The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video explains its top secret engine technology. » 12/21/14 4:24am Today 4:24am

5-year-old girl discussing Leia's slave outfit with her dad is pure gold

Adam Buxton recorded a conversation with his 5-year-old daughter discussing her thoughts on Princess Leia's famous slave outfit. She is hilarious by herself but when he got The Brothers McLeod to animate her words, it all turned into pure comedic gold. One of the cutest things I've watched this year. » 12/21/14 2:42am Today 2:42am

Read the entire 1976-2009 run of Starlog magazine for free online

The entire 33-year run of Starlog magazine, one of the great staples of geekdom during the 80's and early 90's, is now available for free on the Internet Archive Project. If you find yourself with some time to kill this weekend, and a hankering to catch up on the latest sci-fi gossip from 1978, peruse ads for vintage… » 12/21/14 2:17am Today 2:17am

Were the news outlets wrong to report on the hacked information?

As it is probably hard not to have heard, SONY Pictures was hacked by whom suspected was North Korea (though they deny so and there is some holes in that idea) who then began releasing the information to the public until making there demands proper by forcing them to cancel the film the Interview. » 12/20/14 9:42am Yesterday 9:42am

When Old Faves Write New Books

So I was in B&N tonight, and I almost picked up that new Anne Rice novel, Prince Lestat. I was bored and had a coupon and figured it might be a fun read over a cold, gloomy, goth-y weekend. I was never what you'd call a devotee of her work, but I enjoyed the core Vampire books as a teenager, as well as The Witching… » 12/20/14 1:24am Yesterday 1:24am