A Field Guide To The World's Most Distinctive English Regionalisms

Why will asking for directions to a time machine get you sent to an ATM in Wisconsin, a request for a sarsaparilla spider gets you a root beer float in Australia, and someone wondering if you've seen their bunnyhug in Saskatchewan is actually searching for their favorite hoodie? Read on to find out. » 2/26/15 4:20pm Thursday 4:20pm

What If This '70s Era Star Trek Sequel Series Had Actually Gotten Made?

Star Trek is one of the most wildly successful TV and movie franchises, but even it had some missteps along the way. Here's the story of the never made Star Trek sequel series that tried to get itself off the ground almost 40 years ago — and how some of its plotlines eventually did make it to TV after all. » 2/25/15 4:20pm 2/25/15 4:20pm

Why Jurassic World Should Just Give Us The Feathered Dinosaurs We Want

Jurassic Park and its sequels have never been what you'd call scientifically accurate. (Sorry, Dr. Malcolm, standing still isn't camouflage.) And, yet, somehow, the lack of feathers is the inaccuracy that most rankles. Does it really matter that the new dinos will be scaly instead of soft? You bet it does. Here's why. » 2/13/15 4:20pm 2/13/15 4:20pm

How Zoos Brought This Ancient Horse Back From The Edge Of Extinction

Until 1996, the ancient horse you see above was designated as extinct in the wild. By 2008, their condition had been upgraded to critically endangered, and today, the IUCN notes that Przewalski's horse population continues to increase. Here's how it happened — and the role zoos played in bringing them back. » 2/12/15 4:20pm 2/12/15 4:20pm

Why Slow Zombies Are Still More Frightening Than Fast Ones

Something is going on with the zombies that populate our stories. Not only are there more of them, but they are also noticeably faster, almost acrobatic, capable of running full tilt and even leaping over the tops of walls after prey. And yet, for all that, their plodding predecessors had one thing they don't. » 2/09/15 4:20pm 2/09/15 4:20pm

What Will An "American Accent" Sound Like In 100 Years?

Science fiction used to sometimes suggest that, as broadcast took over, we would hear less and less distinction in accents. Today though, there is of course not just one "American accent" but several, and regional accents continue to thrive and spread. Why is that and what can we expect to sound like in the future? » 2/06/15 4:20pm 2/06/15 4:20pm