This Stellar Fusion Game is Shockingly Addictive

Stars are colossal fusion reactors, burning hydrogen into helium. As the nuclei fuse lighter elements into heavier elements, massive amounts of energy are released. A new game sets you the task of nucleosynthesis, building hydrogen into iron, and it's surprisingly fun. » 4/17/14 2:51pm Thursday 2:51pm

A 14,000-volt electrical shock gave this man star-shaped cataracts

In the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers recount the fascinating case of an electrician who, after sustaining a 14,000-volt shock to his left shoulder, presented with "bilateral stellate anterior subcapsular opacities of the lens." Translation: Starburst-shaped cataracts. » 1/26/14 8:30am 1/26/14 8:30am

This dazzlingly bright star is a cosmic lighthouse

This star is RS Puppis, and it isn't just the stellar equivalent of a pretty face; it's absolutely crucial to our understanding of the universe. This is a Cepheid variable star, which in part means its brightness increases and decreases on an exact, predictable schedule. And because it's surrounded by a giant nebula… » 9/15/13 2:00pm 9/15/13 2:00pm

This misshapen blotch was once the brightest supernova ever recorded

In the spring of the year 1006, Earth's sky was drastically altered by the appearance of a supernova that was brighter than the entire combined night sky. Mentioned in historical records throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, this supernova was likely bright enough to be visible during daylight hours, with … » 4/28/13 2:00pm 4/28/13 2:00pm

A star is taking down the Carina Nebula from the inside

This image from the Hubble Telescope shows part of the Carina Nebula, located roughly 7,500 light-years from Earth. This massive cosmic cloud is a stellar incubator, but the newborn star found inside has to fight its way out by firing off powerful, super-fast jets. These energetic, narrowly focused jets are known as… » 3/24/13 2:00pm 3/24/13 2:00pm

The Great Millennium Falcon Second-Shooter Conspiracy

So the craziest thing happened to me the other day. I was riding around post-apocalyptic North America, delivering the mail, when I came to a city. And this guy straight up asks me to have sex with Olivia Williams! And not Dollhouse Olivia Williams, who is still very attractive, but 1995 Olivia Williams. And get this… » 1/16/13 8:00am 1/16/13 8:00am