Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012JELLYFISH AGLOW | Absolutely stunning underwater art by Russian photographer Alexander Semenov. See more of his beautiful photos here.


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012The first science artist to draw accurate pictures of Mars and the Moon

Although largely unknown today, astronomer-artist Lucien Rudaux was the grandfather of all modern space art. During the height of his career in the 1920s and 30s, he produced spacescapes of such accuracy that they still hold up well even today. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012The Most Wonderfully Alternative Families in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Tomorrow's the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, and you'll probably be hearing a lot of talk about families and family values. But science fiction and fantasy readers know that families come in all shapes and configurations. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012You are bitching about the wrong things when you read an article about science

Science may be a source of fascinating, world-changing discoveries, but that doesn't stop people from bitching about it. Two of the most common complaints from the public about scientific work are actually complete misunderstandings of how science is done. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012Community + X-Men = Xavier's Community College for Gifted Mutants

Community is the muse for some pretty far-out tribute art, and illustrator Aviv Or now takes the study group to the Danger Room. I love how the Dean absolutely knows he's owning Emma Frost's battle lingerie. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 201210 Scientific and Technological Visionaries Who Experimented With Drugs

Is intelligence related to an increased likelihood of recreational drug use? It's an interesting hypothesis, and one that's been gaining momentum in recent years. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012Watch 30 giant hornets take out 30,000 honey bees

This morning's most fearsome monster doesn't come the imagination of a writer or artist. It comes from Japan, home of Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, and the most frightening creature of them all: the Japanese Giant Hornet. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012How much energy would the Death Star require to destroy Earth?

As iconic as the spherical death-bringer is, the inner tinkerings of the Death Star still remain a great mystery. For example, if the Death Star suddenly materialized in the Solar System, how much energy would the vessel require to pulverize the Earth into bloody gravel? More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012First scene from Avatar: The Legend of Korra shows our heroine kicking butt

You've seen the opening credits and the trailer - now check out the first sequence from Avatar: The Legend of Korra, in which the series' protagonist beats up some goons. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012Why Cyborgs and Mutants are More Likely to Kill Us than Robots

We're all bracing for a robot uprising. Any moment now, a computer could become self-aware and decide to wipe us out. Like Skynet. But really, you should be more scared of posthumans. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery

Humans have been studying one another sexually for thousands upon thousands of years. Yet for all that time spent diligently exploring one another's anatomies, there remain many features of the human form that, until very recently, have gone uncharted. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012Hey Disney, this is the steampunk princess movie we want!

The last bit of animated steampunkery we saw from Disney was Atlantis: The Lost Empire. And sadly, most of the gadgets and steam-powered gizmos were quickly swapped for fluorescent face paint. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012What are these bizarre sounds coming from the sky in countries from Hungary to Canada?

What exactly are we hearing in these YouTube videos posted by people who claim they've recorded ear-splitting roars coming from the sky with no explanation? More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012The Extreme Sexiness of Concept Art Pin-Ups [NSFW]

Concept art takes us to strange worlds and expands our imagination - but sometimes, it's also as sexy as hell. You can't look through the artist galleries at CGHub, Concept Art World and other sites without finding some concept art that's basically pin-up art as well. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012The first footage of a comet smashing into the sun

or the first time ever, scientists have witnessed and recorded a comet disintegrating in the Sun's atmosphere. The icy body - dubbed "comet C/2011 N3 (SOHO)" - was originally observed back in July. More »


Best of the Week: January 14-January 20, 2012Gender-bent Justice League gets a comic book look

nspired by the Gender Bent Justice League cosplayers at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, artist Yasmin Liang decided to create a comic book-style illustration of the gender-flipped superheroes. More »