Why Presidents Swear on the Bible

Joshua Samuel Zook
in Culture

Symbolism is not always what it seems. Presidents swear on a Bible. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best o...

Rod Serling's 'The Twilight Zone'

OMNI Staff
in Entertainment

The television screen fades to black. From out of nowhere, a faint starfield appears: an endless swath of space that slowly begins to twist and turn before the camera's eye. A message seems to be comi...

Star Cluster Science

OMNI Staff
in Science

Тhe star clusters must be regions of incredible beauty. Imagine living on a planet inside a star cluster. Your night sky would be densely spangled with bright points of light. Glowing bands of cosmic ...

E.O. Wilson Interview

OMNI Staff
in Culture

The publication of E.O. Wilson's Sociobiology in 1975 was to use a cliché—a landmark event in the history of biology. This enormous volume (697 oversize pages) is a truly remarkable compendium of a va...

Finding Scorpius Constellation

OMNI Staff
in Science

Scorpius' claim to fame lies in its poisonous sting. The great hunter Orion boasted that he could wipe out all the creatures of the Earth. Gaia, the goddess of the Earth, realized how lonely our plane...

Most Terrifying Sci-Fi Books

Matt Cates
in Buyer’s Guide

Peanut butter and jelly. Hot rods and bikinis. Sci-fi and horror. Some things are meant to go together! Yet, while most of us are all too familiar with our two favorite genres mixing it up in motion p...

Living in a Disconnected World

Natasha Sydor
in Culture

David Karp, a recent graduate from Cornell University, is part of the up-and-coming trend of initiative Millennials taking their careers by storm. In his visionary film Disconnected, Karp sees the wor...

Pioneers of Astronomy

OMNI Staff
in Science

Nicholas Copernicus once said “The massive bulk of the earth does indeed shrink to insignificance in comparison with the size of the heavens." While we may attribute our knowledge of the solar system ...

Jacques Vallee Interview

OMNI Staff
in Culture

"When I was beginning my career in science," recalls Dr. Jacques Vallee, "the main argument against UFOs was that astronomers never saw them. I found that argument convincing." Then, in 1961, he and o...

Origin of the Moon

OMNI Staff
in Science

Beautiful, vast, mysterious, and unexplored. From the planets in our own solar system to those in the other 500 solar systems, there are endless possibilities to what is beyond our terrestrial existen...

Observatory Guide

OMNI Staff
in Entertainment

There are few pastimes more fascinating, more mysterious, or more peaceful than simply stargazing at a splendid night sky—wondering what it all means. Will we ever travel to any of those other suns? A...