What's The Purpose Of The Universe? Here's One Possible Answer

It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there's much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral role in what our universe is actually trying to achieve. » 4/18/14 11:07am 4/18/14 11:07am

This image is why everyone's so excited about a NASA mission to Europa

NASA wants to visit Jupiter's moon Europa. Why's that exciting? In a word: Water. As this visualization shows, the icy moon may look tiny next to our own planet, but it's got 2- to 3-times as much H2O as we have here on Earth. That "little" moon is packing quite the store of water — and with it, scientists think, a… » 3/08/14 8:15am 3/08/14 8:15am

James Cameron has donated his record-breaking submarine to science

Last year, James Cameron became the third person in history to venture to the deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep. He was also the first person to ever make the trip alone – a trip he made in a badass submersible, fittingly named the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER. Now, one year after his historic dive, … » 3/26/13 11:30am 3/26/13 11:30am

What if corporations sponsored superheroes?

Many of our favorite superheroes are wealthy, sponsored by the government, or otherwise manage to scrape together the funds to keep up their crime-fighting lifestyles. But what if superheroes instead took on corporate sponsorships, bearing the colors and logo of whichever company paid their way? Would city-shattering… » 3/10/13 5:00pm 3/10/13 5:00pm

Massive sandcastle Minas Tirith awaits the approaching onslaught of…

Artist Joseph Alvernaz created this 10-foot-tall by 12-foot-wide replica of Gondor's capital city without adhesives, using only sand, water, and a single brace to reinforce the top tower. (Birds kept hitting it.) He says this was his first major sand sculpture, but it's impressive enough that we can almost believe… » 3/10/13 4:00pm 3/10/13 4:00pm

"The Trouble with Tribbles" retold to the tune of Taylor Swift's "I…

Josh Millard wrote and performed this musical retelling of the classic Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles," with a little help from Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." Let "I Knew You Were Tribbles" serve as a warning to anyone who brings furry little breeders home without getting their full backstory. » 3/10/13 3:00pm 3/10/13 3:00pm

Joss Whedon explains why he brought Agent Coulson back to life for …

We're amped that Clark Gregg will be reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson on Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D.. But why, after the events of The Avengers, did Whedon decide to bring back a character who was busy being dead? It's because Whedon felt Gregg was the perfect guy to represent the Marvel Universe's… » 3/10/13 11:30am 3/10/13 11:30am

Striking paintings combine Japanese watercolor with the structures of…

After receiving his Phd in neuroscience at University of Pennsylvania, Greg Dunn decided to explore the structures of the brain and the rest of the nervous system through the medium of paint. Informed by Japanese sumi-e ink wash painting, Dunn paints meditative scenes of neurons the way many artists have painted… » 3/10/13 11:00am 3/10/13 11:00am

In this comedic short, the ultimate music fan travels back in time to…

Benjamin Hewson is a wealthy genius who wants just one thing in life: to meet his idol, rock god Jonny Murtagh. So he travels back from the year 2330 to meet Jonny before he was famous and witness his meteoric rise. But the past—and Jonny—aren't quite what Benjamin expected, and he wonders, could his presence in the… » 3/10/13 10:30am 3/10/13 10:30am

Watch the incredible evolution of Jurassic Park's spitting animatronic…

The videos that Stan Winston Studio has been releasing about their special effects work on various movies are nothing short of astounding, and show off just how detailed their practical effects are. In this video, mechanical effects designer Rick Galinson takes us through the development of that great Dilophosaurus… » 3/10/13 8:30am 3/10/13 8:30am

Too many fly bites can lead to death by bug-spit poisoning

It seems every day there are new revelations about horrible ways we can die. Today? Simuliotoxicosis. That's just toxic shock syndrome, which could be associated with anything. But lately, it has been especially associated with mass attacks of black flies. They can bite an animal - or human - so much that their saliva… » 3/10/13 8:00am 3/10/13 8:00am

Get ready for Season 3 with this 14-minute recap of Game of Thrones

Need a quick refresher on Game of Thrones in advance of the March 31st premiere of Season Three? Never fear, HBO has cut together this handy guide to the highlights of the Second Season, so you'll be up on your Starks, Greyjoys, Lannisters, Freys, and wildlings by the time we hear that glorious theme music once more. » 3/10/13 7:30am 3/10/13 7:30am

Mighty mouse attacks venomous snake to free its fellow mouse

Just because you're prey, that doesn't mean that you have to take being eaten lying down. At Hangzhou Zoo in Zhejiang province, eastern China, zookeepers witnessed an unusual sight after two live mice were placed in a snake's enclosure for supper. As the snake started to eat one of the mice, the other began biting the… » 3/09/13 5:00pm 3/09/13 5:00pm

First Evil Dead reviews paint remake as a psychotic gorefest that will…

Last night, Fede Alvarez's remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead premiered at South by Southwest, and now that the critics have recovered from the haze of fake blood, they are furiously typing up their reviews. The verdict so far? Alvarez may not hit the glorious highs of Raimi's comedy-horror franchise, but he pays loving… » 3/09/13 2:15pm 3/09/13 2:15pm