Sometimes all it takes is a cape to transform into someone’s superhero

Redditor resgestae spotted this pair in a hardware store and titled the resulting photo, "I know a good dad when I see one." Here's a guy who knows his kid is super and understands the power a symbolic article of clothing can lend to a hero—be they superpowered or just big-hearted. » 1/27/13 8:30am 1/27/13 8:30am

Historical data reveals that having an older sibling can wreck your life

As a kid, having older siblings is either wonderful or horrible, depending on the day of the week, phase of the moon, or what stage of puberty they're going through. But over the course of your lifespan, are they generally a force for good or evil? Well, if you look at the data, it's a bit of both. » 11/22/12 8:30am 11/22/12 8:30am

Ancient graves suggest that family didn't really matter 9,000 years ago

Çatalhöyük is one of the world's most ancient settlements, founded in what is now Turkey around 7,500 BCE. New analysis of the village's dead reveals something strange about this ancient village: nobody cared very much about family ties. » 6/29/11 3:26pm 6/29/11 3:26pm

The heart of Lost's island discovered outside of Buffalo, NY

Lost's mysterious cave, the heart of the island, was discovered just outside of Buffalo, New York. Get a better look at this totally natural phenomenon - just don't expect a better series ending to be hiding in there, somewhere. » 12/20/10 8:00am 12/20/10 8:00am

In the ancient Amazon, children had many fathers - and women many lovers

Few cultures are as sexually liberated as those of the ancient Amazon rainforest. Nearly 70 percent of the tribes practiced multiple paternity, in which all of a woman's sexual partners were fathers to her children. » 11/11/10 11:13am 11/11/10 11:13am

"No Ordinary Family" won't save superhero television

With Heroes off the air, ABC hopes to sate your appetite for superpowered television with No Ordinary Family, about a family of newly-minted superheroes. But this live-action Incredibles may find its origin story is its own greatest foe. » 7/25/10 1:00pm 7/25/10 1:00pm

Futuristic And Genetically-Engineered Families That Already Exist

We all know that IVF and other innovations can help infertile couples have children. But can science also help family structures emerge that have never existed before, like kids with three parents? It already has. Here are four examples. » 2/15/10 5:10pm 2/15/10 5:10pm

Research Shows Two Gay Parents Are Better Than A Single Straight One

Anti-gay marriage activists have argued vigorously that children need a mother and father. Now a new research study shows that kids do need two parents — but that gender doesn't matter. » 1/27/10 11:45am 1/27/10 11:45am

An Evil Steve Jobs Lords Over Robert Rodriguez's "Shorts"

In seven new clips from Robert Rodriguez's family comedy Shorts, we see the chaos a wish-granting rock can bring: booger monsters, cognitively ascended infants, and super-strong miniature aliens. But they're no match for James Spader as an evil Steve Jobs. » 8/10/09 12:30pm 8/10/09 12:30pm

Science Fiction’s Most Dysfunctional Families

As Thanksgiving approaches, families around the US are gathering to give thanks, eat food, and annoy the hell out of one another. When your family starts arguing about your uncle's drinking, your sister's convict boyfriend, or your cousin's decision to drop out of college, be glad that you don't have to contend with… » 11/25/08 12:03pm 11/25/08 12:03pm

Science Fiction's Most Surprising Family Ties

On last week's Heroes » 9/30/08 12:00pm 9/30/08 12:00pm premiere, one character learned the shocking truth about his parentage. And he's hardly the first. When scifi's heroes and villains start shaking the family tree, a few unexpected branches are sure to tumble down. We collected some of science fiction's greatest genealogical curveballs. Be…