Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012THE TECHNICOLOR DREAM FISH | It takes artist Iori Tomita up to a year to prepare a single specimen of a fish, turtle, squid or chameleon — but the spectacular results are worth it. He uses traditional specimen preservation techniques, mixed with miraculous staining methods to achieve these bright, intense results. Check out more of them here.


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012The Universe Could Tear Itself Apart Sooner Than Anyone Believed

Many physicists now believe the universe will end by tearing itself apart - and now it appears that this could happen sooner than anyone expected. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012Rare Batman Comics That Everyone Should Read

Batman has appeared in untold thousands of comic books over the decades. You could pretty much spend the rest of your life reading about Batman. But some of the coolest and most interesting Batman stories aren't at your local bookstore, on the big shelf of hardcover and paperback collections. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012The Secrets of Geek Mating Rituals

There's a hoary old truism that says geeks never date, and get laid even less than that. But at least two generations have grown up knowing that is a lie. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012First 6-minute trailer for Cloud Atlas is simply stunning

Behold the first beautiful trailer for the incredibly ambitious Cloud Atlas. Directed in teams by both Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, this big-screen adaptation of David Mitchell's novel jumps from century to century, with the same actors playing different characters - but they're all connected. Leap from the 1850s to the post-apocalyptic future. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012Why do we hate seeing photos of ourselves?

You know what I'm talking about. There you are, clicking through your friend's Facebook album, when suddenly you happen upon a picture of yourself — or rather, a slightly less attractive version of yourself. The "real" you appears to have been abducted, replaced with some second-rate knock off. What gives? you ask yourself. Is that really what I look like? More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012Does the African genome hold the secrets of a previously unknown species of hominid?

Researchers have just finished performing the most comprehensive genetic analysis of modern day Africans ever. And they've turned up some absolutely incredible results. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 201210 Things We Want From a New Star Trek TV Show

Two things happened in the past week or so: Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season came out in eye-popping high definition. And Roberto Orci said that talks about a new Star Trek TV show are "almost real." More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012Earth is about to belch out laughing gas (and here's why that's a bad thing)

Nitrous oxide is best known as the mild anesthetic laughing gas, but making people feel a bit loopy during dental surgery is the least of its effects. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012Master Japanese craftsmen make real-life versions of Evangelion weapons

People love samurai swords, and people love Evangelion. Combining the two makes a perfect storm of coolness. A current museum exhibition hopes to capitalize on the anime's fandom by presenting weapons from the Evangelion series crafted by master Japanese sword smiths. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012What if we had a planet instead of a Moon?

Our moon is a pretty big object. It's big enough to be a respectable planet in its own right, if it were orbiting the sun instead of the Earth. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 201210 Civilizations That Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances

For almost as long as we've had civilization, we've lost it. There are records going back hundreds of years of explorers discovering huge temples encrusted with jungle, or giant pits full of treasure that were once grand palaces. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012What would a sequel to The Dark Knight Rises look like?

Christopher Nolan promised us that The Dark Knight Rises would be the final chapter in a trilogy - not just a third installment in an ongoing series. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012Researchers identify the kinds of exercise that help you live longer

People who exercise are certainly healthier than those who don't, but do they actually live longer? A review published in the latest issue of the Journal of Aging Research says they do, by an average of around four years. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012Watch Henry Cavill's sonic boom in the first Man of Steel trailers

If you've seen The Dark Knight Rises already, then you've seen one of the two trailers for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. In this one, Clark Kent spends his time fishing and hitchhiking before finally breaking the sound barrier as Superman. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012What did this mummy die of? Now we know.

A newly discovered technique could tell us what diseases killed off our ancestors - providing us with more information than we've ever had before. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012How Autism is Changing the World for Everybody

There's not much doubt that autism, along with Asperger Syndrome, is finally becoming accepted as a normal part of the human fabric. Even if some people still see autism as a condition that needs to be "treated," it's increasingly obvious that people on the autism spectrum are finding ways to succeed in our neurotypical-based society. More »


Best of the Week: July 21-27, 2012No, this isn't the twin of our solar system - but it's proof that our planetary orbits aren't a "fluke"

Yet another piece of evidence that our world is not as unique as we feared: There's a solar system out there that's like ours in one extremely vital respect, according to a group of scientists from MIT and the University of California at Santa Cruz. More »