# The Avengers Mansion Could Be Yours For \$113 Million

Inspired by the release of the Captain America sequel, a real estate expert, with the help of online fans and the Marvel Database, has scrupulously calculated how much the swank Avengers Mansion—with all of its amenities—would sell for in today's NYC market.

# Astronomers Publish Study On Extraterrestrial Zombies

While some scientists fritter away their time searching for extraterrestrial life, two astronomers have performed a genuine public service for Earth by calculating the likely number of nearby planets inhabited by the undead.

# Massive Spaceships Could Be Fueled by Human Exercise

What would be the most efficient way to power a spaceship carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers? According to some newly-published calculations, the best option would be to use the passengers themselves—by harnessing the power of exercise.

# The Insane History of Rockets at Jet Propulsion Laboratories

Everyone loves a gorgeous rocket launch, but the story of getting from the first sputtering attempts to the modern day marvels is completely unreal. The Jet Propulsion Laboratories took it up a notch, giving mad scientists their epic reputation.

# How to manipulate people into choosing the worst option

When we are choosing which action to take, one of the most basic calculations which guide us is, "How likely is it to lead to one option or another." We need to think of all possible outcomes, and the rough probability of each one occurring. There is a problem with this. We are not great at assessing probability. But…

# Scientists Demonstrate Laser-Powered Mind Control in Best Way Possible

Researchers call it the Fly Mind-Altering Device (aka "FlyMAD"), and to demonstrate the system's effectiveness, they've shown that firing a laser at the head of a fly can compel it to flirt, and attempt to copulate, with a ball of wax. (Come on. You know you want to watch this.)

# Physicists say energy can be teleported 'without a limit of distance'

A team of physicists has proposed a way of teleporting energy over long distances. The technique, which is purely theoretical at this point, takes advantage of the strange quantum phenomenon of entanglement where two particles share the same existence.

# Astronomers know when Monet made this painting -- to the very minute

Back in the late 19th century, impressionist artist Claude Monet captured this striking sunset on the Normandy Coast. Now, thanks to the work of forensic astronomers, we known the precise moment it happened: February 5th, 1883 — at exactly 4:53 PM.

# No but really, why do we all burp and fart so much?

What makes humans so damn gassy? In a recent installment of SciShow, Hang Green explores the science behind our bodies' various "gaseous emissions."

# Does the internet prove that time travelers are visiting us? (No.)

How would we know if time travelers are visiting the present? You could look for clues — but the best indication might be found on the internet. Unfortunately, two researchers tried to look for clues to time travel online... and came up with nothing.

# The Weirdest Science Stories of 2013

From human head transplants to magnets that prove gay marriage is wrong to potty-mouthed supercomputers, 2013 was truly a bizarre year for science and those purporting to be scientists. Here are 25 of the weirdest stories of the past year.

# Just for the record, beatboxing is good for your health

Specifically, the health of your vocal cords. To demonstrate this finding, researchers performed experiments like the one in the video above, which allowed them to record the movement of muscles in the vocal tract as beatboxers did their thing.

# When Alfred Loomis Created the Death Ray

Imagine Lex Luthor as a really nice guy and you'll be pretty close to understanding Alfred Loomis. He was a scientist and inventor, a businessman and investor, a wealthy and prominent man. And he also invented the "Death Ray."

# Dinosaurs could be brought back by 'de-evolving' birds

It's looking extremely unlikely that we'll ever be able to revive dinosaurs using their fossilized DNA, but if a British biochemist is right, we may be able to recreate these ancient animals by rewinding the DNA of birds.

What would Earth be like if humans had never existed? New Scientist wanted to find out. This video is their speculative tour of an Earth that never included Homo sapiens. Would the world really be all that different?

# A sobering reminder of the limits of science in the war on vampires

Although science can achieve great things, it can only do so after a lot of thought and effort. Nowhere do we see that more clearly than in the strange tales of two real-life scientific institutions' brave attempts to guard the population from vampire attacks.

# Great Unintended Scientific Discoveries

In the latest episode of Mental Floss, Derek Muller is on loan from Veritasium to dish out two dozen unintended scientific discoveries, including a few you've probably heard of (like penicillin*) and a bunch you probably haven't (like Viagra).

# How much science does Breaking Bad get right? Way more than you think.

Breaking Bad is almost over. As the end grows nigh, let's take a few minutes to recognize some of the real science that's gone into making it one of the best shows on television. Donna Nelson – University of Oklahoma chemistry professor and Breaking Bad chemistry advisor – will be our guide.