You Have Chosen…Poorly: A Ranking Of Alternate Horror Film Endings

Watching a movie is like playing roulette: we have no idea which ending we'll be seeing. Will it be the original, or another version inspired by a failed test screening, or "creative differences"? Sometimes the change is for the better; sometimes not. Here, we rank 13 alternate horror film endings from worst to best. » 10/31/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

Definitive Proof That Nostradamus Predicted Star Wars

The prophecies of the French astrologer Nostradamus remain famous more than 400 years after his death. He has been credited with predicting events like the French Revolution and World War II. But, after careful scrutiny, we present evidence that his prophecies were, in fact, plot spoilers for the Star Wars films. » 10/30/14 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

The Creationist Freak Out Over The Pope's Evolution Speech Has Begun

In a speech earlier this week, Pope Francis declared evolution and the Big Bang theory to be real. His comments, while not completely unprecedented for the Catholic Church, go against the "pseudo theory" of intelligent design encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. So, how are creationists responding? Not well. » 10/30/14 8:40am Yesterday 8:40am

Could Biological Life Be Just A Passing Phase In The Universe?

Steven Dick, a famed astronomer and historian, has completed a one-year residency at the Library of Congress, researching his next book, How the Discovery of Life Will Transform Our Thinking. In an exclusive interview posted on the Library's blog, he discusses such provocative issues as evolution on a cosmic scale. » 10/29/14 3:20pm Wednesday 3:20pm

Self-Driving Vehicles May Usher in a New Era of Extreme Driving

We're on the verge of a new era, where self-driving cars promise to make road transportation safe, efficient and, well, kind of dull. But, for those who will still crave the open road, automated cars in cities might free up designers to create vehicles built explicitly to enjoy driving outside of populated areas. » 10/29/14 10:40am Wednesday 10:40am

Four Of The Most Destructive Farm Pests Are Actually One Species

A 5-year study conducted in 20 countries reveals that four different fruit flies — which cause incalculable damage to crops across Asia, Africa, the Pacific and parts of South America — are, in fact, the same species. The discovery will not only ease trade restrictions, but aid global efforts to reduce the pest's… » 10/29/14 9:45am Wednesday 9:45am

​What's The Night Before Halloween Called? It Depends On Where You Live

Cabbage Night? Devil's Eye? The evening of October 30th has long been a time for pranks across the U.S., but as this map prepared by the Cambridge Online Survey of World Englishes reveals, the name for these nighttime "festivities" varies considerably depending on local traditions and dialects. » 10/29/14 9:30am Wednesday 9:30am

​"Space Sushi" Is The New Meme You Never Realized You Were Waiting For

Just when we thought that the raw-fish photoshop genre had peaked with Sushi Cats, our faith in human creativity is restored with Space Sushi — a growing collection of online images that envision a cosmos where California rolls swarm across galaxies and yellowfin tuna orbits distant stars. » 10/29/14 7:40am Wednesday 7:40am

​ISIS Drones Show Us the Future Of War

In recent years, U.S. military planners have been considering an uncomfortable scenario: What happens as more countries acquire drones? How will warfare change when the skies are filled with vehicles controlled remotely by enemies? We're getting a preview right now in the Middle East. » 10/28/14 6:00pm Tuesday 6:00pm

Creationists Stage a Surprise Attack on Science at Michigan State

As part of a "back door" strategy to teach intelligent design on college campuses, an Oklahoma-based creationist group is sponsoring an Origin Summit at Michigan State University. Faculty and students are divided over how to respond, especially since the event will be attacking the work of an eminent MSU scientist. » 10/28/14 11:10am Tuesday 11:10am

1,000 Years of Scientific Texts From The Islamic World Are Now Online

Between the 9th and 19th centuries, Arabic-speaking scholars translated Greek, Latin and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy, fostering a vibrant scientific culture within the Islamic world. Some of the most influential texts are now available at the Qatar Digital Library. » 10/28/14 8:30am Tuesday 8:30am

Are Lone-Wolf Terrorists Really a Big Threat?

The recent attacks in Canada have raised concerns about lone-wolf terrorists who operate without orders from groups abroad. Members of Congress say it's a "huge" threat that require pre-emptives measures. But experts say lone-wolf attackers are a rare phenomenon, and efforts to stop them are a waste of time and money. » 10/27/14 12:00pm Monday 12:00pm