Gorgeous Drone Footage Of Killer Whales Is The First Of Its Kind

Earlier this year, researchers came together to investigate the health and habits of killer whales using a custom-built, remotely operated hexacopter. The study, which resulted not only in incredible footage but fascinating observations, is the first to incorporate a drone in the monitoring of killer whales. » 10/19/14 1:45pm Today 1:45pm

Think You Know The Solution To This Classic Riddle? Think Again.

Today's puzzle will be posed in two halves. The first half is a classic riddle – in fact, I suspect many of you will have heard it before. The second half, however, is an extension of the riddle that reveals its most common solution be be insufficient. » 10/19/14 11:00am Today 11:00am

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Is Way Darker Than You Probably Realize

You'd never know from all the high-contrast photographs of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that the comet is actually quite dark. This recently released composite image reveals how little light there is emanating from 67P/C-G, relative to other objects in our solar system. » 10/19/14 8:30am Today 8:30am

This Truculent Duck Evolved The Bodily Equivalent Of Brass Knuckles

Everyone, meet the steamer duck. The steamer duck is one bad mother. See those orange nubbins on its wings? Those are keratinized spurs, which the steamer duck has evolved to wallop the living cuss out of any creature hapless enough to cross its path. (See that red stuff on the duck's head? Yeah. That's blood.) » 10/19/14 7:30am Today 7:30am

Can You Follow The Shifting Power Dynamic In The Silence Of The Lambs?

Tony Zhou is back with another excellent episode of Every Frame a Painting (previously here and here). This quick installment illustrates how camerawork is used to reflect the power struggle between Jodie Foster's Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. » 10/18/14 2:05pm Yesterday 2:05pm

Which Religions Would Have The Hardest Time Accepting Alien Life?

The list of known planets beyond our solar system is ever-growing. To many, this suggests the day when scientists detect signs of extraterrestrial life could soon be at hand. When that day comes, which religions will struggle to reconcile such a discovery with their beliefs – and which will adapt in stride? » 10/17/14 3:40pm Friday 3:40pm