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Best and Worst Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies of 2012

This was a pretty good year to be a fan of genre movies. More and more low-budget movies had the courage to tackle science fiction and fantasy themes, and meanwhile Hollywood seemed to step up its game a little. More »

Corvids: The Birds Who Think Like Humans

Someday I will come up with a good reason why I am friends with the neighborhood crows. For now, I can say that it started when I looked up from my office window to see this big flock of crows hanging out on the roof of an apartment building nearby. More »

The Middle Earth Illustrators J.R.R. Tolkien Loved-and the Ones He Abhorred

While Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now The Hobbit movie may be how many modern folks see Middle Earth, it's important to remember that the first person to illustrate J.R.R. Tolkien's world was Tolkien himself. Tolkien had a very clear sense of how Middle Earth should and should not look, and while he had doubts about his own abilities as an illustrator, he also had very strong opinions about other artists who tried to draw his world and his characters. Here are some of the illustrators whose works found favor with Tolkien-and a few who attracted his artistic ire. More »

When will we finally have a world government?

Political scientists and science fiction writers alike have long been taken with the idea that humans would one day form a global government. Yet few of us take this prospect very seriously, often dismissing it as an outright impossibility or very far off in the future. More »

Marvel writer Dan Slott is getting death threats for the leaked ending of Spider-Man #700

When writer Dan Slott talked about the final, 700th-issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, he told Comic Book Reources that "I'm going into hiding after issue #700 comes out. I'm not looking at message boards. I'm not poking my head up out of that hole, because what happens in issue #700 is big!" More »

Woman undergoes untested stem-cell wrinkle treatment, sprouts bones in her eyelid

Let it be said that stem cell therapies may well be the future of medicine, but untested stem cell therapies have the potential to give rise to the stuff of nightmares. More »

8 Signs That Pop Culture Is Finally Done With the Apocalypse

The world has ended, civilization has collapsed, the undead hordes have overrun everything. We've seen the apocalypse so many times, even Roland Emmerich is bored with it. More »

That crazy video of a golden eagle trying to make off with a toddler? Yeah, it's a fake.

Fun Formidable fact about golden eagles: it is estimated that the talons of these birds can exert up to 750 pounds per square inch (5.2 MPa) of pressure when clasping at prey. More »

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2012

This year was a great one for science fiction and fantasy that transcended genre boundaries. Novels that appeared to be science fiction turned out to be fantasies, and stories that began as outer space battles turned into thought-provoking meditations on the political future of humanity. More »

Shot-by-Shot Breakdown of All the Plot Details Hidden in the New Star Trek into Darkness Trailer

Earlier today a new trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness aired, filled with scenes of death and destruction. What clues are hidden in the new scenes? More »

The Great Filter theory suggests humans have already conquered the threat of extinction

It's difficult to not be pessimistic when considering humanity's future prospects. Many people would agree that it's more likely than not that we'll eventually do ourselves in. More »

A child's treasury of 13 horrible Frank Miller comic panels

Frank Miller is a genius whose seminal works helped transform comics in the '80s from a children's medium to a legitimately accepted art form. Unfortunately, he's recently been under attack... by Frank Miller. More »

Diphallia: When men are born with two penises

This condition is one that you could guess if you really thought about the Latin name. Some men are born with two distinct penises. Although the condition is extremely rare, doctors know exactly why it occurs. More »

The best anime series you've probably never seen

Urusei Yatsura was the sci-fi Simpsons of ‘80s Japan. It was funny, clever, and creative to the point of insanity. It starred a sexy alien in a bikini. More »

72 Years of Batman Logos on a Single Poster

Cathryn Lavery traces the evolution of Batman (or at least his bat-shaped marketing) with this poster, taking us from 1940's Batman & Robin: The Boy Wonder to the shattered bat logo from The Dark Knight Rises. More »

The Best and Worst Television Moments of 2012

What were the most amazingly brilliant moments (and the most horrific scenes) delivered by the almighty television this year? We've rounded up the very best bits from a whole year of obsessive TV watching. More »