Stunning New Images Of Rhea Herald More Photos Of Saturn's Icy Moons

For nearly two years, the orbital path of NASA's Cassini spacecraft has limited the mission's encounters with Saturn's moons. These newly released photos of the icy moon Rhea mark the spacecraft's return to the planet's equatorial plane, realm of the ringed world's frozen satellites. » 3/30/15 3:58pm Yesterday 3:58pm

Watch This CD Rip Apart –  At 170,000 FPS

The Slow Mo Guys filmed a CD spinning up to 23,000 rpm at a genuinely incredible 170,000 frames per second. It's the highest frame rate they've ever employed on the channel, and it's pretty spectacular to watch. (For reference, the footage up top was shot at "only" 28,500 FPS.) » 3/30/15 1:50pm Yesterday 1:50pm

Sunday Puzzle Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, today's Sunday Puzzle column has been postponed until next week. In the meantime, here's a little brain teaser to tide you over: Cross out nine letters from the string of characters above such that the remaining letters spell a single word. » 3/29/15 11:45am Sunday 11:45am

How long would it take to fall through Earth? For years, physics students have been told the answer is 42 minutes. But a new calculation, published in the latest issue of The American Journal of Physics, gives a more accurate travel time of 38 minutes. Over at Science, Adrian Cho unpacks the new equation. » 3/27/15 8:00pm Friday 8:00pm

All Hail Opportunity Rover, Future Martian Terror

Back in 2010, XKCD's Randall Munroe devoted a surprisingly moving webcomic to Spirit, NASA's ill-fated and ultimately abandoned Mars rover. Today's comic is about Spirit's twin, the apparently indomitable Opportunity, and its tone is markedly less sentimental. » 3/27/15 4:40pm Friday 4:40pm

Listen To Every Single Musical Genre, Ever

If you've ever wanted to hear the difference between traditional funk and Memphis soul, or understand where they fit in the context of more than 1300 musical genres, you might want to clear your schedule. An interactive project called Every Noise at Once is about to devour the rest of your day. » 3/27/15 1:00pm Friday 1:00pm

Watch Today's Historic Launch To The ISS, Live Right Now!

Today at 12:42 p.m. PDT/3:42 p.m. EDT, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to begin his year-long journey to the International Space Station — a voyage which, if successful, will surpass the U.S. record for longest-duration human spaceflight by more than 100 days. » 3/27/15 12:20pm Friday 12:20pm

How To Fly A Spaceship To The ISS: Orbital Mechanics And A Fancy Stick

How do astronauts get from Earth to the International Space Station? Well, in a Soyuz spacecraft, of course. But do you know what kind of path the Soyuz takes to rendezvous with humanity's orbital outpost? It's probably not what you think. » 3/25/15 1:20pm Wednesday 1:20pm

Wondering What To Expect After A Medical Abortion? Read This.

Japanese researchers claim they can use worms to detect cancer in human urine. "In existing tests, people must have different examinations according to the type of cancer they have," research leader Takaaki Hirotsu told New Scientist "Our odor-based test detected all nine types of cancer we tested." » 3/24/15 7:00pm 3/24/15 7:00pm

Last Week's Total Solar Eclipse – As Seen From 35,000 Feet

For last week's solar eclipse, astronomer Glenn Schneider chartered a plane to fly through the vast shroud of darkness temporarily cast by the the moon's shadow on the north Atlantic. Astrophotographer Stephan Heinsius was aboard the flight, with a video camera. Here's what he and the other passengers saw. » 3/24/15 1:30pm 3/24/15 1:30pm

This Is The Funniest Fake Dinosaur Documentary You'll Watch Today

This is "Dinosaurs: Terrible Lizards," a hilarious animated mockumentary by the folks at Rathergood that depicts dinosaurs – which literally means "terrible lizard" – as literally terrible, useless, sucky lizards. » 3/24/15 12:30pm 3/24/15 12:30pm

How to tell if he's into you (if you're an angler fish): "When he bites into you he'll quickly become attached. Yes, at first he may seem a bit clingy, but as your bloodstreams merge, he'll gradually begin to degenerate!" More practical dating advice from the animal kingdom, at The Hairpin. » 3/23/15 6:00pm 3/23/15 6:00pm

There Are Untold Sums Of Money Hiding In Your Poop

America's collective human waste contains millions of dollars worth of energy, water, and even rare and valuable metals like gold and palladium. The question is: How do we extract it? » 3/23/15 12:30pm 3/23/15 12:30pm

Researchers Have Uncovered The Secrets Of The Velvet Worm's Slime Jets!

The velvet worm hunts by bombarding its prey with a double barreled burst of slime. Now, scientists have figured out how these ooze-cannons work. » 3/23/15 10:30am 3/23/15 10:30am

This Week's Puzzle Is Impossible. Can You Explain Why?