Writing a story about the aftermath of warfare in the future? The Atlantic Council might want to see it: they’re running a contest called ‘After The War’.
Some of the biggest companies in tabletop gaming are holding contests right now, including a monster design challenge, D&D trivia, and one for scifi mini settings. Here's how you can win fabulous prizes from Monte Cook Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Kobold Press.
Put a man on the Moon? Sure. Establish a continuously orbiting zero-gravity laboratory? Easy. Parachute a rover onto Mars? Ain't no thang. Okay, fine NASA, but can you carve a pumpkin?
Even if I didn't love this series so much, I would still buy the awesome Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo, a beautiful 352-page large format tome that tells the series' genesis. It's fascinating. I've been reading it and it's a must have if you like the series or animation in general. And we're giving five away!
Last week, we asked you to put your digital manipulation skills to the test by coming up with a new look for Star Wars' Stormtroopers. Here are the greatest—and strangest—ideas that you came up with.
The big Star Wars rumor swirling about the Internet this week is that some Stormtroopers will appear in Episode VII with a major makeover. Folks, we think you can do better. Use your image editing skills to dream up the Stormtroopers you'd like to see in the next movie.
Dreadnoughtus is a newly discovered genus of supermassive titanosaurian dinosaur. At 65 tons, it possesses the largest reliably calculable mass of any known land animal. This dinosaur was clearly a badass (a status attested by its very name); but that got us thinking: What would make it even MORE badass?
Every year, Alan Alda holds a science communication challenge, posing surprisingly tricky questions and asking for answers appropriate for elementary school audiences. This year's question was, "What is colour?" and Dianna Cowern produced the winning video.
Psychedelic artwork, or the surface of the moon? Why choose when you can have both at the same time? The Lunar Reconnoissance Orbiter team collected the most artistic, abstract data from the Moon, and I'm loving it. This is true Moon Art, loaded with science.
Abrams sent me their new book Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy. I've to admit that going through Lucasfilm's original vision in sketch form is a pleasure—even if you are not a Star Wars fan. It's so good that I asked them to give copies to three fortunate Sploid readers.
High school students from around the world enter NASA's annual design contest to dream of large-scale orbital space settlements. This year, each station also features a method to capture lucrative asteroids for in-space resource mining. The Grand Prize winners are totally awesome.
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is adding a T. rex to their collections, and to celebrate it, they've had Ray Troll and The Ratfish Wranglers record a song that they're calling "National Rex." What they need is a dance that goes along with it - a T. Rex Two-Step, if you will.
This is the Grand Prize Winner of National Geographic's best photo of the year competition, taken by Seattle-based photographer Paul Souders. It's titled The Ice Bear, and it features a female polar bear staring at Paul from underwater. It's an outstanding image, but I think the rest of his series are equally good—or…
You're looking at every single second in Star Wars IV: A New Hope arranged according to their luminosity by Jason Salavon. It reminds me of a really cool book that I got a couple weeks ago—Star Wars: Frames. We are giving a copy of the book away, plus an original sketch by Star Wars' artistic director Iain McCaig.
Good news, everyone! On July 11, Dutton will be releasing my new book, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality. But do you need to wait that long? Maybe not!
It's getting to the point where you can start doing some actual work on your tablet. If you're on the train heading to the office or just ducked out for a latte, it's nice to sit for a minute, play Temple Run, and write up some ideas for that book you've been trying to self-publish since college. You know, before your…
If there's even the smallest possibility you might wind up abandoned on a desert island (one can dream in this weather, amiright?) in the upcoming future, or if you just want to be able to fix anything, anytime, anywhere, then you should take the survey below, and possibly win a titanium 16-headed Leatherman…
Want to drown out your roommate as he bellows "we are yoooooooung" from the shower, or as he sobs loudly into his pillow because him and his girlfriend are "never, ever, ever getting back together?"