This Optical Illusion Tricks Your Brain With Lego And M&Ms

Created by Mary Coffelt and her colleagues at the Barrow Neurological Institute, this version of Akiyoshi Kitaoka's "Bulge" illusion uses strategically placed white and purple M&Ms to warp your perception of a checkerboard built from legos of the same color. (Hit the jump to see a video of the Bulge illusion in… » 12/28/14 10:00am 48 minutes ago

Watch A Pair Of Tank-Mounted Fighter Jet Engines Extinguish An Oil Fire

Pretty much what it says on the tin, folks. "The Big Wind" is a colossal, roving fire-extinguisher of Hungarian design that combines one part T-34 Soviet tank with two parts MiG-21 turbine engine. Bring it all together, add a trio of operators, and you've got a Mad-Maxian chimera that can gush water at a rate of 220… » 12/28/14 9:30am Today 9:30am

Awake, Online, And Sleep-Deprived – The Rise Of The Teenage 'Vamper'

About three years ago, a teenage girl was talking with me and other students about using her cell phone late at night. She told us how she waited until her parents were asleep, then spent at least four hours every night texting with her friends. Her parents thought she was asleep in bed. "I'd sleep a few hours, then… » 12/28/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

This Supernova Remnant Is a Festive Holiday Bauble

Dear Great Observatories: Don't ever stop sending these beautiful images home of our universe in all its diverse wonder. This optical/X-ray composite of supernova remnant SNR 0509-67.5 is a delicate bubble tracing a shockwave of excited gas, and too pretty for words. » 12/27/14 7:14pm Yesterday 7:14pm

Idris Elba Responds To James Bond Casting Rumors

Idris Elba – the highly acclaimed, royalty-wooing actor known for his roles in The Wire, Luther, Pacific Rim, Thor, Prometheus, and your wildest fantasies – took to twitter this morning to address rumors that he will become the next James Bond, when Daniel Craig gives up the reigns to the role. » 12/27/14 2:52pm Yesterday 2:52pm

The Entire U.S. Population Fits In These 4 Chinese Provinces. So What?

In terms of total land area, the U.S. and China are close in size, but the latter's population is more than four times that of the United States. This map shows how the U.S. population fits into four of China's most populous provinces. Taken on its own, however, the map provides a skewed depiction of China's… » 12/27/14 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

New Outlander Teaser Promises Darkness For The Season's Second Half

The second half to Outlander's first season isn't set to return until April 4th 2015. Assuming the eternally burning Outlander yule log isn't enough to tide you over, here's a peak at what's shaping up to be a darker second half to the season. » 12/27/14 11:11am Yesterday 11:11am

What Would A Ride In The Millennium Falcon Actually Do To Your Body?

The Millennium Falcon pulls some pretty crazy stunts in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And while we recognize Star Wars takes place in a fictional universe, we couldn't help but get pedantic about the physics of the scene, and the effects it might have on the human body. » 12/27/14 10:19am Yesterday 10:19am

NPR Interviews Film Score Composers

This week, NPR's "All Things Considered" is running a fantastic series of interviews with film score composers. "You'll hear about the magic of the Wizard of Oz score, how 5/4 time inspiredHalloween's terrifying theme, and why a Canadian says he's become to the go-to composer for films requiring South Asian-inspired… » 12/27/14 10:10am Yesterday 10:10am

Wait, Now You'll Be Able To Own Every Pacific Rim Jaeger As A Toy

Okay, so I was wrong. Turns out that NECA will be making even more Pacific Rim Jaeger figures to complete your collection - a new poster released by the company over the holidays has given us our first look at two more Jaegers that really round out the complete collection of on-screen mechs in figure form. » 12/27/14 11:14am Yesterday 11:14am

MIT Students Build Handmade Wooden Roller Coaster For Incoming Freshmen

The coaster was designed by three mechanical engineering juniors and built in the span of a week by the incoming freshmen who would ride its wooden rails. In early designs, the coaster even had an internal loop. Unfortunately, MIT's Environment Health and Safety department said "no upside-down people. Period." » 12/27/14 7:48am Yesterday 7:48am

Futureworld's Sexy Dreamscape, With Bondage, Red Ninjas And Yul Brynner

HBO's TV series of Westworld is expected to push the envelope in all kinds of ways... but it will never be able to match the "WTF, guys" insanity of this dream sequence from the sequel, Futureworld. Yul Brynner makes a cameo as the sexypants gunslinger, shooting bondage ninjas and then lassooing Blythe Danner. » 12/26/14 7:00pm Friday 7:00pm

Many Whites Today Would Have Been Classified as Black in the 1940s

The U.S. has a long history of using pseudoscience to classify people by race. So what happens when we try to use a legitimate science? A new study of a large data sample from personal genomics company 23andme reveals that people's genetic backgrounds have little impact on their racial self-identification. » 12/26/14 4:55pm Friday 4:55pm

Give Yourself the Gift You Wanted: Headphones, Watches, a Bed & More

Let's be honest, receiving gifts is always a crapshoot. And if you received something a bit lackluster this holiday season, like a calendar or cologne, now's your chance to get yourself something you really want and need. Choose from practical items like sheets and duffle bags that or have some more fun with… » 12/17/14 2:37pm 12/17/14 2:37pm

Get Up To 92% Off These Cyber Security Resources

In t0day's day and age, you can't take security online for granted. Even major services like PSN go down sometimes. These bundles, covering White Hat Hacker Techniques and Cyber Security Development, are curated to guide you through the basics of cyber security – from network security to hacking techniques. » 12/26/14 12:20am Friday 12:20am