Have Humans Already Conquered The Threat Of Extinction?

The Great Filter theory suggests that all advanced civilizations eventually destroy themselves before acquiring the capacity to colonize space — a notion that could explain why we've never been visited by aliens. But there may be another reason for the celestial silence. Yes, the Great Filter exists, but we've… » 9/01/14 11:00am 9/01/14 11:00am

Why Are So Few People Left-Handed?

Today marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. To celebrate, let's look at why only around one in ten people is left-handed. Why, pray tell, are lefties are so rare – or, said another way, why are most of us righties? It seems like a simple question, but it's actually one of the biggest mysteries in all… » 8/13/14 12:20pm 8/13/14 12:20pm

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

A Very Special Episode of Archer Tackles Human Trafficking

This week in the world of cartoons, Finn & Jake get a visit form an old pal on Adventure Time, Archer spends some time at the U.S. border, and Fishlegs takes the spotlight on Dragons: Riders of Berk. » 3/09/13 7:00am 3/09/13 7:00am

Check out this clip for some excellent banter between Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner, as we learn John Stewart is…

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