We all know people don’t explode when exposed to space without protection. But science fiction has taken some ... liberties with vacuum exposure over the years. Here are 19 scenes of people being exposed to space, ranked from the least realistic to the most.
Astronomers just uncovered hundreds of hidden galaxies a mere 250 million light years away from Earth—well within our own galactic neighborhood. But how did they stay unknown for so long? The fault isn’t with them, it’s with our own Milky Way.
Just a few years ago, we were wondering where all the movies about outer space had gone. And now, we don’t have to wonder any more, because we’ve been getting a crop of fantastic new movies about astronauts, spaceships, and the joy of exploration.
A multi-decade analysis of a distant pulsar is affirming the longstanding notion that the gravitational constant—one of four fundamental forces of nature—is the same everywhere in the universe.
At some future juncture, we’re going to need more living space, whether it be found on another planet or through the expanse of our planet’s existing surface area. In his latest venture into worldbuilding, Oxford University research fellow Anders Sandberg explores some of the more extreme possibilities.
Here’s your meta moment for the night: the astronauts aboard the International Space Station are having a movie night, and their flick of choice is Gravity, according to Scott Kelly. Wonder how the line “I hate space!” will go over with this crowd?
Animator Kevin Orzel offers a rapid-fire, adorably-animated look at the life and times of Isaac Newton, whom "you may know from every science book you've ever read." (Spoiler alert: Newton was a genius.)
What is gravity? It's one of the easiest scientific concepts to understand the effects of, and one of the hardest concepts to understand by itself. Here — using a large sheet of spandex, some marbles, and a couple weights — is a demonstration that makes the entire concept remarkably graspable.
A bizarre rumor is going around claiming that the upcoming planetary alignment on January 4th is going to cause a "gravitational fluctuation" that will leave people weightless for a brief period. Here's why "Zero Gravity Day" is a whole lot of malarky.
I was already kind of traumatized by watching Sandra Bullock hurtling through the vast nothingness of space in Gravity; the idea of seeing the movie without its score, where space is as audibly empty as it is visually, sounds chilling. And that's exactly what we're going to get in a new special Gravity Blu-ray.
If you've ever tried balancing something as short and skinny as a pencil on your fingertip, you know it isn't easy. Why is that? How is it possible to create a free-standing rock sculpture like this one, when it's all but impossible to balance a stinking pencil for more than a couple seconds?
Geologists finally understand how sandstone arches get their shape. By studying cubes of sand, researchers showed that areas squeezed by vertical stress are strengthened and protected from erosion. This means that it's gravity — and not erosion — that gives rise to elegant sandstone arches, pillars, and alcoves.
It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool.
Tess Gerritsen wrote a book titled Gravity about a female astronaut stranded in space when the rest of her crewmates are killed. Alfonso Cuaron wrote and directed a movie titled Gravity about a female astronaut stranded in space when the rest of her crewmates are killed. Uh-oh.
Ever wonder what the easiest way to lose weight is? Here's the one simple trick you need. Go to the equator. There, the planet is trying to throw you into space so much that you weigh less than you do anywhere else.
Stop whatever you're doing and watch this amazing "alternate scene" from Gravity in which the Man of Steel makes a guest appearance. You will not regret it.
On Earth, a properly thrown boomerang will return to the person who threw it. Is the same true aboard the International Space Station?
Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity was an insane thrill ride that made us nearly hyperventilate. And these proposed poster designs, which ended up not being used, really convey the screaming terror that this film inflicted on us. Maybe too well. But they're also insanely gorgeous.
After reading about the ground-breaking new evidence for the Big Bang this week you may have been left with a question: Just what are gravitational waves anyway? This video, using just a towel, an apple, and a ping pong ball, explains.
Space thriller Gravity dominated the 86th Academy Awards with seven Oscars, including winning Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Score and Best Cinematography. See the full list of winners now.