I Can't Stop Watching These Parade Balloon Accident Videos

Like stock car races or primary debates, balloon parades are an alleged form of entertainment that's mostly just boring until something goes wrong. Fortunately, with balloon accidents the resulting injuries are primarily psychic in nature—measured in months of therapy for poor Jacob after seeing Pikachu disemboweled… » 11/27/14 6:22pm 11/27/14 6:22pm

Auroras Are Colourful Reminders To Upgrade Our Infrastructure


While beautiful, auroras can also be the harbinger of the collapse of civilization. If a sufficiently large flare and coronal mass ejection spawns a massive solar storm that hits the Earth, the geomagnetic storm could be capable of knocking our electrical infrastructure offline for a long, long time. » 11/09/14 10:39am 11/09/14 10:39am

How NYC Would Respond to an Actual Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Attack

It's been 30 years since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man first squished through Manhattan. With Ghostbusters returning to theaters tomorrow for an anniversary run, we thought it appropriate to consider a very serious question: How would New York City actually fight an evil god in the form of a marshmallow man?… » 8/28/14 1:19pm 8/28/14 1:19pm

The Pre-Holocene Climate Is Returning — And It Won't Be Fun

Our planet has been witness to plenty of strange weather happenings recently, from devastating floods to the polar vortex. These events are providing a glimpse of what it was like during the pre-Holocene era — a time of volatility and destruction. But it could also be a demonstration of where climate change is taking… » 7/24/14 8:40am 7/24/14 8:40am

What Happens To Wildlife After A Tsunami?

After a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck Chile yesterday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama. While it's still too early to know how the wildlife along that stretch of Pacific coastline fared - let alone how our own species fared - we can look to previous… » 4/02/14 11:31am 4/02/14 11:31am

Map: How Hollywood Has Destroyed America

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How many times have you seen New York City destroyed onscreen? Los Angeles? Kansas? For nearly as long as there have been movies, there have been disaster movies. The map above shows 189+ such cinematic attacks—using a very broad definition of the "disaster" genre—that have afflicted various parts of the United… » 3/19/14 2:50pm 3/19/14 2:50pm

Japan's radioactive water is about to reach North American shores

The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami may have struck three years ago, but radioactive water from Japan's beleaguered Fukushima nuclear power plant is now being detected near Canada's West Coast. Scientists will be monitoring North American shores for the next two months, but projections point to good news. » 2/25/14 9:00am 2/25/14 9:00am