Russia Is Building a Star Fort on This Strategic Arctic Island

For decades, Wrangel Island has been classified as a nature preserve. Situated in the icy Chukchi Sea which flows between the Russian and Alaskan coasts, this quiet, hilly island is now home to a rapidly-growing Russian military base comprised of "prefabricated modules" arranged in a star formation. » 9/09/14 11:13am 9/09/14 11:13am

Downloaded Games Have A Larger Carbon Footprint Than Blu-Ray Discs

So, you want that just-released videogame and, if you're like me, you forgot to reserve a copy and you download it. But, a new study that looks at the energy costs of game distribution suggests we'd do the planet a favor if, instead, we waited until the game was back in stock and drove somewhere to buy it on disc. » 9/03/14 3:20pm 9/03/14 3:20pm

Behold Alien Horror as a Spear Mantis Impales a Fish in Slow Motion

Hiding in sandy burrows, mantis shrimp wait patiently—and then, with lightning-fast motion, grab passing prey with long, skinny appendages. "Like Predator and Alien rolled into one," says Jamie Seymour, a James Cook University biologist who made this new video with Emmy Award-winning cameraman Richard Fitzpatrick. » 9/02/14 1:54pm 9/02/14 1:54pm

The U.S. Southwest Could Soon Experience Decades-Long "Megadroughts"

During the 1930s, America's High Plains were ravaged by an 8-year long drought, resulting in the dreaded Dust Bowl. Scientists now warn that, owing to global warming, this could happen again — and that by next century many parts of the world could experience "megadroughts" lasting for several decades. » 8/28/14 8:00am 8/28/14 8:00am