These are the "Buddy Bears," a series of hand-painted bears representing each of the countries in the United Nations. Each bear was painted by an artist from the country it represents. And they're supposed to express a wish for peace... except they're kind of disturbing.
Although the 2008 exposure of the financial misdeeds of Bernie Madoff allowed Ponzi scheme to enter the day to day vernacular, these schemes are not at all a new creation. Ponzi schemes pay off initial investors using money from new investors, relying on a constant cycle of recruitment in order to prevent the ruse…
Alaska and Hawaii became the last additions to the United States in 1959. Why has the United States failed to add another state in over five decades?
We're still mourning the loss of legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. The author of The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451 has passed on, but his indelible writing will remain with us forever.
Ray Bradbury — author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91.
Detroit just took another huge step towards the abyss, with its proposal to turn off street lights across half the city. This is the nightmare scenario for anybody who loves a particular city: that one day, it'll fail. Chances are, if you live in (or near) a city, you already worry over every little sign that your…
Want more proof that the fashion world is continuing to be rocked by science fiction and futuristic (or really, retro-futuristic) visions? Look no further than these pictures of Karl Lagerfeld's designs showcased at Chanel's Paris Fashion Week show. (At which apparently Katy Perry was in the front row.)
ROCKET LOVE | Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich gives a speech in front of a giant rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL today. Photo via AP.
The International Raelian Movement might be the world's most science-fictional religion — at the very least, they're up there with Scientology. Their founder claims he met the aliens who created the human race, and their main ritual involves sending your DNA to an alien planet. The group announced they cloned a human…
They're so cute when they're young, and even make for trendy fashion accessories, but eventually that new pet is going to need training, cleaning, feeding, exercise and a long list of other responsibilities you never realized were part of the package. So here are seven tools that allow pet owners to avoid as much of…
First the creators of Nip/Tuck and Glee bring us the weirdtastic supernatural show American Horror Story, and now the men behind Big Love are bringing us a show about a mixed-race family and their humanoid robot. This is a great time to own a television set.
Last year was the first year that the Arctic Ocean became a major shipping route — but in 2011, the "Northeast Passage" is blossoming with trade, now that ice has melted enough to allow smooth passage in the summertime.
What to do when you're not quite the most popular girl but so desperately want to be prom queen? Start trashing Ms. Perfectpants behind her back! Normal enough for high school. Kind of pathetic if you're Facebook.
Walter Jon Williams' Deep State, out next week, picks up the themes of viral marketing and social media from his previous novel This Is Not A Game. And a lot of the stuff that Williams wrote about is very similar to what's been happening in Egypt and Tunisia. Is Williams a prophet of the internet age, or just lucky?…
British doctor Andrew Wakefield already lost his medical license over his faulty research linking vaccines and autism, but now a new report says his 1998 paper, published in the Lancet, was actually fraudulent.
Here's a fiery portrait of India's second failed launch of 2010. The GSAT-5P, launching a new geosynchronous communications satellite, broke up in the first stage and exploded. How did this happen?
These are the most detailed relief maps of the Moon's far side ever created — NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the surface down to 30 meters. And thanks to false color (red=highest areas, blue=lowest) it's also our trippiest Moon yet.
When Waffa Bilal turns around for the next year, a camera surgically embedded in the back of his head will stare back at you.
Today, a few of you will vote. Sadly, there is no Geek Party candidate reppin' in Congress. So we've picked out 5 geek-friendly politicians to consider leaving a hanging chad for.
The horrifying, heartbreaking pictures of Ajka, Hungary, look like a natural disaster, like Hurricane Katrina. But they're not. This flooding is the result of a deadly spill from an alumina plant whose reservoir burst open. Warning: dreadfully upsetting photos below.