10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed To Exist

As we head deeper into the 21st century, we're starting to catch a glimpse of the fantastic technological possibilities that await. But we're also starting to get a grim sense of the potential horrors. Here are 10 frightening technologies that should never, ever, come into existence. » 9/16/14 10:10am 9/16/14 10:10am

​What Creators of Doom and Myst Thought Of Each Other's Games in 1993

'"It's an adventure game! It's mass market! It's the anti-Doom! We have to crush this game!" "'What is this?! Demons on Mars?! People are playing this?!" » 4/20/14 11:00am 4/20/14 11:00am

New calculations suggest the Universe could collapse at any time

All things being equal, the universe is set to continually expand, eventually ripping itself to shreds in about 22 billion years. But Danish scientists say an expanding bubble of existential doom could crush the Universe into a tiny ball. And crazily, the odds of this collapse is higher than previously thought. » 12/13/13 12:40pm 12/13/13 12:40pm

Yes, One Person Could Actually Destroy the World

Apocalyptic weapons are currently the domain of world powers. But this is set to change. Within a few decades, small groups — and even single individuals — will be able to get their hands on any number of extinction-inducing technologies. As shocking as it sounds, the world could be destroyed by a small team or a… » 11/25/13 11:27am 11/25/13 11:27am

Watch Live: Defending Earth from Asteroids with Neil Tyson

Asteroids orbit the Sun between Mars and Jupiter in the asteroid belt. But near-Earth asteroids come much closer to our planet. Major collisions are exceedingly rare, but there are about a million near-Earth asteroids that are large enough to substantially damage or destroy a major city. » 10/24/13 12:01pm 10/24/13 12:01pm

Newly declassified docs reveal Queen's secret 1983 nuclear war speech

During the early 1980s, as the Cold War heated up, British officials drafted a stirring speech for Queen Elizabeth in the event of imminent nuclear war. Here's what she would have said to her loyal subjects on the eve of armageddon. » 8/01/13 1:40pm 8/01/13 1:40pm

10 Great Movies in which the Heroes Are Doomed

Aren't you tired of those goody-goody heroes saving the day in every movie? When they walk off into the sunset, all happy and fulfilled, doesn't it eat into your bitter, desiccated soul? Here are a few great movies that let you take the edge off that anger. In these, the heroes are doomed. Dooooomed! » 7/04/13 11:00am 7/04/13 11:00am

50+ Glorious Opening Voiceovers from Science Fiction Movies

Behold the wondrous opening sequence of Spielberg's War of the Worlds. Any movie that starts with Morgan Freeman's cask-aged voice, telling us we're screwed, is off to a great start. Many science-fiction movies open with voiceover narration, which prepares you for greatness... or bombards you with backstory. » 12/11/12 2:00pm 12/11/12 2:00pm

How serious does an asteroid threat have to be before we take action?

NASA's Near-Earth Object Program has revised the odds of asteroid 2011 AG5 hitting the Earth in 2040 to 1 in 500. While they describe this threat as "slight", it got us thinking: Just how serious does the risk have to be, before we should do something about it? » 6/26/12 12:00pm 6/26/12 12:00pm

Does a galaxy filled with habitable planets mean humanity is doomed?

Last week, we reported on the astounding confirmation that all solar systems in the Galaxy probably have planets, and that Earthlike planets are more common than previously thought. While this seems like good news for SETI-enthusiasts, the revelation is actually quite disturbing. » 6/18/12 2:20pm 6/18/12 2:20pm

Do we need another Doom movie, even in 3D?

Remember Dwayne Johnson's sad adaptation of the first-person shooter game Doom? Well Hollywood isn't about to let that terrible franchise die out, like other 90s fads. In fact, Universal wants to reboot the Doom movie series — in 3D. » 3/10/11 6:30am 3/10/11 6:30am

Global warming will kick the crap out of different hemispheres in…

Global warming affects all of us, but that doesn't mean it'll unite the world. If anything, it'll split the planet in two: Storms in the northern hemisphere will follow a very different pattern than storms in the southern hemisphere. » 10/25/10 12:39pm 10/25/10 12:39pm

Stephen Hawking Predicts the End of Humanity, Again

Stephen Hawking, brilliant astrophysicist and nefarious alien doomsday prophet, is again atop his soapbox preaching the end of humanity should we not board spaceships and colonize the solar system and beyond. » 8/09/10 12:23pm 8/09/10 12:23pm

The biggest box office disasters that Hollywood hyped at Comic Con

Every major studio hopes the films it showcases at Comic Con this year will be major hits. But if history's any indication, some of those movies will tank. Here are the biggest turkeys Comic Con has seen in years past. » 7/19/10 6:20am 7/19/10 6:20am

50 Glorious Scifi Movie Intro Voiceovers

Any movie that starts with Morgan Freeman's cask-aged voice, telling us we're screwed, is off to a great start. Many science-fiction movies open with voiceovers, which prepare you for greatness... or bombard you with backstory. Here are 50 of our favorites. » 6/12/09 12:36pm 6/12/09 12:36pm

Will The Next Doom Game Have A Real Story?

Id Software has hired acclaimed novelist Graham Joyce to "contribute to the storyline" for Doom 4. Does this mean a plot? Characterization? Just as long as there's no genetic-evil-sensing tongue, like in the movie. [ZDnet] » 1/22/09 1:49pm 1/22/09 1:49pm

Finally, A Video Game Movie For Smart People

Dystopian-future video game Bioshock will soon be a movie from Universal Studios, directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean). Finally, a video game movie that has a chance at holding the audience's attention. According to Variety, this is the biggest video game-to-movie-deal since the abortive Halo film. At… » 5/09/08 8:40am 5/09/08 8:40am

Tongue-Shooting Action in Doom

Doom is one of those rare naratives that works both as a violent video game and a violent movie. Here, in the film version, you can see why. A weird virus/mutation/science whatsit has gotten loose in a research station on Mars. It's turning everybody into angry monsters who shoot tongues. But that's not all:… » 2/13/08 4:30pm 2/13/08 4:30pm