Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012DINOSAUR ATTACK | Amazing art by Charles R. Knight, the first artist to bring dinosaurs and other megafauna to life. See more of his art here.


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Quantum Suicide: How to Prove the Multiverse Exists, in the Most Violent Way Possible

Quantum mechanics says objective reality doesn't exist, that instead all we see are probabilities collapsing into one particular configuration... and all other possible realities might just exist together in a quantum multiverse. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012John Carter will dazzle you with the best (and worst) of retro futurism

There is a moment in the movie John Carter where our eponymous hero is fighting an absurdly pitched battle against dozens of the green, tusked, four-armed Tharks. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Can Game of Thrones season two live up to season one?

Game of Thrones comes back for its second season on April 1, and there's just one question on everybody's mind: Can this show keep up the amazingly high standard it set in its first season? More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012New report reveals how corporations undermine science with fake bloggers and bribes

You've probably heard about how the tobacco industry tried to suppress scientific evidence that smoking causes cancer by publishing shady research, bribing politicians, and pressuring researchers. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Holy crap, normal water can behave like bouncing rubber in space

When you're aboard the International Space Station, every day (understandably) brings new excitement. NASA astronaut and chemical engineer Don Pettit has been documenting these small daily wonders along with the American Physical Society on YouTube. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Throne of the Crescent Moon is the best fantasy swashbuckler of the year so far

Medieval fantasy stories about wizards and monsters are usually set in the epic countryside. But one of the many welcome tweaks to the genre in Saladin Ahmed's debut novel Throne of the Crescent Moon is that its magical showdowns take place in a medieval city. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012The "QWERTY Effect" is changing what words mean to us

Back in the 1870s, a newspaper editor named Christopher Latham Sholes rearranged the letters on typewriters so that the keys would stop jamming. The result was the QWERTY keyboard. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Behold Wesley Crusher: Teenage F*** Machine, the Amazon Kindle's new hottest book

Over the past several days, a certain Star Trek: The Next Generation prose piece has ensnared the popular imagination the world over. It's a story that's been recycled since time immemorial, due to its sheer cross-cultural thematic resonance. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Redheads experience pain differently than the rest of us

For years, there existed a well-established anecdotal impression within the medical community that redheads require more anesthetic than the typical patient. This could have meant any number of things. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012This is what your skin looks like after you've been struck by lightning

Lichtenberg figures (sometimes called lightning trees) sometimes occur when an electrical charge is introduced to an insulating material, representing the branching electrical discharges. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Mental disorders visualized in six minimalist posters

Mental and neurological disorders are hard enough to explain in words, but how about with just a few blocks of color? Graphic designer Patrick Smith tries to capture an impressionistic sense of some serious illnesses with his minimalist designs. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Watch the Simpsons' amazing Game of Thrones intro

Tonight's episode of The Simpsons opens with a couch gag that warms our fantasy-loving hearts. Watch as Springfield is transformed into Westeros More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012What happens when you break a penis?

Last month, we filled you in on a few things you may not have known about the science of love and sex, and right at the top of the list was an item outlining the horrors of penile fracture. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012The Truth About "Strong Female Characters"

Are there just too many strong female characters in Hollywood? Are we erasing women's identities by trying to turn them into action heroes, and stoic badasses? Mur Lafferty points us to a New York Times essay bemoaning the trope of "strong female characters" in movies and other mass media. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 201210 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mass Effect

You already knew that Mass Effect is quite possibly the most important science fiction universe of our generation. But how did Mass Effect develop into such an important game? More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Neil deGrasse Tyson shares the most astounding fact about the universe

Back in 2008, TIME Magazine sat down with Neil deGrasse Tyson to ask him ten reader-submitted questions about science and the cosmos. Eventually, interviewer Adam Kraus came to the following question: What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the universe? More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012A Chart That Explains How Long Ago Star Wars Actually Took Place

"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…" Each one of Lucas' Star Wars films starts with these lines, distancing the story from our setting. But, what if we could determine roughly how long ago is a long time ago? More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012This is the most gorgeous body horror you'll ever watch

When your mind turns to body horror, you generally think of tentacles and geysers of bloods, not garlands and bursts of twinkling confetti. But indeed, that is what precipitates in director Andrew Thomas Huang's experimental fantasy film Solipsist. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Extra gene keeps mice cancer-free and permanently skinny

The gene PTEN is a tumor suppressor, making it one of the best genes to have in the fight against cancer. But the latest research suggests that preventing cancer is just the beginning of all the amazing things this gene can do. More »


Best of the Week: March 3-March 9, 2012Massive spiderwebs engulf Australian town as arachnids escape floods

You may have seen this strange tableau in Pakistan a wee while back, but it never ceases to be absolutely amazing. In the town of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia, rising floodwaters have forced uncountable spiders to seek shelter on higher ground. More »