Computer Simulation Suggests The Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived

On the night of June 11, 1962, three inmates escaped Alcatraz aboard a makeshift inflatable raft. They were never seen again and are believed to have died in the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay. But a new computer model using historical tide data indicates they had a narrow time window to make it safely to land. » 12/16/14 8:40am Tuesday 8:40am

A Tax On Smartphones Could Help Pay For The Removal Of Space Debris

So far, governments have opted to deal with the problem of space junk by implementing policies to reduce the creation of more debris. But that alone won't cut it — we also need to be removing stuff from orbit. One way to cover the high costs of space junk disposal would be a $1 tax on every GPS chip in a smartphone. » 12/15/14 1:40pm Monday 1:40pm

Decoding Hidden Messages In Those Geeky Spy Satellite Mission Patches

Last year, the National Reconnaissance Office sparked a media frenzy when it released a spy satellite mission patch depicting an Earth-eating octopus. But, that's not even close to the weirdest logos bestowed upon U.S. spy satellites—and space enthusiasts believe they're codes for the secret mission payloads. » 12/15/14 6:20am Monday 6:20am

The Equation That Can Help Predict Zombie Migration Patterns

The scenario: News reports say that there's been a zombie outbreak at the city hospital. The undead are pouring into the streets, biting hapless citizens. How much time do you have to gather supplies, get out of town and set up a fortified site, before the horde catches up with you? As always, there's a way to… » 12/12/14 2:20pm Friday 2:20pm

This Two-Headed Israeli Salamander Is Kind Of Freaking People Out

A University of Haifa ecology lab that collected wild specimens of an endangered salamander got more than it expected, when one of the salamanders gave birth to an offspring with two heads. The lab also got some unwelcome publicity, when the media began referring to it as the "radioactive" salamander. » 12/12/14 11:20am Friday 11:20am

A Mesmerizing Video Shows One Year Of The Moon’s Phases In Five Minutes

The Moon always keeps the same face to us, but not exactly the same face. Because of the tilt and shape of its orbit, we see it from slightly different angles over the course of a month. And when each month is compressed into 24 seconds, as in this video, our changing view of the Moon makes it look as if it's wobbling. » 12/11/14 10:40am 12/11/14 10:40am