Behold Alien Horror as a Spear Mantis Impales a Fish in Slow Motion

Hiding in sandy burrows, mantis shrimp wait patiently—and then, with lightning-fast motion, grab passing prey with long, skinny appendages. "Like Predator and Alien rolled into one," says Jamie Seymour, a James Cook University biologist who made this new video with Emmy Award-winning cameraman Richard Fitzpatrick. » 9/02/14 1:54pm Today 1:54pm

The Disturbingly Inexact Science Of Food Expiration Dates

It's an all too common ritual: A product in the kitchen passes its "best before" date, so you toss it. Trouble is, it was probably perfectly safe to eat — and you just wasted good food. This is a problem that's only getting worse. Here's what you need to know about "expired" foods — and how to make sure you're eating… » 9/02/14 11:00am Today 11:00am

Have Humans Already Conquered The Threat Of Extinction?

The Great Filter theory suggests that all advanced civilizations eventually destroy themselves before acquiring the capacity to colonize space — a notion that could explain why we've never been visited by aliens. But there may be another reason for the celestial silence. Yes, the Great Filter exists, but we've… » 9/01/14 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

The Scientist Who Tried To Pass Off A Monkey's Butt As A New Animal

No one can say that Charles Waterton was not a talented and interesting man. Instead, they said he was eccentric, which, when translated from 19th-century-aristocratic-British-scientist-speak, meant "so crazy we're pretty sure that he removed his own brain and jammed it in again backwards." » 9/01/14 8:00am Yesterday 8:00am