Holy Xenomorphs! Neill Blomkamp WILL Be Making His Alien Movie After All

From the moment that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp released his concept art for a possible Alien movie, we've been salivating over the possibility of a Blomkamp-directed Alien film. But after saying that he wasn't "ready" to make it, Blomkamp has apparently confirmed it's his next project. » 2/18/15 8:08pm 2/18/15 8:08pm

The four more likely places to host alien life in the Solar System

NASA's astronomy picture of the day is nothing especial today. At least for more people. For me it is special because I like to look at the four moons that tantalize Earth scientists with the possibility of life—four moons that we should explore soon, shown here to scale. So beautiful, they never get old. » 9/19/14 7:17am 9/19/14 7:17am

The eyes of animals look a lot like alien worlds

Continuing his fantastic series of macro shots of the eyes of animals, here is Suren Manvelyan's Animal Eyes 3. The close up shots of the fish and reptiles and other animals in this series look positively alien when seen up close. I thought they were artist's rendering of deep space planets from a sci-fi movie. » 9/17/14 11:24pm 9/17/14 11:24pm

This photo of the ISS looks like a scene from a space horror movie

If you told me this was a frame from Alien 5*—with some dude about to get into the dark corridor in which the xenomorph hides, waiting to kill him—I would totally believe you. In reality, it's another cool image by astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is now working in the International Space Station. » 6/05/14 12:15am 6/05/14 12:15am

Alien Turns 35 Today—You Should Watch It Right Now


Exactly 35 years ago today, Alien hit the theaters. It's a sad truth that we're supposed to celebrate the spawn of this spine-rattling franchise less than two weeks after the death of H.R. Giger, the surrealist artist who helped develop the film's horrific, biomechanical aesthetic. That said, there's no better way to… » 5/25/14 8:00pm 5/25/14 8:00pm

This has to be one of the most revolting things I've ever seen

It's sad that this praying mantis was killed—but what comes out of its body is as disgusting as it's long. Horsehair worms ride in live invertebrates, feeding and growing up to 39 inches as they mature. Some release chemicals to make hosts seek water and drown, others can survive their host's predation, so do not mess. » 5/14/14 9:02pm 5/14/14 9:02pm

Watch an octopus open up a jar while it's still trapped inside the jar

If you think you can control an octopus, you're wrong. They're like the bad guys in movies who always manage to escape. Not only can those evil magicians of the ocean try to vanish through instant camouflage, they can also open up a jar when they're trapped inside that very jar. Those suction cups, while fantastic at… » 5/07/14 8:05pm 5/07/14 8:05pm

Octopus instantly changes colors to blend in with a fishing boat

It's not news that an octopus, the alien super villain of the big bad ocean, can change colors to camouflage itself but just watch as this octopus try to blend in with a boat in seconds. The transformation from orange to white is so fast it's unbelievable. Watch as the octopus gets caught by a fisherman and then get… » 5/07/14 12:19am 5/07/14 12:19am

Did you know moray eels have secondary jaws just like Alien xenomorphs?

Moray eels are the closest earthly thing you will get to the xenomorphs in the Alien series. Like the Giger beasts, this ambush predator has developed a terrifyingly efficient set of secondary grasping jaws to aid in yanking the eel's meals down its gullet. This video from UC Davis show it in action. » 4/04/14 9:16pm 4/04/14 9:16pm

This clear purple sea creature is proof the ocean is where aliens hide

Say hi to the Portuguese man o' war. It's purple, it's clear, it looks like a balloon, it's painfully venomous, but it's not a jellyfish and you wouldn't have to convince me too hard that it's from an alien world. This Portuguese man o' war, which other than being a fantastic name, washed up on a beach to freak people… » 12/31/13 7:34pm 12/31/13 7:34pm

All the World's a Soundstage: In Praise of Studio-Bound Alien Worlds

Quick, what's the first thing you noticed about the planet we visited in last night's Doctor Who special? That's right: It was a soundstage.* None of Matt Smith's final hour was filmed in a real location. Alien worlds used to be filmed in the studio more often — here's why we miss visiting Planet Soundstage. » 12/26/13 4:56pm 12/26/13 4:56pm

This Time Lapse of Iceland Is So Beautifully Alien

You can travel every inch of this world and probably travel every inch of the galaxy and you'd find very few places more beautiful than Iceland. Even alien paradises don't look this good. Stian Rekdal covered over 3,000 miles and took more than 40,000 photos of Iceland over three weeks to cook this time lapse video… » 10/01/13 11:00pm 10/01/13 11:00pm