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?
The National Geographic photography contest has so much eyecandy, I can't get over it. I previously looked at the early entries to the outdoor scenes category, but the newest round of photos is just as stunning.
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.
The annual National Geographic Traveler photography contest is accepting entries until June 30th. The outdoor spaces category is of particular interest to me, with peeks at landscapes far away. These are a few of my favourites:
Since 1956, European nations have been participating in EuroVision, a live, televised competition for the best musical performance. Yesterday's competition in Copenhagen was a surprisingly science-heavy lineup of music, for a sufficiently arm-waving definition of 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.
The National Park system in the United States provides affordable access to gorgeous and dramatic landscapes around the country. Amateur photography from the annual Share the Experience contest showcase beautiful places to tempt you to visit for your summer vacation.
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.
LADEE, the spacecraft that completed 100 days of science before entering into a decaying orbit, is getting ever-closer to crashing into the moon. Now NASA is running a contest to see who can guess when exactly that crash will take place.