Sure, Jurassic World was fine. But what if it starred Harrison Ford in a retro sci-fi flick reminiscent of Westworld. That’s what the fantastic work of Peter Stults explores, dreaming up time-displaced posters movie with period-specific casts for films you’d kill to see.
For years, Marvel put out a What If? comic series, pondering alternate realities in the Marvel universe, covering everything from “What If Wolverine was a Vampire?” to “What if Aunt May was a Superhero?”. You know, the big questions. But this year, the series is back for a short run, with its eyes on the Mad Titan .
No question, an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated over midtown Manhattan would destroy the city. But the warhead's sheer power is hard to fully grasp: roads so hot it's impossible to drive for days, superheated hurricane-force winds, and 100 square miles of fire.
The simple answer is probably not. That's because the sun involves a special type of fire that is able to "burn" water, and so it will just get hotter and six times brighter. Here's why.
Quick! You have a time machine with just enough juice for one more trip, so when do you set it for? Pick a date and stick by it, 'cause this ticket only takes you one-way.
It's been 30 years since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man first squished through Manhattan. With Ghostbusters returning to theaters tomorrow for an anniversary run, we thought it appropriate to consider a very serious question: How would New York City actually fight an evil god in the form of a marshmallow man?…
XKCD's Randall Munroe is publishing a book of science explainers! What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is due out September 2. To celebrate its imminent arrival, here's the first chapter from the book – an explainer about global devastation. Fun!
There's a common trope in vampire stories where a vampire gets drunk by drinking the blood of someone who is wasted. But could a real human being get drunk in the same way?
XKCD's Randall Munroe is turning What If? – his fantastic series of "serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions" –into a book, to be published this September by Houghton Mifflin.
For the purposes of this question, I'm going to assume that "truly transparent" means that air and its constituents are no longer able to absorb and re-radiate incident radiation, which in visible light seems to be our definition of transparency. To make things much more fun, let's make this true over all wavelengths.
Perhaps the main difference if the earth were a cube would be that students would become much more frustrated trying to calculate the gravitational field. For a uniform cube with side length L and density rho, the gravitational force on mass m at position (x,y,z) is given by
You would think that having the powers of a radioactive spider, or wearing a cape to a fight, would qualify as crazy enough for comic books. Not so. Comics delve into alternate worlds that show different sides of their superheroes - nutbag, wacko-smacko sides. Take a look at the looniest alternate reality versions…
This is a really super fun question. I only wish that Randall Munroe, not me, were answering, so he could draw cool pictures.
Imagine if all the world's data was still stored on punch cards: we'd be drowning in cardboard. But just how much exactly?
If you're looking to trasnfer hundreds of gigabytes of data, it's still—weirdly—faster to ship hard drives via FedEx than it is to transfer the files over the internet. But why is that, and when will it change?
When robots become sentient, it won't be long until they rebel. But while many a Hollywood movie may convince you that humans will have their luck cut out trying to battle the 'bots, there is an easier way: just add water.
Black Panther artist Francesco Francavilla has dreamt up a roster for the Avengers circa the Age of Discovery. Meet Earth's First Heroes, a team that includes "Captain Amerigo" and a Celtic Hulk.
Marvel recently announced that Black Panther would replace Daredevil as "The Man Without Fear." This switcheroo isn't the first time a superhero or superteam's had an identity crisis. Here's five of these strange occasions.
In a strong argument for the existence of alternate realities, according to this purported 1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation casting sheet Wesley Snipes was once a front-runner to play Geordi La Forge. UPDATED: