From our smug (though extremely temporary) perch atop history, we can safely say that we know exactly where the U.S. city of Toledo is: It’s in Ohio, of course. But in the 1800s, the answer wasn’t so easy — and the resulting battle was incredibly bitter. »
What makes Alien such a classic? Is it the iconic monsters? The story? The way it was shot? Sure, it's all of those. But there's also another reason it became a classic in the '70s — and it's not one of the reasons we still think of today. »
Batman does a lot of things well: hand-to-hand combat, spelunking, brooding. Here's something Batman does not do well: vacations. »
Whether exploring the difficulties of setting up a surprise party for a hivemind or sending us to a future where debt collectors have gotten deadly serious about the whole payment plan issue, these stories have plenty to say about life beyond Earth — and they do it all in just six words.
This looped and knotted section of cords is not only beautiful, it's also a 500-year old mathematical tool. »
The life of a minifig seems pretty sweet: You've got a rotating cast of cool gigs to choose from, a decent selection of shrunk-down monuments within easy walking distance, and all the cube houses you can snap together. But is there a darker side to minifig life, that we've failed to see? »
Much of the information we've gleaned about the Martian surface is based on the idea that we can explain some of what we see using Earth-based parallels. But how often do the two really line up? »
Usually, the focus of space photography is on letting us see close-up views of far away things we could never see otherwise. But what happens when the focus of the camera is turned onto the tools of the trade themselves?
Batman's characters have been pretty well represented on-screen over the years, and yet Batman's most long-standing adversary, the Joker, has never had his own solo flick. But there's one very good reason it hasn't happened yet — and it's the same reason we hope it never does. »
There’s an excellent forum to share details of successful lab endeavors: scientific journals. But what about when things go wrong? As with these stories of fire, saline solution run amok, and, yes, accidental dynamite creation that readers shared with us — things in the lab don’t always go according to plan.
Just as the Earth's surface occasionally rifts right beneath our feet, the surface of the Moon also goes through periodic shakes and quakes. But, while the action itself may be similar, there are some weird contrasts. »
Some of the details that have trickled out about the next Avengers movie have been what we expected, while some have been surprising. But what if all that is to obscure a truly bold choice: making it a 19th century period drama? Okay, it's almost certainly not. But if it is, we hope that these plot points figure in… »
What is a kilobit equal to? The answer is 1,000 bits, but some people say it should really be 1,024. »
Whether your books are electronic or paper, it's a problem every reader runs into at some point: What do you do with a book after you've read it? »
Starling murmurations are some of nature's eeriest and most impressive displays. But something about the in-flight behavior of this geometrically synched flock in Scotland is particularly transfixing. »
There's a hill in New Brunswick, Canada, where something extraordinary happens. If you park your car at the foot of it, and throw it into neutral, your car seemingly starts to roll (completely unassisted!) uphill. Yes, it's real, and, no, it's not for the reason many people think. »
The reverberating ring of bicycle bells ranks up there with ice cream truck music, in the pantheon of our favorite summer sounds. But is the bicycle bell that you remember still the one you hear around? Think carefully before you answer. »
In 2005, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren were awarded a Nobel Prize in medicine for their study of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria's role in causing stomach ulcers. But Marshall's experience with the bacteria began much earlier, when he dosed himself with it to test out its effects. »