Some people believe that we could live in a just world where everybody gets what they deserve. Others believe that's impossible. Now, neuroscientists say they have evidence that the "just world hypothesis" is a cognitive bias that's connected with a specific part of the brain.
Let's face it: It's only a matter of time until Mars comes after us. We've got lots of water. It doesn't. We've got life. It doesn't. All this might have been okay, but then we alerted Mars to our presence with our various satellites and rovers, and now it's just a matter of time. Here are some ways we might destroy…
Bioengineers have figured out a new way to deliver cancer-killing drugs to your body. They hide the drugs inside the skins of red blood cells. Literally.
Ever wonder how we're going to create humans who can breathe underwater? Of course you do. Now a study published this week about how algae insinuate themselves into salamander embryos (and DNA) could provide the beginnings of an answer.
In the rainforests of Papua, New Guinea, there have been reports for decades of giant birds resembling the prehistoric Pterosaur - they've been seen by locals and by visiting scientists.
What will humans do in 2,000 years, when we've gained complete control over our environment via geoengineering? My guess is that they'll create historical reenactment planets, terraforming alien worlds to reenact great moments in Earth history.
Due to their position in the Gliese system, hypothetical creatures on planet Zarmina might not be alone in their own solar system, the way humans seem to be. And those neighbors could reach Zarmina pretty quickly.
Yesterday's discussion of the movie TiMER veered into the difficulties of knowing your fate. It got me wondering what people would want to know about their future. Take our poll and tell us.
NASA's planet-finding Spitzer Telescope has picked up infrared light in a pattern that suggests a giant lump of material is forming in an otherwise smooth disk of debris around a star. Is somebody building an Orbital?
Endocannabinoids are the body's natural form of THC, a chemical in marijuana that can ease pain. Now a new study shows this chemical is a double-edged sword, making people more sensitive to pain too. Could endocannabinoids be used for torture?
The Pentagon is funding a company called Robotic Technology, whose main project is developing an autonomous robot called EATR that fuels itself on "biomass." This biomass could include vegetation, paper, and even corpses on the battlefield.
Soon you may be able to buy a drug that can make you calm by mimicking the body's natural self-soothing process. But you wouldn't feel drugged. What would happen to people who suddenly became fearless without side-effects?
A new form of gene therapy could make you insane, then set you right again.
If you're like us, you spent a lot of time over the weekend goofing off with Google Sky, the cool new application from Google that lets you search the starry night sky the same way you search Google maps. You can move around, zoom in, and get popups with information on what you're seeing. But there's no helpful popup…
Spoilers ahead, dorks. So Josh writes in to say that he's deciphered the whisper at the end of Cloverfield by doing some sort of fancy backwards-unmasking thing. Here is an unmasked, de-backwardsized MP3 of the whisper — he claims it says "it's still alive," but all I could hear was "ppphhhh phhhh huuuuh." Other…
Everybody is jabbering about whether there will be an ounce of goodness in Your Name Here, the upcoming movie about the life of dystopian scifi author Philip K. Dick (whose novels inspired movies Bladerunner, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly). It sounds promising — Bill Pullman plays the meth-snorting writer…