A SUNBURST AS SEEN FROM EARTH | Last weekend, the sun let out two violent coronal mass ejections, and they resulted in intense geomagnetic storms, and unusually beautiful lovely Northern Lights. More details about this photo by Brad Goldpaint here.

Brave shows how to create a brand new fairy tale from scratch

If you want to see how to create a new fairy tale, with all the psychological and emotional intensity of an Andersen classic - and the lesson, too - then you should check out Pixar's Brave. More »

A Simple Illusion that Completely Screws Up Your Sense of Space

The Café Wall Illusion is so simple, it's also called the Kindergarten Illusion. It's a combination of color, line, and tiling, and it completely screws up people's spatial reasoning. More »

Awesome Books to Replace Your Favorite Cancelled TV Shows

The love of television is always tragic. We're doomed to fall in love with television shows and then lose them, again and again. And often, our love burns the brightest for shows that live the shortest amount of time. More »

Can you guess the subject of this photo? (Hint: over half the US population consumes it every day.)

The Wellcome Trust - a London-based medical research charity - has just announced the winners of its 2012 image competition, and they are positively stunning. More »

Kepler scientists find freaky solar system that's unlike anything we've seen before

NASA scientists working on the Kepler Mission have discovered an unprecedented solar system, in which two planets with vastly different densities and compositions are locked in a surprisingly close orbit around their star. More »

10 Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Romantic Comedies of All Time

Science fiction is all about discovering the unknown - but sometimes you find love along the way. This is a great time to love romantic comedies with a science fiction twist, with the surprisingly sweet Safety Not Guaranteed in theaters, and the apocalyptic Seeking a Friend for the End of the World coming out tomorrow. But science fiction and fantasy have had a love affair with romantic comedies for years. More »

Minority Report really did predict the future

When you ask people to name their favorite science fiction films, you'll often hear them mention Blade Runner as the gold standard. My vote however, goes to a different Philip K. Dick adaptation: Steven Spielberg's Minority Report. Released ten years ago today, the movie is as important today as it was back then, when it proved that science fiction could be important. More »

Season-ending TV cliffhangers that actually paid off

Here are a dozen or so science fiction and fantasy TV shows that set up huge-ass cliffhangers - and then provided awesome resolution. We already listed the best cliffhangers of all time, but it's even rarer to find a great cliffhanger that makes you wait months for the resolution - and then doesn't wimp out, or undo everything in the first act. More »

The Technique that Silicon Valley Geeks are Using to Hack the Voices Inside Their Heads

Self-help schemes come and go, but a new framework has attracted the attention of a number of Silicon Valley techies - especially computer scientists and programmers. More »

Old photos of the Statue of Liberty standing in Paris were extraordinarily surreal

In science fiction filmdom, the destruction of the Statue of Liberty is merely a sign that the carnage is chugging along at a steady tack. But reality provides some equally strange views of Lady Liberty, particularly when she was under construction in Paris during the mid-1880s. More »

Fungal infection causes tarantula to grow antlers

This image may look like something dreamed up for a surreal horror movie, but it's a real horror for the tarantula in question. This unfortunate arachnid is infected with Cordyceps, a parasitic fungus that replaces its host's tissue with its own. More »

Early reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man are in!

Rebooting Spider-Man so soon after Sam Raimi's trilogy has seemed like a huge gamble - but soon, we're going to find out for ourselves if it's paid off. More »

Are neutrons traveling between parallel worlds?

Recent experiments at ultra-cold temperatures have shown a phenomenon known as "neutron loss," in which we somehow lose track of these subatomic particles for short periods. More »

Beautiful Prosthetic Legs That are Made to be Seen

Prosthetic limbs are wonderful for restoring mobility to folks who've lost a leg, but form can sometimes get lost in the prosthetic function. One company is producing fairings that fit over a prosthetic leg and serve the same role as a well chosen accessory. More »

Why does magic need so many rules?

It's hard out here for a fantasy writer, after all; there's all these rules I'm supposed to follow, or the Fantasy Police might come and make me do hard labor in the Cold Iron Mines. For example: I keep hearing that magic has to have rules. It has to be logical. It has to have limitations, consequences, energy exchange, internal consistency, clear cause and effect, thoroughly-tested laws with repeatable results and –- Waitaminnit. More »

Reality Check: Most Internet trolls are probably trolls in real life, too

One of the biggest myths about the Internet goes like this: people who are perfectly pleasant and reasonable in real life become total jerkfaces when they get online. More »

One Theory That Finally Explains What's Going on in Prometheus

However you feel about Prometheus, one thing's for sure: This movie has inspired more arguments than any film in the past few years. What's it all about? More »

And now, a dolphin with an octopus stuck to its naughty bits

Dolphins are known to engage in interspecies play, but here's an example of some accidental interspecies foreplay. While observing bottlenoses last week off of the Greek island of Kalamos, biologist Joan Gonzalvo of the Ionian Dolphin Project photographed this, ahem, unique shot of a dolphin. More »

A Size Comparison Chart of 20 Real-Life Spaceships With the Starship Enterprise

Check out this elegant infographic by Invader Xan, molecular astrophysicist and master of ceremonies at astronomy blog Supernova Condensate. Here, silhouetted in colors that correspond to their present state of operation, you'll find twenty iconic spaceships and space stations situated beneath the only fictional spacecraft of the bunch: the U.S.S. Enterprise. More »

One of the earliest adult cartoons was gonzo even by today's standards (NSFW)

The avid pornography viewer knows that the adult film industry is expanding crystallinely into a latticework of niche kinks, like a sordid snowflake made of ménage à troises with lost cable repairmen. More »

Six Strange Cases of Science Fiction Trademarks

Trademarks an important way for businesses to market their goods to consumers, but sometimes it can be difficult to know whose intellectual property toes you're treading on. More »

Does a galaxy filled with habitable planets mean humanity is doomed?

Last week, we reported on the astounding confirmation that all solar systems in the Galaxy probably have planets, and that Earthlike planets are more common than previously thought. More »

This is what a honeybee looks like as it loses its stinger

For those who have always wondered exactly why honeybees die after stinging an animal, this photograph spells it out more keenly than any verbal description could, capturing a doomed bee as it zips away from its stinger, its abdominal tissue spilling out behind it. More »

The Virus that Inspired the Whole Zombie Genre

Zombies have come to dominate pop culture - and the explanations for their origins range from dark magic to strange satellites. But the concept of zombies has been around for thousands of years - and it looks like the idea originally came from the world of epidemiology, not the world of legends. More »

Test footage from Alien was way creepy, even with the xenomorph out of costume

You may remember that the titular xenomorph in Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien was sometimes depicted by a man in a suit. Here's test footage of 6'10" Nigerian actor Bolaji Badejo practicing his extraterrestrial motions. More »