What's The Purpose Of The Universe? Here's One Possible Answer

It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there's much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral role in what our universe is actually trying to achieve. » 4/18/14 11:07am 4/18/14 11:07am

Autobots Assembled: How Transformers Come to Life

Transformers. There's maybe no more iconic toy, especially if you're a child of the 80s and 90s. And while the memories of making them shapeshift are indelible, the process of actually building one from scratch is far more involved (or exactly as involved, if you spent your entire childhood dreaming of this) as you'd… » 4/18/13 5:36pm 4/18/13 5:36pm

James Cameron has donated his record-breaking submarine to science

Last year, James Cameron became the third person in history to venture to the deepest point on Earth, the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep. He was also the first person to ever make the trip alone – a trip he made in a badass submersible, fittingly named the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER. Now, one year after his historic dive, … » 3/26/13 11:30am 3/26/13 11:30am

Her Amazing Dress is Made of Magic: The Gathering Cards. So Is Her Axe.

Meet Amy Demicco. She's wearing the coolest dress in Boston this weekend at the PAX East convention. Her dress is made almost entirely out of playing cards for Magic: The Gathering. She estimates that she's got about 800 cards in this ensemble, mostly in the helmet. » 3/22/13 6:47pm 3/22/13 6:47pm

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Is The Worst Game I've Played This…

The wonderful zombie film Shaun of the Dead starts out with a running gag where it's clear that a zombie apocalypse is going on, but the heroes don't notice. As they walk down the street, we can see obscured scenes of undead carnage in the background, but Shaun is too wrapped up in his girlfriend-troubles to see. » 3/20/13 5:04pm 3/20/13 5:04pm

Joss Whedon explains why he brought Agent Coulson back to life for …

We're amped that Clark Gregg will be reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson on Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D.. But why, after the events of The Avengers, did Whedon decide to bring back a character who was busy being dead? It's because Whedon felt Gregg was the perfect guy to represent the Marvel Universe's… » 3/10/13 11:30am 3/10/13 11:30am

First Evil Dead reviews paint remake as a psychotic gorefest that will…

Last night, Fede Alvarez's remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead premiered at South by Southwest, and now that the critics have recovered from the haze of fake blood, they are furiously typing up their reviews. The verdict so far? Alvarez may not hit the glorious highs of Raimi's comedy-horror franchise, but he pays loving… » 3/09/13 2:15pm 3/09/13 2:15pm

Kirk gets a dose of fatherly love in the latest action-packed Star Trek…

The latest trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, attached to showings of Oz: The Great and Powerful, goes light on the Benedict Cumberbatch. Instead, it takes us to the disperate venues where this movie's action takes place: a bright pink forest, a volcano, underwater, and, of course, space, where Kirk gets to fly… » 3/09/13 9:15am 3/09/13 9:15am

The Earth's most powerful telescope goes online next week

We are about to see what happens when stars come to life. On March 13, the Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub Millimeter Array (ALMA) goes online. It's the most powerful such telescope ever built, and is part of a class of "very large telescopes" that combine the power of several massive antennae to gather information… » 3/08/13 5:00pm 3/08/13 5:00pm

Jem’s adventure with the Yeti and the magic bongos was truly outrageous

The Oxford definition of the word "outrageous" lists two meanings: "shockingly bad or excessive" and "wildly exaggerated or improbable." I'd say both of those apply to the Jem and the Holograms episode "Journey to Shangri-La," in which Jem nearly kills both the Holograms and the Misfits — all for the sake of a magic… » 3/08/13 12:29pm 3/08/13 12:29pm

How does the Anthropic Principle change the meaning of the universe?

One of the more extraordinary things about the universe is that it has produced beings who can observe it — namely, us. Its laws and constants are so precise that, if they were even slightly modified, no human would be here to see it. Many cosmologists and philosophers have wondered if we should read anything into… » 3/08/13 11:00am 3/08/13 11:00am