Nerdist was started by Chris Hardwick and has grown to be a many headed beast.


Nerdist Podcast: Brian Henson

Brian Henson and Chris sit down to talk about their pet dogs, the technique of puppetry, growing up in the heyday of The Muppet Show, and the show Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge on SyFy!… more

11 Future Inventions We Want Most (Apparently)

Hi folks! Last week, I was honored to be a guest on Sam Greenspan’s excellent internet show 11 Points Countdown, a show where users vote for the top 11 things… more

Driving Blind: Taking Google’s Self-Driving Car for a Spin

We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars forever, but it’s only when seeing one in action that the enormity of the technological achievement sinks in. Google has been testing these things… more

Join Nerdist at Wondercon This Weekend! UPDATE: Chris Hardwick Signing Sunday!

UPDATE: We’ve added a signing with Chris Hardwick himself on Sunday 2-3 PM!  UPDATE: Jessica Chobot has been added to the Nerdist Panel on Sunday at 12:00PM! Details below…… more

Fast Brother Is Watching You

If someone wants to find you, they can. And that’s illustrated in a particularly Big-Brotherish manner by this video from DigInfo showing a surveillance system by Hitachi Kokusai Electric that… more

5 More Reasons To Say No

WARNING: Graphic medical photos.  Not for the squeamish! For most websites, “Image of the Week” means pretty panoramas or funny snapshots. Over at the New England Journal of Medicine’s website,… more

We Stopped Dreaming: Tyson on the Importance of Space Exploration

This is a compilation of clips of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s comments on the importance of space exploration and funding NASA. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy announced to Congress… more

Hot Ball O’ Bees!

Sorry, I can’t resist any story that’s about a “hot defensive bee ball.” Popular Science has a report about how Japanese honeybees deal with the Asian giant hornet, their natural… more

The Solar Flare, Ready For Its Close-Up

So, how are those solar flares working for ya? Got cell phone signal problems? Satellite TV cutting out? Is your GPS sending you into a lake? Let’s take a look… more

Nerdist Podcast: Phil Plait Live in Boulder

It’s the Nerdist podcast live from beautiful Boulder, Colorado! With special science guest Phil Plait! Follow @BadAstronomer on Twitter!  … more

For Entertainment Purposes Only: Calculating the Cost of a Death Star

You may have asked yourself at some point in your life how much it would cost to build a Death Star today. And then you’d think, well, that’s kind of… more

More Old Sci-Fi Shows Begging For Reboots

Science Fiction programs from the days of yore have been getting the hell rebooted out of them lately, to varying degrees of success. For every Battlestar Galactica or Doctor Who… more

N.W. Edmund’s Catalog Of Wonders And Me

Norman Wilson Edmund died Tuesday. He was 95, and he was a hero of mine. Oh, I didn’t know much about him, but there was only one thing I needed… more

Bad Astronomy In Person: Phil Plait to Guest on the Nerdist Podcast Live in Boulder, CO

Wait. Hold on. You say you live in the Boulder area (or the Denver area, or the Greeley area, or the Fort Collins area, or the anywhere-in-Colorado area) and you… more

They Didn’t Explicitly Promise Dolphin Jetpacks, But Here’s One

Here’s a guy named Franky Zapata using a “dolphin jetpack” called the Flyboard that lets him leap from the water and fly through the air just like, um, a dolphin:… more

Better Design Through Chemistry

Did you know that 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry? Okay, maybe YOU knew. I didn’t. Kinda slipped right past me there. The IYC is designed, according to the… more

I Weigh More Than the Internet

In case you’re like me, you’ve never thought about the internet in terms of mass. Before I watched this video, I guesstimated the nets would have to be at least… more

The Latest Symphony of Science Video Starring Neil deGrasse Tyson, Plus A Birthday Shout To Carl Sagan

That’s John Boswell’s latest Symphony of Science installment, “Onward to the Edge!” It includes Neil deGrasse Tyson, as heard on the latest Nerdist Podcast, plus bits of Brian Cox narrating… more

Mars Mission Returns to Earth

A simulated Mars mission that is.  The crew of the Mars500 mission successfully spent 520 days locked in a spaceship at a Moscow parking lot.  They were looking to simulate… more

Here’s a Precision Surgical Robot Peeling a Grape

Remember the video we had here last March with the surgical robot folding and throwing a paper airplane? That was cool. So is this: That’s a da Vinci surgical robot… more

Mental Movies

This is the stuff straight out of a sci-fi movie that gets me excited and scared at the same time… definitely more excited, though!  Researchers at The Gallant Lab at… more

So THAT’S Where I Left My Car Keys

In case you didn’t see these, NASA has new high resolution pictures of the moon, and they show… well, take a look at this video:   The images showing things… more

An Allegedly Better Way To Board An Airplane

There might not be a more stressful part of traveling than the simple act of boarding a plane these days. That’s because a lack of overhead bin space and a… more

Bizarre Gardening Accident. No, Really

I don’t know whether this really counts as nerd-bait. It involves surgery and medicine, so on that end, it does. It also involves pruning shears embedded in a guy’s head,… more

Tell It To The Time Lords

First, I’ll give you the opening of a press release from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: A group of physicists at the Hong Kong University of Science… more