This Supernova Remnant Is a Festive Holiday Bauble

Dear Great Observatories: Don't ever stop sending these beautiful images home of our universe in all its diverse wonder. This optical/X-ray composite of supernova remnant SNR 0509-67.5 is a delicate bubble tracing a shockwave of excited gas, and too pretty for words. » 12/27/14 7:14pm 22 minutes ago

Idris Elba Responds To James Bond Casting Rumors

Idris Elba – the highly acclaimed, royalty-wooing actor known for his roles in The Wire, Luther, Pacific Rim, Thor, Prometheus, and your wildest fantasies – took to twitter this morning to address rumors that he will become the next James Bond, when Daniel Craig gives up the reigns to the role. » 12/27/14 2:52pm Today 2:52pm

The Entire U.S. Population Fits In These 4 Chinese Provinces. So What?

In terms of total land area, the U.S. and China are close in size, but the latter's population is more than four times that of the United States. This map shows how the U.S. population fits into four of China's most populous provinces. Taken on its own, however, the map provides a skewed depiction of China's… » 12/27/14 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

Time Lapse Videos Capture The True Beauty Of Space At 17,150 MPH

Watching the world go by from the window of a plane at Mach 0.8 is hard to beat, but when it comes to an expanded world view, nobody gets a better picture than the residents of the International Space Station. Check out this time-lapse compilation by Germany's Alexander Gerst. » 12/27/14 2:51pm Today 2:51pm

New Outlander Teaser Promises Darkness For The Season's Second Half

The second half to Outlander's first season isn't set to return until April 4th 2015. Assuming the eternally burning Outlander yule log isn't enough to tide you over, here's a peak at what's shaping up to be a darker second half to the season. » 12/27/14 11:11am Today 11:11am

Wait, Now You'll Be Able To Own Every Pacific Rim Jaeger As A Toy

Okay, so I was wrong. Turns out that NECA will be making even more Pacific Rim Jaeger figures to complete your collection - a new poster released by the company over the holidays has given us our first look at two more Jaegers that really round out the complete collection of on-screen mechs in figure form. » 12/27/14 11:14am Today 11:14am

MIT Students Build Handmade Wooden Roller Coaster For Incoming Freshmen

The coaster was designed by three mechanical engineering juniors and built in the span of a week by the incoming freshmen who would ride its wooden rails. In early designs, the coaster even had an internal loop. Unfortunately, MIT's Environment Health and Safety department said "no upside-down people. Period." » 12/27/14 7:48am Today 7:48am

Futureworld's Sexy Dreamscape, With Bondage, Red Ninjas And Yul Brynner

HBO's TV series of Westworld is expected to push the envelope in all kinds of ways... but it will never be able to match the "WTF, guys" insanity of this dream sequence from the sequel, Futureworld. Yul Brynner makes a cameo as the sexypants gunslinger, shooting bondage ninjas and then lassooing Blythe Danner. » 12/26/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Many Whites Today Would Have Been Classified as Black in the 1940s

The U.S. has a long history of using pseudoscience to classify people by race. So what happens when we try to use a legitimate science? A new study of a large data sample from personal genomics company 23andme reveals that people's genetic backgrounds have little impact on their racial self-identification. » 12/26/14 4:55pm Yesterday 4:55pm

Get Every Single Dark Horse Star Wars Comic For Just $300

There's just a few days left before all of Dark Horse's Star Wars comics vanish from digital sales forever. But luckily, Dark Horse is making it easy to stock up before it's too late. For the rest of 2014, all Dark Horse Star Wars comics are 50 percent off, and you can buy every single comic — 28,353 pages — for $300,… » 12/26/14 4:40pm Yesterday 4:40pm

Why Team America Suceeds As Satire Where The Interview Fails

The "Let's kill Kim Jong-un" move The Interview has drawn inevitable, and not always favorable, comparisons to another movie that skewers North Korea, Team America: World Police. But why do people hold up the South Park creators' often crudely funny film as a bar The Interview fails to reach? » 12/26/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

Get a Free Month of Crunchyroll Anime: Stream the Full Catalog Ad-Free

Crunchyroll, one of the top destinations for current and classic anime, is offering Kotaku readers a free month-long trial of their Anime Membership. In addition to streaming their entire anime catalog ad-free, you'll get access to the anime simulcasts - getting the latest anime episodes the same day they're released… » 12/13/14 3:09pm 12/13/14 3:09pm

Give Yourself the Gift You Wanted: Headphones, Watches, a Bed & More

Let's be honest, receiving gifts is always a crapshoot. And if you received something a bit lackluster this holiday season, like a calendar or cologne, now's your chance to get yourself something you really want and need. Choose from practical items like sheets and duffle bags that or have some more fun with… » 12/17/14 2:37pm 12/17/14 2:37pm