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5 Pop Culture Apocalypse Scenarios and How They Might Happen

Since the earliest days, humankind has pondered the end of the world. We’ve imagined messianic judgment days, cataclysmic comets, hyperspace bypasses, and Mega Maids. Here are a few apocalyptic scenarios from recent popular culture, how they might happen, and how likely they are to occur. 1. Subterranean Apocalypse Some existential threats are waiting quietly beneath the surface [...]

The Missing Links: Stock Photo or $4.3 Million Masterpiece?

Time For Another Round of Everyone’s Favorite Game: “Stock Photo or Disgustingly Overpriced Masterpiece” Surely that photo shown above must be the former, correct? It has to have cost a few bucks at the most, yeah? There’s no way that sold for $4.3 million, right? I don’t understand the world. * John Hodgman’s Quest to WIn The Cheater’s Cup The [...]

Four-year-old ‘genius’ joins Mensa

Four-year-old Heidi Hankins appears to have an IQ that is only slightly lower than Stephen Hawking’s. At the age of two Heidi was able to read books i…

Lectures for a New Year: God, the Universe, and Everything Else

Ready for a spectacular late-80s treat? Here we have Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Arthur C. Clarke in discussion with Magnus Magnusson shortly after Hawking’s A Brief History of Time was published. This discussion was sparked by the book (Sagan wrote the introduction), and it shows three visionaries at a time in history [...]

Hawking misses 70th birthday due to illness

Professor Stephen Hawking was unable to attend his own birthday celebrations due to ill health. While he couldn’t be at the celebrations in person Haw…

Stephen Hawking: ‘we must colonise space’

Celebrated physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has said that he believes we may face nuclear armageddon. Hawking recently answered questions on BBC Ra…

Stephen Hawking’s Response to a Request for a Time Travel Formula

In 1995, the now-defunct pop culture, music, and fashion magazine The Face asked physicist Stephen Hawking for a formula for time travel. Letters of Note has a photo of the fax that he sent in response. He probably just doesn’t want to share his secrets. Link

Hawking warns of alien invasion threat

Stephen Hawking has said that any attempt to contact extraterrestrial life could be dangerous. In his new book “First Contact”, Marc Kaufman cites Haw…

Interview with Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking recently gave a talk at Arizona State University, and Claudia Dreifus of The New York Times’s Science Times sat down with him for a brief yet fascinating interview about science and his life in general: Q. Dr. Hawking, thank you so much for taking time to talk to Science Times. I’m wondering, what is [...]

Inspirational: Carl Sagan and the Egyptian and Tunisian Revolutions

Okay, internet. We get it: every time Carl Sagan says “terraqueous globe,” nerds like me shed a tear. In this new beautiful Sagan “Pale Blue Dot” remix, Torrey Meeks combines footage of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, time-lapse footage (reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi), and Sagan’s increasingly famous “Pale Blue Dot” intro narration. Beautiful, touching, and well-made. [...]