First Outlander Clip Showcases Its Very Capable Female Lead

You may have noticed that we're very excited about Outlander, Starz's adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's time-travel series. It's shaping up to be the stand-out summer premiere, and this clip does nothing but reinforce that feeling. » 7/29/14 11:01pm 46 minutes ago

Hydrothermal Vent Mining Is Almost A Thing

Deep sea hydrothermal vents, home to exotic forms of life that exist nowhere else on earth, are very close to being commercially mined for precious and rare-earth metals. This could have profound effects on the isolated ecosystems surrounding the vents, some of which have existed for millennia. » 7/30/14 12:59am Today 12:59am

Idiocracy Is a Cruel Movie And You Should Be Ashamed For Liking It

Remember that 2006 movie Idiocracy? The one where Luke Wilson plays an average underachiever who wakes up 500 years in the future, only to realize that he's now the smartest person on Earth? And everyone else is dumb — like, really dumb? Well, that movie is cruel and terrible and you should be ashamed for liking it.… » 7/29/14 11:39pm Yesterday 11:39pm

Behold The Official Deadpool Movie Test Footage In Hi-Res Here!

Authentic! Approved! Non-bootlegged! If you didn't get to see the test footage of a Ryan Reynolds-voiced, potentially all-CG version of the Merc with a Mouth earlier this week — or even if you did, and want to see it the way it ought to be seen — watch it here, now. I say again: It's so perfect it will break you heart… » 7/29/14 7:40pm Today 7:40pm

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 Yesterday 8:31pm

Could This New Competition Replace The Turing Test?

Nuance Communications has announced a new annual competition to develop artificially intelligent agents capable of solving the "Winograd Schema Challenge", a possible alternative to the Turing Test — and one that's intended to provide a more accurate measure of genuine machine intelligence. » 7/29/14 4:40pm Today 4:40pm

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

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 Monday 12:00pm