Scented Duct Tape For Half-Assed Repairs That At Least Smell Good

At one time duct tape only came in a single color: silver. It made the material seem like some kind of NASA-engineered, space-age, super tool, but eventually mankind demanded more. Colors and patterns were introduced, but that still wasn't enough to satiate humanity's desire for choice. So Duck Brand is now… » 8/27/14 5:43pm 58 minutes ago

The Mystery of Death Valley's "Sailing Stones" Is Finally Solved

On a dried-up lake bed in Death Valley are dozens of rocks that have puzzled us for decades. The rocks have each left a dusty trail, evidence of some unknown force propelling them forward. Scientists have now finally observed the rocks moving and settled on an explanation: Thin ice and a gentle breeze. » 8/27/14 5:33pm Today 5:33pm

iWatch Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

If it feels like the promise of an Apple smartwatch has been looming forever, that's because it has. And its shadow helped birth the army of other smartwatches that we have today. But now, finally, the near mythical iWatch is rumored to arrive very soon. Here's what we think we know. » 8/27/14 4:58pm Today 4:58pm

Clever Chairs Stack Horizontally So You Don't Need To Lift a Thing

Filling a venue with temporary seating is a time-consuming process—both during setup and take down—since it requires heavy chairs to be unstacked and then stacked again. But the designers at Seoul-based Centimeter Studio realized there was a better way. Their Sleeed chairs slide together and stack horizontally, so a… » 8/27/14 4:47pm Today 4:47pm

​No, water doesn't drain backwards when you cross the equator

At La Mitad Del Mundo, a tourist attraction outside of Quito, Ecuador, visitors are invited to watch a demonstration after they've finished taking corny photos of themselves straddling the line dividing the world. Three tubs stand on both sides and on the middle of this line. The demonstration begins, as pink-nosed… » 8/27/14 4:34pm Today 4:34pm

The Ingenious Way the Ancient Egyptians Should Have Built the Pyramids

Thousands of years ago, a minority of ancient Egyptians set a majority to work building some of the oldest human-made structures in the world. It seems like we've been debating about how they did it ever since: Water? Animal labor? Magic? A team of researchers thinks they've found the best explanation yet. » 8/27/14 3:47pm Today 3:47pm

The Pentagon's New Super Helmet For Soldiers Sucks, For Now

After 14 years of warfare that has been pock-marked with improvised explosive devices, the Pentagon has come up with a motorcycle-like infantry helmet that is meant to protect soldiers from both shrapnel and concussive blasts. Sadly, this new technology is anything but ready for combat. » 8/27/14 3:19pm Today 3:19pm

What's The Best Solid State Drive For The Money?

A solid-state drive (SSD) is the best upgrade you can make to your computer, if not your life. Today we're not looking for the SSD with the most storage or the the very fastest speeds, but instead the one that's the best bang for your buck. Where's the happy medium between speed, size, reliability, and price? Tell… » 8/27/14 2:45pm Today 2:45pm

If Evil Were a Puzzle, It Would Look Like This X-Shaped Rubik's Cube

Although simple and straightforward in its design, the Rubik's Cube has been providing a formidable challenge to puzzle fans for 4o years now. But if arranging all of those colored squares has become child's play for you, don't worry, some twisted individual has created a Rubik's Cube with an X-shape that looks like a… » 8/27/14 2:20pm Today 2:20pm

Shooting Challenge: Trains

You know why it's about to be Labor Day Weekend? Because in 1894, Grover Cleveland couldn't stop the Pullman (railroad) Strike. Blood was shed. Morale was down. And Congress rushed legislation to make appease workers everywhere and make Labor Day a national holiday. In gratitude, for this week's Shooting Challenge,… » 8/27/14 2:10pm Today 2:10pm

Report: Apple Will Announce Its Watch at the Sept. 9th iPhone Event

The ever-reliable John Paczkowski is reporting that Apple will announce a wearable at the previously reported event on September 9. That wearable is almost surely that "iWatch" thing everyone has been talking about, though an announcement wasn't expected until later this year. But why wait when you have billion of… » 8/27/14 1:42pm Today 1:42pm

Harry Houdini Beat Death in a Staring Contest. Could You?

Amazement doesn't come easy in show business these days. With increasingly savvy audiences trained to dismiss the seemingly-unbelievable as a product of safety wires, stunt doubles and CGI trickery, it's easy now to forget that in the early 20th century, Harry Houdini was working without a net — and flaunting his… » 8/27/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm