We are not the boss of natural selection. It is unpwnable.

Last week, David Attenborough told The Guardian that humans "have put a halt to natural selection," and with it our genetic and physical evolution. In this expertly crafted rebuttal, University of Rhode Island anthropologist Holly Dunsworth explains why he's wrong. » 9/16/13 8:25am 9/16/13 8:25am

New Images Suggest Event Horizon Could Have Been Awesome

One of the movies that showed great promise that it never quite managed to deliver on was Paul W.S. Anderson's Event Horizon. The space horror starred Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Kathleen Quinlan as members of a rescue vessel, the Lewis and Clark, sent to check on a distress signal sent from the Event Horizon, a… » 8/18/13 8:00am 8/18/13 8:00am

When NASA blew gigantic holes in Arizona for the Apollo Mission

NASA knew full well that the Apollo lunar landing missions were risky, and it took steps to minimize the chances of losing astronauts in space. Redundancies were built into the spacecraft, and astronauts and technicians alike spent hours simulating missions. Mission planners also used simulations to anticipate as many … » 3/05/13 9:40am 3/05/13 9:40am

In Reality, Nebulae Offer No Place for Spaceships to Hide

In the Battlestar: Galactica universe, nebulas are a nifty spot to hide from the Cylons that are plotting to kill humanity. There's just one problem with the hypothesis, though: These diffuse areas of gas in our universe are actually very faint, even if you get close up. Probably too faint for a hiding spot. » 2/25/13 8:20am 2/25/13 8:20am

Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis…

Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Electrical engineer Todd Coleman at the University of California at San Diego is devising noninvasive means of controlling machines via the mind,… » 2/20/13 7:40am 2/20/13 7:40am

The Worst Lies That Mainstream Nutrition Has Told You

When it comes to our food choices, many of us do the best we can to ensure that what we're putting on our plates are the healthiest and most nutritious foods possible. But given so many choices, it's not easy to know exactly what we should be eating — so we put our trust in conventional wisdom, common sense, and what… » 2/14/13 2:00pm 2/14/13 2:00pm

Pope's Resignation Brings Doomsday Prophecy

Is the world only a Pope away from the End? Yes, if you believe a chilling 12th-century prophecy. Attributed to St. Malachy, an Irish archbishop canonized in 1190, the Prophecy of the Popes would date to 1139. The document predicted that there would be only 112 more popes before the Last Judgment — and Benedict XVI is … » 2/14/13 7:20am 2/14/13 7:20am

Did the very first science fiction magazine appear in Russia in 1894?

We tend to think science fiction magazines started when Hugo Gernsback introduced the concept of "scientificion." But for the quarter-century leading up to the Russian Revolution, the Russians were massive consumers of "scientific fantasy," and they had a popular magazine called Nature and People, full of science-fictional … » 2/06/13 3:30pm 2/06/13 3:30pm

Do zombies experience consciousness?

In most pop-zombie lore, zombies have been infected with a contagion that turns them into mindless, soulless monsters on the hunt for human flesh. Even if a reanimated corpse used to be your mother/father/brother/girlfriend/BFF, now it's a zombie, and it has to die. End of story. But the latest film in the zombie… » 2/06/13 12:20pm 2/06/13 12:20pm

A 3D Printer That Generates Human Embryonic Stem Cells

3-D printers can produce gun parts, aircraft wings, food and a lot more, but this new 3-D printed product may be the craziest thing yet: human embryonic stem cells. Using stem cells as the "ink" in a 3-D printer, researchers in Scotland hope to eventually build 3-D printed organs and tissues. A team at Heriot-Watt… » 2/05/13 2:56pm 2/05/13 2:56pm

A detailed view of Betelgeuse on a collision course with a nearby wall …

Betelgeuse is one of my favorite objects to look at, partly because of its pure red color, and mostly because my imagination fills in the rest. That bright red star — this shoulder of Orion — is a supergiant that's dozens of times more massive than our Sun, and ready to detonate as a supernova any day now (any day… » 1/23/13 8:40am 1/23/13 8:40am

A lie detecting program that discovers deception better than people can

How good are you at catching a lie? Research suggests that despite the fact many liars expose their own deceit in the way they talk, we humans are terrible at picking up on it. Half the time we're right. Half the time we're wrong. Computers, it turns out, are much better at detecting these clues, and they're getting… » 1/16/13 3:20pm 1/16/13 3:20pm