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NASA’s Robonaut 2 Adds Basic Medicine to the Resume

It’s not often that you meet a medical doctor/aerospace technician, but that’s just what NASA hopes to make out of its ever versatile Robonaut 2 (R2). Already designed to… more

A New Plan For Asteroid Defense: Nukes

In the discussion as to how we can best protect ourselves from oncoming asteroids, scientists are taking a page from Michael Bay’s book, considering the feasibility of blowing one up… more

Join Nerdist at Wondercon This Weekend! UPDATE: Chris Hardwick Signing Sunday!

UPDATE: We’ve added a signing with Chris Hardwick himself on Sunday 2-3 PM!  UPDATE: Jessica Chobot has been added to the Nerdist Panel on Sunday at 12:00PM! Details below…… more
 

World Wide Free Internet May Be Closer Than You Think (Or Not…)

UPDATE: May the intrigued beware… Reddit users have pointed out that the mechanics of the Outernet’s donation system may be cause for concern. The connection between Outernet and the charity… more

Watch a Live Feed of an Asteroid Fly-By Tonight

An asteroid three times the size of a football field will fly by earth tonight, and we all get to watch. The skywatching site Slooh, which allows amateur astronomers to… more

Tinkering for a Cause: 12-Year-Old Builds Affordable Braille Printer from Legos

Are you smarter than a 7th grader? In this case of Shubham Banerjee, few of us can say yes. For his school’s science fair, Banerjee used the pieces available in… more
 

Miracles of Weird: The Saiga Antelope

Meet the closest thing to Watto this side of the universe. Looking like the Toydarian junk lord we’re all familiar with, the Saiga antelope boasts a massive schnozz that allows… more

Study Reveals Sudden Color Burst in Feathered Dinos 150 Million Years Ago

While I still feel that Dr. Alan Grant remains a visionary in the world of paleontology, the notion that birds are descended from dinosaurs has become old news to most… more

Obama Requests “No Spoilers” for House of Cards Season 2

Even the leader of the free world is afraid of dummies ruining his binge watching. Mr. Prez released a tweet yesterday warding off spoilers for the second season of NetFlix’s… more
 

In Refining the Asteroid Initiative, NASA Turns to the Public

Pretty rare that an organization as prestigious as NASA asks anybody else for ideas. Like most of us, I assumed they pretty much knew everything about everything. However, in looking… more

1+1=3. Scientists Nail Nuclear Fusion

After decades of trying to harness nuclear fusion, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have finally done it, replicating the exact chemical reaction that powers the sun. By blasting hydrogen… more

Sequencing of Ancient Child’s DNA Proves First Americans Came From Siberia

In 1968, the remains of an infant boy who lived 12,600 years ago were discovered in Montana. The bones were an important find, since they still represent the only… more
 

Animal Aggression in Females is More Subtle, But No Less Important

The battle for breeding rights in the animal kingdom is almost always associated with the males of a given species, not the females. Whether its two bull elks locking antlers… more

Free Fishies! Dutch Technicians Build Mobile Aquarium Driven by Fish

Ever feel bad for your goldfish? Ever think it’s unfair that this natural born swimmer is confined to a basketball-sized tank or consider how the novelty of the pirate skeleton… more

Cause of Munchies Found to be Olfactory Overdrive, Not Inherent Tastiness of Nachos

Stoners have long marveled at … well, everything I guess … but especially the sudden sense of hunger that strikes them half way through Waking Life (2001). In an effort to get… more
 

Tatooine-like Planets are Real, and May Have Interesting History with Their Twin Suns

OK, not everything about planets like Kepler-16b and Kepler-34b is similar to Tatooine. Jabba owns no property there and we have no reason to think womp rats are native to… more

Man Uses First Touch-Sensitive Bionic Hand

As has almost happened to every male member of the human race, Dennis Aobo Soresen severely wounded his left arm in a fireworks accident 9 years ago. Unfortunately for Dennis,… more

Curiosity Rover Snaps our Photo from Mars

Don’t get too excited, I’ve been staring at the little white dot for hours and I still can’t find myself. What we know as the lush life-cradling planet we call… more
 

Miracles of Weird: The Hagfish

The hagfish, also known as the “slime eel,” “snot eel,” or simply “gross,” manages to survive at the bottom of the ocean despite lacking the most basic elements of fish… more

No Moon? (Potentially) No Problem for the Habitability of Alien Planets.

It has long been assumed that the the effect of our moon’s gravitational pull is largely responsible for the habitability of our planet. Model work had suggested that without the… more

Space-Grown Vegetables Confirmed As Edible

Russian astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) confirm that vegetables grown there are officially safe to eat. Who wants space pirozhkis!? Edible crops successfully grown on the ISS include… more
 

Life On Mars? That’s Rhawn Joseph’s Theory, And He Wants NASA To Investigate That Rock

Last month, the Mars rover Opportunity snapped a puzzling photo of a fist-sized stone that was not present in the same spot only days earlier. Naming the curiosity Pinnacle Island,… more

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Fan Event Packs a Huge 3-Dimensional Punch

Last night’s brief “300: Rise of an Empire 3D Fan Event” flexed enough 3-dimensional cinematic muscle to put this fan chomping at the bit to see more. Though the screening… more

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014

The thing we’ll remember most about Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this morning at his apartment in New York City of what some news organizations are reporting as a drug… more