How Arthur Conan Doyle's Brutal Scifi Story Became A Horrific Reality

In 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a short story about how a small but warlike nation would conquer Britain. It would do so using a new technology in a new and brutal way. It shocked the nation and, three years later, it became a reality. » 3/16/15 1:13pm 3/16/15 1:13pm

Zombie Nativity Scene Gets Censored in Cincinnati

Folks, we have a new hero in our midst, and it's a Cincinnati-area man named Jasen Dixon who built an illuminated, zombie-themed Nativity scene in his front yard ... complete with undead baby Jesus. Alas, his neighbors were none too pleased with his handiwork. » 12/24/14 2:30pm 12/24/14 2:30pm

U.S. spies summon Star Wars for 3D hologram displays

It's one of the most memorable scenes in science fiction: a 3D, holographic Princess Leia, begging for Obi-Wan's help. America's spy services have just plunked down $58 million to make it real. And if you think the gadget-makers behind this "Synthetic Holographic Observation" effort weren't inspired by Star Wars,… » 8/27/12 9:45am 8/27/12 9:45am

Make a tornado of fire out of household items

Forget fireworks, celebrate this 4th of July with a towering inferno of science. Practical Pyromaniac William Gurstelle explains the physics of the phenomenon and shows us how to build our own. Read more over at Gizmodo. » 7/04/11 11:30am 7/04/11 11:30am

An extremely unexpected (and possibly unwelcome) waterfall

Artist Jon Klassen creates friendly but dark drawings and stories about imperiled ships, interesting animals, and castles. He was a concept designer for the movie Coraline, too. See more of his diverting work on his website. » 11/17/10 7:40am 11/17/10 7:40am