O.C.P. Now Stands For 'Opening Crap Pitch'

RoboCop threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Detroit today, and it was only marginally better than his latest movie. His appearance was supposed to coincide with an unveiling of the long-dreamt-of statue everyone wants to see planted in old Detroit, but alas, that didn't really come off, either. » 6/04/14 12:28am 6/04/14 12:28am

Was That Just a Gamma Ray Burst in Andromeda?! (Updated: No, but still…

The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission just saw something bright in the Andromeda Galaxy. It was either a Gamma-Ray Burst or an Ultraluminous X-Ray Object, but either way it will be the closest event we've ever observed. ...unless it's just a known X-ray object, a programming bug, and a thunderstorm.. » 5/27/14 8:23pm 5/27/14 8:23pm

Harsh Reality Break: 234 Girls Kidnapped from Physics Test (Updated)

Warning: this is a horrible story. 234 young women were abducted from a physics test in Nigeria, specifically to keep them from getting an education. Nothing is being done to find them. Collective public outrage is the only tool that can possibly get a search started. Updates at the bottom. » 4/26/14 4:46pm 4/26/14 4:46pm

Hazard, Risk, and the Steelhead (Oso) Landslide in Washington

On March 22nd, a massive landslide buried a town in the state of Washington. It is the most deadly landslide within the United States in a decade, and we knew it could happen. Living in the path of impending catastrophe is a choice we all make daily, but that doesn't make it easy. » 3/26/14 1:59pm 3/26/14 1:59pm

Holy crap, this year's flu season is shaping up to be downright…

The CDC has just released its latest update on influenza activity in the United States, and the picture it paints is not pretty. First things first: GET VACCINATED. You're over six months old? Get vaccinated. Someone you interact with on a regular basis is at high risk of flu complications (i.e. young, old, pregnant,… » 1/11/13 8:30am 1/11/13 8:30am

Colorado shooter allegedly modeled himself after the Joker

Just when you thought this couldn't get more horrifying and appalling. James Holmes, the 24-year-old shooter currently in custody for killing 12 people at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, allegedly modeled himself after the Batman villain, the Joker. ABC News has confirmed this information… » 7/20/12 1:58pm 7/20/12 1:58pm

Star Wars and Marvel both launching tabletop games next year


At this year's GenCon, the big announcements on the floor were that two major franchises had just found new homes as tabletop games: Fantasy Flight Games scored a wide-ranging license for Star Wars products, and Margaret Weis Productions will be making a Marvel RPG. I got a chance to swing by both their booths, and… » 8/08/11 11:56am 8/08/11 11:56am