the Earth is significantly older than the bible suggests has been generally accepted since the mid-1800s. »

Where are all the Aliens?

27th January 2012

Photograph of a star cluster.

Last year, NASA Space Scientists predicted that about half a billion planets in our galaxy might contain life. Modern cosmology suggests that the Milky Way formed about 9 billion years ago, about a billion years before the formation of the first habitable planets. »

Armchair Explorers: How members of the public are taking an active role in the search for other worlds

14th October 2011

Artist's impression of a habitable exoplanet.

The desire to explore our surroundings is part of human nature. It's that which drove our ancestors to leave Africa tens of thousands of years ago, walking across continents, and traversing unmapped oceans in simple rafts. »

Welcome to the Multiverse

13th August 2011

Photograph of hundreds of bubbles, the camera is reflected in them all.

Earlier this month, physicists working in the UK and Canada found evidence that there may be universes beyond our own. Their research, co-authored by Stephen M. Feeney, Matthew C. Johnson, Daniel J. Mortlock, and Hiranya V. Peiris, is to be published in Physical Review D. »

A Brief History of Mathematics

11th July 2011

Illustration of a fractal.

There's evidence that prehistoric people understood simple mathematics, as well as astronomy. The oldest evidence comes from the Lebombo bone, which is about 37,000 years old and was found in Swaziland. »

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