The Comedy Album 2776 Has 100 Stars, But NPR's Nina Totenberg Steals It

Everybody's buzzing about the new comedy album 2776, which is chock full of famous comedians and personalities, riffing about the future and science-fictional stuff. Almost everybody you love is on this album — but perhaps surprisingly, the clear standout is NPR's Nina Totenberg's a capella rock opera. » 7/09/14 4:45pm Today 4:45pm

Jupiter's Great Red Spot: Still The Biggest Storm In The Solar System

The diameter of Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been shrinking about 500 miles a year since 2012. It bears mentioning, however, that, even in its diminished state, Jupiter's ruddy storm system is truly gigantic. » 7/09/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

Never-Before-Seen Photo of Europa Shows Rivers of Red Ice

The folks at JPL just published a new image of the surface of Europa – Jupiter's watery, chaotic, eruptive, and potentially life-harboring satellite. The photograph illustrates the contrast between the moon's relatively pure water ice (blue-white terrain) and its saltier, and thereby ruddier, surface ice. » 7/09/14 3:40pm Today 3:40pm

Proof That Boxtrolls Will Be One Of The Year's Most Striking Movies

Laika's next stop-motion venture, The Boxtrolls, is bringing a lush world of crooked buildings, lavish costumes, cheese-fiending villains, and, of course, the Boxtrolls themselves with their elaborate mechanical inventions. We visited the set, and if you have any doubts about the movie's glorious puppets, props, and… » 7/09/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

Journey into the Dystopian World of Abandoned Soviet Submarine Bases

You've entered an enormous building scoured by ocean tides and haunted by hulking machines, slowly rusting away. It looks like the set for a post-apocalyptic movie, but it's actually a real-life Soviet submarine base, left over from the Cold War. » 7/09/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Smallpox Virus Samples Found In Unprotected Government Fridge

While preparing for move to a new location, researchers at the US National Institutes of Health discovered a cardboard box inside a storage room refrigerator. To their horror, the vials inside were labeled "variola" — the name of the virus that causes smallpox. » 7/09/14 2:20pm Today 2:20pm

How to Approach Every Day Like an Explorer

Explorers are never bored for long. Their lives are filled with mystery, adventure, and the thrill of the unknown. While that may sound more aspirational than attainable, a few small adjustments to your routine could release the explorer inside you — you may even be just the type of person National Geographic's … » 7/09/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm