Hamilton Nolan · 11/13/13 04:04PM

Scientists have finally figured out what black holes shoot out in their superfast particle jets. It's just a bunch of elements, is all. No aliens or people from other dimensions at all. Huh.

Hamilton Nolan · 08/13/13 12:51PM

Some of the world's greatest scientific minds are feverishly arguing over what would happen if you jumped into a black hole. All they can agree on: don't jump into a black hole.

What It's Like to Die in a Black Hole

Max Read · 04/06/13 12:30PM

In terms of "coolest ways to die," it's hard to beat "sucked into a black hole." The question's just: what would that entail, exactly? No one has first-hand experience. Would you spend weeks floating past its event horizon, before eventually being ripped apart? Or would you—as string theorist Joseph Polchinski recently proposed—soar into a "seething maelstrom of particles... hit a wall of fire and be burned to a crisp in an instant"?

Women Wanna Talk All High-Pitched When They Think You're Fine

Hamilton Nolan · 06/17/11 03:59PM

Mercury planet! Rat memories! Gray hair! Cosmic blast! Killer lipids! Mind engagement! Cuban seas! Model blimps! And the real reason that women be squeakin! It's your Friday Science Watch, where we watch science—salaciously!

Doomsday Machine Creates 'Mini Big Bang'

Jeff Neumann · 11/08/10 06:04AM

European scientists are still trying to destroy the Earth with the Large Hadron Collider Doomsday Machine, this time by creating a "mini Big Bang" that shot reactor temperatures up "a million times hotter" than the Sun's core. We're so screwed.

The Seinfeld Reunion Will Spell the Death of Meta

Brian Moylan · 10/05/09 12:57PM

Seinfeld was a revolutionary sitcom, so its reunion had to be equally brilliant. As witnessed on Curb Your Enthusiasm, the non-reunion reunion about the making of a reunion on a different show will make blood pour out of your ears.

Since No Other Black Comediennes Exist, 'SNL' Hopes to Lure Back Maya Rudolph For Michelle Obama

Kyle Buchanan · 09/11/08 04:20PM

A while ago, not long after after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucus, NPR put forth a story asking, "Is America Post-Racial?" "Probably not," we thought to ourselves, "otherwise America's premiere sketch comedy show would actually have this famously black presidential candidate played by, y'know, a black guy and not Fred Armisen." Now, Saturday Night Live has reminded us of that musing once again, because TV Guide reports that instead of adding a black actress to its troupe to play Michelle Obama, the show would rather entice former cast member Maya Rudolph to return. An excerpt, with new details from Lorne Michaels on whether Tina Fey will play Sarah Palin, is after the jump: