Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012OUR NEW HOME? | A beautiful exoplanet and its moon, drawn by David Aguilar at the Center for Astrophysics. Find out more about exoplanets and their possibly habitable moons here.


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012An Optimistic History of the Next 40 Years

It's 2012, which means you'll be hearing more than your fair share of apocalyptic and gloomy scenarios soon. To help counteract the tide of misery, Tau Zero Foundation founder Marc Millis writes an optimistic future history of the next four decades. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012The appendix might actually be the body's bacteria storehouse

The appendix is probably the most famous of humanity's vestigial organs, but it might not actually deserve the "vestigial" part of that title. The appendix may actually save vital bacteria for the body's later use. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012If Famous Writers Had Written Twilight…

The main problem with Twilight isn't its sparkly vampires who lack all traditional weaknesses, or even its anti-feminist sensibility. When you get right down to it, the trouble is that the writing is terrible. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012Codex Gigas: Devil's Bible or Just an Old Book?

Scholars find a demonic drawing within a mysterious religious artifact taken as a spoil of war over five hundred years ago. At face value, the story of the Codex Gigas sounds like the script for Indiana Jones 5, but behind the gloss lie genuine questions. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 201270 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies to Watch Out for in 2012

How did Hollywood manage to fit so many of our must-see projects into one year? 2012 features Nolan's last Batman, Whedon's Avengers, Ridley Scott's return to science fiction, Andrew Stanton's John Carter, the Hunger Games movie, and Alfonso Cuaron's space epic. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012The greatest mystery of the Inca Empire was its strange economy

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Inca Empire was the largest South America had ever known. Centered in Peru, it stretched across the Andes' mountain tops and down to the shoreline, incorporating lands from today's Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Peru. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 201210 weird times Marvel and DC unofficially crossed over

DC and Marvel have crossed over their superheroes officially on several occasions, but what about those times canny writers and illustrators snuck these titanic team-ups under the table? More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012There is a full moon hidden in this photograph - can you find it?

It might take you a few moments to spot, but there is actually a full moon looming entirely within the frame of this picture, hidden in plain sight. In fact, the photographer who captured this image couldn't see the Moon at all (at least not with his naked eye.)` More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012The biggest Serenity model ever built has been unearthed

Famous movie spaceships can have a rough time once the camera stops rolling. For instance, the Nostromo from Alien was discovered with a dead possum inside. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012The CDC wants you to know that anal sex has gotten really popular among heterosexuals

The researchers at the United States Center for Disease Control track everything from possible pandemics to general health issues among Americans. And one of those "general health issues" turns out to be our sexual habits. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012Can dogs tell when we're talking to them?

Dogs make great companions – they're affectionate, adorable, and excellent listeners. But do they really know when we're talking to them? A Hungarian study tracked dogs' eye movements in order to monitor their focus of attention. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012An Exclusive Look at the Making of Dragon Tattoo's Stunning Titles

We're still haunted by the oozing hands that smushed Lisbeth Salander's lovely face in David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's title sequence. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012Totally Bitchin' Game of Thrones Fan Art! [NSFW]

Winter may be coming - but April feels like a long way off. We can't wait for the return of HBO's Game of Thrones series, to see how all of the insanity of A Clash of Kings translates to the screen. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012These predictions for the future from 1900 are eerily accurate

Is predicting the future difficult? Obviously. But that shouldn't keep any of us from giving it our best shot. More »


Best of the Week: December 30-January 6, 2012Did slavery cause rapid natural selection among African Americans?

Ashley Michelle Williams has a fascinating article over at theGrio about a recent study that offers evidence that the harsh conditions of slavery subjected the African American population to strong evolutionary pressures. More »