Everything You Need To Know About The Ring Cycle In One Hilarious Talk

Our favorite fantasy stories owe a huge debt to Norse mythology — especially Norse mythology as filtered through Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas. But how can you make sense of all the craziness? Here is Anna Russell, a professional opera comedian, to help you sort it out. » 3/02/15 7:00pm 3/02/15 7:00pm

Everything you need to know about crapping at the opera before 1830

In case you were wondering how people evacuated their bowels at the London theater in the 19th century, Dr. Michael Burden of the University of Oxford has you covered with his new paper, "Pots, privies and WCs; crapping at the opera in London before 1830." In this edifying study of sanitation in a more fragrant era,… » 5/09/12 7:15am 5/09/12 7:15am

Two leaders of "Faster-Than-Light" Neutrino Team Resign

On the morning of September 22, 2011, OPERA spokesperson Antonio Ereditato announced to the world that members of the OPERA experiment had observed neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. The next day, experimental coordinator Dario Autiero presented the team's findings at an internationally broadcasted… » 3/30/12 12:12pm 3/30/12 12:12pm

Physicists explain technical glitches behind those faster-than-light…

Yesterday, rumors were circulating that last year's faster-than-light neutrino results had been undone by a simple mechanical mishap: one of the fiber optic cables connecting a GPS unit to a computer may have been loose. » 2/23/12 8:00am 2/23/12 8:00am

Faster than light neutrinos may have just been disproven

This could be it, folks. Last September, physicists watching neutrinos travel from the CERN laboratory in Switzerland to Italy's Gran Sasso laboratory announced that they had detected the subatomic particles making the trip 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light dictates is possible. Now, rumors are flying that… » 2/22/12 2:26pm 2/22/12 2:26pm

New data confirms: Neutrinos are still traveling faster than light

When physicists announced in September that they had observed neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light, the scientific community was justifiably skeptical. » 11/18/11 8:00am 11/18/11 8:00am

Physicists to re-run the experiments that produced faster-than-light…

Results from independent cross-checks of last month's FTL neutrino findings wont start rolling in for at least a few more months. In the meantime, however, physicists at the OPERA lab who made the initial observations will be running their experiment yet again — only this time they'll be measuring things a little… » 10/28/11 1:37pm 10/28/11 1:37pm

Faster-than-light neutrinos could be proof of extra dimensions

The recent announcement that neutrinos had been observed seemingly going faster than the speed of light sent shockwaves through the physics community. But there's one possible explanation that could keep Einstein's relativity intact and open up a whole new cosmos. » 9/28/11 1:36pm 9/28/11 1:36pm

Physicists explain controversial finding of faster-than-light particles

Yesterday, CERN physicists shocked the world with news of a scientific finding that could revolutionize the field of physics. The researchers claim to have observed what many had believed to be impossible: subatomic particles called neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light. » 9/23/11 3:15pm 9/23/11 3:15pm

The leading man plays a killer whale in Berlin's underwater opera

What links a scientific research station in Antarctica with a unique opera performance in Germany's capital? » 5/08/11 7:30am 5/08/11 7:30am

A space opera that's an actual opera

Portland, Maine composer Richard DeCosta has created an actual space opera, with singing aliens and a heroic saga of aliens escaping from slavery. And he needs your help to make it a reality. (Especially if you're a grantwriter.) » 8/30/10 12:30pm 8/30/10 12:30pm

100+ amazing pieces of Star Wars concept art

You can't celebrate the awesomeness of concept art without paying special tribute to Star Wars. Ralph McQuarrie's paintings for the original trilogy inspired every concept artist today, and the prequels and video games' art was eye-popping. Here are our favorites. » 6/20/10 1:00pm 6/20/10 1:00pm

Alan Moore is not writing an opera with Gorillaz. Boo!

At a panel at the University of Northampton, Alan Moore confirmed that he was no longer writing an opera about the alchemist John Dee with Gorillaz — apparently all of the writing and planning had been foisted upon Moore. Damn! » 6/12/10 1:15pm 6/12/10 1:15pm

Alan Moore and the Gorillaz Team Up to Write a Magical Monkey Opera

Alan Moore is on board to pen the libretto for Gorillaz creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's next opera. No word on the show's plot, but Albarn and Hewlett's last opera focused on a mythological monkey's spiritual pilgrimage. [Guardian] » 11/10/09 3:00pm 11/10/09 3:00pm

Opéra Comique: Manhattan Takes the Met

Going to the opera is like having a separate browser just for porn: You do it because you’re married. But when my wife called me at work to say we had free tickets to something called Doctor Manhattan » 11/09/08 11:00am 11/09/08 11:00am at the Met and asked if I wanted to go, I was intrigued. With all the hoopla over how well Zack Snyder’s movie will…

Naked, Drugged-Out, Futuristic Surgical Death — With Singing!

New gothpunk musical Repo! The Genetic Opera » 11/07/08 9:40am 11/07/08 9:40am hits select theaters this evening with the sound of dissected organs hitting the pavement. Either you've never heard of this rock opera turned dystopian sci-fi story about organ repossession in the 2050s, or you're one of those internet fans who've been jamming to the…

The Season's Real Genetic Opera Is "The Fly"

Sure you can see Paris Hilton getting her face » 9/02/08 8:00am 9/02/08 8:00am slashed in forthcoming movie , but this month in David Cronenberg's fiendishly seductive opera adaptation of his 1980s gorefest , you can see a naked man go transgenic and turn his entire body into an experiment in human-insect genetic hybridization. Plus, the naked…