Q: What Color Is This? A: The Bane of My Existence.

There's little more annoying as a colorblind person than being asked what color something is. Children love this game, and I like the little weirdos enough that when they ask me I play along. I can't tell you colors of crayons without reading the crayon - and if you rip off the label, I'm lost. If the brand of… » 8/01/14 5:40am Today 5:40am

Let's All Play "Snoop Dogg or Real Dog?"

We love shows that teach things, are very in to the esoteric, and are funny. So our new favorite is "You're the Expert," which has three comedians trying to figure out the field of a guest expert. A few months ago, an episode featuring Dr. Alexandra Horowitz, an expert in dog cognition, gave us "Snoop Dogg or… » 8/01/14 1:30am Today 1:30am

Russia's Space Agency Is Helping Geckos Get It On In Microgravity

Animals in space just can't get a break. First, everything from kittens to snakes were sent on the vomit comet to confusedly tumble around in zero-gravity. Then, mice were recruited to live aboard the International Space Station. Now, Russia sent a harem of geckos to get lucky in orbit. » 8/01/14 1:01am Today 1:01am

Back In 1937, People Worried That Science Fiction Was Going Downhill

Most of us have been seeing convention panels about the "Death of Science Fiction" for years now — it's become sort of a jolly cliche. Everybody laments the loss of some earlier, greater age for the genre. But back in 1937, British fans were pretty worried that SF was in permanent decline. » 7/31/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

This Is Probably The Weirdest Binary Star System Ever Discovered

There's some strange things floating around in our galaxy, but this has to be one of the weirdest. A double star system with misaligned protoplanetary disks around 450 light-years from Earth has been discovered, potentially explaining why some exoplanet orbits can be wildly eccentric. » 7/31/14 4:40pm Yesterday 4:40pm

The Real Reason Why Joss Whedon Named His Space Western Show Firefly

Nathan Fillion auditioned unsuccessfully for the part of Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And years later, he had five troubled auditions for the role of Mal on Firefly, before he finally clicked. That's just one of the amazing facts from a new biography of Joss Whedon. Read an exclusive excerpt below. » 7/31/14 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

MIT Technology Review's TWELVE TOMORROWS is packed with scifi goodness

The editors of MIT Technology Review tasked author Bruce Sterling with selecting the futuristic tales for this edition of the publication's annual, science-fiction anthology issue. Called Twelve Tomorrows, this year's anthology features stories (I am assuming new stories) by some of the best names in the business:… » 7/31/14 6:52pm Yesterday 6:52pm

North Korea's Modern Architecture, Designs From An Alternate Universe

The North Korean capital of Pyongyang was largely razed during the Korean War and the buildings that rose up from the ashes provide some of the most striking examples of socialist architecture. And more recent architects in the cloistered nation have added grandiose—though sometimes unfinished—landmarks to its urban… » 7/31/14 3:20pm Yesterday 3:20pm

Bill Nye Explains Why The Search For Alien Life Could End On Europa

Science guy Bill Nye says the two logical places to search for alien life in our solar system are Mars and Europa, the smallest of Jupiter's four moons. Why Europa? Nye gets into some details here, but here's the gist: Water. Water water. Water, water water water water; water water water! Water. » 7/31/14 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm