13.7 Billion Years in 45 Seconds

Galaxy collisions are a slow-speed, spectacular crash of whirling stars driven by gravity. A new simulation from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center runs through the history of the universe in under a minute, with galaxies swirling together in a beautiful mess of dust and stars. » 5/14/14 6:04pm 5/14/14 6:04pm

Get lost in the hypnotic swirl of this simulated black hole

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center gives us a peek at the workings of a black hole—or at least a simulation of one. This supercomputer simulation is helping astronomers better understand how X-rays travel around a black hole. » 6/15/13 3:00pm 6/15/13 3:00pm

Allosaurus Ate Like a Terrifying Two-Ton Falcon

Tyrannosaurus rex was a thrasher, prone to vigorously shaking its powerful, prey-packed jaws from side-to-side like a crocodile. But new simulations reveal Allosaurus was equipped to dismember its prey with a little more decorum, stripping flesh from bone not with the head-swinging motion of a croc, but the meticulous… » 5/21/13 12:07pm 5/21/13 12:07pm

Walk inside a giant simulation of earthquake hot zones

From the annals of "badass visualization tools I want to have in my living room" comes this amazing walk-in simulation of the Earth at UC Davis. And it reveals the stunning earthquake patterns that criss-cross our planet's surface. » 3/15/13 2:20pm 3/15/13 2:20pm

Download bootleg copies of all the latest earthquakes

Princeton University has a site that lets you watch movies of earthquakes approximately an 90 minutes after they happen. The video simulations of the earthquakes are based on seismographic and geological data, superimposed on a map of the area. » 9/23/10 8:00am 9/23/10 8:00am

What's the Worst that Could Happen on a Fake Mission to Mars?

Following the 105-day simulated mission that ended this summer, the European Space Agency is looking for volunteers to spend 520 days in isolation, simulating a Mars mission. So what could possibly go wrong when you never leave the ground? » 10/22/09 10:41am 10/22/09 10:41am

The Tomorrow War Looks Good Today

One of the best parts of video-game classic Mass Effect was the ability to take your ship to different planets throughout the galaxy, and actually touch down, get out and explore the places. A new game, The Tomorrow War, takes that concept and expands on it exponentially, giving you a virtual sandbox of systems and… » 3/25/08 12:00pm 3/25/08 12:00pm

What's The Game In Ender's Game?

Chair Entertainment Group announced that they'll be developing a series of games based on Orson Scott Card's novel Ender's Game. However, it's not clear if they're developing the games from the novel, or if they'll try to tell the story of the novel in video game fashion. » 1/30/08 11:10am 1/30/08 11:10am