7 Times Batman has bent his 'no guns' rule

For a hero almost entirely defined by his aversion to firearms, Batman seems to bend his rule a lot: even the latest Batmobile has some huge cannons on the front. It's not the first time he's twisted it, and it won't be the last - but here's just a selection of times Batman has taken fancy to the weapon of the enemy. » 9/12/14 5:23pm 9/12/14 5:23pm

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

I'm sick of saving the world: The case for smaller-scale stories

Sometimes it feels like the genre tales I love are in a storytelling arms race to constantly raise the stakes. We can't even just have the world under threat - it's the solar system, it's the galaxy, hell, throw in the whole damn universe while you're at it. What's happened to the small-scale hero in big entertainment? » 9/08/14 5:48pm 9/08/14 5:48pm

We are entering an era of acceptance for 'weird' pop culture

With the news over the weekend that Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing movie of 2014 in the US, it feels like we're seeing the start of something new in sci-fi and fantasy media - you don't have to hide your properties inherent 'weirdness' to find mainstream success any more. » 9/01/14 2:39pm 9/01/14 2:39pm

The Best Lessons from Childhood Fables (That Still Matter as an Adult)

Fables and other moral stories made their way into our books and cartoons when we were kids, but somewhere along the way, we've probably forgotten some of the important lessons they teach. Maybe you've heard these, maybe you haven't, but here are some of the best lessons that you can learn no matter what age you are. » 7/22/14 3:03am 7/22/14 3:03am

The Best Museum Perks You've Probably Been Missing Out On

When most of us think of museums, we hearken back to field trips where we quietly walk through halls of elaborate, sometimes tedious exhibits. However, museums have so much more to offer that the general public may not be aware of. Here are just a few of the amazing services you can find at your local museum. » 6/04/14 2:45pm 6/04/14 2:45pm

Everything You Need to Know to Survive a Convention

When Summer gets started, the conventions come out to play (and don't stop until Christmas). Whether you're gearing up for Comic Con, Dragon Con, PAX, Comikaze, E3, Momocon, or any of the other hundreds of other cons, there are a few survival tips that can help maximize the fun. » 5/21/14 4:29pm 5/21/14 4:29pm

Why There's So Much Confusion Over Health and Nutrition

If you believed the internet, you'd think there's huge debate over whether eggs, coffee, or salt are good or bad for you. In reality, there's significant agreement on diet and health issues among experts, but the general public is conflicted. So why are we so confused when experts agree? Let's clear the air. » 5/07/14 12:24pm 5/07/14 12:24pm

The Science of Inspiration (and How to Make It Work for You)

Inspiration is fickle and difficult. We all strive for those bright "Aha!" moments, whether we work in a creative or logical field. While it's not a process you can control entirely, there are ways to enable and encourage your brain to have more of those epiphanies when you understand how they work. » 11/20/13 9:41am 11/20/13 9:41am

Top 10 Ways to Perfect Your Daily Routine with the Power of Science

Science is awesome. It explains how birds can fly, why the sky is blue, and how gravity works. However, you can also use science to perfect the tiny details of your everyday life—from sleeping better to working smarter and even cooking better food. Here are 10 ways sciences teaches us how to improve our daily lives. » 7/20/13 3:17pm 7/20/13 3:17pm

The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)

You've seen inspirational quotes that encourage you to get out and do something strange—something you wouldn't normally do—but getting out of your routine just takes so much work. There's actually a lot of science that explains why it's so hard to break out of your comfort zone, and why it's good for you when you do… » 7/04/13 10:33am 7/04/13 10:33am