In Da Vinci's Demons' season finale, the Pazzi conspiracy is revealed

After a fun episode that focused on the fantastical secrets within the Vatican archives, it was a bit disappointing that the Da Vinci's Demons finale returned to Florentine history for its season finale. But it finally brings the Pazzi conspiracy into the open, with plenty of blood. Spoilers ahead. » 6/08/13 3:00pm 6/08/13 3:00pm

Da Vinci finds the Sword in the Stone in the Vatican's secret archive

Da Vinci's Demons has already given us the "truth" behind Count Dracula, and now a trip to the Vatican's secret archive reveals a few other mysteries of the universe, including a brief nod to Arthurian legend. Spoilers ahead. » 6/01/13 11:00am 6/01/13 11:00am

What happens when Leonardo Da Vinci faces off against Dracula?

Not a dream! Not a hoax! Last night's episode of Da Vinci's Demons pit Leonardo against Vlad the Impaler, and our hero's usual scheming and quipping isn't quite as successful as he hoped. Spoilers ahead. » 5/18/13 11:30am 5/18/13 11:30am

Leonardo counters sodomy charges with bestiality on Da Vinci's Demons

Last week's episode of Da Vinci's Demons ended with Leonardo arrested on charges of sodomy, and this week gave us the spectacle of of his trial. And Leonardo finds that technology is good for more than robotic birds and weapons of war; it's also handy for blackmail. Spoilers ahead. » 5/11/13 2:00pm 5/11/13 2:00pm

Leonardo Da Vinci shows off his holy hand grenades

Last night's Da Vinci's Demons took us away from mad nuns and brought us back to the battle of wits and wills between Leonardo and Count Riorio. Leonardo's latest move in the defense of Florence involves a pomegranate and some pretty fireworks. As always, spoilers within. » 5/04/13 11:00am 5/04/13 11:00am

Ten (Pseudo) Scientific Theories About the Mona Lisa's Smile

The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, is possibly the most well-known piece of art in the world. One of the reasons why people wax rhapsodic over the painting is the tiny hint of a smile on the woman's face. That fascinating expression has launched a thousand silly theories. Find out about the physics, the biology, the… » 11/11/11 9:16am 11/11/11 9:16am

The Pursuit of Personal Flight

The photo you're looking at is of Swiss pilot Yvess Rossy, aka "Jetman," piloting a jet-powered, six-foot-wide, carbon-fiber wing of his own invention. Rossy's personal jet craft is considered by many to represent the pinnacle of humanity's endeavors to achieve personal flight — the ultimate realization of a dream… » 9/22/11 4:23pm 9/22/11 4:23pm

Using a high-tech surgical robot to play Operation is definitely…

In this cheeky little video, PhD at the Johns Hopkins University Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics use their high-tech da Vinci Surgical System to rig a game of Operation. It's also pretty good at sewing footballs and peeling grapes. » 4/24/11 7:30am 4/24/11 7:30am

Behold the Tragic Beauty of the International Space Station

The International Space Station may be beautiful, but it has tragically been scorned by true interplanetary exploration enthusiasts as a money-sucking boondoggle. This month it enters the final stages of its complex assembly even though it's scheduled to be phased out by 2017 (and presumably allowed to burn up before… » 11/27/07 9:00am 11/27/07 9:00am