How Much Energy Would You Need To Replicate Elsa's Powers In Frozen?

Not all of us are fortunate enough to be born with magical powers, but science offers us the opportunity to create our own. A physics student with an apparent case of Elsa envy decided to investigate the matter by calculating the amount of energy that would be required to freeze Disney's Kingdom of Arendelle. » 7/30/14 9:30am 18 minutes ago

​It's Been A Bad Week For Strong Female Characters

I think I've finally discovered what caused my mysterious, unknown apocalypse. I believe the illness known as "con flu" — in which one sick person at a con basically makes every attendee sick — mutated in some way to affect everybody that even thought about Comic-Con this week. Because I feel like shit. But not as bad… » 7/30/14 9:02am 46 minutes ago

Promising results from possible first malaria vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline has become the first to seek regulatory approval for a malaria vaccine from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Today, the results of their phase III trials have been published in PLOS Medicine, and while not completely effective, the results are still pretty promising. » 7/30/14 11:25am Today 11:25am

A Map Of The U.S., If There Had Never Been A Mexican-American War

In 1846, President James Polk, driven by a belief in Manifest Destiny, waged a war to seize land from Mexico and expand the nation's boundary from Texas to California. But events could have plausibly gone very differently, resulting in a map of the U.S. that would be significantly unlike the one we have today. » 7/30/14 7:40am Today 7:40am

First Outlander Clip Showcases Its Very Capable Female Lead

You may have noticed that we're very excited about Outlander, Starz's adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's time-travel series. It's shaping up to be the stand-out summer premiere, and this clip does nothing but reinforce that feeling. » 7/29/14 11:01pm Yesterday 11:01pm

Hydrothermal Vent Mining Is Almost A Thing

Deep sea hydrothermal vents, home to exotic forms of life that exist nowhere else on earth, are very close to being commercially mined for precious and rare-earth metals. This could have profound effects on the isolated ecosystems surrounding the vents, some of which have existed for millennia. » 7/30/14 12:59am Today 12:59am

Idiocracy Is a Cruel Movie And You Should Be Ashamed For Liking It

Remember that 2006 movie Idiocracy? The one where Luke Wilson plays an average underachiever who wakes up 500 years in the future, only to realize that he's now the smartest person on Earth? And everyone else is dumb — like, really dumb? Well, that movie is cruel and terrible and you should be ashamed for liking it.… » 7/29/14 11:39pm Yesterday 11:39pm