All the supernovas ever photographed in one spectacular collection

NASA has revealed spectacular, newly reprocessed images of four of the most amazing supernovas ever captured by a human science instrument—the Crab Nebula (top), Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58—to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra observatory. I decided to go one step further and collect them all. » 7/22/14 8:05pm Yesterday 8:05pm

Seeing real US Navy SEALs moving underwater is way cooler than any movie

This isn't a trailer for the next Tom Clancy movie. These are real U.S. Navy SEALs showing how they get into enemy territory from the sea. They get deployed in a mini-sub launched from a nuclear submarine. Then they get out as they approach the shore at night, ready to complete their mission. » 7/22/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

How the United States can collapse and fall on a Black Friday

Our complex society is so fragile that a virus—spreading through cash and products sold during Black Friday—would bring it to its knees in a couple of days. That's the premise of this impressive video by motion graphic designer Patrick Clair—the guy who created the awesome True Detective intro. » 7/21/14 12:18pm Monday 12:18pm

Cool new X-Wing Mark II revealed in new Star Wars VII video

A new J. J. Abrams' Star Wars VII video shows a new version of the X-Wing starfighter. It may look like a Z-95 Headhunter because it doesn't appear to have the classic s-foils that open to give it it's X attack shape, but this official tweet says it's the real thing. So, ladies and gentlenerds, behold the X-wing Mark… » 7/21/14 8:35am Monday 8:35am

Rare photos reveal fascinating views of the Apollo 11 moon landing

You're looking at Buzz Aldrin lifting his boot before taking the photo of the most iconic footprint in history. It's one of the many discarded Apollo images stored in NASA's archives. Here's a collection of those rare, funny, intimate, and always fascinating views to celebrate the 45 anniversary of the landing on the… » 7/20/14 4:48pm Sunday 4:48pm

The fantastic worlds of Craig Mullins—one of the best illustrators ever

Craig Mullins is now one of my all-time favorite concept artists and illustrators, up there with N.C. Wyeth and Ralph McQuarrie. He has created some of the most iconic designs on film and video games, touching everything from history to fantasy to science-fiction. Here's a selection of my favorites. » 7/18/14 4:11pm Friday 4:11pm

Ball of fire comes alive in space, turns into flaming Tinker Bell

Astronaut Reid "Captain America" Wiseman keeps delighting us with his antics in the International Space Station. Here's the latest: A ball of fire materializes in space and comes alive, flying away like some kind of fairy—a flaming Tinker Bell. It was made by the FLEX-2 experiment—or magics, for all we know. » 7/18/14 1:46pm Friday 1:46pm

The amazing story of a man who planted a giant forest one tree at a time

The Forest Man of India—that's his official title. Just a regular dude who, one day of 1979, decided to transform a barren land into a forest with an extension of 1,359 acres and counting. One tiny baby tree at a time, seed by seed he created a paradise that is now home for elephants, rhinos, deer, and even tigers. » 7/17/14 12:54am 7/17/14 12:54am