How Long Can Humans Hold Their Breath?

Holding your breath may not be the flashiest feat of athleticism, but performing it at its highest level is still incredibly impressive, especially since it's something we've all done, and can all relate to. The limits to which some can push breath control, in fact, are more impressive than most people probably know. »11/19/13 7:24pm11/19/13 7:24pm

An Alternate History of Doctor Who, in which the Doctor has always been played by women

We've wondered if one of the Doctor's future incarnations might be female, but what would Doctor Who have been like if the Doctor had always been played by a woman? Alasdair Stuart of SciFind has cooked up an alternate history of Doctor Who, positing which actresses might be a match for each of the eleven Doctors, the… »2/09/13 7:00pm2/09/13 7:00pm

Benedict Cumberbatch's next big role might be as Alan Turing

This falls within the realm of strong rumor, but it's an exciting rumor all the same. Deadline is reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch is "in deep conversations" to play cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing in the biopic The Imitation Game, a script from the 2011 Black List. Will Cumberbatch make the jump… »2/03/13 1:30pm2/03/13 1:30pm

The First Doctor returns to Doctor Who, courtesy of... Harry Potter?!

Well, now we know one previous Doctor that's going to make an appearance during Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. Although William Hartnell, the actor who originated the role in 1963, passed away in 1975, David Bradley has been cast ias the Doctor — Bradley being better known as Argus Filch, the surly Hogwarts custodian… »1/30/13 11:30am1/30/13 11:30am

China arrests 500 people for believing in tomorrow's Mayan Apocalypse

Here in the United States, we're mostly treating tomorrow's scheduled End of Days as a bit of a joke — but in China, it's deadly serious. At least, serious enough for the Chinese government to round up and detain 500 members of the Church of Almighty God, a Chinese religious sect, for spreading the notion that the… »12/20/12 6:14pm12/20/12 6:14pm

R.I.P. Sir Patrick Moore, who brought the mysteries of space into the living room

For many astronomers, their love of space began with a man on their television set. Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore began hosting the BBC's The Sky at Night in 1957, and for the next 55 years, he unraveled the mysteries of the cosmos for his viewers and helped them understand what they were seeing when they looked toward… »12/09/12 1:30pm12/09/12 1:30pm

Liberals and goblins, beware: Stephen Colbert will have a cameo in The Hobbit

Stephen Colbert is an enormous fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's works. Just look at his explanation of American politics using Lord of the Rings action figures or his challenging James Franco to a Tolkien debate. Colbert even owns Aragorn's sword, Anduril. So if any satirical political pundit deserves a role in Jackson's Hobbit »10/20/12 4:30pm10/20/12 4:30pm

Space Shuttle Endeavour takes its final trip through the streets of Los Angeles

The retired space shuttle Endeavour rolled into its final home this morning, the California Science Center at Exposition Park. But before being put out to pasture, Endeavour got one final ride this weekend, through the streets of Los Angeles, treating locals to the surreal sight of a space shuttle in their midst. »10/14/12 4:00pm10/14/12 4:00pm