Here’s an interesting video explainer that details why special effects and fancy CGI has ruined movies (or at least, made them less enjoyable). It all feels too fake! Story Brain breaks down how as technology for CGI improved and allowed movie makers to do more with visual effects, our brains interpret it negatively. »
Sentinel-2A conducted its first ever scan of Earth on June 27th. The result was this gorgeous image of the Sahara in central Algeria, showing a glorious terrain of rocks and sand. »
For many years, Hasbro has polled its Star Wars fanbase to create special “Fan Choice” figures—usually for characters who wouldn’t be considered for figures. For the first time this year they’re bringing the concept to their 6-inch Black Series line, and voting is now open for you to decide who gets immortalised in… »
Do you love watching fireworks? What about watching fireworks that blow the shit out of poor, unsuspecting mannequins? Well, have we got a treat for you. »
In a giant dump where even monuments are melted down, a worker hears singing from a decommissioned cruise ship. Do not go investigating, lest you become dinner for an evil mermaid. »
Gallery 1988 is one of the premiere pop culture art galleries in the world and this year they’re bringing an amazing line up of exclusive art to San Diego Comic-Con featuring Mad Max: Fury Road, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and more. »
Seriously, cut it out, publishers. Are you trying to ruin us? There are so many incredible books coming out this month, it’s unreal. China Mieville, Charles Stross, Austin Grossman, Jesse Ball, William T Vollmann... it’s all happening. Here are July’s must-read science fiction and fantasy books. »
Human vaginas don’t have the fantastical loops and blind alleys of a duck vagina, but they still have some pretty amazing shape-changing powers. Here’s how they’re put together, and how that anatomy lets them grow when they need to. »
Archaeologists working in the Golan heights have discovered 2,000-year-old imprints made by the boots of Roman soldiers. The imprints were made in the still-wet mortar of the fortifications at the Hellenistic city of Hippos. The boots, including one that was a size 9, left studded footprints, and were standard issue… »
Cobalt is named for the German word “kobold,” or goblin. The association wasn’t innocent. It got the name because cobalt was responsible for the horrible and mysterious deaths of miners. »
Scientific labs are in the business of uncovering truths. But, when you look a little closer at how they work, there’s another truth coming out of them: The process to getting there is a lot messier than it looks from the outside.
Years ago, we thought the destruction of the Death Star at the end of Return of the Jedi marked the beginning of peace in a galaxy far, far, away. Unfortunately for our heroes, it didn’t and now we know a little bit of what happened between that and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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In studying our Solar System over the course of many centuries, astronomers learned a great deal about the types of planets that exist in our universe. This knowledge has since expanded thanks to the discovery of extrasolar planets, many of which are similar to what we have observed here at home. »