Turns out those flying saucers weren't the only sci-fi weapons the Nazis were hoping would help them take over the world. German scientists were also planning to launch a giant orbiting mirror that could have used the sun's rays to wage war.
We've all had boring days from time to time, but however boring those days were, they were nothing when compared to April 11, 1954—which according to a Cambridge scientist has been conclusively proven to have been the most boring day on the planet.
We can only imagine how thrilling it must be for a scientist to discover a previously unknown species. But for a scientist to discover a previously unknown species being served at lunch buffet ... well, THAT we don't even want to try to imagine!
Fearing the worst possible outcome of the first lunar landing mission—that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would be marooned on the Moon—presidential speechwriter William Safire wrote a memo detailing what President Nixon should say to a grieving nation.
Phil Plait is an astronomer and major sci-fi geek. He writes the Bad Astronomy Blog for Discover Magazine and is also the host...
The world's supposed to end in 2012, right? After all, that's what the Mayans told us. (Wasn't it?) Heck, that's what Roland Emmerich told us. But it turns out we've all gotten it wrong.
Didn't Douglas Adams write "Space is big?" Well, not only is it big, but it's also old. More than 13 billion years worth of old. Scientists revealed today the oldest known object in space—because the galaxy UDFy-38135539 was formed a mere 600 million years after the universe.
Ever think you could predict the future? The good news is, you're not crazy. The better news is—there's now scientific evidence that backs you up.
At 42 feet long and weighing 7.5 tons, you'd think Tyrannosaurus Rex was terrifying enough. But no, it gets worse, because evidence has surfaced that makes "the king of the tyrant lizards" even more fearsome. Paleontologists say T. Rex was likely ... a cannibal.
While some are looking ahead to Apple's "Back to the Mac" event on October 20 so they can find out what'll be up with computers in 2012, others are paying more attention to a computer first conceived in 1837—Charles Babbage's famous Analytical Engine, which was never completed.