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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

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

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

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

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

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

For Stem Cell Creation, A Little Stress Goes a Long Way

Once an intricate and complex process, scientists have found a surprisingly simple way of making stem cells. Stem cells are fundamentally different from other types of cells in that they… more

Miracles of Weird: The Pink Fairy Armadillo

Either the first one observed was flying around granting wishes or they were named by a 6-year-old girl… regardless, the male pink fairy armadillos can’t be happy about their… more

Polaris is Getting Brighter, and Has Been for a While

For those of you who are currently lost in the woods (but also have access to, take note of the ongoing changes being observed in the famed homing… more

NASA’s Robonaut 2 Busts Some Groundbreaking Moves

Just like a human doing “The Robot” is funny, so too is a robot doing “The Human”. This video, created by, was edited together to showcase the wide… more

Presence of Water on Dwarf Planet Ceres is Officially Confirmed

Astronomers have confirmed the presence of water on the dwarf planet Ceres, finding it in the form of massive plumes of vapor shooting from its surface. Orbiting at 2.8… more

Happy 10th Anniversary to the Mars Rover Opportunity

Pop the space champagne. Today marks the 10th Anniversary of NASA’s Opportunity rover landing on the red planet. Only expected to complete a 90 day mission back in 2004,… more

Fermi Telescope Makes Valuable Use of Gravitational Lens

A team of international astronomers are using the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope to observe an active galaxy 4.35 billion light years away. Currently orbiting in our solar system,… more

JPL’s ROBOSIMIAN Qualifies For DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

This is RoboSimian, a four-legged crab-like robot from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This impressive specimen of robot technology scored big recently, landing a fifth place finish at the 2013 DARPA… more

Phantom Rock Found on Mars

This is something you legitimately don’t see every day. Scientists have been looking for signs of life on Mars for decades, and while the veteran rover Opportunity hasn’t found any,… more

2013: The Year of Genre TV

I’ve always been a huge fan of science fiction, horror, and fantasy because, well, I’m a big nerd, obviously, but it’s also because it tends to allow for more imaginative… more