Future Present

From aliens to cryptids to unexplained phenomena, we uncover the weird and wonderful. Join us — if you dare.

Colonizing Mars: Comparing the Facts and the Fiction

Here’s how the most popular of today’s Mars-set science fiction stories line up with today’s science.

Modern Cyborgs Aren't Waiting Around for Evolution

"We realize that we have to be willing to build the future ourselves."

Day 12: Science & Space Books

Explore the mysteries of the natural world with these out-of-this-world nonfiction science books.

Rachel Ignotofsky on Celebrating Overlooked Women in Science

The author of "Women in Science" and "Women in Sports" explains why she's driven to make the untold stories of incredible women more accessible.

It's Only a Matter of Time: Time Travel in Fiction and Real Life

Time travel is more than just a far-fetched possibility—it's already a reality, in real life and in fiction.

The Voyager Golden Record: Humanity's Message to the Stars

In 1976, NASA and a crack team led by Carl Sagan had a message for aliens — and the people of Earth.

Elon Musk: "Until People See Robots Going Down the Street Killing People, They Don't Know How to React"

The SpaceX founder says the need to regulate artificial intelligence is now more urgent than ever.

Universal Language: The Science Behind 'Arrival'

Unpacking the science behind the sci-fi at Silicon Valley Comic-Con.

Wanted: One Paleontologist, Willing to Travel Through Time

Serious possibility of violent death. Must be willing to relocate to the Mesozoic.