What Would Being In A Bunker For 15 Years Really Do To Your Head?

So a woman emerges from a bunker after 15 years. She's cheerful and ready to embrace life. It's the premise of the recent Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but what is the reality? What do years of isolation and confinement actually do to a person's brain? » 3/30/15 4:58pm Yesterday 4:58pm

Pop Culture Scientists, Ranked By Their Madness

The folks over at Dorkly ranked 26 scientists from various video games, comic books and shows based on their presumed intelligence and madness. » 3/26/15 9:20am Thursday 9:20am

A Very Strange Way To Stop People Getting Sick Using VR

If you haven't used one of the newer virtual reality headsets before, and you're tired of reading everyone's glowing reports on them, here's something else to consider: they also make some folks sick. » 3/25/15 8:00pm Wednesday 8:00pm

The 9 Weirdest Implications Of The Many Worlds Interpretation

According to the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics, we live in an infinite web of alternate timelines. It's a serious claim that carries some rather serious scientific, philosophical, and existential baggage. And here are the nine weirdest possible implications. » 3/23/15 2:10pm 3/23/15 2:10pm

These Colorful Liquid Droplets Chase Each Other Like Living Organisms

When water hits a glass surface, it usually just spreads itself out. But when water containing the organic molecule propylene glycol (PG) hits glass, it comes alive. In a manner of speaking. » 3/21/15 5:23pm 3/21/15 5:23pm

The Neuroscience of Why Virtual Reality Still Sucks

The faceputer ads say virtual reality is coming and it's gonna work this time. But here's some real talk: There are still many ways virtual reality cannot fool the human brain. And it has little to do with the tech itself. Instead, it's about neuroscience and our brain's perceptual limits. » 3/18/15 8:28pm 3/18/15 8:28pm

A Rocket Crossed with a Helicopter? Only in Kerbal Space Program

​The Positive Impact of Video Games

Chances are, if you're reading this you like video games. Video games are awesome right? They can have a positive impact on our lives. They can help us make friends, overcome our problems and help us grow as people. Give me a personal story about the impact of video games over a story about frame rates any day. » 3/03/15 4:45am 3/03/15 4:45am

Being Good at Video Games Isn't Cool, Says Japanese Poll

You might be terrible at video games. You might be amazing. And if you're a guy who's good at games, does that make you cool? That's what one Japanese website wanted to find out. » 2/23/15 5:00am 2/23/15 5:00am

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: They'll Never Find Waldo: Winners!

Last week I tasked our Photoshop army to hide famous crowd-member Waldo someplace no one would ever find him—especially not science. As you can see, uscg_pa's winning entry depicts a place we will never, ever find Waldo. Well played. » 2/22/15 12:30pm 2/22/15 12:30pm

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: They'll Never Find Waldo

Learn About Capitalism With Super Mario Bros. 2

I've not come across a finer means of illustrating the origins of our Western work ethic than this video featuring a recycled Japanese game. Why did't we have 8-Bit Philosophy back when I was in college? » 2/08/15 3:00pm 2/08/15 3:00pm

How League Of Legends Is Using Your Brain To Stop You Being An Asshole

There's a problem with jerk players in League of Legends, and in attempt to curb this Riot is doing more than just banning people. They're using hard science to get inside your head and make you a nicer human being. » 1/27/15 6:00pm 1/27/15 6:00pm

Destiny Player Thinks He's Figured Out Where The Tower Really Is

If you're not out shooting things in Destiny, chances are you're in the Tower, jumping from potted plant to potted plant while you wait for your team to get ready. We know that the Tower is located in "the last city" on Earth, but where is that, exactly? » 1/21/15 9:00pm 1/21/15 9:00pm

You Need Quantum Physics To Explain Pokémon's Timeline

We already know that, thanks to alternate dimensions, the official Pokémon timeline has become ridiculous. If you break it down using science, things only get even more bonkers. » 1/21/15 6:30pm 1/21/15 6:30pm

A Dark Theory About The Origin Of Minecraft's World

Have you ever stared up into Minecraft's night sky? I mean, like, really taken a good, hard look into the frigid cosmos? You might notice that something's amiss. It's kinda empty, and the moon is always opposite the sun, and... this world doesn't work like ours, does it? Here's a shockingly bleak theory on why that is. » 1/16/15 10:28pm 1/16/15 10:28pm

8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making things more difficult, their misconceptions about science are often driven by logical fallacies, or errors in deductive reasoning. Here are eight of the most common… » 1/14/15 1:59pm 1/14/15 1:59pm

Crazy Genius Builds a Word Processor in Minecraft

The ingenuity/insanity of some people never fails to amaze me. The scale of the workings used to make this 5x10 character display, using only redstone, is dauntingly huge. » 1/08/15 6:00am 1/08/15 6:00am