A Charming Alphabet Series Explores the ABCs of Rocket Science

NASA is producing an alphabet book of rocket science to unravel the acronym soup surrounding the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle project. The result is a fantastic bit of retro-futuristic art and a perfect reading reading companion for budding geeks. » 7/29/14 8:31pm Today 8:31pm

Joe Abercombie's Half A King Is A Coming-Of-Age Tale Soaked In Blood

If you've been waiting for the right time to check out acclaimed fantasy novelist Joe Abercrombie, then his new novel Half a King is probably the perfect jumping-on point. It's short, with a sympathetic main character, a fast-paced plot, and plenty of neat world-building. Highly recommended. » 7/29/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

Here's Why Comic Con 2014 Was Actually Great For Comics

Is San Diego Comic Con still for comics? For years, people have bemoaned the fact that SDCC is increasingly about movies and TV, and now comics retailers are giving up. Yesterday, we listed comics as one of the "losers" of Comic-Con, but veteran journalist and Image Comics staffer David Brothers disagrees. Here's why. » 7/29/14 3:50pm Today 3:50pm

​Recreation of Richard III's Skeleton Shows Why He Was Called an Imp

Tourists visiting the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester can gaze into the empty grave where the king's skeleton was discovered in 2012. His actual bones are being reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. But a 3D-printed replica is there, revealing details such as the late monarch's twisted spine and mortal wounds. » 7/29/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

Incredible Transforming Apartments Turn Tiny Rooms Into Spacious Homes

Don't be fooled by the small square footage of these apartments; they're actually roomy homes in disguise. Thanks to walls the move, furniture that folds away, and disappearing kitchens, these apartments can store numerous rooms in a very tiny space. » 7/29/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Reminder: There's Going To Be a Mad Max Game, Too

One of the biggest hits at this year's Comic-Con International was the fresh look at Mad Max: Fury Road, the new take on George Miller's classic dystopian opus. With all the buzz around the new trailer, it's a good time to remind ourselves that there's going to be a game set in the same grungy future wasteland. » 7/29/14 5:18pm Today 5:18pm

The U.S. Economy Is A Casualty Of NSA Surveillance Programs

Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the true extent of the National Security Agency's surveillance methods, the public debate has focused mostly on issues of privacy and national security. But new evidence shows that the fallout from the NSA backlash is wider than we thought, and could cost U.S. companies billions. » 7/29/14 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Which Character Was Supposed To Be Badass, But Ended Up Being Just Ass?

Sometimes, when it comes to making everybody think a character is supercool, less is more. Overkill just feels like overcompensation. And sometimes, creators spend so much time making a character cool on the surface, they forget to work on the other stuff. But which supposedly badass character fell the flattest? » 7/29/14 1:28pm Today 1:28pm

The Claws Of This Cyborg Scorpion Can Be Controlled Remotely

Because smartphone-controlled cyborg cockroaches are apparently not enough, Michigan-based Backyard Brains has turned their attention to predatory arthropods — this time using an electrical current to remotely induce a scorpion to strike with its claws and tail. » 7/29/14 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

Meet Three Modern Explorers Who Completely Dodged the 9-to-5

Explorers in the old days wore odd hats and did things for their countries, like discover new lands and sea routes. But nowadays, innovative chefs and daring filmmakers are just as likely to explore and make new discoveries in their fields. National Geographic's Expedition Granted competition seeks to fund one budding… » 7/28/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm