Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012ENDANGERED BUT LOVABLE | A Pallid Bat, one of the endangered creatures photographed by National Geographic's Joel Sartore. See more photos here.


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012

Everything we know about Ridley Scott's Space Jockeys

Now that we're all 100% certain that the Space Jockeys will be making a cameo in Ridley Scott's Alien prequel Prometheus, it's time to sit down and get the lonely space pilot's story straight. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012The snake whose bite can send you back through puberty

We've gotten used to animals having strange powers - like using sound to create 'vision,' seeing more colors than we do, and sensing polarized light or the magnetic field of the earth. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012All The Coolest (and Weirdest) Stuff We Saw at Sundance This Year

The Sundance Film Festival, set atop a mountain in January (not very smart, come to think about it) is arguably the most important annual event in independent film. The bulk of the movies are still quirky, dysfunctional family dramas and ardently left-wing documentaries, but as geek culture permeates itself more and more into the mainstream, we're seeing it represented at the art house as well. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012Russian scientist claims to have discovered life on Venus

Leonid Ksanfomaliti, an astronomer at Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, claims to have detected signs of life in 30-year-old photographs of Venus. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 201210 Most Undignified Deaths in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Death comes for everyone - but it doesn't always come in style. Sometimes instead of a heroic death or a cool death, a fictional character will get kind of a crappy death. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012This photo of the super-jellyfish? It's a lie.

Have you seen this picture? Apparently it's been floating around on the internet for a while now, but has experienced something of a comeback as of late, usually with some version of the following caption: The Lions Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012How Return of the Jedi Should Have Ended reminds us that Anakin is still a piece of crap

Finally someone has trimmed the fat - and the bad ideas - out of the conclusion to the Star Wars saga! The latest short from the "How It Should Have Ended" crew is a perfect re-imagining of Star Wars Return of the Jedi. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012How Mitochondrial Eve connected all humanity and rewrote human evolution

This month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the discovery of Mitochondrial Eve, the common ancestor of every human alive today. Here's everything you need to know about why the mother of humanity is so important. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012Why Manga Publishing Is Dying (And How It Could Get Better)

If in 2007, manga was like a foreign movie star who had arrived on American shores to make it big, the last four years have been like watching that star run out of roles, run out of money, sell their house, go into rehab, and end up barely limping along in infomercials. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012Newt Gingrich is right: We need a permanent Moonbase

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has promised us a permanent Moon base by 2020. Many people have been calling Newt's vow a publicity stunt, while others have chimed in by attacking the idea of a lunar base in and of itself, with assertions like "real scientists know [a Moon base] is fantasy." More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012Watch an army of baby spiders explode from their slain mama

It's the alternate, terrible ending to Charlotte's Web, in which Charlotte's babies, instead of flying off on the breeze, burst forth in the midst of a human-spider battle in a spectacular explosion of scuttling little legs. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012The Bizarre History of Pregnancy Tests

Nowadays, finding out if you're pregnant is relatively easy - but it wasn't always that way. Over the centuries, people have come up with downright strange and sometimes revolting tests to figure out whether or not a person is knocked up. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012Artist transforms constipated Victorian photos into flamboyant scifi heroes

We've seen kaiju inserted into yard sale paintings and vampiric 1800s facsimiles of Nicolas Cage. In the spirit of such portraiture comes Alex Gross' series of science fiction cabinet cards, in which he takes poor dead bastards who kicked it 100+ years ago and repaints them as pop icons. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012A computer program "painted" this artwork from its own imagination

This landscape may not look like that much - it's a solid B+ in middle school art, I'd say - but this might just be proof that its creator, a computer program named the Painting Fool, is a creative being. More »


Best of the Week: January 21-January 27, 2012Psylocke's spread-eagle monologue gets the GIF treatment

We've seen some classic comic art transformed into GIFS. Now check out a more modern example of animated superhero art. This scene by Tim Green from last week's Generation Hope #15 saw the X-Woman Psylocke delivering a menacing speech, splayed mid-Flying V. More »