As It Turns Out, We Really Are All Starstuff

"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars," Carl Sagan famously said in his 1980 series Cosmos. "We are made of starstuff." » 3/24/15 10:00am 3/24/15 10:00am

Every Time Carl Sagan Said Millions, Billions And Trillions In Cosmos

Some enterprising soul decided to go through the classic Cosmos TV series and collect every single instance of beloved astronomer Carl Sagan pronouncing an "-illion" word in his unique, inimitable way in one, amazing supercut. There are infinitely worse ways to start the work week. » 1/05/15 6:40am 1/05/15 6:40am

Amazon's Offering Cosmos on Blu-Ray Today for Just $22

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos is arguably one of the most important shows to come out in recent memory, and inarguably one of the most beautiful. I'm happy to report that it looks better than ever on Blu-ray, and you can own the entire series today for just $22. » 11/01/14 9:51am 11/01/14 9:51am

Cosmos: Even While Darkness Surrounds Us, The Light Is Winning

We begin (and end) in one of Carl Sagan's favorite virtual environments from the original series: the Library of Alexandria. Sagan used the Library as a cautionary tale about what can be lost when a civilization is careless with its knowledge, but Tyson uses it as an inspirational story. » 6/09/14 9:46am 6/09/14 9:46am

This Week's TV: Cosmos' Final Voyage Of The Season Explores Dark Energy

Cosmos' Ship of Imagination sails into the sunset (or is it just the sun?) this week, but not before plumbing the mysteries of dark matter. Finn gives dating another try on Adventure Time, Increase Mather rocks Salem, and a new character in Orphan Black's conspiracy appears. See all the details and clips below! » 6/02/14 9:00am 6/02/14 9:00am

The Next Cosmos Is Poised To Be The Most Controversial Yet

To date, the rebooted Cosmos series has unabashedly tackled such "controversial" topics as evolution and industry-funded science denial. But as this preview of the next episode shows, Neil deGrasse Tyson — along with his adorable dog — are heading straight into climate change country. » 5/29/14 6:40am 5/29/14 6:40am

This Week's TV: Will Wil Wheaton's Geek News Make Us Grin Or Groan?

Wil Wheaton makes fun of the scifi news of the week in his new show while Game of Thrones gets ready to throw down and duel. Orphan Black heads to rehab, Penny Dreadful attends the theater, and The 100 goes hunting. Plus, get caught up on Defiance before the new season starts. Details below! » 5/26/14 9:00am 5/26/14 9:00am

Cosmos On Weed Is Probably The Most Realistic Cosmos Parody Ever

Cosmos on weed cuts through the middleman and delivers the reality. Getting stoned and watching Cosmos is great. Because space is rad. » 5/23/14 9:39am 5/23/14 9:39am

Cosmos Asks If Humanity Has What It Takes To Survive

Tonight's episode of Cosmos is about the fragility and durability of life. Our story starts in the cradle of civilization, Iraq, with the development of written language and the recorded legends of the Mesopotamian goddess Innana, the hero Gilgamesh and the flood myth that found its final form in the Old Testament and… » 5/19/14 9:20am 5/19/14 9:20am

Cosmos Explains How Michael Faraday Lit Up Our Lives

Tonight's episode of Cosmos tells the story of Michael Faraday, the man who unlocked the secrets of electricity. Born to poverty, unaccomplished at school and evidently cursed with an unfortunately Elmer Fudd-like speech impediment, Faraday educated himself well enough on the subject of electricity to apprentice for… » 5/12/14 9:20am 5/12/14 9:20am

This Week's TV: The Season Finales Of Arrow, Agents Of SHIELD And More!

This week, we say a temporary farewell to several shows, including Person of Interest, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, and Grimm, while Star-Crossed ends its alien-human romance for good. See all the clips and details below! » 5/12/14 9:00am 5/12/14 9:00am

Cosmos Shows How Life Will Always Find A Way... To Screw Everything Up

"Nothing is permanent," said the great philosopher Heraclitus, "except change." Tonight's episode of Cosmos was about the changes the Earth has undergone over the eons and the contribution life has made to those changes. » 5/05/14 9:33am 5/05/14 9:33am

This Week's TV: Which New Horror Series Will Bring The Biggest Chills?

Two new spooky TV shows premiere this week as The Tomorrow People and Once Upon a Time wrap up their seasons. Plus, zombie drama In the Flesh returns and a powerful Arrow character is back in Starling City. See all the details below! » 5/05/14 9:00am 5/05/14 9:00am

Cosmos and the Clash Between Academic and Popular Science

Over at Symmetry Magazine, DOE Office of High Energy Physics scientist Glen Crawford remembers how the original Cosmos show affected him as a college student. His comments are fascinating in light of the new show. » 4/29/14 4:49pm 4/29/14 4:49pm

How We Discovered the Life Cycles of Stars, on Cosmos

The theme for this week's episode of Cosmos was the life cycle of stars, beginning with the famous Pleiades star cluster. But this episode truly belongs to a cluster of stars from the world of science: astronomer Annie Jump Cannon and her colleagues, who developed Harvard's stellar classification scheme. » 4/28/14 10:57am 4/28/14 10:57am

This Week's TV: Maria Hill Is On SHIELD And Supernatural Gets A Spinoff

Maria Hill, fresh from her stint in Captain America 2, returns to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week and Santanico Pandemonium has a deadly dance on From Dusk Till Dawn. Plus, Supernatural prepares its spinoff and Vikings and Resurrection close their seasons. Details below! » 4/28/14 9:00am 4/28/14 9:00am

Did the Roman Empire Really Fall Because of Lead in the Water?

Ever since Neil DeGrasse Tyson mentioned the "lead in the water" theory of why Rome fell on Cosmos, scientists and historians have been tearing up the internet to explain all the problems with this idea. » 4/22/14 1:30pm 4/22/14 1:30pm

Cosmos Explains Why Big Business Is Often the Foe of Science

This week's episode of Cosmos tackles the Rock of Ages, the age of rocks and getting the lead out of our commitment to the environment. The episode takes the form of a fable, a cautionary tale about the dangers of letting any institution, but most especially science, fall into the clutches of the Argument From… » 4/21/14 9:20am 4/21/14 9:20am