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 that… » 9/22/11 4:23pm 9/22/11 4:23pm

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