Martian chemicals are great for microbes, possibly toxic to humans

Last year, NASA's Curiosity Rover confirmed something discovered by multiple previous Martian landers: the surface of the red planet is full of reactive chlorinated hydrocarbons known as perchlorates. That's great news for the search for life on Mars, but it could be a disaster for any new life hoping to travel there. » 6/16/13 4:02pm 6/16/13 4:02pm

The women of Marvel wear their flowing, formal costume attire

Art nouveau heroines are the latest trend among fan artists, but Hanie Mohd has added a fashionable touch, draping Marvel's superheroines in long, flowing dresses based on their slim-fitting costumes. » 12/16/12 3:00pm 12/16/12 3:00pm

Marvel Comics spills the beans on their big 2012 event: Avengers vs.…

We heard hints of this project at the New York Comic-Con and we know that Cable is squaring off against the Avengers in January. But starting in March 2012, Avengers Vs. X-Men — a 12-issue, biweekly series written by Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and Matt Fraction — will see… » 12/06/11 10:45am 12/06/11 10:45am

Awesome X-Men fashion goes beyond spandex and ruby-red visors

Mutant haute couture tends to begin and end with leather jackets, pouches, not-battlefield-worthy corsets, and blue-and-yellow school uniforms that leave nothing to the imagination. » 11/06/11 11:55am 11/06/11 11:55am

Mystique. Emma Frost. Phoenix. Kitty Pryde. Lilandra. Karma. Callisto. Polaris. Spiral. Dazzler. Rogue. Storm. Jubilee. Psylocke.

Atlas Comics, Marvel's short-lived competitor from the 1970s, is…

From 1974-1975, Marvel Comics founder Martin Goodman's Atlas Comics attracted major talents like Steve Ditko and Neal Adams, created dozens of original characters, and promptly disappeared. Now, Goodman's grandson Jason is resurrecting Atlas in time for the New York Comic-Con. » 9/14/10 2:40pm 9/14/10 2:40pm

Did we discover signs of life on Mars...in 1976?

NASA's Viking probes were colossally disappointing for those looking for life on Mars - not only were there no signs of life, we didn't even find its essential building blocks. Or maybe we just didn't know what to look for. » 9/05/10 9:50am 9/05/10 9:50am

Wolverine, Cyclops, and Phoenix, as directed by John Hughes

Illustrator Cliff Chiang has rendered Marvel Comics' most notorious — and immature — love triangle in an homage to one of Hughes' most beloved teen-angst-o-ramas, Pretty in Pink. » 5/26/10 12:40pm 5/26/10 12:40pm

Here's How X-Men's Favorite Redhead Could Have Returned...

Astro City writer Kurt Busiek shares a genuine piece of comic history at his blog: the original notes for the story that became the return of X-Men's Jean Grey, unseen even by the people who actually wrote the story. [Busiek.com] » 2/08/10 3:39pm 2/08/10 3:39pm

Will Marvel Really Exhume X-Men's Greatest Moment Again?

Is Marvel Comics really going to bring Jean Grey back from the dead for a second time? A new promotional image for their worryingly-named Second Coming event teases that very possibility more than ever. » 2/02/10 6:30am 2/02/10 6:30am

The 15 Dumbest Superhero Retcons Of All Time

Superheroes can escape almost any trap... except for 50 years' worth of backstory that's dated, self-contradictory or gets in the way of a story. So what do you do? Reach for the retcon! Here are 15 examples of retcon fail. » 11/17/09 8:40am 11/17/09 8:40am

X2 Screenwriter Explains How He Would Have Written X3

X2 screenwriter Michael Dougherty didn't get a crack at the third X-Men script, but he and Bryan Singer did kick around some ideas for a Phoenix-centric movie. He shares his different take on Rogue and the end of Jean Grey. » 11/09/09 10:30am 11/09/09 10:30am

10 Favorite Faux Deaths In Science Fiction

Death really isn't the end in science fiction... It just depends on whether or not it can be written around later. Here are some of our favorite NotDeaths that prove that the Grim Reaper should really up his game. » 11/08/09 12:00pm 11/08/09 12:00pm

Happy Birthday, Marvel Comics!

Today is the 70th birthday of Marvel Comics, and they're celebrating with creator signings and a great offer on subscriptions. But we'd rather focus on what makes the company great: Here're five characters that Marvel can be rightfully proud of.
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Good Night, Sweet Phoenix

Five months ago, it landed on the Martian surface » 11/01/08 1:00pm 11/01/08 1:00pm — and into our hearts. It gave us soil analysis data, , and even . Now, with its power deteriorating, its sunlight exposure shrinking, and Martian temperatures dropping to almost -100°C, the Phoenix lander's time may be up. Project manager Barry Goldstein admitted…

Mystery White Substance, But No Water Yet at Martian Pole

The Phoenix Lander, our favorite robot chemistry lab on Mars, has successfully cooked up some soil in its oven to see if water evaporates from it when heated. So far, no dice. Though the Martian rovers Opportunity and Spirit have found evidence of evaporated water at the equator of the planet, Phoenix hasn't yet… » 6/17/08 2:26pm 6/17/08 2:26pm

Stunning High Res Shots of Phoenix Lander

The space blogosphere is rightfully abuzz over some jaw-dropping images the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera has taken of the Phoenix Lander parachuting down to Mars (pictured) and then resting safely on the Martian surface along with its parachute and heat shield nearby (below). » 5/28/08 2:00pm 5/28/08 2:00pm

Will Phoenix Mars Rover Disappear Like the Last Mars Polar Lander?

What happened to Polar Lander, the last Mars rover that NASA tried to land in the Martian polar region, where it hopes that the Phoenix rover will touch down on May 25? The mysterious fate of the lander that simply disappeared moments before reaching Mars has been the subject of both scientific and UFO-logy debates.… » 5/09/08 3:26pm 5/09/08 3:26pm