America's first roller coaster began as a railway for transporting coal

If you're wondering how people first decided plummeting downhill inside a rickety box on wheels seemed like a good time, look no further than the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway in Pennsylvania. What began as a railway for shooting coal down the mountain turned into a destination for thousands of tourists in the late… » 9/04/14 6:15pm 9/04/14 6:15pm

New map shows where the Milky Way galaxy is inside its supercluster

For the first time, scientists have pinpointed where our galaxy stands amongst thousands of other galaxies in our home supercluster. The new map shows beautiful feathery strings linked together with the Milky Way galaxy placed on the edge of the newly named Laniakea supercluster, home to 100,000 other galaxies. » 9/03/14 6:36pm 9/03/14 6:36pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Everything Wrong With the Movie Gravity

Gravity is a positively stunning, occasionally horrifying cinematic masterpiece. Of course, that said, it's got its share of problems. And no one has been more irked by these discrepancies than everyones favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now, you can listen to the man himself sound off on every single… » 6/03/14 11:00am 6/03/14 11:00am

12 Excellent Movies That Use VFX To Tell A Story

It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool. » 5/07/14 4:39pm 5/07/14 4:39pm

You Can't Steer a Bike in Zero Gravity, Even If The Road's Magnetic

Gravity is the sworn enemy of any cyclist. Succumb to its force while you're on two wheels, and you'll end up bloody and bruised. But like any superhero's nemesis, gravity justifies a bike's very existence, because without it, you'd never be able to steer. Strap on a helmet, this is gonna get weird. » 3/28/14 3:00pm 3/28/14 3:00pm

This guy basically destroys all laws of physics and gravity

You know those genius, almost sentient quadcopters that can learn new skills like juggle balls, fly in tandem, work together, go through hoops, attach themselves to wall and basically do things that will eventually destroy mankind? This guy, Kai Hou, is like the human equivalent of those. He's an acrobatic master that… » 2/14/14 11:14pm 2/14/14 11:14pm

Watch all of Gravity animated to 60 hilarious seconds

Miss the space roller coaster ride that was Gravity? Then you missed out on Sandra Bullock's stressful spinning, George Clooney's charisma soaked storytelling and a beautiful movie that seemed to be done in one endless take. It was a fun ride. But not nearly as fun as this animation of Gravity boiled down to 60… » 2/10/14 8:06pm 2/10/14 8:06pm

Here are the three ways that the universe will be destroyed

Nothing lives forever, not even our universe. Eventually it'll go kaput and be destroyed... but how? Smart people have wrapped their heads around the universe's destruction and have come upwith three different theories. The Big Rip, Heat Death (or the Big Freeze) and the Big Crunch and Big Bounce. They all sound like… » 2/04/14 6:46pm 2/04/14 6:46pm

This space fly proves that humans aren't cut for interplanetary travel

If this fly looks weird to you it's because it's dead—covered in the fungus that killed it. It's a very special type of Drosophila—one born and raised in space—and it proves that interplanetary travel could be really bad for the human immune system. So bad that we may end up dead, killed by some stupid infection. » 1/29/14 2:18pm 1/29/14 2:18pm

The Fukushima Earthquake Actually Changed Earth's Gravity

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake, which caused the tsunami behind the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, disrupted more than man-made structures. The European Space Agency's GOCE satellite, measured a significant change in Earth's gravity after the earthquake before falling out of the sky on November 11th. » 12/03/13 10:45am 12/03/13 10:45am

This hilarious parody of Gravity set in IKEA is spot on

Space is beautiful. Space is terrifying. IKEA is mostly just terrifying, especially when you get lost. Director Daniel Hubbard hilariously spoofed Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity by setting it inside the expansive world of IKEA. At over 346,000 square feet and absolutely no sense of direction, it sure feels endless. The… » 11/13/13 9:01pm 11/13/13 9:01pm

Astronaut explains why the underwear in Gravity was unrealistic

It's not the visuals. Awesome astronaut Chris Hadfield told Conan that Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity perfectly captured the spectacular beauty of space. This is a man who actually spacewalked, people! We gotta trust his opinion since we'll probably never see space. But one thing that wasn't realistic? Sandra Bullock's… » 11/11/13 11:16pm 11/11/13 11:16pm

Astronauts took a Soyuz for a little fly around the ISS, Gravity-style

In a planned mission, three ISS crew members took their Soyuz out for a ride around the ISS. Why? Did they want to show Sandra Bullock's character in Gravity how it's really done? Not exactly. Instead, it's actually the astronaut equivalent of moving your car out of a parking space so your roommate can park his. Only… » 11/01/13 9:18pm 11/01/13 9:18pm