Iapetus is one of the weirdest moons in the solar system, and one of its weirdest features is its prominent, equatorial mountain range. Now, Popular Science reports on a new theory as to the origins of this peculiar ridge: The mountains, researchers posit in a study recently published in arXiv, fell from spaaaaaaaace. » 4/17/14 5:55pm Yesterday 5:55pm

Your Penis Is Getting in the Way of My Science

Earlier today, scientists announced they'd discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as "females with penises." This isn't just painfully wrong — it's bad for science. » 4/17/14 5:06pm Yesterday 5:06pm

Incredible Feats of Engineering in Formula 1 Racing

Wanna see something cool? Check out the moves on this pit crew. I don't care if you're not a Formula 1 person, a car person, or even a transportation person – if this video comparing F1 crews past and present doesn't blow you away your spark plugs may need changing. » 4/17/14 5:05pm Yesterday 5:05pm

It's Worth Reading One More Essay About The Women Of Doctor Who

At this point, the strange dynamic between Doctor Who's time-traveling loner and his endless series of female compatriots has been dissected in a thousand essays, rants and blog posts. But you still have to read Katherine Murray's new essay, for her incisive observations about one of spacetime's most dysfunctional… » 4/17/14 4:40pm Yesterday 4:40pm

You Only Have Nine Minutes Until Your Brain Reboots. Make Them Count.

We had pretty high hopes for The Anomaly when we learned that Noel Clarke (Doctor Who) was directing and starring in a film about brain-hacking, co-starring The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder. But the trailer looks seriously kick-ass, and there's a neat spin on the "ticking clock" idea. » 4/17/14 3:43pm Yesterday 3:43pm

George R.R. Martin Explains How The Game Of Thrones Got Started

We can't know who will end up sitting on the Iron Throne at the end of George R.R. Martin's book and television saga — but now, Martin is showing us more of how the first King got to sit on that pointy seat of power. Martin has released a samplefrom The World of Ice and Fire, his guide to Westeros. » 4/17/14 2:35pm Yesterday 2:35pm

What's The Most Disastrous First Encounter Between Two Civilizations?

First contact can be a delicate business. When humans encounter aliens (or fairies, or other creatures) for the first time, it can easily go very, very wrong. Any first meeting between two peoples can turn bloody at a moment's notice. But what's the most horrific first contact scenario in science fiction and fantasy? » 4/17/14 2:17pm Yesterday 2:17pm