A glowing, branching web slowly grows more and more tiny connections, with thin white tendrils reaching in to a black void. It looks like a fractal art piece. But in fact, it’s someone’s science research—the developing nervous system of a zebrafish embryo.
We know very little about our planet’s seafloor, but that’s poised to change as autonomous underwater scouting technology gets better and better. To that end, nearly two dozen teams are racing to develop robots that can investigate, map, and conduct science at extreme depths, and under serious time constraints.…
We can put a man in space, but once he’s there, NASA still has no idea what to do with his shit.
Arizona State University, the folks who brought you the Hieroglyph anthology of optimistic science fiction, is now hosting a writing contest for stories about the Earth after climate change. And Kim Stanley Robinson is judging the contest!
Finally, a writing contest that doesn't discriminate against non-human authors. Japan's Hoshi Prize, named after Japanese SF author Shinichi Hoshi, is open to entries from computers, plus "other non-humans, such as space aliens and animals, as long as they are written in Japanese."
We're giving away an All-Outdoors group whitewater rafting trip on a river of your choice in California. Choose the most challenging river in America — Cherry Creek — or something a little more relaxing, it's up to you.
Outraged by the unsavory tactics of climate change deniers, physicist Christopher Keating says he'll give $10,000 to anyone who can use the scientific method to prove that human-instigated climate change isn't real.
Need or want a new flashlight? Here's a chance to win one of six (or all six) FOURSEVENS portable illumination devices. Each is one of the nicest lights on the market.
Designed by legendary adventurer Robert Young Pelton, here's your chance to win one-of-35 DPx HEST/F Mr. DP Ti pocket knifes. One of the strongest folding knives ever made!
Reader Loran Richardson just received the ESEE-6 survival knife he won in our reader giveaway. How's he using it?
We're giving away a brand new version of our favorite survival knife, the ESEE-6!
Flash fiction contest judged by Kim Stanley Robinson. The "3 Minute Futures" contest is looking for 500-600-word near-future hard science-fiction stories, and the top three entries will be turned into radio plays by Gates McFadden's Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles.
For a quarter century, owners of delightfully weird-looking dogs have brought these monstrosities to the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marine Fairgrounds. For the 25th annual pageant, expect lots of strange canines—and remember that humans caused the dogs to look this way, through selective breeding.
Way back in October, the Federal Trade Commission admitted impotence against the ever-tenacious robocall and essentially begged the nation to find some way to make the madness stop. With a cool $50,000 tossed in to sweeten the deal, two winners have, at last, surfaced: meet Nomorobo and the decidedly less catchy…
Wolf Cop is destined to become a meme, or at least a cult phenomenon. This concept trailer was produced by some film-makers in Saskatchewan, Canada, for the CineCoup online contest that gives one lucky film-maker $1 million to finish his or her film.
You're never going to be a movie star, but with a little luck, maybe your Lego bricks can be. Thanks to a new contest for the upcoming blockbuster, Lego: The Movie, you've got a shot at your own 15-30 seconds of vicarious stardom.
The Federal Trade Commission is offering $50,000 to the first person to take down one of the most abhorrent aspects of daily life: robocallers. With the Do Not Call Registry proving to be a resounding failure, the FTC is putting themselves at the mercy of the nation's tech savvy.