China's Terracotta Army Will Make an Appearance in Indianapolis

Since 1974, some 8,000 life-sized terracotta warriors have been discovered guarding the tomb of the First Emperor of China. Beginning May 10th, more than 100 artifacts from the army will be displayed at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the only stateside appearance of the warriors in 2014. » 4/17/14 9:45am Yesterday 9:45am

Fantastic Last-Minute Gifts That You Can Buy Or Make Right Now

Did you wait too long to buy holiday gifts? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Skip the heinous store lines and "sold out" signs. There's plenty of stuff that you can make yourself, or has immediately delivery. Here's our list of last minute gifts that will make your loved ones think you planned ahead. » 12/23/13 1:00pm 12/23/13 1:00pm

One of the most fascinating museums on Earth is in a fetid LA warehouse

Inside an unassuming L.A. warehouse, a bearded man in rubber gloves and a bloodstained t-shirt is pulling bodies apart. The stench is powerful, but conveniently masked by the fleshy funk of a nearby meatpacking plant. He removes a glistening lump of muscle and plops it on a table. "There's the heart" he says cooly. "It's… » 11/05/13 11:40am 11/05/13 11:40am

The Ultimate Guide to this Summer's Geekiest Art and Science Exhibits

Summer is the season for conventions and blockbuster movies, a time to look forward to great new TV and innovative comics. It's also a great time to pop your head into a gallery or museum and see the latest and greatest in art, history, design—and how science relates to them all. Here are some of the geeky exhibits… » 4/28/13 7:00am 4/28/13 7:00am

When they're off duty, these natural history museum exhibits find…

Photographer Klaus Pichler gained access behind the scenes of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna and captured the exhibits while they aren't on display. What he found were striking and often amusing views of sharks out of water, unexpected collections of cobras, and prehistoric humans stored alongside classical… » 2/03/13 7:30am 2/03/13 7:30am

Watch flesh-eating beetles devour a parrot... for science


Sometimes skin, feathers and the more fleshy parts of an animal are just in the way of the part that we need to study. So how do museums get nice clean skeletal specimens? Some museums use harsh chemicals, like hydrogen peroxide and carbon tetrachloride, to eat away the flesh — but this technique can cause damage to… » 11/09/12 11:49am 11/09/12 11:49am

This is easily the best lunar photograph of the 1800s

The landing of the Curiosity rover represents another inspiring jaunt humanity's taken into the nearby reaches of our Solar System. But in the late 1800s, such fantastical expeditions were sequestered to Jules Verne novels, and starry-eyed spacefarers were forced to reconstruct our cosmic neighbors on Earth (and… » 8/06/12 7:25am 8/06/12 7:25am

Welcome to the Smithsonian​’s Atomic Weapons Museum

The Atomic Age is a difficult period to memorialize. Research from the time period yielded a clean form of energy, but also killed hundreds of thousands of individuals in World War II and plunged the planet into a Cold War. The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada aims to collect artifacts and interpret… » 5/17/12 8:20am 5/17/12 8:20am

Take a science fiction road trip for a weird and wonderful summer

We've already told you all about the movies you can look forward to this summer, the TV shows you can watch, and the books and comics you can read. But what if, when summer strikes, you're itching to hit to road? We have roadside attractions, unusual museums, and significant spots from science and science fiction from… » 4/29/12 9:00am 4/29/12 9:00am

Paris exhibit reveals the unspeakable horrors of the Human Zoo

In 1906 a Congolese Mbuti pygmy named Ota Benga was caged and put on display at the monkey house in New York's Bronx zoo to demonstrate "human evolution." In the 1840s, a boy with a small skull was sold to P.T. Barnum. There, he would be called Zip and made to wear a fur suit and scream at the audience in a show called… » 12/01/11 1:23pm 12/01/11 1:23pm

Never eat again after visiting the Museum of Food Anomalies

The Museum of Food Anomalies, entirely located online, allows you drop weight fast. See a frightened little sandwich get smothered in a plastic bag, demonic bell peppers, fruit loops shaped like Saturn, a cryptic message (JUUG) spelled out in an eggplant, and a ranch dressing spill that spontaneously formed the number… » 10/06/11 10:20am 10/06/11 10:20am