This week, we go to a world where facial recognition is so good that any company can grab an image of your face while you’re walking down the street, and link it to everything from your social media profiles, to your credit score, to your workplace. »
Exactly 63 years ago today, the Melbourne Argus became the first newspaper to print in full color. The Argus wrote, “Here’s a picture that makes news–and newspaper history, too.” And as noted in a State Victoria Library post, “The front page banner was printed in garish alternate blue and red block letters, which… »
Limitless was one of the coolest things we saw at Comic-Con—a TV version of the Bradley Cooper movie about smart drugs, in which a new guy gets dosed with the magic pills and joins up with the FBI. How will this work? See for yourself—here’s an exclusive look at a new promo that starts airing tonight. »
The Avengers sequel didn’t quite stack up to the original Avengers, from 2012—depending on whom you talk to, it was either a little disappointing, or a major letdown. But I’m willing to bet that the original, longer cut of the film fixes most of the biggest problems. And Marvel should put it in theaters now. »
Sure, Hank Pym and Scott Lang make all that shrinking look fun, but as you can see in this week’s adaptation of the Richard Matheson classic The Shrinking Man, it can be pretty petrifying. But that’s not all in this week’s new comics—Bruce Timm writes Superman! Hacktivists! Zombie Soldiers! And more! »
Normally, most blooper reels enter the world in small snippets. But here are eight delightful minutes of the cast of The Flash screwing up countlessscenes from their otherwise excellent first season. There’s Barry Allen dancing! Caitlin Snow screaming profanity! The evil Eobard Thawne farting almost constantly! »
Pixels reminded us all just how shitty an actor Adam Sandler can be. But it’s worse than you probably realize. As a star, and also as a producer, Sandler has created a string of horrible, vapid comedies that have helped make us all dumber. His movies are “films,” in the same sense that colonoscopies produce films.
In its most vanilla, near-ubiquitous form, Tetris is already a near perfect video game that challenges you to be smart and fast in increasingly hard fashion. The stuff that gets thrown at you in an ultra-hard arcade version is mind-blowing. Blocks that need to be cleared twice. A stack that flips around. Let’s watch… »
A black hole isn’t the energy sink you might think it is. By hurling matter towards a black hole, it might be possible to get energy out of it. Learn how a spinning black hole could be an energy turbine for an entire civilization. »
In 1956, Grace Metalious wrote Peyton Place, an immediate best-seller about the scandalous secrets of a small town in New England. One of its inspirations was the real-life case of 20-year-old Barbara Roberts, who shot her father in December 1946 while defending herself and her younger brother. »
Imagine what our night sky would look like if its stellar density was a million times greater than it is now. Remarkably, such places actually exist: They’re called “Ultracompact Dwarfs,” and astronomers are calling them an entirely new kind of galaxy.
We can’t sing the praises of the Adventure Time cartoon enough. But for an ostensibly silly show it can get mature, complex, and downright metaphysical—and there’s no better proof that the show’s always mesmerizing title cards. We have a look at how some of the show’s most intriguing art is made. »
Pluto has been puzzling us with its weirdly smooth surface, but if it’s the first Kuiper Belt Object we’ve visited, how did we know how many craters to expect in the first place? Here’s everything we’ve figured out about collisions in this chaotic area of our Solar System. »
Two German researchers claim they have produced measurable amounts of thrust using a copy of NASA’s controversial EMDrive. It’s a result that has many people talking, but don’t plan your trip to the to the Alpha Centauri system just yet—the experts we spoke with are all highly skeptical of the study and its findings. »