What Are These Strange, Beautiful Clouds Over Tunisia?

A gorgeous picture of a sunset painting brilliant colors over dramatic spirals in a wavy deck of clouds is making the rounds on social media this afternoon. The picture—purportedly taken in Tunisia—is so spectacular that it almost looks photoshopped. Here's an explanation for how these incredible clouds formed. » 12/18/14 1:00am Yesterday 1:00am

Explaining Microbursts, One of Nature's Most Dangerous Wind Storms

A major wind event known as a "microburst" leveled thousands of trees in Easthampton, Massachusetts this morning. Microbursts can create more damage than a weak tornado, and they're responsible for many lethal airplane crashes. What is a microburst and how do they form? » 10/09/14 3:03am 10/09/14 3:03am

A Quick Guide to the Worldbuilding of Destiny

Destiny is out! And whilst it might be the most-preordered new property in gaming history, not everyone who'd be interested in a new scifi story is necessarily interested in playing a shooter to find out about it. So let's take a look at a little of what we know about the universe of Destiny and its inhabitants so far. » 9/10/14 3:20pm 9/10/14 3:20pm

Was The Doctor right? A look at the myth and reality of Robin Hood

As The Doctor confidently states in last night's episode of Doctor Who, there's 'No such thing as Robin Hood'. But was he correct? Let's take a closer look at the literary and actual history behind one of Britain's most famous legends - and maybe how the hero of Sherwood can find familiarity with the hero of Gallifrey. » 9/07/14 5:14pm 9/07/14 5:14pm

This Strange Phenomenon Allows Scientists To Control People's Daydreams

Ever heard of the Perky Effect? It sounds cutesy-poo, but it's an effect that has led to a decades-long investigation that reveals a startling truth. Even if you don't consciously control your dreams, you probably think you control your daydreams. But that might not actually be true. » 8/26/14 11:00am 8/26/14 11:00am

What Is the Difference Between a Cyclone, Typhoon, and Hurricane?

One of the biggest sticking points when it comes to weather forecasts is the public's confusion over the terms "hurricane," "typhoon," and "cyclone." Since they're three different names, people think they're three different kinds of storm. Here's a quick explainer on what's in a name. » 8/07/14 11:53pm 8/07/14 11:53pm

The DMCA: How It Works and How It's Abused

Earlier this week, we learned about the latest in DMCA takedown notice scandals: Randy Queen using them to get posts about his work taken down from the Escher Girls tumblr. This is not how the DMCA is supposed to be used. And, in theory, it has mechanisms to prevent that. But they aren't winning the battle. Abusers… » 8/06/14 5:15am 8/06/14 5:15am

Your Guide To Evo 2014, The Year's Biggest Fighting Game Tournament

We're coming up on Evo, the biggest fighting game tournament in America. It will run Friday to Sunday from Las Vegas and be streamed online for the world to see. It'll be the biggest Evo yet. But maybe you aren't prepared—there are eight completely different games at this one event, after all, and what makes them… » 7/10/14 5:09pm 7/10/14 5:09pm

Why Being a Person Doesn't Matter If You're Not a Citizen

Science fiction has often grappled with the question of the rights of non-human intelligences that are indistinguishable from the rights of humans. They've often come down to the fact that, no matter their origin, people are people who have certain rights. But they might be focusing on the wrong question. The real… » 6/17/14 3:30am 6/17/14 3:30am