XKCD's Creator Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning


XKCD's Randall Munroe is publishing a book of science explainers! What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is due out September 2. To celebrate its imminent arrival, here's the first chapter from the book – an explainer about global devastation. Fun! » 8/21/14 1:40pm 8/21/14 1:40pm

Why it took forever to allow public input on naming planets

Last week, the International Astronomical Union – the sanctioning body that oversees the naming of planets, among other thingsreversed its official stance on 1) whether to bother naming extrasolar planets and 2) whether the public should be included in the naming process. XKCD's take on the announcement is easily… » 8/19/13 2:36pm 8/19/13 2:36pm

All 786 confirmed planets in one handy infographic

Leave it to XKCD to whip up an awesome exoplanet infographic [click to embiggen]. I'd petition for Randall Munroe to have it made into a purchasable poster, but at the rate NASA's Kepler Mission is discovering planets beyond our solar system, it wouldn't be long before he had to update it — with way, way more planets. » 6/20/12 1:40pm 6/20/12 1:40pm

Behold xkcd's massive infographic comparing the depths of Earth's lakes…

Presumably prompted by James Cameron's journey to the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe has plotted out the varying depths of Earth's bodies of water to scale. You can see the full version of this map by clicking the lower-right corner of the above image or clicking here. » 4/09/12 3:45pm 4/09/12 3:45pm