The Real Problem With Bollywood Superhero Movies

A few years ago, I was sitting in this swanky Bollywood office, staring goggle-eyed at a group of film execs (major international studio, Indian wing). I'd just finished pitching Turbulence, a superhero novel I'd written. » 7/09/14 1:20pm 7/09/14 1:20pm

What A Supernova Looks Like Just As It's About To Blow

You're looking at the first ever 3-D model of a supernova entering into the initial phase of its cataclysmic death throes. This is part of a new computer simulation that's radically changing our notions of what happens inside stars just before they explode. » 3/18/14 10:37am 3/18/14 10:37am

Can turbulence actually shake your plane out of the sky?

When your plane feels like it's being thrown around the sky by an angry thunder god, should you be nervous? Actually, yes. But not for the reasons you might think. Let's take a look at what turbulence is, and the real reasons why it can be dangerous. » 10/08/13 11:30am 10/08/13 11:30am

Incense flowers and magnet trees

This is what you see when you light a stick of incense, you just don't know it. A project sponsored by the Czech Ministry of Education makes smoke into flowers and creates trees out of magnets — and then photographs them all. » 4/24/13 6:40am 4/24/13 6:40am