United Nations Of Bears Is Undeniably Creepy

These are the "Buddy Bears," a series of hand-painted bears representing each of the countries in the United Nations. Each bear was painted by an artist from the country it represents. And they're supposed to express a wish for peace... except they're kind of disturbing. » 4/30/14 5:26pm 4/30/14 5:26pm

The Ladies' Deposit: Created by Women for Ripping Off Women

Although the 2008 exposure of the financial misdeeds of Bernie Madoff allowed Ponzi scheme to enter the day to day vernacular, these schemes are not at all a new creation. Ponzi schemes pay off initial investors using money from new investors, relying on a constant cycle of recruitment in order to prevent the ruse… » 6/09/12 8:00am 6/09/12 8:00am

The 55 States of America: 5 places that could become U.S. States in…

Alaska and Hawaii became the last additions to the United States in 1959. Why has the United States failed to add another state in over five decades? » 6/08/12 1:40pm 6/08/12 1:40pm

Letters From Ray Bradbury: 'Love what YOU love!'

We're still mourning the loss of legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. The author of The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451 has passed on, but his indelible writing will remain with us forever. » 6/06/12 2:04pm 6/06/12 2:04pm

R.I.P. Ray Bradbury, Author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury — author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91. » 6/06/12 6:57am 6/06/12 6:57am

How to Tell if Your City is Dying

Detroit just took another huge step towards the abyss, with its proposal to turn off street lights across half the city. This is the nightmare scenario for anybody who loves a particular city: that one day, it'll fail. Chances are, if you live in (or near) a city, you already worry over every little sign that your… » 6/05/12 1:14pm 6/05/12 1:14pm

Karl Lagerfeld holds a fashion show in Superman's Fortress of Solitude

Want more proof that the fashion world is continuing to be rocked by science fiction and futuristic (or really, retro-futuristic) visions? Look no further than these pictures of Karl Lagerfeld's designs showcased at Chanel's Paris Fashion Week show. (At which apparently Katy Perry was in the front row.) » 3/07/12 11:51am 3/07/12 11:51am

Meet the Raelians: Inside the World's Strangest — and Nicest — UFO Sex…

The International Raelian Movement might be the world's most science-fictional religion — at the very least, they're up there with Scientology. Their founder claims he met the aliens who created the human race, and their main ritual involves sending your DNA to an alien planet. The group announced they cloned a human… » 11/21/11 12:00pm 11/21/11 12:00pm

A Show About a Family and their Humanoid Robot, from the Makers of Big…

First the creators of Nip/Tuck and Glee bring us the weirdtastic supernatural show American Horror Story, and now the men behind Big Love are bringing us a show about a mixed-race family and their humanoid robot. This is a great time to own a television set. » 10/19/11 10:24am 10/19/11 10:24am

Still doubtful that the Arctic ice is melting? Shipping companies are…

Last year was the first year that the Arctic Ocean became a major shipping route — but in 2011, the "Northeast Passage" is blossoming with trade, now that ice has melted enough to allow smooth passage in the summertime. » 10/03/11 4:30pm 10/03/11 4:30pm

How life is imitating science fiction in Egypt

Walter Jon Williams' Deep State, out next week, picks up the themes of viral marketing and social media from his previous novel This Is Not A Game. And a lot of the stuff that Williams wrote about is very similar to what's been happening in Egypt and Tunisia. Is Williams a prophet of the internet age, or just lucky?… » 2/03/11 2:21pm 2/03/11 2:21pm

Study that linked autism and vaccines was "an elaborate fraud"

British doctor Andrew Wakefield already lost his medical license over his faulty research linking vaccines and autism, but now a new report says his 1998 paper, published in the Lancet, was actually fraudulent. » 1/06/11 9:00am 1/06/11 9:00am

An Indian rocket blows up in mid air

Here's a fiery portrait of India's second failed launch of 2010. The GSAT-5P, launching a new geosynchronous communications satellite, broke up in the first stage and exploded. How did this happen? » 12/27/10 7:30am 12/27/10 7:30am

The far side of the Moon at its most psychedelic

These are the most detailed relief maps of the Moon's far side ever created — NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the surface down to 30 meters. And thanks to false color (red=highest areas, blue=lowest) it's also our trippiest Moon yet. » 12/20/10 10:56am 12/20/10 10:56am

Hungarian toxic sludge kills 4, injures at least 120 — and it may be…

The horrifying, heartbreaking pictures of Ajka, Hungary, look like a natural disaster, like Hurricane Katrina. But they're not. This flooding is the result of a deadly spill from an alumina plant whose reservoir burst open. Warning: dreadfully upsetting photos below. » 10/05/10 12:23pm 10/05/10 12:23pm

A crescent moon rises above an unearthly sphere

Earth glows with a ghostly blue fire, as a sliver of moon rises above the horizon, in this amazing photo taken from the International Space Station. Seldom has the Earth looked so magical and... unearthly. Check out another pic below. » 9/09/10 11:56am 9/09/10 11:56am

2010 will be remembered as the year the Arctic Ocean became a trade…

In the 1980s, the Soviet Union built nuclear-powered ice-breakers, hoping to open a shipping route through the Arctic. They needn't have bothered — there's no ice left now in the summer, opening the fabled Northeast Passage to shipping. » 9/02/10 12:30pm 9/02/10 12:30pm

Dead lakes, dying seas: human-made natural disasters

This is the Aral Sea, which was once one of the four largest lakes in the world, until the Soviet Union diverted the rivers that fed it. Now full of stranded ships, it's just one of the world's dying lakes. » 8/30/10 3:30pm 8/30/10 3:30pm

What it looks like inside a German nuclear plant

Check out that unearthly blue glow, thrumming with mysterious power. It's not a starship's engine room — it's the inside of the nuclear power plant Grundremmingen, in southern Germany. It's opened up for maintenance, allowing a rare gaze inside. » 7/06/10 1:38pm 7/06/10 1:38pm