Which Movie Wasn't As Amazing As The Version In Your Head Beforehand?

Sometimes you see a trailer for a movie, and you can just picture how it's going to go. The glimpses of cool visuals in the trailer, and the intriguing hints you pick up, write themselves into a whole story in your head. And then... the actual movie can't compare. Which movie was way, way better in your head? » 10/10/14 2:14pm 10/10/14 2:14pm

This Is The Most Complete Look At The Colors Of The Universe Ever Taken

The Hubble has given us some pretty stunningly colorful images in the past, but this picture — which takes the full range of colors that the Hubble is capable of shooting, from ultraviolet all the way up to almost infrared, and combines them all into one image — is the best yet. » 6/04/14 9:25am 6/04/14 9:25am

Want ultraviolet vision? You're going to need smaller eyes.

Unlike humans and most other mammals, birds can see ultraviolet light. But not all avian eyes are created equal, according to new research. Apparently, birds with smaller eyes are better able to perceive the UV spectrum. » 11/22/13 6:20am 11/22/13 6:20am

12 Underrated or Overlooked TV Shows to Marathon This Weekend

There's a long weekend ahead of us, and that means one thing: DVD box sets. You could break out the Firefly and Babylon 5, or you could venture into the wild unknown. Television is full of undiscovered worlds — here are 12 underrated or overlooked science fiction and fantasy TV shows to mainline this weekend. » 5/23/13 10:02am 5/23/13 10:02am

What's the most stylish dystopia of all time?

Everybody knows that dystopias have the best fashions and the coolest designs. Whether it's the stark paleness of THX-1138, the totalitarian chic of Nineteen Eighty Four, the orgy cool of Brave New World or the priests-on-prozac aesthetic of Equilibrium... dystopias are always fashionable. So what's the most stylish… » 5/10/13 4:10pm 5/10/13 4:10pm

12 Movies that Are Incredibly Beautiful and Utterly Vapid

Movies are getting prettier all the time. Thanks to computer animation, IMAX cameras, 3-D and a million other innovations, we can now create films that tower like candy palaces. But that just means it's easier for movies to be pretty but dumb. Here are 12 films that are lovely to look at, but totally braindead. » 4/03/13 10:02am 4/03/13 10:02am

How did we discover the existence of ultraviolet light?

Ultraviolet light is super useful in tanning people who want their skin to look like leather and for killing vampires, but it's not something you can see or feel. So how did people figure out it existed, in the first place? An ingenious — and quite simple — experiment. » 10/03/12 12:02pm 10/03/12 12:02pm

Why are so many vampire stories so weak?

Kim Newman is not just an acclaimed film critic and pop culture expert — he's also the author of a Dracula-themed alternate history book series, beginning with Anno Dracula. So he knows what he's talking about when he says that a lot of recent vampire stories, well, suck. » 5/07/12 7:00am 5/07/12 7:00am

High-energy radiation reveals a pair of secret Vincent Van Gogh…

This portrait of two half-naked wrestlers was painted by Vincent Van Gogh when he was an art student in Antwerp. It's been hiding in plain sight for over 125 years, and its discovery also confirmed another disputed Van Gogh painting. » 3/26/12 4:32pm 3/26/12 4:32pm

Why we won't know when birds evolve

According to scientists, birds have been evolving in a very specific way. And it looks like, given their abilities, they'll continue to evolve. We just won't be able to see it. » 6/23/11 3:28pm 6/23/11 3:28pm

Reindeer are the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light

There's a reason that certain wavelengths are known as "visible" light, because those are the wavelengths that humans and most animals even remotely like us can see. But one mammal can see in ultraviolet light...and it's all because of snow. » 5/26/11 3:52pm 5/26/11 3:52pm

Why does the Moon make scorpions glow in the dark?

Between their pincers and poisonous stingers, you'd really think that scorpions are already more than scary enough for one species. But that still leaves their unearthly - and unexplained - ability to glow a strange blue color in ultraviolet light. » 5/15/11 11:50am 5/15/11 11:50am

What science fiction and horror flicks are on Hulu these days?

Hulu's scifi and horror pages are chock full of worthwhile movies, even if the selection skews towards the ridiculous and low-budget. Here's the cream of the crop. Apologies to our international readers! » 9/04/10 10:00am 9/04/10 10:00am

A Total Recall remake from the director of Underworld and Live Free Or…

Nobody thinks a Total Recall remake is a good idea, but it's still happening. And now it's been announced that Underworld director Len Wiseman is in final talks to direct, from a script by Equilibrium/Ultraviolet director Kurt Wimmer. This will be a new "contemporized" adaptation. The press release quotes Wiseman: » 7/29/10 11:36am 7/29/10 11:36am

Salt makes paranoid dystopia hot again

Kurt Wimmer is best known as the writer-director of two paranoid dystopian films, Equilibrium and Ultraviolet. But as writer of Angelina Jolie's new film Salt, out today, he brings the same paranoid sensibility to the here and now. Spoilers ahead! » 7/23/10 9:00am 7/23/10 9:00am

The Science Fiction Gadgets That Make You Go... Wha?!

We have a serious love affair with the cool gadgets of science fiction, but every now and then one will come along that will make you scratch your head and say "What!?" Yes, even in the world of scifi, you can sometimes go a bit too far. Check out our list of beyond-the-pale gadgets. » 4/23/08 3:18pm 4/23/08 3:18pm

Ultraviolet Goes Noir In Anime Remake

Can an animated reboot make sense of Kurt Wimmer's Ultraviolet, two years later? Wimmer's visually stunning vampire-plague movie, set in a future dystopia where everything is always color-coordinated, became a confusing mess at least partly due to studio interference. And now acclaimed anime director Osamu Dezaki (Aim… » 4/10/08 6:30am 4/10/08 6:30am

Read All About It In Weird Future Newspapers

This alien-looking newspaper from the movie Ultraviolet recently turned up on a movie props site. I love the weird font that screams "Vampire Epidemic!!!" with the three exclamation marks. It's good to know that even in a dark dystopian future where plague victims drink your blood, sober responsible journalism will… » 1/17/08 3:30pm 1/17/08 3:30pm

Shine On You Radioactive Diamond

The famous blue Hope Diamond glows bright red when exposed to ultraviolet rays, even after the rays are turned off. This red blaze has been a mystery for years, but a new study credits the diamond's mixture of boron and nitrogen for the transformation. This discovery could help to "fingerprint" diamonds and identify… » 1/08/08 3:30pm 1/08/08 3:30pm

Where Will The Weird Alien Kid Strike Next?

Since 2004, actor Cameron Bright has played four versions of the same freaky alien kid. You may remember him from Stargate, Ultraviolet, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, or The 4400. When a script calls for a "bizarre child with a powerful blank stare," he must be the only actor they phone up. Here are some highlights from… » 12/21/07 2:30pm 12/21/07 2:30pm