Disruptions: The Holodeck Begins to Take Shape

Hollywood and computer and video game companies are working to move immersive virtual entertainment closer to reality.


‘Octonauts’ Series Adds Federal Partner in Ocean Awareness

An office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will collaborate with “Octonauts,” an animated preschool show about undersea adventuring.


Comment Ban Sets Off Debate

The magazine Popular Science has decided to shut off comments on its articles, saying ignorant, insulting and counterfactual posts were polluting the discourse and sowing confusion.


‘Sesame Street’ Widens Its Focus

With its usual silliness, “Sesame Street” is introducing serious concepts about nature, science, math and engineering to its target audience of children too young to read.


Air Force Invites Youths to Help Solve Problems

The initiative involves a digital “Collaboratory,” in which young people will be challenged to develop new technologies for tasks like search and rescue.


Advertising: Air Force Asks Students to Solve Real-World Problems

People will be challenged to develop technologies for search-and-rescue operations, create software code for an unmanned aerial vehicle and to help start the newest GPS satellite.


On TV and the Lecture Circuit, Bill Nye Aims to Change the World

William Sanford Nye, better known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, has gone from TV host to fierce defender of scientific issues that have been polemicized for religious, political and even economic reasons.


Out There: A Glossy Science Magazine or Living Fossil?

Though the graveyard of journalism is littered with popular science magazines, a new one, Nautilus, emerges with the goal of being “a New Yorker version of Scientific American.”