Sometimes you think you know something about the dawn of man, and then a single archaeological discovery changes everything. In this case, scientists have found a cave in South Africa that suggests the late Stone Age occurred about 20,000 years earlier than we previously thought. Among their finds: what could be the first use of poison in human history.
For The Dark Knight Rises, Batman got a little air superiority in the form of a sleek Lucius Fox invention called "The Bat." The vehicle's got a big role to play in Batman's latest adventure, but according to an expert military researcher, the thing probably wouldn't even get off the ground.
We all know Peter Parker's a science nerd, but how realistic are the concepts he's dealing with in The Amazing Spider-Man? After all, a key plot point is a scientist who injects himself with lizard DNA to regrow a limb and becomes a monster instead. Well, according to actual scientists, the lizard monster part might be off, but the rest isn't all that crazy.
Take heart muscles from a rat, mix in a little silicone rubber, then drop the whole thing in a tank of salt water and send some electricity through it. Now you've got something that swims like a real jellyfish. But why do it in the first place?
First we learn that the moon isn't from where we thought it was from, now the Earth's origins are being called into question. After years of following the same model for how our planet was formed, some researchers now think they have a new explanation for how Earth got here, and why it's drier than it should be.
Though they were very common centuries ago, these days many people tend to think of mummies as pretty freaky things. But archaeologists working in Scotland have just made a discovery that's pretty freaky by any century's standards: mummified bodies assembled from multiple people.
It's been 10 years since Joss Whedon's short-lived space cowboy series Firefly graced the small screen for it's initial run—but it's finally coming back. Well, kinda.
How did dinosaurs get busy? It's a burning question that none of the first three Jurassic Park flicks were able to answer for us. But scientists have been discussing the ins and outs of dino doinking for quite some time now, and they finally seem to be agreeing on how it got done.
There are few things cooler in the world of superheroes than watching Batman leap from a Gotham skyscraper and use his cape to glide safely to the ground, but though Christopher Nolan made it look badass in Batman Begins, a group of physics students think it would go a bit differently in real life. How different? Dead Batman different.
Hey, it's a valid question—what would happen to a person if they fell a few hundred feet into an active volcano? Well, thanks to a group of researchers in Ethiopia, now we know. And they even recorded it all on video.