Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012TRON ENERGY | "Star-trail" photos from the International Space Station are even cooler when they're turned into a time-lapse video and stacked on top of each other. Check out the actual video here.


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012A massive and illegal geoengineering project has been detected off Canada's west coast

A private company backed by a controversial U.S. businessman has unilaterally conducted the world's most significant geoengineering project to date. Russ George, in conjunction with a First Nations village on Haida Gwaii, has dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean in a technique known as ocean fertilization. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012The 10 Most Defining Performances in the History of Genre Television

These days, we take it for granted that television can be as good as movies (or live theater) and that great actors can deliver indelible performances on the small screen. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012Scientists discover a planet in Alpha Centauri, the star system nearest Earth

This is huge. We've discovered a lot of exoplanets, including rocky Earth-like ones, in far-away star systems. But the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced this afternoon that our solar system's nearest neighbor, a brilliant trinary star system called Alpha Centauri, has a planet that's roughly the mass of Earth. That's right - just 4.3 light years away, there's a planet that might be a lot like our own. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012The Absolute Best Cosplay from New York Comic-Con 2012

New York Comic-Con is officially over, but the glorious cosplay images live on forever! We saw a whole heap of crazy innovative costumes this year such as Lady Blue Beetle, a gang of Neverending Story cosplayers, a few Korras, and a laser-eyed Superman. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012Unprecedented: Amateur astronomers discover a planet with four suns

Two volunteer astronomers have confirmed the existence of a Neptune-like planet that has four suns, making it the first quadruple star system ever discovered. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012The chart that proves just how much of a sausage fest Middle Earth is

It will surprise no one that the works of J.R.R. Tolkien overwhelmingly feature male characters. After all, Peter Jackson had to invent characters in order to cast more than one actress in The Hobbit. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012First-person footage from Felix Baumgartner's space jump will make your head spin

Yesterday, extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner lept from a balloon hovering 24 miles above the surface of the Earth. This is what he saw on his way down. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012Homosexuality will lead to race of super-ducks, claims homeschooler in local newspaper

The following letter to the editor by 14-year-old Jasmin H. was published in the October 3 edition of Canterbury, New Zealand's Northern Outlook. In this strange missive, the youth claims that that the global gay agenda will lead to a frightening new species of monogamist ducks. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012New evidence that the Moon's explosive birth was weirder than we thought

Scientists have long believed that Earth's moon was born with a bang, in a colossal planetary collision commonly dubbed "The Big Splat." A study published in the latest issue of Nature all but confirms this violent hypothesis - but two additional studies published today in Science make the story of the Moon's origins far weirder and more mysterious than previously believed. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 201210 of the Grossest and Most Grotesque Vampires from Folklore

Vampires get a bad rap in modern Western media for being too pretty. And while there are tons of folkloric vampires who are stunningly beautiful and seductive, plenty of bloodsucking beasts are pretty darn gross. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012Could you actually have an LSD flashback decades after taking the drug?

Ever hear someone tell a tale about an elderly man who used LSD in his youth going on a fishing trip, only to randomly have an LSD-linked flashback and die via drowning? More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012Science Fiction Sequels and Prequels That We Waited Years (or Decades) For

Now that Prometheus is out on DVD, we're all rediscovering Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to science fiction. Many people were disappointed with Scott's comeback - but we should have known it would never quite live up to our hopes. Science fiction and fantasy are full of cases of creators who returned to their most famous works after a decade, or even decades, away. Sometimes, these delayed sequels or prequels are terrific, but they're seldom quite the same as the originals. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012So you think you're smart? Well, prove it.

Unfortunately, despite nearly a century and a half of testing and decades of neuroscience, you can't prove you're intelligent. Our inability to define one of humanity's basic traits has led to some pretty weird ideas about intelligence - and could ultimately undermine our quest for strong artificial intelligence, too. More »


Best of the Week: October 13-19, 2012"Unfilmable" Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Somehow Got Filmed

Next week sees the release of Cloud Atlas, the movie version of one of the most famously unfilmable books of all time. But Cloud Atlas isn't the first supposedly unfilmable book to make it to the screen. More »