The Unexpected Similarities Between Alien And Neuromancer

You probably already knew that William Gibson wrote an unused screenplay for the third Alien movie. But did you realize how much the first couple of Alien films have in common with Gibson's work, and in particular his Sprawl trilogy? Find out where alien parasites and a cyberpunk classic connect. » 3/03/15 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

The Greatest Science Fiction Inventions That We Hope Never Become Real

Science fiction is filled with both incredible inventions that became reality and incredible inventions that we hope will become reality at some point in the future. But, then, there is also a third category of inventions that, while amazing, have some unexpectedly troubling implications. » 3/02/15 4:20pm Monday 4:20pm

What Futuristic Inventions Must We Never, Ever Build?

No one sets out to make a dystopia, but there are some futuristic inventions that seem ripe for unintended consequences. So set aside that killer robot you've been putting together in your garage and for goodness sake halt your lab work on that food replacement pill, and tell us about your own personal tech nightmares. » 3/02/15 7:00am Monday 7:00am

A Field Guide To The World's Most Distinctive English Regionalisms

Why will asking for directions to a time machine get you sent to an ATM in Wisconsin, a request for a sarsaparilla spider gets you a root beer float in Australia, and someone wondering if you've seen their bunnyhug in Saskatchewan is actually searching for their favorite hoodie? Read on to find out. » 2/26/15 4:20pm Thursday 4:20pm

What If This '70s Era Star Trek Sequel Series Had Actually Gotten Made?

Star Trek is one of the most wildly successful TV and movie franchises, but even it had some missteps along the way. Here's the story of the never made Star Trek sequel series that tried to get itself off the ground almost 40 years ago — and how some of its plotlines eventually did make it to TV after all. » 2/25/15 4:20pm 2/25/15 4:20pm

These Basic Skills Are On The Verge Of Extinction

Every group of people has a set of skills that they think of as fundamental — but what those skills are tends to change a lot, depending on where, and especially when, you are. Here are the skills that, if they do survive in the future, may be so fundamentally changed that we can no longer even recognize them. » 2/24/15 4:20pm 2/24/15 4:20pm

This Map Of A Week's Worth Of Global Shipping Traffic Is Mesmerizing

You order something, it ships, and a few days (and a few checks through package tracking) later it's at your doorstep. It's a relatively simple process — until you start looking at all the packages moving worldwide at once. And then that simple process becomes a vast, complicated, and even kind of beautiful, network. » 2/24/15 11:20am 2/24/15 11:20am

What Skills Did You Learn That Will Be Obsolete By The Next 50 Years?

There's a constant stream of new skills to learn as new technologies become common. But there are also skills that, while once considered absolutely foundational, become more curiosities than necessities. Today, we want you to look ahead and tell us what skills you had to learn that will be obsolete by the next few… » 2/24/15 7:10am 2/24/15 7:10am