Check Out Crash Course Astronomy, A New YouTube Series From Phil Plait

Throughout the year, as Earth progresses through its orbit around the sun, one can witness stars in the night sky rise and set at different times. It's an example of an astronomical cycle visible to the naked eye, and the first of three subjects in Episode 3 of Crash Course Astronomy, a new series by Bad Astronomy's… » 1/30/15 8:00pm 56 minutes ago

The Vampire Diaries Can Still Go Straight For The Heartstrings Sometimes

The Vampire Diaries is basically doing its own version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "The Body." But thanks to some genuinely razor-sharp writing and some strong acting from Candice Accola in particular, it's still incredibly moving and effective. Just check out this crazy-intense clip from last night's episode.… » 1/30/15 7:30pm Today 7:30pm

These Dice Celebrate Every Critical Hit With Flashing Lights

A critical success role - whether it's to successfully scamper up the side of a spike pit or send the head of a kobold careening off its shoulders - is something all gamers treasure, no matter how your dice-rolling luck is. These new die go even further by treating you to a light show whenever you get a lucky hit! » 1/30/15 10:03pm Today 10:03pm

"A scorpion's anus is at the end of its tail. If the tail breaks off, the scorpion can never poo again." – Ed Yong, describing a newly documented case of autotomy (i.e. self-amputation) in scorpions. If talk of collateral anus amputation doesn't make you want to read about scorpion tails, what the hell are you even… » 1/30/15 4:40pm Today 4:40pm

Crowdfund The Fight For Space, Preserving Sci-Fi Classics, And More!

It's your last chance to fund a documentary looking at the economic and cultural impact of the Space Program, but it's not all that's in this latest roundup - there's the preservation of classic science fiction novels, the expansion for R. A. Salvatore's latest RPG, and the new adventures of Jill Trent, Science Sleuth! » 1/30/15 6:49pm Today 6:49pm

These Light Painting Videos Look Like Classic Video Games On Speed

We've seen some amazing light paintings that make the real world look magical and surreal. But what's even cooler than a static light painting? A whole video, where beings made of pure light burst into existence and run around. Here are the most eye-popping and dazzling light-painting videos on the internet. » 1/30/15 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Martin Starr Is Trapped In Slow-Motion In This Great Short Film

Martin Starr, of Freaks and Geeks and Party Down fame, stars as a man who is forced to live his life at half-speed in this fun short titled Leonard in Slow-Motion. It's not his ideal situation, obviously, but it does have its perks, as you'll see. In related news, Martin Starr needs way more work. He's awesome. » 1/30/15 2:13pm Today 2:13pm

Hey, Get A Load Of This Evil Doctor

The Washington Post has a profile today of Dr. Jack Wolfson, an Arizona cardiologist and holistic medicine, uh, doer or whatever, who's made something of a name for himself by providing a flimsy, fraudulent rime of expertish cover to the reprehensible, morally criminal anti-vaccination crowd in the U.S. It's really… » 1/30/15 4:44pm Today 4:44pm

Where Is Philae, And When Will It Wake Up?

The hunt for Rosetta's misplaced lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is like staring out an airplane window trying to find a washing machine in a field of boulders. These gorgeous new images from the European Space Agency highlight the incredible challenge of finding a tiny robot on a huge comet. » 1/30/15 4:40pm Today 4:40pm

This Scientific Paper Proves That Nature Never Stops Weirding Us Out

Every now and again, when reading about nature, you come across a fact that you would never, ever believe if you were to read it in fiction. A science fiction novel that featured a creature which used its eyes to eat – literally to push food down its throat – would be ridiculous. But that's what frogs do every day. » 1/30/15 1:33pm Today 1:33pm

The Muppets Visited The Empire Strikes Back Set, And It Was Wonderful

Star Wars and The Muppets have long been linked, thanks to Frank Oz's work bringing the likes of Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and of course Yoda, to life. But the worlds mix a little more closely in this gallery of recently uncovered photos, showing Kermit and Miss Piggy paying the set of The Empire Strikes Back a visit. » 1/30/15 4:29pm Today 4:29pm