Here's How Black Holes Turn on the Lights In the Universe Around Them

Despite their popular reputation as dark inescapable pits, black holes really put out a lot of energy. They thrust out jets of matter. They get matter to heat up through friction as it swirls around them. And, in some cases, they contribute to bursts of incredibly high energy photons, thanks to a phenomenon first… »10/06/15 7:35pm21 minutes ago

Blame the Fans for Loki Getting Cut Out of Avengers: Age of Ultron

On a list of the best things to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tom Hiddleston’s portray of Loki has to be near the top. Over multiple movies, the adopted brother of Thor has wreaked havoc on Earth and Asgard but was sadly absent from Avengers: Age of Ultron. That wasn’t always the case, though. »10/06/15 7:25pm31 minutes ago

New Scale Pinpoints Most Life-Friendly Alien Planets 


Researchers at the University of Washington’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory have devised a new habitability index for judging how suitable alien planets might be for life. The point of the exercise is to help scientists prioritize future targets for close-ups from NASA’s yet-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope »10/06/15 6:15pmToday 6:15pm

Time lapse creates a beautiful new world by blending a scene at different times of the day

The same place can look different from day to night. The same scene can give off a completely different vibe if there’s stars above or if the sun is behind. This time lapse merges all the faces of a place together. Julian Tryba, the filmmaker behind this video, filmed multiple time lapses of the same setting at… »10/06/15 4:46pmToday 4:46pm

Sharp Is Going to Sell This Little Robot as a Smartphone

Earlier this year, we reported on Tomotaka Takahashi, the famous engineer who sent the first talking robot into space, and his plans to make robots as popular a consumer electronic as smartphones. He’d been teasing a humanoid phone to debut this year, and here it is: a cutesy, talking, limbed phone that hitches rides… »10/06/15 4:15pmToday 4:15pm

Three of Comics' Most Underdessed Heroines Are Putting on Clothes

Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, and Red Sonja have graced the pages of pulp and comics for years—but the fame of their heroics is perhaps only second to the skimpiness of their outfits. That’s all about to change, however: a new direction for three of Dynamite’s female-lead comic series from Gail Simone is coming with a… »10/06/15 4:00pmToday 4:00pm