Earlier this year we told you about a dozen true-to-life animals that seem better suited to the pages of a certain anime than the jungle. Thankfully, nature is generous when it comes to producing completely whacked-out organisms.
While excavating an ancient burial mound at Başur Höyük near Siirt in southeast Turkey, archaeologists discovered a set of sculpted stones that may represent the earliest recorded gaming tokens. Read more...
Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov is turning his sights on the fluffy menace that is squirrel-kind. And although there's no word on production starting, the movie apparently already has a promo trailer.
Archaeologists are calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime find" — a 1,400 year-old frieze vividly decorated with images of gods and rulers. Considered a work of art, the carving is shedding new light into this ancient culture.
Salon has published an excerpt from Adam Leith Gollner's upcoming book about 'the science, belief, and magic behind living forever.' Gollner surveys the work of researchers from around the world who are trying to reverse the effects of aging and...
As we move into a future where we want to build materials from the atoms up, we need better microscopes to see what we're doing. Right now, we can't even watch DNA building proteins in real time. We only get muddy snapshots.
One of the comedians that performed standup at the Barbican Centre earlier this month had a somewhat robotic delivery—for obvious reasons. And RoboThespian doesn't just tell jokes; it also reads the crowd.
Every year, a massive "dead zone" develops in the Gulf of Mexico — a region where algae destroys almost all the oxygen in the ocean. No fish or other life forms can survive there. This year's dead zone is roughly 5,840 square miles (see above map).
Charles Darwin’s expedition on The Beagle allowed the naturalist to gather evidence for his theory of evolution. The Beagle's commander, Admiral Robert Fitzroy, also had a theory. He used a special jar to help him predict weather.
John W.M. Bush is an applied mathematician at MIT, where he studies how insects stand, paddle, jump and jitter along the surface of water, via what he calls "interfacial biolocomotion." As this video compilation illustrates, the movements and...
The University of Iowa library has more than 4,000 miniature books in its collection. The smallest one of all, though, manages to stand out from the rest by measuring in at an itty-bitty 0.138 inches square and 0.04 inches thick.
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