Secret message found inside WW2 bullet is the end to a very funny story

August, 13, 1944. The British 8th Army occupies Florence. The Allies finally break out of Normandy. Meanwhile, somewhere in the south of Tuscany, a soldier writes this encrypted message and hides it inside a bullet. In 2015, someone found it and deciphered it. It was the end of a hilariously absurd story. » 1/30/15 8:37pm Yesterday 8:37pm

Timeline shows the potential future of Russia's next-gen fighter jet

Here's the potential timeline for Russia's T-50 PAK-FA, the fifth generation multirole fighter that will get the designation Su-50once it gets into production on January 2016. The nemesis to the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II will fly with the flag of Russia, South Korea, India and Iran. » 1/30/15 12:44pm Yesterday 12:44pm

Slow motion explosion of an orange is like seeing a supernova on Earth

Fruit may be the best thing to blow up because all that pulp, juice, seeds, peel, skin make for great gory guts in explosions. This slow motion explosion of an orange is as good as explosions get. In fact, it almost looks like a mini version of our Sun going supernova and exploding on itself. » 1/29/15 10:05pm Thursday 10:05pm

The world's largest ice fishing competition looks pretty freaking nuts

This is what people do in Minnesota in the middle of January: Drill 30,000 holes on Gull Lake for the largest ice fishing contest in the world. I'm not so surprised about the fact that there are 30,000 holes in that lake but about the fact that there's such a thing as an ice fishing contest anywhere. Watch the drone… » 1/29/15 1:53pm Thursday 1:53pm

All the faces of Ultron: The design evolution of the Avengers' archenemy

Outstanding illustration of the new Ultron on the cover of Empire this week. I remember how fascinated I was the first time I saw Ultron in Avengers. It was issue #162, published in 1977—I saw it much later because it arrived to Spain in the 80s. Here's how artists changed Ultron's appearance through the years: » 1/26/15 3:12pm Monday 3:12pm

Impressive image of Earth surrounded by Saturn's rings

I love to see Earth next to other objects, like this comparison of all planets and the Sun or this visualization of all the planets between the Earth and the Moon. It helps me comprehend the scale of it all. Actually, it doesn't. It just doesn't compute, sorry. Ron Miller imagined how this would look from Earth: » 1/19/15 12:22pm 1/19/15 12:22pm

It's hard to believe but none of these animations use CGI

Susi Sie refuses to use computer animation and effects. She just likeI'm s to explore all kinds of physical substances and push it around to create amazing animations. Some of her work defies belief as in "I can't bloody believe these are made just using real stuff and not computers." This is her showreel: » 1/19/15 8:38am 1/19/15 8:38am

The matte paintings of the original Star Wars trilogy and their creators

Before the computing era, ILM was the master of oil matte painting, making audiences believe that some of the sets in the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogy were real when they weren't. They were the work of geniuses like Chris Evans, Mike Pangrazio, Frank Ordaz, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Ralph McQuarrie. » 1/19/15 7:22am 1/19/15 7:22am

Spectacular video and images of world's largest lava field in 200 years

New aerial footage and satellite photos show the titanic field of lava growing north of the Vatnajökull, the largest in Iceland. According to NASA, the "Holuhraun lava field had spread across more than 84 square kilometers (32 square miles)," larger than Manhattan, the biggest in 200 years. And it isn't stopping. » 1/16/15 6:30am 1/16/15 6:30am

The mind-boggling manufacturing process of electronic phone switchers

The Hello Machine is a fascinating short film directed in 1974 by Carroll Ballard. It shows the mind-boggling process of making AT&T's Electronic Switch System mainframe by hand, a formidable machine was built after 20 years of research and spending 500 million dollars—2,4 billion in 2014 dollars! » 1/15/15 7:34am 1/15/15 7:34am