Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013HAIL KARGAN! | "Kargan Dragonlord" by Jason Chan — just one of the amazing pieces of Magic the Gathering art featured in our retrospective gallery. Hells yeah!

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana's creationists

For Zack Kopplin, it all started back in 2008 with the passing of the Louisiana Science Education Act. The bill made it considerably easier for teachers to introduce creationist textbooks into the classroom. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 201310 Decent Movies That Were Doomed by Unfair Memes

Sometimes a movie sparks everybody's imagination months before it comes out. When a film gets talked about, that's usually a good thing - and it's an even better thing when it becomes the subject of memes and ideas. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013The Evolutionary Biology of Star Trek

One of the big mysteries of human evolution is what happened to all the humans who shared the planet with Homo sapiens for hundreds of thousands of years. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013The plots of movies conveniently broken down into clever pictograms

Want to know the basic plot of a movie (or at least make fun of it) in five seconds or less? That's Matteo Civaschi of design firm H-57's specialty. What his pictograms lack in detail, they make up for in cheeky accuracy. More »


Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013Scientific evidence that you probably don't have free will

Humans have debated the issue of free will for millennia. But over the past several years, while the philosophers continue to argue about the metaphysical underpinnings of human choice, an increasing number of neuroscientists have started to tackle the issue head on. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013The creepy ghost creature Mama is real, according to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays two characters in the horror movie Mama, but his biggest challenge was acting against an actual ghost. Because Mama was real, not just some CG tennis ball chasing around the actors. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013How to Tell if a TV Show is Probably Not Going to End Well

Many of us have commitment issues with television, because we've been burned so many times by weak or overblown endings. (And no doubt, a lot of us are anxiously praying that Fringe gets the powerful conclusion it deserves tonight.) But there's no reason to give up on long-form series television. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013Aaron Swartz Died Innocent - Here Is the Evidence

I did not know Aaron Swartz, unless you count having copies of a person's entire digital life on your forensics server as knowing him. I did once meet his father, an intelligent and dedicated man who was clearly pouring his life into defending his son. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 201320 Gobots That Remind Us Why the Gobots Sucked So Incredibly Hard

The Gobots have never had it easy. These transforming robot toy contemporaries of the Transformers were always seen as second-class... uh, transforming robot toys in the '80s; Tonka's cheap knock-offs to Hasbro's real deal, even though the Gobots came out slightly before the Transformers (...because Tonka rushed to import them from Japan after they heard Hasbro's Transformers plans, but still). More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013Why We Should Switch To A Base-12 Counting System

Humans, for the most part, count in chunks of 10 - that's the foundation of the decimal system. Despite its near-universal adoption, however, it's a completely arbitrary numbering system that emerged for one very simple reason: We have five fingers on each hand. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013The Webcomic Guide to the Apocalypse: Plague

We're going to be seeing a glut of apocalyptic movies this year, even though audiences are starting to get weary of watching the world end. While Hollywood looks for new ways to blow up the Earth, I'll be taking a look back at how the apocalypse looked when science fiction was new. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013A Memory of Light delivers a better ending than Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series probably deserves

Let's start with a spoiler-free review, shall we? A Memory of Light is an incredibly fitting end to Robert Jordan's sprawling, immersive and often aggravating Wheel of Time saga. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013Pickpocket master Apollo Robbins reveals how to steal someone's watch

Check out this fantastic video on professional pickpocket Apollo Robbins (pictured above) - a man so talented at his craft, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, and the military have studied his techniques for what they reveal about the nature of human attention. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 2013The Brazilian Treehopper may be the strangest creature we've ever laid eyes on

Because holy crap, just look at that headgear. Everyone, meet Bocydium globulare. Better known as the Brazilian treehopper, B. globulare excels at living a solitary life, hanging out on the leaves of glory bushes, and head-sphering its way into your nightmares. More »

Best of the Week: January 12-18, 20139 Amazing Short Films That Will One Day Be Feature Films

This week Guillermo Del Toro unleashes the creepy, intense monster movie Mama into the world. But few people know that this project was actually inspired on the creepy short from Andrés Muschietti. More »