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Tony Stark, the man behind the mask in the blockbuster Iron Man movies, doesn’t have any super powers, but he is supernaturally gifted in terms of intelligence, ingenuity, and sarcasm. His most amazing ability, however, may be the ability to make movie audiences suspend their disbelief regarding the science at the heart of his adventures.…

Imagining the Future

On Universe, Claire L. Evans interviews sci-fi world-builder Ursula K. Le Guin. Their conversation centers on the Google Books Settlement, which seeks to “circumvent existing U.S. copyright law.” While Le Guin hopes her books will become more accessible in the future, she says “the vast and currently chaotic electronic expansion of publishing should not be…

Assessing Avatar

ScienceBloggers liked Avatar, but that hasn’t stopped them from picking the science apart from the science fiction. On The Scientific Indian, Selva wonders how communication between the humans and their avatars could take place inside the “vortex,” when all other kinds of transmission are disrupted. PZ Myers on Pharyngula lauds the detailed flora and fauna…

The Buzz: Linking Fact and Fiction

Good science takes time, but good science fiction hinges on impatience. Why wait for the invention of real technological marvels when you can imagine them yourself or see them on TV? On The Quantum Pontiff, Dave Bacon ponders the formative links between fantasy and reality, spurred by an Intel talk on the possibilities of “fictional…

The Buzz: Scientists’ Fall Movie Favs

Labor Day marks the traditional transition into fall. It also boasts some of the busiest days for moviegoers, and ScienceBloggers have early reviews of two of the season’s films. The Primate Diaries takes a critical look at Peter Jackson’s blockbuster film District 9 through the eyes of an anthropologist, citing its “eerily familiar” messages about…

This week’s Science Saturday is all about sci fi: John Horgan explores the connections between Battlestar Galactica and Terminator Salvation, George Johnson examines the science and the theology of Angels & Demons, and John and George discuss the nonsense of time travel in some popular science fiction. They also talk about a bit of science…