Two-headed Armenian calf is twice as cute as your normal calf

On January 25, this two-headed calf was born at the Avetyan family's farm in Sotk, Armenia. Incidentally, this calf — which possesses both male and female sex traits — is the third two-headed calf born in Armenia this month. [AM]

New bomb detection technology is laser that shoots out of thin air

In order to detect explosive chemicals, without getting in range, scientists have developed a testing laser. The difference is, this laser doesn't need to be shot out of a device. It's shot out of the air. More »

A UFO in Jerusalem zips over Mount Zion

In this clip take on Friday, a ball-shaped UFO descends over Jerusalem only to zoom back into the sky. Is this some sort of camera legerdemain or ancient astronauts dropping by for some decent shawarma? More »

Meet the robotic soccer players of RoboCup 2011

The founders of the RoboCup competition have a simple, reasonable dream: to build a team of robotic soccer players who'll win the World Cup by 2050. Here's a sample of the finest fútbol-bots from Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanics Laboratory. More »
#retrofuture

A description of online shopping, circa 1981

I'm often shocked at how accurate some 20th century predictions of online shopping were. However, these retail prognosticators frequently miss the mark by assuming that individual goods would need to be photographed or videotaped live for consumers.  More »

Star Trek writers and Wolverine director pen script to Ender's Game

We knew Wolverine: Origins director Gavin Hood was attached to a big-screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, but now the word is that Star Trek/Fringe scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are shopping the script around Hollywood. More »

Video depicts the night sky with Jupiter and Neptune in the Moon's orbit

What would would the night sky look like if our planet was orbited by Mars, Jupiter, or a even a parallel Earth? Brad Goodspeed has created this nifty video imagining such a scenario. More »
Yesterday - January 29, 2011

Researchers develop method to identify flashers on Chatroulette

Men who drop their trousers and display their genitals on the internet can now be detected more reliably and automatically, is the thrust of this new study. More »

Stay in a Neon-Genesis Evangelion hotel room for $450 night

Starting March 1, the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Fujiyoshida, Japan will offer a hotel room based on the famed Gainax anime franchise Neon-Genesis Evangelion. For $450 a night, you can pretend you're a mecha pilot on vacation. More »
#design

Artist transforms 2001 VHS tape into a real-life black monolith

David Herbert's 2005 sculpture/monolith VHS is an 8-foot-tall video cassette copy of Stanley Kubrick's 2001. What does this piece mean? I'm not entirely sure, but I'm just going to assume it's an audacious statement against Betamax. [Rhizome] More »

Visual effects reel breaks down Black Swan's avian weirdness

How did digital artists create the ballet-centric body horror of Black Swan? This neat visual effects featurette showcases the film's many strange changes. It contains massive plot spoilers, so caveat viewer. More »

And now, nine minutes of Japanese Spider-Man posing fiercely

Before the Japanese Spider-Man from the 1970s launched into battle, he'd regale his foes with some awesome yelling and interpretative dance. Witness nine minutes of Supaidāman posing. Don't watch it all in one sitting or you'll get a headache. More »
#webcomics

The Egyptian pulp adventures of "Cleopatra in Space"

The title says it all. A teenaged Cleopatra VII has been zapped to a distant future, one filled with professorial talking cats and Sphinx-shaped space bikes. She's caught in an intergalactic war — when she's not stuck in detention. More »

Read the first draft of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek pitch, starring "Captain April" and the "S.S. Yorktown"

On March 11, 1964, Gene Roddenberry handed in the first draft of his Star Trek proposal to NBC. The cast is almost entirely different, but the gist of the show is intact — truly a fascinating "what if." More »
#conceptart

Batman, Master Chief, and Optimus Prime walk into a bar in the ultimate scifi crossover

Cartoonist Jim Mahfood let his brush run wild in IGN's Beverly Hills office, painting a multiversal cantina where Cylons rub elbows with Thundercats and Ewoks and Smurfs bond over brews. More »
#architecture

