Scientists say these mysterious shrimp may hold keys to alien life

According to exobiologists at NASA, these mysterious shrimp and its symbiotic bacterium may hold clues "about what life could be like on other planetary bodies." It's life that may be similar—at the basic level—to what could be lurking in the oceans of Europa, deep under the icy crust of the Jupiter moon. » 11/22/14 1:39am Today 1:39am

The process of turning raw cow hide into leather is really gross


Leather is beautiful and luxurious and natural and one of the great materials of the world. However, it's absolutely gross to make. Here's the process of tanning raw hide into high quality leather. You'll see gray goops, a lot of residue, dumps of bizarre liquids and more. Worth it? I guess. » 11/20/14 9:29pm Thursday 9:29pm

Short film: What you need to know about vaping and e-cigarettes

Vaping and e-cigarettes are everywhere these days. More and more people are carrying around those cylindrical metal flutes and blowing out giant cloud puffs that it all seems so common. But because the industry is so new, no one really knows what's going to happen. The New Yorker made this short doc to find out. » 11/19/14 8:29pm Wednesday 8:29pm

Map of record-breaking cold blanket covering the US

It's not only Buffalo engulfed in a terrifying snow wall. Yesterday was the coldest November morning since 1976: More than 85% of the surface of the contiguous United States reached or fell below freezing. This is much more anomalous than last year's polar vertex: Ten degrees celsius below normal temperatures! » 11/19/14 12:56am Wednesday 12:56am

What everyday life looks like under a heat detecting camera (NSFW)

BuzzFeed recorded normal, everyday things people do with a thermal imaging camera to see what our bodies' temperature looks like when we're, well, doing normal, everyday things. Spoiler: it makes a lot of things look really gross, especially exercise which looks like a damn disease. » 11/17/14 11:33pm Monday 11:33pm

SR-71 Blackbird pilot explains how the cockpit works from the inside

Last Friday you saw the SR-71 Blackbird cockpit in glorious ultra-HD. Veteran Blackbird pilot Richard Graham explains how the cockpit actually works in this fascinating video filmed inside the cockpit. Lots of technical words, but seeing him moving around inside that tight cockpit is really cool. » 11/17/14 10:46am Monday 10:46am

A size comparison of the comet 67P with popular sci-fi spaceships

Christopher Becke, a high school physics teacher, made this outstanding size comparison showing what the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko would look like next to famous spacecrafts from science fiction. His images show the comet next to ships from Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. » 11/12/14 11:40pm 11/12/14 11:40pm

Fascinating comparison of the top 10 causes of death in 1900 and 2010

This chart by the New England Journal of Medicine compares the top causes of death in the United States in 1900 and 2010. The shift is fascinating—in little more than a century, humanity has eradicated so many diseases. Others, however, have increased, like cancer and heart disease. » 11/11/14 10:30pm 11/11/14 10:30pm

Ray Bradbury's thoughts on science, us, and the Universe

Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite sci-fi writers. I read his books and watched the movies adapted from his books—Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 is a must watch—but I've never heard him talk. This video illustrates the audio from a 1974 interview where he shares his thoughts about science and the universe. » 11/11/14 8:40pm 11/11/14 8:40pm

This guy recreated one of the craziest restaurants in the world at home

If you don't know the restaurant Alinea, know this: it's one of the best restaurants in the world and it's as much a mad science lab and art museum as it is a place to eat dinner. It's crazy, I mean they serve things like edible helium balloons. Somehow, this normal guy recreated all of that magic at home. » 11/11/14 8:24pm 11/11/14 8:24pm

The top 10 chase scenes of all time—or at least some of them

I like to watch Cinefix's top whatever whatever because they always prompt me to rewatch something or watch something new. But then I don't like them because they are inevitably unfair. They could have done 10 lists of the top 10 chases scenes of all time and all of them would have been different. » 11/11/14 1:53am 11/11/14 1:53am

One of the world's best chefs only serves fish, vegetables, and cereal

I was lucky enough to eat at one of Alain Ducasse's restaurants once—Le Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo, almost two decades ago. It was an unforgettable experience. Watching this short documentary titled Naturalité makes me want to travel to Paris to dine at his re-opened restaurant at the Plaza Athénée. » 11/11/14 12:40am 11/11/14 12:40am

Interstellar explained in one simple timeline [Warning: SPOILERS]

If you watched Interstellar and didn't fully understand its time dilation and loops complexities, the following timeline—sent to SPLOID by Frametale's Dogan Can Gundogdu, a designer from Istanbul, Turkey—explains it all very clearly. Warning: Don't continue if you haven't watched Interstellar yet. » 11/09/14 2:16pm 11/09/14 2:16pm