Where Did Kissing Come From?

Kissing is so commonplace that most people rarely think to stop and ask where humans picked up the habit in the first place. Where in humanity's evolutionary history did smooshing our faces together come to be regarded as a display of lust, care, friendship, and love? » 3/20/15 1:43pm 3/20/15 1:43pm

The Perfect Game Of Thrones Video Game Already Exists

Forget RPGs, action games or even the promise of a decent adventure title. The perfect Game of Thrones video game already exists, as a mod for a PC game that's not too shabby itself. » 11/20/14 6:00pm 11/20/14 6:00pm

Why Do Your Pupils Get Larger When You're On Drugs?

Normally, our pupils dilate in response to changing light; as it gets darker, our pupils get larger. But they expand in size for other reasons as well, including when we're sexually aroused and when we're performing complex cognitive tasks. But it's also known that certain medications — including illicit drugs — can… » 9/29/14 11:20am 9/29/14 11:20am

Test Footage From The Early 80s Stars A Very Different Roger Rabbit

Here's a newly released video of footage and concept art from an early go at Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Created between 1981 and 1983, these characterizations of the Rabbits look quite a bit different from the ones audiences saw in 1988 – not to mention a Roger voiced by Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman). » 9/07/14 11:50am 9/07/14 11:50am

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

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

The Walking Dead Creator: Women Are 'Generally Physically Weaker.…

If you've ever had an issue with some of the women's characters on AMC's The Walking Dead — the root of the problem might be in the source material. Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comics, definitely has some... issues... with women. » 4/04/13 9:30pm 4/04/13 9:30pm

Will you be having a pi party?

Do you feel like having a once-every-thousand-year party? You only have a couple of years to set it up. Some of us will be planning 2015 Pi Parties — in some cases because we like math, and in other cases because we want an excuse to eat pie for breakfast. Let us know if you're going to be involved. » 3/15/13 12:43am 3/15/13 12:43am

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

Check out the astonishing artwork from Mondo's Game of Thrones gallery…

Earlier this week, we showed you the two posters Mondo released as part of their SXSW Game of Thrones gallery show. Now Mondo has opened the show to the public, giving us a peek at how their favorite artists interpret Game of Thrones. » 3/10/13 2:00pm 3/10/13 2:00pm

Octopus chandeliers add the right touch of tentacle to any decor

Cephalopod aficionados looking to spice up their lighting should look to Adam Wallacavage's Octopus Chandeliers. His unusual light fixtures hold up their bulbs with sucker-bearing tentacles that come in a variety of colors and levels of kitsch. » 3/10/13 1:00pm 3/10/13 1:00pm

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