Bill Nye's Answer to Fermi Paradox: Be Patient

The Fermi Paradox is a question that stumps and fascinates scientists (and pretty much everyone else, let's be real.) The question, originally posed by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, wonders at why there are theoretically so many habitable planets in the universe, but humanity has yet to make contact with any form of… » 12/28/14 5:47pm Yesterday 5:47pm

This Math Equation Is Also A Limerick

This week's Sunday Puzzle looks like a mathematical equation. Well, it is a mathematical equation. But hidden in that equation is a poem. Can you recite it back to us? » 12/28/14 1:45pm Today 1:45pm

Watch Anthony Hopkins Try On Creepy Bite Masks For Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of The Silence of the Lambs' Hannibal Lecter is among the most consummate in cinematic history. So complete was his personation, about the only things that could elevate his chilling performance was the addition of a sinister-looking bite mask. The question filmmakers grappled with: Which… » 12/28/14 11:15am Today 11:15am

This Optical Illusion Tricks Your Brain With Lego And M&Ms

Created by Mary Coffelt and her colleagues at the Barrow Neurological Institute, this version of Akiyoshi Kitaoka's "Bulge" illusion uses strategically placed white and purple M&Ms to warp your perception of a checkerboard built from legos of the same color. (Hit the jump to see a video of the Bulge illusion in… » 12/28/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

Watch A Pair Of Tank-Mounted Fighter Jet Engines Extinguish An Oil Fire

Pretty much what it says on the tin, folks. "The Big Wind" is a colossal, roving fire-extinguisher of Hungarian design that combines one part T-34 Soviet tank with two parts MiG-21 turbine engine. Bring it all together, add a trio of operators, and you've got a Mad-Maxian chimera that can gush water at a rate of 220… » 12/28/14 9:30am Today 9:30am

Awake, Online, And Sleep-Deprived – The Rise Of The Teenage 'Vamper'

About three years ago, a teenage girl was talking with me and other students about using her cell phone late at night. She told us how she waited until her parents were asleep, then spent at least four hours every night texting with her friends. Her parents thought she was asleep in bed. "I'd sleep a few hours, then… » 12/28/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

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 Saturday 7:14pm

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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 2:00pm

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 Yesterday 11:11am

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

Get Up To 92% Off These Cyber Security Resources

In t0day's day and age, you can't take security online for granted. Even major services like PSN go down sometimes. These bundles, covering White Hat Hacker Techniques and Cyber Security Development, are curated to guide you through the basics of cyber security – from network security to hacking techniques. » 12/26/14 12:20am Friday 12:20am