Philosophers, scientists and metaphysicians have spent thousands of years trying to untangle the mysteries of human existence. Questions like “nature vs. nurture,” or “fate vs. free will” have no easy answer — unless you watch television, that is. Here are 7 TV episodes that sorted out questions that the great minds… »
Over five decades and as many TV shows, Star Trek has had a lot of good and bad. But one thing that always gets you is how, when they’re good, they can end an episode damn well. For the hell of it, I started thinking of the best endings of all the Trek series and decided to rank them as best I could. Some are… »
Writing about the world to come is a scary proposition, because nothing becomes obsolete faster than futuristic visions. Especially if you're writing about a decade or two from now, your story risks looking ridiculous within a few years. So here are 10 tips to keep your near-future setting from looking too dated.
The heroes are the best-known part of Greek mythology, but what makes a hero? Having monsters to fight, that's what. Luckily for the heroes, the Greeks had the strangest, coolest, most terrifying monsters mythology had to offer — here is a baker's dozen of the best. »
The Turing Test, which is intended to detect human-like intelligence in a machine, is fundamentally flawed. But that doesn't mean it can't be improved or modified. Here are eight proposed alternatives that could help us distinguish bot from human. »
Superhero comics are full of death-defying action... that sometimes results in actual death. And for every epic, brilliant final stand, there's a death that's less than satisfying. There are plenty of candidates for the worst superhero and villain deaths of all time. But here are the 10 stupidest ways that… »
Is there a bank robbery that isn't at least a bit bizarre? Consider the "Geezer Bandit," who's held up at least 16 banks and is either an elderly man, or doing a convincing job imitating one. That's kind of weird, right? But it's small potatoes in the realm of bank-robbing. Here are six of history's most mind-boggling… »
Every since science fiction television began, the concept of the alternate reality has been used. Sliders, Star Trek, Buffy, Warehouse 13, Fringe, it's pretty hard to find a major long-running sci-fi property that hasn't used it. However, it's more interesting when a non-genre series does it. In most cases, it's… »
We humans are doing a bang-up job of messing up our home planet. But who’s to say we can’t go on to screw things up elsewhere? Here, not listed in any particular order, are 12 unintentional ways we could do some serious damage to our Solar System, too. »
With the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Z: The Revival of F, It's time again to look back to the series that arguably is one of the most influential and popular manga/anime franchises. A while ago, we looked at the sagas that made up the main series from worst to best. This time, we'll be rating the 19 official… »
Doctor Who has a history of overusing its most popular villains, going back to the age of Dalekmania. But meanwhile, some villains haven't gotten nearly enough screentime, or haven't achieved their full potential. Here are 10 Doctor Who villains who ought to have another go at conquering the universe.
We all know that the homes we believe belong to us are actually varied landscapes in which billions of creatures live, but we usually try not to think about our microbial roommates. Find out why your bathroom is the ultimate bacteria battleground, and why cleaning it can sometimes make it worse. »
Geology is full of strange mysteries, from towering structures to small formations. The more we examine these deceptively complicated phenomena, the less we understand their origins and the processes that created them. Here are 10 geological forms that we still don't understand, even after years of careful study. »
Some crooks confess when they're caught, but most have trouble admitting what they've done — and sometimes, they go so far as to assign responsibility for their actions to someone or something else entirely. Here are seven instances in which criminals tried to pin the blame anywhere but on themselves. »
Don't ever let anybody tell you that you're wasting your time watching science fiction and fantasy. Because if you find yourself getting messed with, you'll have the perfect comeback ready. Science fiction and fantasy are full of pithy insults. To prove it, here are 17 totally devastating put-downs from movies and TV.
I’m not exactly sure why, but 2015 has already been a weirdly good year for science fiction comics. There’s a strange abundance of great stories coming out soon, or are already available, that everyone should be checking out. Here are the dozen series and graphic novels you absolutely need to know! »
Live Action adaptations seem to be all the rage these days, with Marvel Cinematic Universe and Cinderella being massive hits both financially and critically. However, let us not forget that animation adaptations can be just as good if not better than their live action counterparts (and if you still believe that… »
When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. »
When the zombie apocalypse strikes, will you be ready? How can you prepare now to survive the undead onslaught? We got the inside scoop from the Green Light Anti-Zombie Squad, a group that's dedicated to protecting you from zombie attacks. Here are 10 practical tips on how to survive an encounter with the walking dead. »
Humans have a need to quantify things. And sometimes the usual measurements — feet, meters, grams — are not good enough. Or funny enough. Sometimes you need to express things in bananas, Helens, or cows. »