Curiosity Has Found Nitrates Important for Life on Mars

Samples obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars have been analyzed and shown to contain nitrogen compounds, that are a source of nutrients for living things. » 3/24/15 6:11am 3/24/15 6:11am

This video about space and life is so inspiring

Supersymmetry is a short film made by Trent Jaklitsch as an ode to his father. But really, it's an inspirational tale for all of us. Using personal footage from his childhood along with NASA archival footage and other publicly available clips, he stitches together a story about how the universe created us and how we… » 3/17/15 6:36pm 3/17/15 6:36pm

This video game sums up life in the most heartbreaking way possible

PipocaVFX's We Go Forward starts off as most cheery side scrolling video games do: run, jump, smash bad guys and keep going forward. But then the game transforms into a metaphor for life: we can't make the jump but we can't go backwards so we settle, we teach our kids to be better and then they leave us. » 2/04/15 4:27am 2/04/15 4:27am

The fine line that separates normality from disaster in one single photo


It seems that, every time the heavy rain season comes, some Austrians live in a permanent situation of impending disaster. Just look at these homes right next to a flood protection wall that seems about to burst and destroy everything. » 1/03/15 5:09am 1/03/15 5:09am

The only reason we need to celebrate 2015—and every year until we die

The New Year is here. A unit of time that doesn't mean anything to the Universe—stars, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, quasars, dark matter, and the other living beings that for sure populate the cosmos don't care about the arbitrary dates that we little humans have created. And yet, we celebrate. » 1/01/15 6:46am 1/01/15 6:46am

One day we will end up living inside computers but it will really suck

Consciousness uploading to a computer network at the time of death. It is a great idea. It will happen. People will be able to live forever, roam the universe, experience the unimaginable. Or perhaps it will all get ruined by corporations, as this video—which can be the plot for a Black Mirror episode—shows. » 12/16/14 7:35pm 12/16/14 7:35pm

Is death real?

Are you alive or are you just a bunch of automated goo? What separates life from death? Is death real? These questions have occupied the mind of scientists and philosophers for thousands of years. This video by Kurzgesagt doesn't try to answer them, but gives you a lot of scientific data that will make you think about… » 12/12/14 8:34pm 12/12/14 8:34pm

Short film: Why we should be the tortoise and not the hare

Everybody knows that old Aesop's Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, but it seems like everybody always forget to follow its advice. Here's an inspiring video that reminds us to take things slow and steady as opposed to rushing into things. The video works not only because of the message but because of the visuals too. » 12/10/14 11:54pm 12/10/14 11:54pm

A normal person's GoPro video is nothing at all like a GoPro video

We've all gasped at GoPro videos on YouTube and thought that it would be so awesome to record all the awesome things we do in our lives. But here's the truth, our lives aren't that exciting and worth recording. Reddit user fryest hilariously proved that by splicing his GoPro camera footage with other GoPro videos. » 10/01/14 10:20pm 10/01/14 10:20pm

The meaning of life explained by third graders

A trio of 9 year olds and a 6 year old helped Prince Ea come up with this lovely stop motion animation video that uses their illustrations to answer the meaning of life. » 10/01/14 12:03am 10/01/14 12:03am

What people around the world would wish for if they got three wishes

Tim Urban of Wait But Why traveled to Russia, Japan, Nigeria, Iraq and Greenland and asked dozens of people if they had three wishes what they would wish for. A lot of the wishes are obvious: money, happiness, a house, love and peace come up often. But others just want something simple, like a biscuit. » 9/25/14 9:44pm 9/25/14 9:44pm

The four more likely places to host alien life in the Solar System

NASA's astronomy picture of the day is nothing especial today. At least for more people. For me it is special because I like to look at the four moons that tantalize Earth scientists with the possibility of life—four moons that we should explore soon, shown here to scale. So beautiful, they never get old. » 9/19/14 7:17am 9/19/14 7:17am

Short film: The transformation and tribulations of a woman through life

This is great. Celia Bullwinkel made Sidewalk, an animation that shows a little girl become a woman while walking on the sidewalk and all that it entails. There's a perfect amount of awkwardness and embarrassment, annoyance at rude gawkers, and a whole lot of hard work. » 9/18/14 11:36pm 9/18/14 11:36pm

Speed painting video shows all the stages of a woman's life in 4 minutes

From the beginning to the very end and all over again. From birth to death, here are all the stages of one woman's life in drawings. You see the drawing morph from a baby to a child to a teenager and adult and so on. The speed painting, done by Stonehouse, is beautiful and it's summarized nicely in 4 minutes. » 9/12/14 11:41pm 9/12/14 11:41pm

How Big Would a Single Tree Need To Be to Support All Human Life?

Trees are vital for human life: they use up CO2 and pump out oxygen, as well as providing food, fuel and, err, climbing frames, too. But how big would a single tree need to be in order to sustain the human race? » 9/04/14 7:30am 9/04/14 7:30am

Here's what famous buildings look like from day to night in one photo

In his photo series Time Sliced, photographer Richard Silver captures day fading into night. It's a unique look at the life of building and how it changes over time as the sky darkens and lights turn on and people leave and come back again. » 8/26/14 1:00am 8/26/14 1:00am

This Is the Nicest Explanation of How Life Began You'll Ever See

Every living thing comes from another living thing. But billions of years ago, nothing was really alive: the Earth just had a bunch of chemicals on it. So where did life appear from? This lovely animation from New Scientist explains just that in perhaps the nicest way we've ever seen. » 8/13/14 9:11am 8/13/14 9:11am

Don't watch this if you don't want to freak out about your life choices

Filmmaker Paul Trillo takes a look at the infinite options that fill our daily lives and how the consequences of our actions can transform the multiple paths that we can take, combining over a lifetime to define us as people. Some choices we think we can affect, others seem too small to contemplate. » 7/29/14 10:04pm 7/29/14 10:04pm

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

The animated landscape is one big Uncanny Valley now, dominated by massive digital conglomerates. But a half-century ago, the world's animation powerhouse was an independent outfit run by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, creators of The Flintstones, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby-Doo. This previously unpublished gallery of… » 7/28/14 9:30am 7/28/14 9:30am

Scientists Discover an Entirely New Kind of Meteorite

At a pink limestone quarry in Sweden, finding meteorite is no big deal—workers have found 101 of them in the past 20 years. But a new space rock discovery has scientists scratching their heads. The meteorite is of a class that's never before been seen, and it may hold a key to the explosion of life on Earth nearly 500… » 7/01/14 10:00am 7/01/14 10:00am