Men Without Beards Could Soon Have An Evolutionary Advantage

Hipsters take note: Beards may be all the rage — and they might be making you more attractive for now — but this is a fashion trend that could ultimately be the cause of its own undoing. » 4/16/14 12:40pm 22 minutes ago

Why The Movie Industry Owes A Hell Of A Lot To CGI Animation

Can you imagine Michael Bay's Transformers without the CGI Autobots and Decepticons? It would be unwatchable if it were even ever made. James Cameron's Avatar would have lost the gorgeous visuals that made it more than a Fern Gully re-telling for an older audience. Our old friend Gollum would have just been an… » 4/16/14 3:30pm 31 minutes ago

Is Google Aiming Too Low By Planning A "Science Fictional" Future?

That new profile of Google X, Google's mysterious futuristic project, includes the intriguing detail that all of Google X's projects must have "a component that resembles science fiction." That sounds ambitious and thrilling. But the Atlantic's Robinson Meyer says that's actually too narrow a view of the future. » 4/16/14 12:07pm 55 minutes ago

51 Awesome Webcomics The Eisners Have Completely Failed To Recognize

Yesterday, the nominations for the Eisner Awards, often considered the Oscars of Comics, came out, honoring five comics in the digital comics category. But there are dozens of amazing webcoimcs out there that the Eisners have completely ignored. » 4/16/14 11:53am Today 11:53am

What To Do If You Find A Baby Avian Dinosaur Out Of Its Nest

Spring has sprung, which means that baby birds will soon be shoving their way out of their eggs and entering the big, bright, scary world. And some of those infant chicks will fall out of their nests, or be shoved out by their obnoxious siblings, or be rejected by their parents. What should you do if you happen upon a… » 4/16/14 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

Thank Joss, Agents Of SHIELD Has Started Torturing Its Characters

The more bedraggled and miserable the Agents of SHIELD get, the more watchable the show seems to be. That's not much of a surprise — misery is usually more fun to watch than comfort — but what's especially great is how these characters have seemed to come to life as their world dies. Spoilers abound... » 4/16/14 11:30am Today 11:30am

Individual Frames From The Anime Hunter X Hunter Are Amazing, Revealing

It's always cool when animators give fans a look at the what it takes to create a TV show or movie, and these Hunter X Hunter frames prove it takes a lot of work. Takahiko Abiru, one of the animation directors, has been tweeting some of the 18,000 frames he drew for the show since it was rebooted in 2011. » 4/16/14 1:59pm Today 1:59pm

Can This 1970s Spacecraft Explore Again?

The countdown is on to rebuild communications with a spacecraft before it drifts past this summer. The craft has functional instruments, but NASA has no budget to reactivate the program. It's up to private donors and dedicated volunteers to recapture the abandoned spacecraft. » 4/16/14 1:31pm Today 1:31pm

​Can You Control Your Metabolism With Your Mind?

Well... maybe. In this intriguing video piece, NPR's Alix Spiegel discusses the work of Columbia psychologist Alia Crum, whose research suggests that food labels have a placebo effect on the way our bodies respond to food and experience hunger. But to what extent do these results mean that we can think ourselves thin? » 4/16/14 9:30am Today 9:30am

What Do You Do When Your Son Says He Met Jesus? Surprisingly, Not Much.

Heaven Is For Real, in theaters today, is based on the mega-bestseller by a pastor whose four-year-old had major surgery, after which he knew things he couldn't possibly have known, and also claimed to have met Jesus. But what's surprising about the film version is how little impact this experience actually seems to… » 4/16/14 9:15am Today 9:15am

A Map Showing The Popularity Of Musical Genres Across the US

We recently showed you maps of the most loved and hated popular musical acts in each U.S. state. Now, there's a new interactive map showing the popularity of musical genres across the country. Rock may still be king, but other genres are defying regional stereotypes. » 4/16/14 8:55am Today 8:55am

​Why Bitching About Children's Cartoons Is Such A Noble Pursuit

We have a very special mail column today, in that it is slightly different from my other mail columns! I hope you don't mind. If you do, I'm a still a fake mailman in the future being chased by rogue armies, post-apocalyptic thugs, and god knows what else. I have bigger problems than your feelings. » 4/16/14 8:33am Today 8:33am