The Biggest Surprise In Syfy's 12 Monkeys Is The 12 Monkeys Themselves

How do you turn an existentially comfortless movie about a futile journey from a post-apocalyptic future into the present day into an ongoing TV series? One way is to make the time travel less futile. But another is to create a really scary villain — and with its second episode, 12 Monkeys stars doing just that. » 1/24/15 5:55pm Today 5:55pm

The Onion Lampoons Vaccination Exemption

"Regardless of what anyone else thinks, I fully stand behind my choices as a mom, including my choice not to vaccinate my son, because it is my fundamental right as a parent to decide which eradicated diseases come roaring back." This would be even funnier, if the whole anti-vaxxer mess weren't so genuinely awful. » 1/24/15 3:22pm Today 3:22pm

Batman Beats Superman in Footage of Cancelled Justice League Game

Long before the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us, there was supposed to be another fighting game that featured the members of DC Comics' premier superhero team kicking each other's butts. It got cancelled and footage was never seen. Until now. » 1/24/15 4:53pm Today 4:53pm

Alan Turing's Hidden Manuscripts Are Up For Auction

Alan Turing was a British mathematician who both broke the infamous Enigma code, enabling Britain to stay alive during WWII, and also the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. He's the reason why people have laboured for decades to beat the 'Turing Test', and also the reason why submarines didn't… » 1/24/15 4:47pm Today 4:47pm

Watch 60 of Cinema's Greatest Duels in One Epic Sword-Fight Supercut

Everyone loves a good sword fight. This movie montage by film lover and video editor Clara Darko combines sixty of her favorite duels in cinema into one ridiculously fun, eminently watchable supercut. » 1/24/15 1:23pm Today 1:23pm

A Patrilineal Map of the World

While doing some independent research of my own on the world's genetic diversity, I found this map of the world's primary Y-chromosomal haplogroups and thought I'd share it. Given some of my prior discussions of race and ethnicity, I felt it might be of interest. » 1/24/15 3:05pm Today 3:05pm

Venus Express Blasts Out One Last Message From Beyond The Grave

The Venus Express spacecraft was declared scientifically dead in December when, finally out of propellent, it decayed into an uncontrolled spin. After a few accidental communications when pure luck pointed its antenna at Earth, it let out one last bleat of full-volume noise. » 1/24/15 1:42pm Today 1:42pm

When Imagination Fails

Science fiction has long been looked to as a source of prophecy...but why? Perhaps because, out of necessity, its futures work: spaceships fly and inventions are successful because they need to be—there'd be no story without them. And because more often than not (to paraphrase Jules Verne) whatever one man can imagine… » 1/24/15 10:44am Today 10:44am

Norm Breyfogle, The Indelible Batman Artist, Deserves Your Support

Norm Breyfogle was one of the artists who changed Batman forever. And now, he's suffered a stroke that affected the left side of his body, including his drawing arm. His family is raising money to help pay his medical expenses, and Comic Book Resources explains why anyone who believes in heroes should help. » 1/23/15 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

The $72 Amazon Prime Deal is Live, Even For Existing Subscribers!

As promised, Amazon is selling 1-year memberships to Amazon Prime for just $72 right now (down from $99) in celebration of the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. Plus, everyone can also stream the award-winning Transparent for free today, even without a membership. I've watched it, and can't think of a better way to spend a… » 1/23/15 11:59pm Yesterday 11:59pm

An Amazing Opportunity: Get The Very Best Of Charles de Lint For Free!

If you love urban fantasy, then you owe a stupendous debt to Charles de Lint, whether you've read him or not. His playful, majestic, clever stories helped shape the genre and were part of what made me fall in love with magical stories set in cities. And now you can get a collection of his best writing for free. » 1/23/15 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Hero Teacher, Banned From Demoing Condom-Use, Demos 'Sock-Use' Instead

Mississippi boasts some of the highest rates of teen childbirth and young-adult HIV in the United States. It also prohibits "any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied." What's a responsible sex educator to do? Why, demonstrate how to properly apply a sock, of course! » 1/23/15 4:28pm Yesterday 4:28pm