7 Real Life Forms That People Once Believed Were Hoaxes

The history of science has its share of biological frauds, cases where people fabricated an imaginary organism and passed it off as real, or lied about an organism's behavior. Every now and then, however, a creature that is suspected of being a hoax turns out to be real. » 3/27/15 11:20am Yesterday 11:20am

Trying To Stop Words From Changing Their Meanings Is "Literally" Useless

Lately, it seems that there are few words in the English language that stir up as much semantic ire as "literally" does. As more and more people have been using "literally" to mean "really," some English speakers fret that the meaning of the word will change. But the truth is that it would hardly be the first. » 3/26/15 1:10pm Thursday 1:10pm

What Happens When People First Realize That Their World Isn't Real?

The people in the proof-of-concept short film Sundays are living in a Matrix-like reality, but this isn't quite The Matrix. This is a story about people just beginning to realize something is awry with their reality. It's not only that they may be living in a simulation — it's also that the world they're inhabiting… » 3/25/15 2:30pm Wednesday 2:30pm

Steven Spielberg Will Direct Ready Player One—Prepare For 1980s Overload

Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One is chock full of tributes to the geek culture of the late 20th century, especially its movies and video games. And it turns out that the movie version will be helmed by a man who has inspired incredible amounts 1980s and 1990s nostalgia all on his own: Steven Spielberg. » 3/25/15 1:00pm Wednesday 1:00pm

A Girl Inherits A Wizard's House—And Discovers A War Happening Inside

When Henrietta Achilles, the protagonist of Haiko Hörnig's webcomic A House Divided, learns that she has inherited the estate of her "uncle," she's understandably suspicious. After all, she's never heard of him. But that's the least of her concerns when she shows up at the house and discovers there's a war going on. » 3/25/15 8:00am Wednesday 8:00am

Jane Goodall Talks About Her Belief In Yetis In This Animated Interview

"I'm a romantic," Jane Goodall says in this 2002 interview with Ira Flatow on Science Friday (animated by Blank on Blank). Here, she discusses both her observations and the places where her ideas have clashed with the scientific community — including her suspicion that ape-like cryptids actually exist. » 3/24/15 1:30pm Tuesday 1:30pm

What Happens When Mythological Creatures Visit The Unemployment Office?

Olivier Beguin's Employee of the Month is a goofy but fun short film that follows a day in the life of a vocational office worker as she tries to connect zombies, mummies, fairies, and all other manner of mythical being with new jobs. After hearing their employment histories, it's clear that it won't be easy. » 3/23/15 3:20pm Monday 3:20pm

Hollywood heard you! Ruairí Robinson's proof-of-concept film The Leviathan is on track to become a full-length feature. X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg has signed onto the project as producer with Neill Blomkamp onboard as executive producer. Let's hope something great comes out of this. » 3/23/15 12:10pm Monday 12:10pm