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Some days you write about life-enhancing advancements in medicine and science, some days you cover revolutionary dessert breakthroughs. Thanks to master pastry chef Dominique Ansel, I think today is both of those days.
Yesterday, a 100 foot-wide asteroid flew by Earth slightly closer than the moon at 217,000 miles away. It turns out it wasn't alone, though, and an asteroid about the size of a bus will hurtle by today. It might be much smaller, but today's asteroid, 2014 EC, will be 1/6 of that distance at only 34,000 miles away. The universe's aim is improving.
If you happen to watch Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Sunday night at 9pm—and you should, because it's incredible—then you're going to notice a lot of really gorgeously animated sequences over the course of the series. We wanted to know what went into making these parts of the show, so we went straight to the source.
Everything's coming up Milhouse! Also, Bryan Cranston talks about those Lex Luthor rumors, and we watch the world's fastest nose typist on this morning's Geekolinks.
Twitch plays Pokémon is on to another title in the game franchise, so we're going to be able to keep watching its chat-guided player character crash into walls for a good long while. That's a good thing, PBS Idea Channel says, because it's a fascinating look at how a community can grow and function without an external governing force.
Agents of SHIELD returned last night with the new episode "T.A.H.I.T.I." and it seems like they pulled something from the existing Marvel universe... but nobody seems too sure exactly what it is. Obvious spoilers ahead.
The 2014 Spirit Awards were last Saturday, and Patton Oswalt lightened up the evening with a sketch pitching the Indie-Izer, an app that "takes any big budget Hollywood crowd-pleasing blockbuster and turns it into a micro-budgeted mumblecore digital download.”
If there was one place that Amazing Spider-Man beat its predecessor, it was that its characters felt a lot more like real people, and the sequel wants to expand on that by throwing a wrench into Peter and Gwen's relationship. All that on top of a movie that seems to have an unlimited supply of villains. That's a whole lot for one movie.
If you're at all interested in extraterrestrials, the Science Channel's week long series "Are We Alone?" is the shameless UFO-fest for you. If you haven't tuned in to the alien version of Shark Week yet, tonight at 10 pm Morgan Freeman will be asking some pretty provocative questions.
Guys, I'm actually kind of looking forward to this movie now. The trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction either does a great job of pretending this movie is going to have a lot more focus on character and the social implications of giant robots, or this movie might be a Transformers sequel that we can all be excited about.
Citizens of Durham, rest assured that your tax dollars are going towards scientific research. The town is sponsoring a "pee bus" for University of New Hampshire students who are studying the use of purified water as fertilizer. The research will be great for the environment and the town's finances—and also because now a Pee Bus is a real thing.
Good news for skeletons: researchers have developed biodegradable screws that strengthen bones, prevent infection, and minimize many of the risks in orthopedic surgery. Also they're made from silk, so get ready to become a race of super-fancy worm people.
To promote Game of Thrones HBO has commissioned rap artists to write songs for a mixtape titled "Catch a Throne" that's going to be release on Friday. So just in case you were sad about living in a world without a rap album about medieval fantasy, don't worry. That world ends on Friday.
John Basile of Lockport, Illinois is expected to appear in court later this month for bringing his tiger Shere Khan into a bar. Basile's lawyers claim there has been much "sensationalism and speculation" in the media about their client's actions, but really, this is a story that sensationalizes itself.
The Internet has been all over the HUVr hoverboard hoax with its videos of celebrities like Tony Hawk floating through the air on a replica of the pink hoverboard from Back to the Future II. However, because the universe is a cold, indifferent place, it's assuredly not real, and it turns out Funny or Die was behind it.
We'll be at SXSW this year for the GE/Quirky/StarTalk Live mashup known as The Night of Invention this Saturday March 8th, and it's going to be great! Our Friend Bill Nye is hosting, and we're taking questions from readers for the show's Q&A portion. Here's how to have your question asked and answered live on the show.
Things are about to get a little bit more 2010: Odyssey Two at NASA as they're finally preparing to go searching Jupiter's moon, Europa, for life. It's still a few years off at this point, but a robotic mission to sample the waters of Europa may be the best chance we have to find life elsewhere in our solar system.
Get ready for a sentence that would not have made sense to you even one year ago: Wonder Twin entrepreneurs Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are officially going to space via the Virgin Galactic program, and they're paying the entire exorbitant $250,000 fee in bitcoin. In other news, we live in the future and it is ridiculous.
While you were peacefully sleeping last night, NASA announced that they had detected a 100 foot-wide asteroid that will fly closer to Earth than the Moon today around 1 pm PST and 4 pm EST. NASA predicts that the asteroid will pass us without event, but just in case they're wrong, you might want to knock out that bucket list in the next 5 hours.
Do you want to very quickly learn a bunch of stuff about newspaper comic strips? Then let John Green give you 27 facts about them in about eight minutes. You'll learn about the first comic strip, what Jim Davis thought about Garfield Without Garfield, and more, so watch and learn.