This windowless monolith is a bird nest factory

Swiftlet nests command a high price for the thick texture they give bird's nest soup. But how does one go about farming birds' nests? By building imposing concrete towers, of course. More »

How to become a monster, the Fringe way

Walter Bishop becomes an animal-human hybrid, in this ludicrous scene from last night's Fringe. But he's not the only one confronting a monstrous side of himself — last night's episode found a scary new spin on the theme of dopplegangers. More »

Witness Project Popcorn, the Russian Mystery Science Theater 3000

Just how much does the Russian TV show Project Popcorn ape Mystery Science Theater 3000? Check out the theme song. Something tells me nobody from the original MST3K was consulted on this. More »

Watch TV commentators in 1994 have no idea what the internet is

In this 1994 clip from The Today Show, Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric are completely befuddled by the notion of the internet. We laugh now, but remember that we'll be the ones immortalized as rubes when psychic data clouds debut. More »
#socialcontrol

Could a U.S. government crackdown take America off the internet?

With the threat of today's protests looming in Egypt, on Thursday Egyptian authorities cut the nation off the internet. No online communication could pass in or out of the country. We investigated whether a similar lockdown could happen in America. More »
Friday - January 28, 2011

Time Traveling Beatles flick hopes to stop the wrath of Yoko

What would you do with a time machine? Save a life, meet Jesus, steal Hitler's wallet? Time warping flick Get Back knows exactly what two die hard Beatles fans would do: Stop John Lennon from ever meeting Yoko Ono. More »

Debbie Gibson and Tiffany teach us how to bitch-slap a Mega Python, a Gatoroid and a pop princess

Pop starlets Debbie Gibson and Tiffany explain to us how to murder the monsters from their Syfy original movie Mega Python Versus Gatoroid. Plus new cat-fight clips! More »
#conceptart

The Explosive Space Vistas of David Fuhrer

Swiss artist David Fuhrer creates weirdly shaped planets and strange environments — and then fills them with spaceships and fighters in power armor. His concept art wallpapers are ready made to rule your desktop. More »

Are you faking ADHD to get drugs? Doctors are on to you!

Have you been faking ADHD to get Adderall? The charade is over! Here's how your intrepid physician sniffs out ADHD fakers who are just in it for the drugs. More »

Angst and the Undead: The CW greenlights a zombie drama

Two networks are following in The Walking Dead's footsteps. The CW is developing The Awakening, a show about two sisters dealing with their relationship and a zombie apocalypse. And NBC's developing a show from McG's production company, Zombies vs. Vampires.

Axe Cop — the Live Action Movie!

You've seen our exclusive Axe Cop cover, the webcomic written by 6-year-old Malachai Nicolle and drawn by his 29-year-old illustrator brother Ethan — now watch the fan made film. Let's chop their heads off! More »

Why Burroughs' Naked Lunch is a science fiction classic

People worship Burroughs' Naked Lunch, but don't give it its props as a science fiction classic, argues Rudy Rucker on his blog. Rucker, whose new novel about Alan Turing includes Burroughs as a character, describes Naked Lunch as "Transreal SF." More »
#moviereview

The Rite is your new midnite movie cheesefest

Haven't you always wanted to see Anthony Hopkins grab a hot young priest and call him "kissy lips"? To see this thespian master hurl frogs around while screaming about Satan? Of course! That's why exorcism thriller The Rite exists. More »

Ten catch phrases you swore you'd never use (and when you used them)

No matter how hard you struggle, these phrases worm their way into your consciousness. No matter how much you deny it, you let them back out. Here's a list of ten phrases too good to not repeat. More »

The spring-loaded harpoon weeds which are invading the Southwest

The Redstem filaree is a weed spreading out of control because of its mechanical abilities. Its seeds are natural coils. As they grow they develop more tension until they overpower their parent plants and fling themselves outward with tremendous energy. More »
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