The History Behind Superman's Ever-Changing Superpowers

Over the years, Superman's level of power has fluctuated perhaps more than any other hero's — he's gained them, lost them, grown weaker and stronger pretty much from the moment he was created, culminating in the addition of a new power last week. Here's your guide to the Man of Steel's power creep. » 2/09/15 12:00pm 2/09/15 12:00pm

Having Superpowers Probably Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Most of the time in comics and movies, when someone gains superpowers, they go off more or less without a hitch. But as this short comic points out, superpowers may not be as great as we think they are — especially if they're incomplete. » 1/26/15 11:20am 1/26/15 11:20am

What superpower would you want to abuse for personal enjoyment?

We all know that superpowers equal responsibility, and heroism, and all that. But there's also the fantasy of getting a superpower and just using it for your own selfish ends. What superpower do you wish you had... so that you could just have fun with it? » 10/29/13 2:22pm 10/29/13 2:22pm

What Tech Makes Us Super-Human?

Harnessing the power of the radioactive spider bite for mass production may not be within our grasp yet, but there are still plenty of technologies — from the all-knowing power of Google to a simple pair of binoculars — that make us better, stronger, and faster than just plain old human. » 10/22/13 7:00am 10/22/13 7:00am

9 Animals That Would Make Great Superheroes

Plenty of superheroes and supervillains are animal themed, taking on the grace of a cat or the strength of a spider. But there are animals who are super in their own right, with abilities perfectly suited to saving the day. » 7/14/13 7:30am 7/14/13 7:30am

Awesome new TED-ED videos explain the physics of superhero powers

Educator Joy Lin has teamed up with TedEducation to produce a series of fantastic animated shorts that explain the physics behind such superpowers as flight, speed, strength, invisibility, body mass manipulation, and immortality. » 7/03/13 12:30pm 7/03/13 12:30pm

What's the worst superhero makeover of all time?

It's just part of being a comics fan. Superheroes go through midlife crises, they go and get a whole new wardrobe, and suddenly everything looks weird. But what's the worst superhero makeover ever? Superman's mullet? Spider-Man's armor? Batman's claws? Or something else? » 3/18/13 3:47pm 3/18/13 3:47pm

Could serialized pulp novels actually be the wave of the (retro) future?

Back in the day, all the best writers were doing serialized work, like Dickens. And novels were a lot more like comic books, or soap operas. And now, thanks to e-books, could that day be coming back again? » 2/04/13 10:23am 2/04/13 10:23am

Pretending to be a superhero could make you more altruistic in real life

Can pretending to fly around like Superman inspire you to save the day? Does great power truly encourage great responsibility? A new study suggests that stepping into the role of a superhero in the virtual world could spark more helpful behavior in reality, at least briefly. » 2/02/13 7:30am 2/02/13 7:30am

If President Obama could choose a superpower, what would he choose?

Nearly everyone has asked themselves the question at some point: If I could have one superpower, which one would I choose? Flight? Invisibility? Superstrength? Telekinesis? But what about our current Commander-in-Chief? Would he select a superpower that would help him in his current political office, or something that… » 8/18/12 7:30am 8/18/12 7:30am

How to (legally) get rich using your superpowers

When some people find themselves gifted with powers beyond those of mere mortals, they often ditch the wage slave life and turn to a life of crime. But what are some of the legal ways you can use those awesome powers to get rich quick? » 2/12/12 1:30pm 2/12/12 1:30pm

In webcomic Darkness, a lonely guy must neutralize his roommate's…

Have you ever met a guy who embodies darkness? A man whose shirt is always half unbuttoned, whose disheveled hair blows in the nonexistent wind, and who is accompanied by a melodramatic caption box? A fellow whose vampire-esque brooding has women flinging themselves at him from halfway across the block? Jonas is just… » 2/04/12 8:30am 2/04/12 8:30am

Chinese boy claims he can see in the pitch-dark

As with pyrokinetics and human magnets, a heaping dose of skepticism is requisite when one hears that a little boy possesses superhuman night vision. According to this news report posted by the Alien Disclosure Group UK — promisingly titled "Alien Hybrid Or Starchild Discovered In China?" — Nong Youhui of southern… » 1/26/12 6:35am 1/26/12 6:35am

The tiny genetic tweak that gives mice super strength

An inhibitor in your body might be sapping your strength, taking away your endurance, making you feel cold, and giving you diabetes. When scientists eliminated it, they unlocked the key to super strength in both mice and worms. Find out what's in your body that's making you weak. » 11/11/11 8:00am 11/11/11 8:00am

Meet John Chang, the real-world equivalent of Raiden from Mortal Kombat

In this clip from the documentary series Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey, the filmmakers visit qi master John Chang a.k.a. the "Magus of Java" a.k.a. the man whose nickname I want on my business cards. » 9/19/11 3:50pm 9/19/11 3:50pm

The 10 most awesomely ludicrous ways to stop bullets

Until laser pistols are invented — or trebuchets come back in fashion — bullets will remain the uncreative weapon of choice for individuals in regrettable situations everywhere. » 9/14/11 10:10am 9/14/11 10:10am

What would really happen if you were bitten by a radioactive spider?…

In comics, superheroes often have "scientific" origin stories involving radiation or strange chemicals. But what would actually happen if you experienced one of these origin stories in real life? Let's take a look at six classic superhero tales and find out. » 7/22/11 8:00am 7/22/11 8:00am

A gallery of biotech devices that could give you superpowers right now

Biotechnology now outpaces the bodies we were born with. Today, we can give ourselves additional senses or improve the ones we've got, and we can heighten our strength while also building limbs better than the breakable ones most of us have. Here's a gallery of all the human enhancements that will be improving lives… » 7/21/11 8:00am 7/21/11 8:00am

Massive taxonomic chart breaks down the superpowers of 200+ comic…

Need to know which superhumans excel in shapeshifting? What superpower does Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man possess? Pop Chart Lab's Illustrated Omnibus of Superpowers answers all your superpower queries rather concisely, and they're selling copies you can mount on your wall. » 4/16/11 8:30am 4/16/11 8:30am

The weird connection between pain and smell - and how people lose both

It's been known for some time that certain people are physically unable to feel pain. A new test shows that those people are also unable to smell any scents. » 3/24/11 8:30am 3/24/11 8:30am