The Long And Terrible History Of DC Comics Mistreating Batgirl

Batgirl has been in the media for all the wrong reasons recently — but this is nothing new. The iconic heroine has long been a source of controversy for DC, thanks to a series of strange decisions. Here's the story of DC's Batgirls, and the controversies that have come to define them. » 3/31/15 12:15pm Yesterday 12:15pm

A Brief History Of Daredevil, Marvel's Latest TV Hero

In a few weeks, Marvel will branch out its Cinematic Universe to Netflix with Daredevil, a new series about the eponymous Man Without Fear. Not familiar with Matt Murdock's past? Here's a brief history of Hell's Kitchen's greatest defender to catch you up before he hits the small screen. » 3/25/15 1:25pm 3/25/15 1:25pm

The Complete History Of Marvel Superhero Movies: 1990-2008

Iron Man may have changed the game for Marvel movies, but Marvel already had a long history of movie-making before the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's part two of our look back at the history of Marvel comic book movies, as we head into the 90's and come right up to 2008. » 3/17/15 12:50pm 3/17/15 12:50pm

The Secret History Of Marvel's Movies Before Iron Man: Part 1

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed the face of blockbuster movies as we know them today. But Marvel's own history with film started long before the first Iron Man film in 2008. Here's the history of Marvel movies on the big and small screen, from the 1940s to the dawn of the Avengers Initiative. » 3/11/15 12:00pm 3/11/15 12:00pm

A History Of Gundam, The Anime That Defined The Giant Robot Revolution 

Almost four decades ago, Mobile Suit Gundam aired in Japan and changed the way the country looked at giant robots. Here's a brief history of how Gundam established a new genre of anime, changed the way the West consumed Japanese animation, and became a cultural touchstone for the robotics technology of the future. » 3/09/15 11:00am 3/09/15 11:00am

A History Of Time Travel In The DC Universe

As Convergence gets ready to turn the world of DC Comics upside down and The Flash begins experimenting with travelling back and forth in time on TV, it feels like a big time for DC's take on time travel. But really, time travel has been a crucial part of the way DC has structured its comics for decades. » 3/04/15 1:31pm 3/04/15 1:31pm

Why Are People Still Surprised That Aquaman Is A Badass?

You've heard the jokes, seen the memes. Even when Zack Snyder unveiled the tattooed, Khal Drogo-ized Aquaman of the DC movieverse, many saw it as a response to the character's perceived bad rep. But Aquaman has been formidable for years. Here's a complete history of Aquaman's rise to badassery. » 2/24/15 9:05am 2/24/15 9:05am

The Movies You Must Watch To Understand Godzilla

Since he first rose out of the Pacific Ocean to destroy Tokyo in 1954, Godzilla has been an icon. But he's also changed with the times, morphing from a terrifying death monster into a kid-friendly pal and back again. Here's what you need to know about the Big G's cinematic past to understand this complicated kaiju. » 5/15/14 1:15pm 5/15/14 1:15pm

Totally Radical: A Microhistory of 1980s Science Fiction

In the 1980s, science fiction ruled over everything. Most of the biggest movies and books of the decade were scifi, and cyberpunk became the era's pop aesthetic. Here's how the 1980s changed the genre forever. » 2/11/14 4:23pm 2/11/14 4:23pm

Should you really start eating insects?

Earlier this month, the UN released a paper touting the nutritional and environmental benefits of insects. The paper caused quite a stir in the media, with a mix of fascination, head-nodding, and not a little revulsion. But why is the UN advocating entomophagy? Why aren't we eating bugs already? And should you really… » 5/26/13 7:00am 5/26/13 7:00am

Everything you need to know about alcohol for your St. Patrick's Day…

Whether you're already three sheets to the wind or abstaining from booze this St. Patrick's Day, get to know a little bit more about the wet and intoxicating stuff. We've collected some of our favorite posts about the science, social science, and history of alcohol, so you'll have more to say about your beer aside… » 3/17/13 7:30am 3/17/13 7:30am

The Hottest Trend in Recent Korean Television: Time Travel. For Love.

China may have cracked down on television shows that depict time travel — but meanwhile, in Korea, journeys through time became the hottest trend on the small screen. » 1/15/13 3:40pm 1/15/13 3:40pm

Why getting physically stronger will help you live longer

Fitness trends come and go, but weight training in particular never seems to come into style. Part of the problem is that most people associate it with bodybuilding culture, and women in particular are reluctant to join the guys at the back of the gym. » 10/19/12 8:05am 10/19/12 8:05am

How Felix Baumgartner Will Set the New Skydive Record — and Break the…

Everything is set for this coming Monday's skydive stunt spectacular, in which Felix Baumgartner will attempt to set a new world record for the highest, longest, and fastest freefall in history. Once he leaps from a helium balloon positioned 23 miles (37 km) above New Mexico, Baumgartner expects to go supersonic a… » 10/05/12 11:42am 10/05/12 11:42am

Everything You Need To Know About Judge Dredd

If your experience with Judge Dredd has been limited to famous Anthrax songs, not famous Human League songs, and watching the 1995 Sylvester Stallone movie hungover on basic cable on Sunday afternoons, know that Mega-City One's top cop has a complex (and rather wacky) pedigree. Here's a crash course on why Dredd is… » 9/20/12 11:45am 9/20/12 11:45am

Are fan fiction and fan art legal?

Fan fiction and fan art are both enormous components of our popular culture, a way we retell our favorite stories just as humans have always retold myths and legends. But sometimes creators, publishers, and studios claim that works of fan art and fan fiction violate their copyright. So is that Supernatural fanfic… » 8/12/12 9:00am 8/12/12 9:00am

Here's how Curiosity will use its laser to search for the ingredients…

NASA's Curiosity is set to make its historic landing this coming Sunday, August 5. Once settled, the rover will get to work analyzing the Martian surface and atmosphere for signs that the planet was once capable of harboring life — or might be again. But what does it mean to search for "potential" habitability? » 8/03/12 2:22pm 8/03/12 2:22pm

How do "mystery spots" and "gravity hills" work?

You probably have a local "Mystery Spot" in your area, and it undoubtedly features a gravity hill — that is, a place where either water or solid objects seem to move uphill against the force of gravity. But do these uncanny spots really defy the laws of physics? » 8/03/12 8:05am 8/03/12 8:05am

What is "blood doping," and why does it matter?

Any time someone breaks a record, people inevitably bring up the possibility that they had some illegal enhancements. Just yesterday, gold medalist Ye Shiwen was accused of "blood doping" to improve her performance. You may be familiar with steroids and other drugs — but what on Earth is "blood doping?" And why would… » 8/01/12 7:00am 8/01/12 7:00am

Surefire Tips and Tricks to Convince People You Have Psychic Powers

So you want to be a psychic. You want to make tons of money, preying on desperate, gullible people. Let's assume you don't actually have psychic powers — or else, you already know that you don't need to read this article. For the rest of us, pretending to have clairvoyant abilities is a whole complicated art form. » 7/05/12 9:00am 7/05/12 9:00am