Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011TWO SPACESHIPS, BATHED IN LIGHT | Two Soyuz craft docked with the International Space Station, photographed by astronaut Mike Fossum, with the Southern Lights in the background. Via MSNBC.


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011

The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them)

Writer's Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really? Part of why Writer's Block sounds so dreadful and insurmountable is the fact that nobody ever takes it apart. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011Giant ozone hole opens up over the Arctic for the first time

A hole in Earth's protective ozone layer above the Antarctic has become an annual event for the last 25 years, greatly increasing the South Pole's exposure to ultraviolet rays. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011Real Steel: Better than the Last Two Transformers Movies Put Together

Real Steel comes from the same studio as the Transformers films, and it's clearly intended to hit the same sweet spot of computer-generated effects, fucked-up action and goofy fun. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011This video of a little kid learning who Luke Skywalker's father is will melt your cold shriveled heart

Star Wars fans have been a cynical lot as of late, given the rather dubious changes to the films' Blu-ray release. But this video of YouTube user BashTheMonkey's four-year-old son reacting to Darth Vader's paternity reveal should brighten your day. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011Meet the ancestor of all living things on Earth

The Last Universal Common Ancestor is the great-grandparent of everything that has ever lived on Earth. Scientists had long assumed it was a crude, simple thing, more a chemical mishmash than anything else. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011The Battle of Isengard from Lord of the Rings, depicted in 22,000 LEGO bricks

This LEGO recreation of the battle of the Ents from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is seven feet tall, has an eight-foot-diameter, contains 22,000 plastic bricks, and weighs 145 pounds. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011River Song's Chronology on Doctor Who, from River's Own Point of View

Still confused about the tangled, time-crossed chronology of River Song and the Doctor on Doctor Who? Alex Kingston herself narrated the whole River timeline, in the final episode of the tie-in show Doctor Who Confidential after Saturday's season finale. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011Could an electromagnetic pulse send us back to the Dark Ages?

The electromagnetic pulse. It's the big, bad boogeyman of the electronic age where we depend on a constant stream of communication and connection. Everything stops – instantly. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011Greatest Random Out-of-Nowhere Deaths in Science Fiction and Fantasy

The great thing about science fiction and fantasy is that they're full of surprises - you just never know what the universe will have in store. Like, sometimes, a totally random, surprising, shocking death. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011The man who cut his finger on a chicken and smelled awful for five years

For all of you considering a job in the poultry industry, here's an occupational hazard you might not have thought of. Back in 1991, a Welsh chicken dresser cut his finger on the job. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 20116 Walking Dead shorts tell the bloody story of the undead "Bicycle Girl"

Find out what happened to the rest of the world during the undead outbreak on The Walking Dead, with these five webisodes, directed by the series co-producer Greg Nicotero. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 201110 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Star Trek: The Next Generation

With Star Trek: The Next Generation coming to Blu-ray next year, we're going to be rediscovering the Enterprise-D all over again. And with all that new picture quality, we'll be able to notice all sorts of details we missed the first time. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011World's most intense Superman cosplayer endures multiple plastic surgeries to become the Man of Steel

A distinct lack of extraterrestrial parentage hasn't stopped 35-year-old Herbert Chavez of the Philippines from becoming the Last Son of Krypton. Since 1995, Chavez has gone under the knife many times to look like his favorite superhero. How drastically has he altered his appearance? Two words: thigh implants. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011Oral sex might cause more throat cancer than smoking

A study published in yesterday's Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals that as many as 72 percent of throat tumors in men may be linked to the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV. More »


Best of the Week: October 1-October 7, 2011How to Make Horror and Dark Fantasy Work on Television

How do you make dark, supernatural stories work on television? How can television possibly compete with movies for scares and special effects? How do you keep a scary or dark story going, week after week? We asked some of our favorite television writers to explain how horror and dark fantasy can rule on television. More »