The founders of the RoboCup competition have a simple, reasonable dream: to build a team of robotic soccer players who'll win the World Cup by 2050. Here's a sample of the finest fútbol-bots from Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanics Laboratory.
Here it is — the first ever picture of Andrew Garfield in his Spider-Man costume, looking as though he's feeling the Great Responsibility. What do you think?
For many readers, 'tis the season to be press-ganged into dull holiday functions. Why not spice your boring social obligations up with some deathsports? Here are five deadly competitions from scifi that don't require lightsabers or battlebots.
The early success of AMC series Walking Dead confirms it: Though zombies have been hot for a while, they are now officially the new vampires. Why do Americans love zombies, and what does it say about us?
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Back To The Future, we've got never-before-seen footage of original star Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly. Plus Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg and Bob Gale all explaining why they replaced him with Michael J. Fox.
Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard famously took a golf ball along with him to the Moon, making him the first person to play golf on another world. But just how far did his shot travel? One physicist has the answer.
The great challenge for any climber is to conquer each continent's tallest mountain. But tomorrow's climbers can consider a far more extreme challenge: leaving Earth to climb the tallest peaks of the solar system. Here's how they'll do it.
With Piranha 3D already in line to get a sequel, it's time to admit that penis-severing is the special effect of the year. But the now-infamous piranha cock-chomp wasn't the first. Let's contemplate its forerunners, shall we?
You'd think a totally smooth surface would be better at flying through the air with the least amount of wind resistance. So why do golf balls have all those little indentations? So they can use the air against itself.
Inception is a heist movie that takes place inside a shared hallucination. It's also about the technology of making movies. And that's what will make your brain explode. In a good way.
A group of researchers have discovered an objective way to measure the most important members of a soccer team. Yes, there is a scientific reason why you love Lionel Messi. It all comes down to statistics.
Do you feel exhausted after a couple of drinks? Need constant Red Bull infusions to make it out of the bar? You might have a mutation that prevents you from becoming an addict.
Never say that nuclear warfare is good for nothing. The dastardly criminal enterprise of counterfeiting fine wines took a major hit recently with the announcement of a new method for determining vintages that relies on atomic blasts.
Gather your quaffles, capes and brooms - Quidditch could be a mere wand-stroke away from joining the NCAA, if the numbers of teams keep growing. College students have taken their intramural Quidditch hobby to a whole new level this year: Droves of wizards and witches gathered at the second Intercollegiate Quidditch…
The world's fastest swimsuit uses technology from NASA to improve athletes' times by a crucial fraction of a second. Speedo's new LZR Racer, pronounced "Laser Racer," is designed to work like a spacesuit, with the seams "ultrasonically welded" instead of sewn, to reduce drag in the water by up to 10 percent. When…
This new ad for Puma's v1.08 soccer boot freaks me out. In the year 2178, soccer players will have their legs ripped off and replaced with weird cyber-horse legs, so they can trot around and do kangaroo jumps for the amusement of their beer-swilling orthohuman masters. Until then, the ad says, the closest you can get…