Monthly Archives: October 2015
Here’s a perfect story for Halloween: Shambleau. Written by one of my favorite science fiction authors, C.L. Moore, you can now listen to the story as read by the author in a recently discovered recording.
They look like the wrath of Hades and Poseidon combined, but these beautiful, fiery clouds, captured by Breckenridge Resort in Colorado, have a simple physical explanation, and it’s rooted in fluid dynamics.
If you’re looking for a healthy dose of spooky science before kicking off your Halloween festivities
If you’re looking for a healthy dose of spooky science before kicking off your Halloween festivities, Motherboard has a great article on sleep paralysis, a surprisingly common condition in which a dreamer is jolted awake, only to find himself unable to move or speak. Learn how sleep paralysis occurs and how our minds turn this natural, defensive response into a waking nightmare.
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Over millennia, wind and water have carved this 100-million-year-old granite into an eerie skull to glare at daring hikers in Joshua Tree National Park. The iconic Skull Rock is the perfect way to welcome the growing gloom of dusk on this All Hallows’ Eve.
Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, there’s almost certainly been a moment in your life when you were sure your computer was possessed.
In 1977, Star Wars hit theaters, bringing with it a major merchandizing campaign. Later that year, Halloween costumes based on the films were so popular that suppliers ran out of stock. Starwars.com takes a look at what happened that fall. Read more… Continue reading
Daylight saving time starts tomorrow—thank GOD. After four months of dark and dismal evenings, many Americans will relish commuting home next week in full daylight. Which begs an obvious question: Why do we turn the clocks back at all? Others have argued that daylight saving time is pointless and should be abolished, but I’d like to take this opportunity to firmly disagree: Saving daylight is awesome, and we should do it all year.
The theme of rebellion in the dystopian fantasy – whose final instalment is about to hit cinemas – strikes a chord with teens and twentysomethings
The brutal, bleak series that has captured the hearts of a generation will come to a brutal, bleak end in November when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 arrives in cinemas. It is the conclusion of the Hunger Games saga, which has immersed the young in a cleverly realised world of trauma, violence, mayhem and death.
For fans of Suzanne Collins’s trilogy about a young girl, Katniss Everdeen, forced to fight for survival in a country ruled by fear and fuelled by televised gladiatorial combat, this is the moment they have been waiting for.
The film adaption of Tim Winton’s novel In the Winter Dark blurs the line between drama and thriller and creeps towards a gut-busting crescendo
Director James Bogle’s barely seen or remembered direct-to-video 1988 debut, Stones of Death, is a low-rent schlock horror pic about a group of high school students who meet grisly ends after discovering they live on top of an ancient Aboriginal burial ground.
It plays out exactly as it sounds: like a quintessentially American B movie transplanted into an Australian setting. The performances are underwhelming at best and its by-the-numbers screenplay is patchy, but the film does show a modicum of flair atmospherically. Close one eye and squint out of the other and you might find it a little bit scary.
Starting yesterday, The Martian is being screened in IMAX theaters across the country. To accompany the release, there’s a new poster, and it’s a beauty.
When the exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb was announced in Nature in 2012, it was hailed a watershed moment in the search for Earth-like worlds beyond our solar system. But as eerie as it sounds, it now appears that Alpha Centauri Bb never existed.Read more… Continue reading
The director urged Harrison Ford to don the fedora again during Bafta’s Britannia Awards, where Amy Schumer had the audience laughing
Harrison Ford makes his much-anticipated return to the Star Wars franchise this December, as Han Solo in JJ Abrams’ massively hyped The Force Awakens. Steven Spielberg, meanwhile, wishes the actor would reprise another legendary role.
Go to Amazon.com right now, and you’ll probably find a book that you’re looking for for $.01. Even with shipping, that’s a steal. The New York Times takes a look into the industry of buying books in bulk (sometimes from the trash) and reselling them for a penny.
Master photographer Rich Cooper recently embedded with the 493rd Fighter Squadron “Grim Reapers” based at RAF Lakenheath in England to capture day-to-day operations of the famed F-15C/D Eagle unit. The results of which are the series of haunting photos laid out below.
Everyone knows you’re better off avoiding large cities in the event of a zombie pandemic. But if you’re going to take the risk of living in a city anyway, which one has the best chance of making it through the apocalypse?
Hulu scooped up Stephen King’s time travel novel 11/22/63 a while back, with James Franco set to star as the lead. Now, the streaming video company has released the first images, synopsis and release date for the show.
I was never a pillowcase kid. Fill the sheets that I put my head on with the goods, risking an errant Mr. Goodbar besmirching my sleeping quarters? No thanks. Besides, a pillowcase would need to go in the wash eventually. My plastic pumpkin was a dedic… Continue reading
Of all the craters on Pluto’s moon Charon, this one is unlike the others. The bright green marks a unique splash of frozen ammonia at a concentration higher than any other crater examined in detail on the massive moon. But does that mean it’s the youngest?
The fourth generation Apple TV went on sale Friday morning, finally giving Apple’s set-top box the ability to play video games. It’s no gaming revolution, but it’s off to a pretty good start.