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

This image is why everyone's so excited about a NASA mission to Europa

NASA wants to visit Jupiter's moon Europa. Why's that exciting? In a word: Water. As this visualization shows, the icy moon may look tiny next to our own planet, but it's got 2- to 3-times as much H2O as we have here on Earth. That "little" moon is packing quite the store of water — and with it, scientists think, a… » 3/08/14 8:15am 3/08/14 8:15am

See Mars through a rover's eyes with this interactive panorama

This newly released Mars panorama gives armchair explorers a 360°, rover's-eye view of the Red Planet, from a vantage point near the base of Aeolis Mons. Also known as Mount Sharp, the 18,000-foot mound of sedimentary layers forms the central peak of Gale crater, and is the Curiosity Rover's primary scientific target.… » 11/12/13 1:48pm 11/12/13 1:48pm

Disturbingly beautiful and barely legal items made from whale baleen

Baleen is part of a unique filtration system that allows enormous whales to live off of relatively tiny creatures. Baleen plates are often shed by a whale or released after their death, and harvested for use in art and consumer goods. As you can imagine, baleen harvesting was widespread before the 20th century, but… » 3/14/13 6:40am 3/14/13 6:40am

Google has built an actual working Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

If you haven't checked it out already, you should definitely pop over to Google, where the latest doodle pays tribute to Douglas Adams' 61st birthday — with some pretty neat animations. You can definitely kill a lot of time pushing all the buttons on the Google version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and… » 3/10/13 10:17pm 3/10/13 10:17pm

What if corporations sponsored superheroes?

Many of our favorite superheroes are wealthy, sponsored by the government, or otherwise manage to scrape together the funds to keep up their crime-fighting lifestyles. But what if superheroes instead took on corporate sponsorships, bearing the colors and logo of whichever company paid their way? Would city-shattering… » 3/10/13 5:00pm 3/10/13 5:00pm

Massive sandcastle Minas Tirith awaits the approaching onslaught of…

Artist Joseph Alvernaz created this 10-foot-tall by 12-foot-wide replica of Gondor's capital city without adhesives, using only sand, water, and a single brace to reinforce the top tower. (Birds kept hitting it.) He says this was his first major sand sculpture, but it's impressive enough that we can almost believe… » 3/10/13 4:00pm 3/10/13 4:00pm

"The Trouble with Tribbles" retold to the tune of Taylor Swift's "I…

Josh Millard wrote and performed this musical retelling of the classic Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles," with a little help from Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." Let "I Knew You Were Tribbles" serve as a warning to anyone who brings furry little breeders home without getting their full backstory. » 3/10/13 3:00pm 3/10/13 3:00pm

Crowdfund an energy-harnessing soccer ball and a series based on the…

We went gaga for the short fantasy buddy film The Reward, and now the creators are looking to turn it into a full series, with a little crowdfunding help. You can also help fund a soccer ball generator that's helping bring light to people in resource-poor regions, and a fantasy adventure comic about adventurers… » 3/10/13 12:00pm 3/10/13 12:00pm

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

Striking paintings combine Japanese watercolor with the structures of…

After receiving his Phd in neuroscience at University of Pennsylvania, Greg Dunn decided to explore the structures of the brain and the rest of the nervous system through the medium of paint. Informed by Japanese sumi-e ink wash painting, Dunn paints meditative scenes of neurons the way many artists have painted… » 3/10/13 11:00am 3/10/13 11:00am

In this comedic short, the ultimate music fan travels back in time to…

Benjamin Hewson is a wealthy genius who wants just one thing in life: to meet his idol, rock god Jonny Murtagh. So he travels back from the year 2330 to meet Jonny before he was famous and witness his meteoric rise. But the past—and Jonny—aren't quite what Benjamin expected, and he wonders, could his presence in the… » 3/10/13 10:30am 3/10/13 10:30am

Watch the incredible evolution of Jurassic Park's spitting animatronic…

The videos that Stan Winston Studio has been releasing about their special effects work on various movies are nothing short of astounding, and show off just how detailed their practical effects are. In this video, mechanical effects designer Rick Galinson takes us through the development of that great Dilophosaurus… » 3/10/13 8:30am 3/10/13 8:30am

Too many fly bites can lead to death by bug-spit poisoning

It seems every day there are new revelations about horrible ways we can die. Today? Simuliotoxicosis. That's just toxic shock syndrome, which could be associated with anything. But lately, it has been especially associated with mass attacks of black flies. They can bite an animal - or human - so much that their saliva… » 3/10/13 8:00am 3/10/13 8:00am