New Scale Pinpoints Most Life-Friendly Alien Planets 

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory have devised a new habitability index for judging how suitable alien planets might be for life. The point of the exercise is to help scientists prioritize future targets for close-ups from NASA’s yet-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope »10/06/15 5:00pm13 minutes ago

Time lapse creates a beautiful new world by blending a scene at different times of the day

The same place can look different from day to night. The same scene can give off a completely different vibe if there’s stars above or if the sun is behind. This time lapse merges all the faces of a place together. Julian Tryba, the filmmaker behind this video, filmed multiple time lapses of the same setting at… »10/06/15 4:46pm27 minutes ago

Revisiting the Small Village That Was Completely Devastated By Toxic Red Sludge

Kolontár’s wounds are deep. Five years ago, on October 4, 2010, roughly one million cubic meters of liquid chemical waste burst from a red mud reservoir of the Ajka Alumina Plant. The 2-4 meters high wave of toxic sludge flooded the small village west of Budapest, and minutes later, six other villages and towns. »10/06/15 4:00pmToday 4:00pm

A Man Who Makes Babies–Lots of Babies–But Lives Alone

People who want to start a family but have, for whatever reason, a problem with the sperm half of the equation have options. There are in-vitro methods that get sperm right next to or injected directly inside an egg. There are sperm banks. Some people have friends who are willing to be sperm donors. And the internet… »10/06/15 3:30pmToday 3:30pm

Sharp Is Going to Sell This Little Robot as a Smartphone

Earlier this year, we reported on Tomotaka Takahashi, the famous engineer who sent the first talking robot into space, and his plans to make robots as popular a consumer electronic as smartphones. He’d been teasing a humanoid phone to debut this year, and here it is: a cutesy, talking, limbed phone that hitches rides… »10/06/15 3:15pmToday 3:15pm

A Closer Look at the Microsoft Band 2: Definitely More Wearable, But Not Without Problems

In the crazy world of new Microsoft—where Surfaces are now more fully-fledged laptops and Lumias turn into complete PCs—Band 2 was met with little fanfare. But getting a closer look at Band 2 helped convince me that Microsoft has something brewing inside this little wearable, but it’s not quite there yet. »10/06/15 1:38pmToday 1:38pm

The 9 Weirdest Italian Horror Movies

Italian horror is, by its very nature, weird as hell. Even the genre’s most acclaimed standouts (Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, for instance) are disgustingly freakish nightmares. But there are certain titles lurch into realms so intensely bizarre, we can’t quite believe our eyes ... or stop showing them to our friends,… »10/06/15 1:30pmToday 1:30pm

Surface Book Hands-On: Towards a More Perfect Laptop

So we haven’t really noticed it, but the laptop has been broken for years. That’s why innovations like the Surface—minus Book nomenclature—was so important when it dropped a few years ago. And Microsoft just proved how boring and futile laptops had become, by showing us a laptop that’s exciting. When is the last time… »10/06/15 1:20pmToday 1:20pm