For the past 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic has cooked up the special effects for countless movies and basically helped shape the imagination of movie watchers. They put together this reel of some of their work and the movies featured are basically any good movie with special effects in them. »
If space traveling the universe had a scenic route, this would be it. It’s a 3D fly-through of the nebula Gum 29 with the stunning star cluster Westerlund 2 in the middle and it’s absolutely gorgeous. The image was taken by the Hubble and shown off for its 25th anniversary. It’s the stuff of dreams. »
This is something that happens to me a lot when commenting on things that I’m a fan of. Inevitably, I start by making a joke— like, say, that Maisie Williams should play Spider-Man or that the world desperately needs a Pokemon/Game of Thrones mashup— and then, before I’ve even clicked [Submit], I’m already immensely… »
We’ve found Kermit the Frog in real life and it’s a species of glassfrog just recently discovered called Hyalinobatrachium dianae in Costa Rica. It’s bright green just like Kermit, has big white adorable eyeballs just like Kermit and the males have a very unique mating call... just like Kermit, I guess? Anyway, the… »
The new Star Wars teaser trailer is so awesome, it’s already given Disney’s stock a $2 billion boost, indicating the excitement among investors (nerds) over the upcoming movie. »
The Matrix was one of the best sci-fi action movies of all time and the rest of the trilogy had some of the most outrageously awesome action sequences ever, even if the movies themselves didn't reach the levels of the original. Basically, The Matrix trilogy is responsible for a lot of awesome moments in film history.… »
Four hundred and fifty five light years away sits a newborn star that bears striking resemblance to our Sun. It’s awash in a sea of complex organic molecules which could, one day, coalesce to form proteins, nucleic acids, even life itself.
During Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s tenure on the International Space Station, he became the space-geek heartthrob, mostly thanks to his extensive series of YouTube insights into life on the ISS (plus the ‘stache, of course). The newest occupants of the ISS have some big moon boots to fill, but they’re starting… »
The word “office” usually makes us think of a drab and uninspiring sea of monochromatic cubicles. Not content with the status-quo, designer Ben Brucker decided to spruce his walls up—by creating pixelated superhero murals from over 8,000 post-it notes.
Space Invaders competes with Pac-Man for the title of the defining arcade game. But the 8-bit graphics always seemed a little unrealistic. So one engineer decided to make a real-world version, using lasers. »
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA put out this video of all the coolest, jaw dropping explosions that happened on our Sun over the past five years. You basically watch the Sun dances with shooting flares and solar loops. It's unreal. »
Despite the 80s hard rock soundtrack—or maybe because of it—SpaceX's new 3D animation showing their future Falcon Heavy in action, complete with the landing of three of its stages back on Earth, is freaking cool. I can't wait for Elon Musk's bandits to solve all problems and see this happening in real time. »
Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled by a magic force field. Instead of using chemical coatings they used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself. It will not wear off, like current less effective… »
As any child of the 80s will know, music videos used to be something special, to be cherished and admired while watching The Chart Show on a Saturday morning (in the UK) and MTV if you were a bit fancier. »
Some scientists think our reality may be a computer simulation programmed by aliens. After you watch X Rebirth—a beautiful universe simulator set in a faraway future in which interstellar travel is possible—you'll think the theory may not be that crazy. This is so ridiculously amazing that it may end up being as… »