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What Would It Actually Feel Like to Be Hit With a Lightsaber?

Spoiler: pretty bad.

If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to be struck with a lightsaber, it turns out it's way, way worse you probably ever imagined.

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Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Were Made To Stop Masturbation & Other Bizarre Medical Treatments

Happy Halloween! Nothing says festive trick or treat delights like medical facts. I know all of you guys listen to Sawbones, so don't play coy. Of course, we could pick tons of things just based on the subject alone, but I focused on what we do best here at The Mary Sue: Sex, Women's Health, and Cannibalism. The source of all of this delicious knowledge came from the book Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pedersen.

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Things We Saw Today: Fidget Spinners…In Space!

Queue the Star Wars Mustic

Nothing says joy like watching Astronauts play with a fidget spinner IN SPACE.  NASA sent their astronauts on the International Space Station the "it" toy of 2017 and they, of course, showed off their skills on the internet. NASA's Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade),  NASA's Joseph Acaba (@AstroAcaba), and Paolo Nespoli (@Astro_Paolo) perform impressive forward and backward summersaults with their fidget spinner.

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Things We Saw Today: Lin-Manuel Miranda Gathers Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno, Gina Rodriguez and Others In a Song for Puerto Rico

Today's biggest news has basically been hot garbage. Thankfully (and pretty much as usual), Lin-Manuel Miranda is here to provide us with a little bit of hope through music.

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Here’s How the Department of Energy Is Censoring Science That Doesn’t Support Its Message

Fears about what will become of scientific investigation under the Trump administration is nothing new, but a report from the Department of Energy yesterday seemingly confirmed our fears, followed by some full-blown climate change censorship.

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What Do Flat-Earthers Think of Today’s Big Solar Eclipse?

"It's very hard to figure stuff out on your own if that stuff is the universe."

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Adam Ruins Pregnancy, Reminding Us Not to Get Our Fertility Info From Medieval France

If you can become pregnant, and you even have an inkling that you might want to bring a life into the world (or hell, even if you don't), you've likely been fearmongered to death about your "biological clock" and how your time is running out and how you'll basically just shrivel into a ball and die by the time you hit 35. Did you know that all that accepted "truth" is based on inaccurate information derived from the census records of French women in Medieval times?

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KFC Launched a Chicken Sandwich Into the Stratosphere, and None of You Told Me?

KFC literally launched a spicy chicken sandwich into the stratosphere as a marketing campaign.

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John Oliver Explains How Science Works in Vaccine Segment on Last Week Tonight

The main story for yesterday's Last Week Tonight was vaccines. Specifically, where these big fears regarding vaccines are, why they're so persistent, and the consequences of these skeptics.

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Trump Will Appoint a Non-Scientist As the USDA’s “Chief Scientist,” Because of Course

Trump is expected to appoint Sam Clovis, a conservative talk radio host and professor of business and public policy who has never taken a graduate course in science, as the USDA’s undersecretary for research, education and economics.

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[VIDEO] Bill Nye Is Saving the World and Wants You to Join Him

"Any country that doesn't embrace science, that doesn't invest in science is going to fall behind economically. It's going to get out-competed by other countries. And I think in the coming weeks we'll come to realize that. You can't ignore science and stay competitive."

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Scientists Created an Artificial Womb, and Also Maybe the Singularity Is Near

Doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia fashioned a plastic artificial womb that has successfully kept a premature baby lamb alive for four weeks. It has the potential to do a whole lot more.

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Flush With Subscription Money From Anti-Trump Readers, The New York Times Just Hired a Climate Change Denier

After declaring that "the truth is more important now than ever," The New York Times has hired a climate change denier for its editorial team.

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Mayim Bialik Explains How Science and Religion Can Co-Exist, Basically Summing Up My Entire Belief System

As someone who loves science and also believes in a Higher Power, it is often difficult to be in conversations with people who lean more heavily in one direction or the other. I've spoken with scientifically-minded folks for whom the concept of "God" is unnecessary. I've spoken to religious folks for whom the question of "why?" is infinitely more important than the question of "how?" In this video, actress and scientist Mayim Bialik discusses how the two coexist for her.

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This Neural Network Hilariously Does Not Understand What Humans Like to Eat

Whole Chicken Cookies.

A year ago, scientist Janelle Shane made a post on Tumblr detailing the wacky food names her neural network was generating after she fed it a healthy diet of cookbooks. The post has seen a viral surge of popularity and coverage, and in true 2017 Internet fashion, people are identifying as one delicacy or another. Tag yourself—I'm "Crimm Grunk Garlic Cleas."

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Exclusive: Love Our Orphan Black Science Recaps? Check Out the Cover of the New Book by Our Sestra Science Experts!

I've had so much fun doing the regular Orphan Black recaps for the past couple of seasons, but the real fun of TMS' show coverage has been getting to read our awesome Orphan Black science recaps, written by the fabulous Casey Griffin and Nina Nesseth. Now, these two brilliant women have teamed up to expand their exploration of Sestra Science in an official companion book from ECW Press, the cover of which you can see above for the first time!

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SpaceX Successfully Launches and Lands a Falcon 9 Rocket

Yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship named Just Read The Instructions.

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Scientist Finds Feathered Dinosaur Tail Trapped in Amber, Ruining All Jurassic Park Movies in the Best Way

Life, uh, finds a way to ruin everything.

Scientists have already established that dinosaurs had feathers—and had set about trying to ruin our favorite movie monsters with other retcons like "lips"—but actually seeing a preserved, feathered dinosaur tail from millions of years ago with our own eyes is an amazing landmark on its own.

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The Trauma of Trump: How Oppression Hurts Our Bodies—and How Allies Can Help

It’s imperative that we understand the election results as an assault, not only on our social progress, but on the survival and wellness of our bodies.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Pledges to “Make America Smart Again” When it Comes to Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson has made it his personal mission to make science accessible and understandable for more people. And he's not going to stop.

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