In the future, when the tiny rat has radioactively transformed into a man-sized beast, we'll don our armor and fight.
Including cellphones charged by fire, an airport under water, and more
When you make the geography reflect the electoral college, things get weird. SuperPACS and other political spenders understand that.
22,300 miles above the equator, satellites keep an eye on Earthly weather conditions.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has had Barack Obama and Mitt Romney trying to court him for some time now, both hoping the third-term independent could help move some swing staters to their respective corners. It wasn't clear either candidate would get the nod from Bloomberg, but the mayor just endorsed Obama. Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed for Bloomberg View that, whether it contributed to Hurricane Sandy or not, climate change was a serious issue and Obama would be the better candidate to stop it. [New York Times]
The white stuff can stick around and ruin, well, pretty much everything. That puts the officials trying to fix it on a ticking clock.
Fighting hail with chemicals, combatting tornadoes with computers, and other weather-battling techniques from the PopSci archive
Ever since we left prayers to the rain gods behind, we've been looking to science to solve our weather dilemmas. Not just to discover where a storm will hit, but how to stop it from hitting at all.
If you want to take the visual pulse of a major event, you can do a lot worse than checking out Instagram. Now, for Hurricane Sandy, we present Instacane, a site that updates with Instagram images of the storm in real time. It doesn't seem to be curated, so there are plenty of context-less images popping through, but there's also a lot of interesting shots, like this one, near the Hudson River. Keep an eye on it here.
A visualized look inside a storm. How they start, and the ways we measure how bad they get.
If you're in a safe area (please, don't do this if you're not) scientists are looking for some help dissecting Hurricane Sandy. By collecting samples with the help of volunteers, researchers can learn a lot about an extreme weather event: where it came from, how it got to where it is, and more. To do that in this case, a team from the University of Utah and Purdue have assembled a network of 100 volunteers (at last update) to take samples over a 12-hour period. Read more about it here.
Including a pepper-spraying iPhone, an illustrated guide to eating a Triceratops, and more
Most people play through a "moral choice" game like BioShock or Fallout making the same decisions they'd make if presented with those choices in real life. But not everyone. Who are these morality-flaunters?
Roads that light themselves, paint that warns you about icy conditions, and more from the zany Dutch design lab Studio Roosegaarde
"There's almost no way to stop [the study] from being spun into the 'war against women' story," coauthor Vladas Griskevicius says. Is he right, or was the study the problem?