A DIY GALAXY | In a major triumph for citizen science, amateur astrophotographer Robert Gendler created this image of spiral galaxy M106 himself, combining his own ground-based photos with Hubble Space Telescope images. More details here.

What is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer.

The more we learn about the universe, the more we discover just how diverse all its planets, stars, nebulae and unexplained chunks of matter really are. So what is all this matter doing in our universe, other than just floating in space? More »

10 Most Incompetent Space Captains in the Universe

Space is an unforgiving medium. Out there, in the tractless depths, the slightest mistake can be fatal for everybody. And that goes a hundredfold for mistakes by commanding officers. More »

At Last, an Amazing UFO Video Without Blurring!

This is about to be your favorite UFO video of all time. Just look at the detail on that ship! This footage has been floating all over YouTube for the past few months, and at last the guy who made the film has spoken out about what he saw that evening. More »

Insanely detailed paintings of kaiju fighting in historical battles will fill you with awe

The line-drawn and watercolor illustrations created by Mu Pan demand careful study. The Brooklyn-based artist blends history, pop culture, and folk art into astonishingly detailed scenes that are grand when drunk in all at once, but contain little surprises on closer inspection. More »

Dinosaurs Went Extinct Almost Immediately After Mexican Asteroid Strike

Scientists using a new and highly precise dating technique have concluded that the late Cretaceous asteroid strike in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula coincided almost exactly with the extinction of the dinosaurs - give-or-take a few tens of thousands of years. More »

Myths About Joss Whedon (That Keep Non-Whedonistas Away)

Absolutely everybody on the planet saw Joss Whedon's The Avengers a few times - but still, many of our fellow humans have yet to delve into the Whedon back catalog. More »

Astronauts, Satan and The Rock dominate the best Super Bowl commercials

Last night advertisers across the states lined up their very best 30-second to one minute spots in hopes of delighting the millions of people watching the Super Bowl into buying their crap. More »

12 Real Animals We Can't Believe Aren't Pokémon

Those who question the theory of evolution generally do it on religious grounds. But there's a non-faith-related reason to question evolution. A lot of animals are too absurd to have been shaped by any kind of natural selection process. More »

Why Americans Became Obsessed with Ninjas

There are almost 22 thousand people on Twitter who call themselves "social media ninjas." Elsewhere in the world of post-industrial job titles you'll find "code ninjas" (subspecies: "JavaScript ninjas") "sales ninjas," and even "mommy ninjas." More »

How much caffeine is too much?

A lethal dose of caffeine is thought to be roughly 10 grams - about the mass of your standard #2 pencil. That converts to a whopping (but basically undrinkable) 4.69 gallons of coffee, or 120 standard cans of Red Bull. More »

10 Movies That Should Become Spinoff TV Series Right Now

Some of our favorite TV series started as movies, like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Heck even Zombieland is currently under development as an original series for Amazon. More »

Why quantum mechanics is the biggest embarrassment in all of modern physics

It's been close to a century since we established how quantum mechanics "works," and we still don't know what it really means - and that, says cosmologist Sean Carroll in the video up top, may make QM the most embarrassing subject in all of modern physics. More »

Do objects of different masses really fall at the same rate? The Nordtvedt effect posits they don't

It's been demonstrated since the 1500s that, when falling toward a certain body, objects fall at the same rate. Everyone from Galileo in Pisa to David Scott on the moon demonstrated that. But what if they're wrong? The Nordtvedt effect posits exactly that. More »

10 Educationally Insane Superhero PSA Comics

For most of their existence, comic books have been perceived as two things: 1) entertainment for children, and 2) terrible, morality-eroding entertainment for children. More »

Earth-stopping short film Noon will become a full-length feature

When we watched Kasra Farahani's short film Noon, about a tidally locked future Earth and a coyote who smuggles immigrants into the arctic city of perpetual daytime, we immediately wanted a feature-length version. More »