It may sound incredible but the Pillars of Creation don't exist anymore

This week NASA published new astonishing high definition images of the famous Pillars of Creation—two 4-light-year-tall columns located in the Eagle Nebula, 7,000 light years from here, first photographed in 1995. The only problem is that the pillars don't exist—they were destroyed more than a thousand years ago. » 1/10/15 7:15am 1/10/15 7:15am

I honestly thought this Return of the Jedi scene was real all my life

I keep getting my dreams shattered. When I was a kid I thought the Rebel Alliance hangar could have been a real stage but it was just one of many matte paintings, an example of ILM's visual sorcery. But the scene of the Emperor coming to the Death Star? I was absolutely, 100-percent convinced that it was real. » 1/09/15 6:16pm 1/09/15 6:16pm

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

The Interview: Only a Bad Movie Could Start This Culture War 

The Interview begins with a thought experiment. What if, tomorrow, North Korea demonstrated that it had nuclear missiles that could destroy the US from across the Pacific? The resulting movie is a mess, but as a political satire it obviously hit its mark. Here's why such a terrible flick started a culture war. » 12/25/14 8:56pm 12/25/14 8:56pm

Why Orion's launch is the best news for humanity in a long time

I have always been sad that I never got to see the beginning of humanity's ultimate journey—and even sadder to realize that in 1972 we abandoned a path that could have possibly gotten us to other planets by now. On December 5, 2014, we opened the gate to that path again. We should rejoice—we are going back to the… » 12/05/14 8:57am 12/05/14 8:57am

It's Time to Kill the Phone Call

The phone call isn't dead. Despite what many a journalist/blogger/paranoid internet commenter might have you believe, smartphones can indeed still dial out. Of course, that doesn't mean it's not in the process of dying. And if you have even a shred of decency about you, you'll help take it out back Old-Yeller-style… » 11/11/14 12:00pm 11/11/14 12:00pm

How To Turn Star Trek Into The Next Marvel Movie Universe

For anyone who has followed the film and television business in the last few years, they know one thing is true: mega-franchises are king. Right now, every studio is looking for its own version of Marvel's universe. But Paramount has one sitting right under its nose, and it's called Star Trek. » 10/07/14 6:40pm 10/07/14 6:40pm

Stop Bending the Apple Store's iPhones

In the wake of the uproar that followed last week's purported iPhone 6 Plus pliability problem, some people have apparently taken it upon themselves to go into Apple Stores and bend iPhones. And while it pains us that this even needs to be said, guys, please: Breaking private property doesn't prove anything. Except… » 9/29/14 12:00pm 9/29/14 12:00pm

Why do so many people choose to be insensitive happy ignorants?

Wandering through the bitfields, I just came across this 1995 photograph of Michael Gernhardt floating 200-miles over the Earth on a six-hour spacewalk. I zoomed in and looked in awe for a couple of minutes, pondering the chain of events, the Herculean effort that put and kept this man alive in space. » 7/31/14 8:21pm 7/31/14 8:21pm

Cocoa farmers trying chocolate for the first time is a must watch

You would think that chocolate is universal. Something that is everywhere, that everyone can enjoy. It's not. There are people who have never tried it, even the farmers who break their backs to harvest cocoa beans for a few cents in the Ivory Coast. Watch their faces light up when they eat it for the first time. » 7/29/14 7:02pm 7/29/14 7:02pm

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We asked a group of scientists to tell us which scientific terms they believe are the most widely misunderstood. Here are ten of them. » 6/16/14 6:01pm 6/16/14 6:01pm

Video of the first dog in the world to fly on a wingsuit

I'm all for people risking their lives and getting a thrill out of jumping from anywhere in the world. But I'm not a fan of people who get their dog along for the ride. As fun as it may look, I'm pretty sure the dog—who doesn't understand what the hell is going on—is not a fan of it either, even while he looks calm. » 5/27/14 8:02pm 5/27/14 8:02pm