The Zeppelin Train, The Aerotrain And Other Classic Streamlined Trains

Long before there were bullet trains and high-speed light rail systems, people experimented with creating super-streamlined trains that could whisk people across the country in Googie splendor. In some alternate universe, these streamlined trains of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are still in service. » 4/18/14 2:34pm 34 minutes ago

We Need to Take a Deep Breath and Calm the Fuck Down About Spoilers

Few (highly manageable) frustrations are more vexing than having an episode of your favorite TV show spoiled before you can watch it. You learn a pivotal plot point before you're ready and suddenly you're experiencing all the Kübler-Ross stages of grief. It's an ugly situation. Unfortunately, it's also an inevitable… » 4/18/14 5:26pm 41 minutes ago

The U.S. Army Is Using a Chatbot to Recruit New Soldiers

He hasn't served in any military campaigns. He's never won a medal. Heck, he's not even alive. But to millions of people, Sgt. Star, the Army's recruitment chatbot, is one of the most recognizable soldiers in America. And he's gathering a lot of personal data. » 4/18/14 2:20pm 48 minutes ago

We now have the potential to clone a human adult

Scientists have created cloned embryonic stem cells using the nuclear material of adults. They did this by using somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), the same technique which produced Dolly the sheep. With this technique, all the genomic DNA is from the cloning target, while the mitochondrial DNA is from the egg… » 4/18/14 4:47pm Today 4:47pm

Is Hollywood Addicted To Ripping Off Story Ideas From Anime?

People often say that there's no such thing as an original story these days, but how right are they? Is it possible, maybe, that a good majority of western blockbusters are actually just homages or near re-tellings of anime? This post from The Daily Beast seems to think so. » 4/18/14 4:15pm Today 4:15pm

Ugly but Successful: Delayed SpaceX Launch Makes Orbit

After the original April 14th launch attempt was delayed, the SpaceX launch of Falcon 9 waited out ominous weather and made it into orbit this afternoon. Although successful, this is the first launch I've seen with a complete dearth of beautiful photographs. » 4/18/14 4:11pm Today 4:11pm

Japan Unveils Its Plan To Save The Whales, By Killing Them

Last month, the International Court demanded an end to Japan's research whaling program, and Japan said it planned to abide by the ruling. But now, the Japanese government has explained just what that means... including plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic by 2015. » 4/18/14 12:23pm Today 12:23pm

Why Adventure Time Is Finally Breaking Its Status Quo Once And For All

Adventure Time has evolved a lot in four years. But the core of this whimsical post-apocalyptic fantasy cartoon has remained the same. Jake the dog has kids, but they don't change his life much. Princess Bubblegum gets young, then she's old again. But producer Adam Muto tells us the show is finally ready to make… » 4/18/14 12:20pm Today 12:20pm

Saving California Condors, One Puppet At A Time

I've been obsessed with California condors for some time, possibly because my own local zoo in Los Angeles has been at the forefront of the California Condor Recovery Program. It's one of the coolest examples of science-based conservation in zoos, since baby chicks are often hand-reared by keepers wearing condor… » 4/18/14 2:44pm Today 2:44pm

What's The Purpose Of The Universe? Here's One Possible Answer

It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there's much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral role in what our universe is actually trying to achieve. » 4/18/14 11:07am Today 11:07am

Where is 'Hulk' Going? [Spoilers]

Few characters are as iconic as the Incredible Hulk... or so malleable. Over the years, the Hulk's been a thug, a genius, a cynical lump of cruelty; but he's best known as being the slow-witted brute. And now it appears he's changing things up again. Spoilers below on Hulk and Indestructible Hulk. » 4/18/14 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

Aspiring Artists and Sculptors: Win a Trip to NYC by Playing with Food

What would you make if you had unlimited access to Pringles® potato crisps and cans? A working pedicab? A life-sized replica of a certain Canadian mayor? This isn't a test: we really want to know. And if you tell us, there's a chance you can win a trip to NYC to attend Gawker Media's fourth-annual Silent Disco. And your … » 4/04/14 11:59am 4/04/14 11:59am