World map created by plotting out each terrorist attack since 1970

It's incredibly sad that we can basically paint the map of our world just by using the locations of all terrorism acts since 1970. The brightest parts of the map show the areas of the world that have to deal with so much tragedy. The darkest parts are 'safe' because so few people live there. » 7/25/14 9:16pm Friday 9:16pm

The Webb Space Telescope's sunshield is complete and it looks amazing

NASA has finished and stacked the Sunshield for the Webb Space Telescope and it's now getting ready to test it. Look at this huge thing. That's enough tinfoil to cover a roasted chicken— if the chicken was the size of Tyrannosaurus Rex. According to NASA, it provides the equivalent of a 1,000,000 Sun Protection Factor. » 7/25/14 8:32pm Friday 8:32pm

These beige bars somehow turn into frozen fish sticks

Hmm, frozen fish sticks sure start off looking suspiciously like the protein blocks from Snowpiercer and you know how that turned out (if you watched the movie). But this is all fish! Minced cod, to be exact. The frozen blocks of fish supposedly trap the flavor and are presumably more efficient to ship. » 7/25/14 1:18am Friday 1:18am

Amazing trees produce 40 different types of fruit

When Sam Van Aken found out that a New York state orchard—with varieties of stone fruit 200 years old—was about to be abandoned in 2008, he bought it to save those species and to experiment: Grafting from the existing trees he created the magical Tree of 40 Fruit, which produces over 40 types of fruit. » 7/23/14 12:23am Wednesday 12:23am

Seeing real US Navy SEALs moving underwater is way cooler than any movie

This isn't a trailer for the next Tom Clancy movie. These are real U.S. Navy SEALs showing how they get into enemy territory from the sea. They get deployed in a mini-sub launched from a nuclear submarine. Then they get out as they approach the shore at night, ready to complete their mission. » 7/22/14 6:41pm 7/22/14 6:41pm

10 movie trailers that were actually better than the movie

On one hand, having a movie trailer be better than a movie means you don't need to watch the movie. On the other hand, having a movie trailer be better than a movie means when you watch the movie you walk away with all-consuming disappointment. Here are 10 movie trailers that were better than the movie. » 7/22/14 3:40am 7/22/14 3:40am

Carl Sagan explains why aliens are not visiting us all the time

If all the reports of UFO sightings are real, then Earth must be the most popular destination in the Universe. Obviously, that's a ridiculous anthropocentric notion, as Dr. Carl Sagan explains in the must-see 1966 CBS documentary UFO: Friend, Foe, or Fantasy hosted by Walter Cronkite. Listen to Sagan at the 51:55 mark. » 7/21/14 9:20pm 7/21/14 9:20pm

If you fold a paper in half 103 times it'll get as thick as the Universe

The myth: You can't fold a paper in half more than eight times.* The reality: Given a paper large enough—and enough energy—you can fold it as many times as you want. The problem: If you fold it 103 times, the thickness of your paper will be larger than the observable Universe: 93 billion light-years. Seriously. » 7/19/14 3:24am 7/19/14 3:24am

Scientists use wireless Oculus Rift to create real life holodeck

Scientists at the Max-Planck-Institut in Germany have created the closest thing we have to a real life holodeck using a wireless Oculus Rift and multiple cameras distributed inside a 32-foot by 32-foot room. Of course, it's still far away from Star Trek, but it works. Watch the video to see how: » 7/18/14 11:12am 7/18/14 11:12am

What's hiding behind these giant holes on the Moon?

You've probably seen the mysterious giant hole that was discovered in Siberia, which appears to lead into a large cave. We don't know its origin yet, but it isn't the only hole like that on Earth. Or the Moon: NASA found these formations there too, which are perfect for future human outposts. Or current alien/Nazi UFO… » 7/17/14 8:04pm 7/17/14 8:04pm

Spooky underwater photos reveal Nazi submarine off the coast of Texas

Robert S. Ballard and his team of ocean explorers have taken new crystal-clear photos of a Nazi submarine in the Gulf of Mexico, right off the Texas' shoreline: U-166 was one of the many Kriegsmarine U-boats that swam like sharks waiting for prey around the United States' coast. Admire it in all its decrepit glory—in… » 7/15/14 5:58pm 7/15/14 5:58pm

This is the weirdest engine I have ever seen

According to Duke Engineering, their axial engine is the most efficient and lightest engine you can put in boats, light aircrafts, and generators—the mechanical engine of the (near) future! Maybe. I don't know if their claims are true and I don't really care. I just love watching it in action in this eternal gif. » 7/15/14 3:54am 7/15/14 3:54am

Video Explains What Graphene Is and Why It's a Magic Material

So what's the deal with graphene and why does everyone think it's the next big thing? Well, as SciShow says, it conducts electricity better than silver, it conducts heat better than diamonds and even though it's only one atom thick, it's even stronger than steel. So why isn't it more popular and everywhere? » 7/15/14 12:14am 7/15/14 12:14am

How they made the most famous exploding head in internet's history

If you have been on the internet for at least a few months, you probably came across a version of the animated GIF above. You may be wondering a) where the hell does this exploding head come from or b) how the hell did they do it. The answer to a) is David Cronenberg's Scanners—and here's the answer to b: » 7/11/14 8:14pm 7/11/14 8:14pm

Periodic table alarm clock lets you see atomic numbers at a glance

University of Nottingham's chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff says that most chemists don't know the atomic number of most elements and that it's a pain to look in the periodic table. That's why alarm clock is his favorite gadget: "The first periodic table that you lets you see an element's atomic number without… » 7/11/14 8:54am 7/11/14 8:54am

This is why you should only drink water with impurities

It may sound like a good idea to drink the purest water you can find, but as this video explains, that is not actually the case. Ultra pure water has no impurities—so absolutely no taste and who wants that—but also in large quantities it will harm and even kill you because it will leach the minerals from your body. » 7/10/14 10:16pm 7/10/14 10:16pm