Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 together and then lit it on fire? NO?! What's wrong with you? It's unbelievably hellish and impossibly alien combined with one burning force of what the horrifically kraken insane.
Earlier this year, scientists announced they'd finally captured video footage of Architeuthis—or kraken, or just the giant squid if you prefer. In this video, Edith Widder, once of the scientists responsible for the discovery, explains how she and her team did it.
For the first time ever, researchers have captured video of a live giant squid in its natural habitat. The complete footage won't air until later this month, but the video up top gives us a tentacular taste of things to come.
It is the wellspring of such mythical monsters as the the Kraken, but the giant squid Architeuthis is the real deal. Carcasses of the massive cephalopods have been found washed ashore all over the world, but now, for the first time in history, scientists have captured footage of the beastie thousands of feet below the…
This amazing sea creature is an Architeuthis. Or a Kraken, as the ancient vikings used to call it. We knew the kraken wasn't a mythical creature. Giant squids like this have been captured in the past, usually near the sea's surface, but this is the first time one has been filmed alive in the wild, majestically…
Hint: it's the latter.
Over at Ars Technica, Brian Switeck has a hilarious article about the story from earlier this week about giant, prehistoric krakens creating self-portraits of themselves using the bones of their prey. I know this may come as a surprise to you, but this theory may not have been based on the most reasonable explanation…
For decades, paleontologists have puzzled over a fossil collection of nine Triassic icthyosaurs (Shonisaurus popularis) discovered in Nevada's Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. Researchers initially thought that this strange grouping of 45-foot-long marine reptiles had either died en masse from a poisonous plankton bloom…
Yesterday Locus magazine announced the 2011 Locus Award Winners. Here's the full list, and congrats to all the winners and nominees.
I had a chance to sit down with China Miéville to talk about his latest novel, Kraken, as well as his thoughts on nerd pop culture. Turns out he's got some pretty strong opinions about JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon.
This spoof video takes you deep into Kraken anatomy, and is hilarious. But, as Greg Fish argues, it also teaches a serious lesson about crank science.
China Miéville's long-awaited squid epic, Kraken, hits shelves next month. Like his previous novel, The City & The City, it's about an urban landscape that forms its own alternate reality. In Kraken, the city of London is haunted by gods.
Now that normal service has resumed, it's time to go back to dwelling on those all-important issues dragging us down before. Namely, 3DTV and the nail in its coffin—3D glasses. Step back in time with steampunk 3D goggles.
Clash of the Titans brought the kraken back into popular consciousness, but a ship-eating leviathan doesn't have the same zing in 2010. No, we need a real-life marine horror to keep us off the beach. Here are our candidates.
Hankering for more krakens and giant scorpions? The Aaron Sims Company has unveiled new concept art from Clash of the Titans. Check out at a squidier version of the Kraken and illustrations of Medusa that won't petrify you.
In artist FilthyLuker's street installations, giant inflatable tentacles emerge from buildings and vehicles, creating the sense that a monstrous kraken or Lovecraftian horror is trapped inside.