Chemist uses liquid nitrogen instead of ice in ALS bucket challenge

Moe Qureshi—a chemist at the University of Toronto—gave his ALS bucket challenge a shocking twist when he decided to use liquid nitrogen instead of ice. I would be terrified just by the thought of pouring liquid over my head at -321°F (-196ºC), but Moe survived the challenge unscathed—thanks to science. » 9/01/14 3:08pm Today 3:08pm

This Desk Tidy Folds Into Shape From a Sheet of Laser-Cut Steel

This neat, angular desk tidy is truly 3D—but it hasn't always been that way. In fact, it's put together from a 0.8mm-thick carbon steel, laser-cut beforehand to make it easy to fold into shape. » 9/01/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

The Late Great American Promise of Less Work

Some French companies just banned employees from responding to work emails after work hours. A city in Sweden is trying out a 30-hour work week in earnest. But while the prospect of working less and enjoying more leisure time used to be the great futuristic promise of midcentury America, today it's little more than a… » 9/01/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

Why Beer Isn't Sold in Plastic Bottles

Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives- it's cheap, can be moulded into practically any shape and is, for the most the part, easily recyclable (when people bother to). So why is it that we still use glass bottles and cans to store our beer in? Is it to do with aesthetics? Taste? Or is… » 9/01/14 10:00am Today 10:00am