How the Ancient Romans Made Better Concrete Than We Do Now

If you've ever wondered why the ancient structures of Rome have endured for millennia, when our own modern concrete is susceptible to cracks and crumbles, well, now you have your answer. Researchers recreated the Roman recipe and discovered that the formation of a certain kind of crystal in the concrete is the reason… » 12/18/14 1:30am 25 minutes ago

What Are These Strange, Beautiful Clouds Over Tunisia?

A gorgeous picture of a sunset painting brilliant colors over dramatic spirals in a wavy deck of clouds is making the rounds on social media this afternoon. The picture—purportedly taken in Tunisia—is so spectacular that it almost looks photoshopped. Here's an explanation for how these incredible clouds formed. » 12/18/14 1:00am Today 1:00am

The M. Night Shyamalan Version of Christmas Has the Best Twist Ever

Fourgrounds Film has imagined Christmas Day through the lens of a bunch of directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Alfred Hitchcock, and Michael Bay. But, for our money, their M. Night Shyamalan twist is the best of the bunch. (Twin Peaks Christmas ran a close second.) » 12/17/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

The Most Terrible Revelation In Last Night's Person Of Interest

This season of Person of Interest has been one long philosophical tale about the dangers and benefits of all-power artificial intelligence — but last night's episode made the whole discussion alarmingly concrete. But that wasn't the most startling moment in last night's episode. Spoilers ahead... » 12/17/14 5:15pm Yesterday 5:15pm

JK Rowling Confirms 'Of Course' There Were LGBT Students At Hogwarts

In a tweet response that really should surprise no one, Harry Potter author JK Rowling has officially confirmed that yes, there were indeed lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at Hogwarts. In fact, the only group she didn't imagine existing at the wizarding academy were Wiccans. Sorry, neopagans! » 12/17/14 7:59pm Yesterday 7:59pm

The Most Commonly Used Words In Billboard Pop Song Titles, By Decade

Over at Prooffreader, data nerd extraordinaire David Taylor has charted the most-used words from pop song titles by decade, from 1890 (which, who even knew Billboard rankings have existed since the 19th Century?) to present. The most common words from the 2010s? "Hell," "Yeah," "We," "Fuck," and "Die." Sounds about… » 12/17/14 3:20pm Yesterday 3:20pm

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Get a Free Month of Crunchyroll Anime: Stream the Full Catalog Ad-Free

Crunchyroll, one of the top destinations for current and classic anime, is offering Kotaku readers a free month-long trial of their Anime Membership. In addition to streaming their entire anime catalog ad-free, you'll get access to the anime simulcasts - getting the latest anime episodes the same day they're released… » 12/13/14 3:09pm Saturday 3:09pm