Tetris Grandmaster Takes On The Weirdest Game Mode I’ve Ever Seen

In its most vanilla, near-ubiquitous form, Tetris is already a near perfect video game that challenges you to be smart and fast in increasingly hard fashion. The stuff that gets thrown at you in an ultra-hard arcade version is mind-blowing. Blocks that need to be cleared twice. A stack that flips around. Let’s watch… » 7/28/15 4:09pm 7/28/15 4:09pm

Gifts For Science And Science Fiction Lovers That Support Good Causes

The holidays aren't just about getting stuff; they're also about lending a hand to worthy causes. If you've got a lover of science, science fiction, or both on your list, consider making a donation to or buying a membership for one of these organizations. You can even buy merchandise from them. » 12/16/14 1:22pm 12/16/14 1:22pm

Victim of Lichtenstein's Copying Draws A Comic About His Experience

Roy Lichtenstein's pop art frequently involved taking existing comic book panels, copying them, and placing them in a new context. In this compelling comic, artist Russ Heath describes his experience as one of Lichtenstein's inspirations and the charity that has helped him out in times of financial hardship. » 11/12/14 1:20pm 11/12/14 1:20pm

To All The Ice Bucket Haters, Here's Why The Challenge Matters

The internet is absolutely abuzz with videos of famous faces and normies all dumping buckets of ice water upon their heads as a call for awareness about the neurodegenerative disorder ALS. And just as like all things popular, the haters are coming out of the woodwork. But here's why the Ice Bucket Challenge matters. » 8/20/14 4:32pm 8/20/14 4:32pm

Nerdists search for lightsaber stolen from Star Wars charity event

The Course of the Force is a charity run that benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation; the relay race begins at the Skywalker Ranch outside San Francisco and ends in San Diego, just in time for Comic Con. Alas, this year, the lightsaber used as the relay's baton has been stolen, but thank the maker Matt Mara, Chris… » 6/01/13 10:00am 6/01/13 10:00am

Scifi authors pose half-naked on this genderflipped book cover—for charity

What possessed four of science fiction and fantasy's superstar authors to strip down to their skivvies and gather around Hugo-award-winning writer Mary Robinette Kowal? It's not just to skewer the skin-baring cover illustration of Poul Anderson's Young Flandry (although that was certainly part of it). It's all part of » 1/20/13 9:00am 1/20/13 9:00am

Crowdfund a chance for Superman to visit sick children and the power of personal space exploration

We've got just a couple of projects to set before your eyeballs today, one to make you go "Aww" and one to inspire future awe. Consider crowdfunding a Superman actor's cross-country tour of children's hospitals, or the construction of a microcontroller that will let you study suborbital space from your back yard. » 8/12/12 12:00pm 8/12/12 12:00pm

Feed Cthulhu by Feeding the Hungry at Thanksgiving

H.P. Lovecraft died at age 46, partly due to poverty and malnutrition. So Ross E. Lockhart, editor of The Book of Cthulhu, is encouraging you to donate to local food banks and food charities this Thanksgiving holiday. If you tweet that you've fed Cthulhu, including the amount you donated and the name of the food… » 11/23/11 3:39pm 11/23/11 3:39pm

Own a gorgeous signed print of Doctor Who's tin dog, and raise money for heart transplants!

We've marveled at the brilliant Doctor Who concept art by artist Peter McKinistry. And now, here's your chance to own an ultra-rare print of McKinstry's illustration of the Doctor's best friend K-9, signed by McKinstry and the voice of K9, John Leeson! (Click the above image to make it giant, or right-click and select… » 9/29/11 11:30am 9/29/11 11:30am