These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible

Here's something you don't see every day: A glimpse at the internal structure of a rather large (and rather occupied) wasp nest. Put down the flamethrower and check it out. Trust us on this one, you'll want to see this. » 9/13/14 10:00am 9/13/14 10:00am

A new discovery about mosquitoes reveals why vampires will never exist

Scientists have found a type of bacteria that kills off the mosquito that carries malaria. That's good news. The way the bacteria works means it could also be used to make sure there is never a plague of vampires. That's even more good news. » 5/20/11 11:40am 5/20/11 11:40am

The $50,000 National STEM Video Game Challenge Winner Will Make You Sick

Last year U.S. President Barack Obama challenged video game developers young and old to develop a game that encouraged the learning of science, technology, engineering, and math. The winners of the STEM Video Game Challenge have been announced, and the grand prize winner is a game that teaches children how to spread… » 4/04/11 5:20pm 4/04/11 5:20pm

This Pokémon Was Too Controversial To Live

A recent interview in Best Buy's official @Gamer Magazine reveals that plans for a Pokémon based on the lovable creature above were scrapped after being deemed too controversial. What's controversial about Dolly the sheep? She's a clone. » 2/11/11 2:00pm 2/11/11 2:00pm

Stem Cell Shooting Gun Heals Massive Burns In Days

Treating serious burns is a time consuming process that normally takes weeks or months, leaving patients open to dangerous infections as they heal. This newly-developed stem cell shooting spray gun reduces healing time to days. Warning: Graphic video inside. » 2/02/11 2:00pm 2/02/11 2:00pm

Scientists Pinpoint The Clock Inside Every Living Thing, Even You

Inside every living creature there's a 24-hour clock that regulates the biochemical, physiological, or behavioral processes going on inside of us, and now scientists have discovered exactly what that clock is. » 1/27/11 4:00pm 1/27/11 4:00pm

New Surgical Special Effects Are All Smoke And Bloody Mirrors

Realistic rendering of smoke and blood isn't just a game developer problem. Engineers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have come up with a novel way to give surgical students the virtual blood and gore they need. » 1/26/11 2:00pm 1/26/11 2:00pm

Biotechnology Games Let You Play With Living Creatures

Video game developers constantly strive to create the most lifelike games imaginable. Stanford physicist Ingmar Riedel-Kruse took a shortcut, and simply put living creatures in his games. Gaming meets biotechnology in biotic games. » 1/13/11 7:40pm 1/13/11 7:40pm

Brain Making Too Much Noise? Reboot It

As many as 23 million adults in the United States suffer from tinnitus - a ringing sound in the ears that won't go away. Scientists may have found a way to ease the currently cure-less affliction by rebooting the brain. » 1/13/11 2:30pm 1/13/11 2:30pm

Women's Tears Are A Real Turn-off

In today's Friday fun edition of the daily Kotaku science post, scientists in Israel make women cry and then make men smell their tears. Surely that's got to be fun for somebody. » 1/07/11 2:30pm 1/07/11 2:30pm

NASA tables plan to expose monkeys to gamma radiation

Protests from animal rights activists have put a moratorium on NASA plans to expose 27 squirrel monkeys to gamma-ray radiation. Researchers hoped to simulate the effects of space radiation on humans, but protesters claim the experiment's cruel and unnecessary. » 12/14/10 2:03pm 12/14/10 2:03pm

Poison-Based Bacteria Redefines Life As We Know It

Arsenic is an element that is deadly to most living creatures, but bacteria living in California's Lake Mono thrive on it. Today NASA explains how those poison-eating organisms are changing the way we search for extraterrestrial life. » 12/02/10 2:30pm 12/02/10 2:30pm

NASA Discovers Alien Life In California

Today NASA will hold a press conference revealing to the world the discovery of a form of life unlike any other on Earth. What twisted alien landscape gave birth to such a life form? Try California. » 12/02/10 11:30am 12/02/10 11:30am

Has NASA Discovered Life On Saturn's Moon?

This Thursday NASA is holding a press conference to discuss an astrobiology finding that will "impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life". Have we discovered alien life within our own solar system? » 11/30/10 2:30pm 11/30/10 2:30pm

Why Male Spiders Prefer Virgins

It's Friday, so I picked something lighthearted and fun for the daily Kotaku science post. Did you know male wasp spiders snap their genitalia off inside the female during sex? Don't worry, they have two sets. » 11/12/10 2:30pm 11/12/10 2:30pm

Multicellular Life: It Might Be Older Than You Think

Remember when all of those scientist people told us that multicellular life on Earth began about 1.9 billion years ago? New evidence suggests they might have been off by a few hundred million. Is it time for a Spore patch? » 7/02/10 4:20pm 7/02/10 4:20pm

Sunday Timewaster: the irRegular Game of Life

The irRegular Game of Life » 11/09/08 2:30pm 11/09/08 2:30pm is a weird but fun little game (by irRegular Games) based on mathematician John Horton Conway's 'Game of Life' theory. In this iteration, you are given puzzles to solve and must set the little cells into motion to meet the goals of each level. It's surprisingly hypnotic at times — after…

The Astrobiologist and the Game Designer

Reader Denis F. sent us a heads up about an interesting chat between Will Wright and Jill Tarter, noted astrobiologist and director of SETI whose research helped inspire Spore » 9/07/08 2:00pm 9/07/08 2:00pm. As you can probably guess, the discussion is pretty abstract at times and goes from gaming to the value of science to where we'll be in…