You might think you're dealing with a human, but hold its gaze for just a few extra seconds. You see? Those flat, black orbs reveal everything you need to know.
Ever wonder why dogs need to get themselves into just the right position to do their business? As it turns out, dogs align their body axis according to Earth's magnetic field when they squat to poop—a behavior that changes when the magnetic field is unstable. But why do they do it?
Six little words can do a lot in science fiction — in some cases tell a whole story. These very, very short stories we wrote today cover everything from an artificial intelligence that would frankly just prefer to be left alone, to the stresses that time travel can pile on a marriage, to the nightmare that is a…
As Mexico City archaeologists sort through the surreal array of Aztec sacrificial skulls recently uncovered while excavating their city's subway system, it's worth remembering that parts of the London Underground were also tunneled, blasted, picked, and drilled through a labyrinth of plague pits and cemeteries.
The first Thor movie gave us a dazzling view of Asgard as well as Jotunheim, home of the frost giants — but there was supposed to be a third realm in there: the home of the Rock Trolls. Check out some Rock Troll concept art by artist Wil Rees.
Scifi author and futurist David Brin has penned a fascinating piece for Bloomerg in which he argues that the previous two centuries didn't really get going until their 14th year — and that 2014 could follow a similar pattern.
Monster-hunter Rick Dyer claims he shot and killed Bigfoot — because that's what you do when you find a shy, rare creature — and is now touring the country with its dead body. Today he released this picture of his Bigfoot trophy.
Where did that noise come from? It's a question people have been asking for millennia, but in the past century we started to build machines that would help us find out. Here are some of the most insane moments in the history of sound-location technology.
We're in the middle of remake fever, with classic films getting remade at a blinding rate. But sometimes, creators try to hard to put their own stamp on a property — and completely miss what it was actually about. Which movie (or comic, or TV) remake or reboot loses a key point of the original?
The Russian government has just allocated 50 million rubles ($1.52 million) for the development of a technical proposal to land a probe on the surface of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede. If successful, it would mark the country's first mission beyond Mars.
Captain America introduced himself to Americans by punching Adolf Hitler in the face on the cover of Captain America Comics #1. While this is something the vast majority of people would applaud in this day and age, Timely Comics, the predecessor to Marvel Comics, debuted Captain America in early 1941, when the U.S.…
Sorry, Disney, but if you don't have the balls to go ahead and completely sexuallize your beloved Disney Princess girls brand, then Japan will do it for you. Ladies, now your lady bits can truly feel like a princess with lingerie based on Cinderella, Aurora, Belle and Rapunzel! Sorry, girls, puberty not included!
A tree in Potsdam, Germany, looks like it has been cut in two, with the top hovering over the trunk, and it's thanks to a simple but clever artistic technique.
Forget UFOs — there are a lot of objects and events in space that are identified, but still completely incomprehensible. From planets in our solar system, to inexplicable energy bursts from across the universe, here are some of the enduring mysteries of the space and time we call home.
In the early twentieth century, two fantasy writers became friends. Their names were J.R.R. Tolkien and Naomi Mitchison; they both wrote incredible novels; but one author is still celebrated and the other forgotten. Until now.
Suppose you keep chickens, and you want to name them according to the Borg designations? So if you've got four chickens, they're one of four, two of four, etc.? So far so good. But then what if one dies and is replaced? That's the dilemma one message board considered.
Those who like to chug a little ouzo, or perhaps absinthe, will know how the liquor clouds up when water is added to it. What causes two clear liquids to form a cloud in the glass? Chemistry gets opaque with the Ouzo Effect.
Editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow has read countless stories, from her tenure at Omni Magazine to her recent slew of fantastic themed anthologies. In a new interview at Papercuts, she explains the biggest mistake she sees beginning writers making: creating a situation instead of plotting a story.
It may seem like a ludicrous idea today, but if this early 20th century food movement had been successful, the swamps of Louisiana might be filled with hippos, who would feast on the region's invasive water hyacinths and provide meat for America's tables.