Thoughts for Your Penny: The One-Cent Piece Is Worth a Century of Type

Every few years, there are calls to retire the American penny (as cumbersome and too expensive to produce), and rebuttals to preserve it (for posterity and price stability). I don't know how or when this question will be answered. Personally, I would not miss the gobs of metal in my pockets, but I would miss the… » 4/23/14 1:20pm 15 minutes ago

Descend Into the Weird, Dark World of Unseen YouTube Videos

With 100 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute, no one human being will ever be able to bear witness to even a fraction of YouTube's plentiful bounty. But now, thanks to Petit Tube, we can at least graze the surface of all the weird, wonderful, an often disturbing clips that might otherwise have never… » 4/23/14 1:00pm 35 minutes ago

Why the HBO-Amazon Deal Is Good for Everyone (Except Netflix)

HBO and Amazon just put a ring on it with a giant, multi-year deal that will put HBO originals on Amazon Prime exclusively. Woooooo! That means you don't need an HBO subscription to watch old episodes of everything from the Wire to Eastbound & Down. And in this game of everything-but-Game-of-Thrones, everyone wins;… » 4/23/14 12:20pm Today 12:20pm

Chat with the Woman Who Photographs the World's Oldest Living Things

Artist Rachel Sussman has traveled to all seven continents in her tireless quest to document millennia-old lichen, moss, bacteria, trees, shrubs, and even underground forests. Her book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, gathers 30 of these specimens into one gorgeous volume. » 4/23/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

This Utility Truck Can Exterminate a Pothole Every 120 Seconds

Getting crews out to patch roads is sometimes more trouble than its worth. It snarls traffic for hours at a time, costs counties and states hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, and typically only fixes the problem for a short time. But this gravel-blasting utility truck aims to make the permanent patch process… » 4/23/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

Unravel the Mysteries Of the Arduino With This Crash Course Starter Kit

If there's one common feature among all the cool hacks and DIY projects you'll find online these days, it's that they're usually made with an Arduino microcontroller of some sort. But if you lack the programming and electronics know-how to use an Arduino to bring your own creations to life, this simple starter kit will … » 4/23/14 11:20am Today 11:20am

My Accidental Pilgrimage to the 1964 World's Fair Site

When I woke up on Tuesday morning, I expected another normal day. Work. Lunch. Work. Happy hour. Home. Heck, maybe I'd even treat myself to an iced coffee at some point. I did not expect to end up shivering, staring at rust, and dreaming about the America we'd lost. I did not expect to go to the World's Fair. » 4/23/14 11:00am Today 11:00am

Researchers Invent a Camouflage Material That Changes Like a Chameleon

Mother Nature has already mastered the art of camouflage, so it only makes sense that we steal her ideas when it comes to the art of hiding. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a remarkable new material "inspired" by chameleons, which can change shape and color under different lighting conditions. » 4/23/14 9:40am Today 9:40am

HBO Is Bringing a Ton of Its Shows to Amazon Prime

Amazon just announced an agreement that makes Prime Instant Video the only place you can watch HBO originals online without an HBO subscription. Starting May 21st, Prime members will get exclusive, unlimited streaming access to pretty much every HBO original you're interested in except Game of Thrones. » 4/23/14 9:10am Today 9:10am

Meet the Woman Who Photographs the Oldest Living Things In The World

What's the oldest living thing you've ever seen? A 2,200-year-old sequoia in California, perhaps? That's a relatively teenage specimen to the artist Rachel Sussman, who has spent the last ten years looping the globe on a wild adventure to meet and document the world's oldest "continuously living" organisms. » 4/23/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

This Is the Simplest Explanation of Climate Change You'll Ever See

Climate change is one of the most complex areas of scientific study out there, causing physicists, chemists and meteorologists alike to scratch their heads—so it's understandable that the rest of us find it a little difficult to grasp. But this video is your best chance yet of understanding the topic. » 4/23/14 8:40am Today 8:40am

The US Mobile Market is Poised for a Revolution

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Market "evolution" is often confused with market "revolution." Markets inevitably evolve and technological progress, price wars and M&A all perpetuate this evolution. Real market revolution, however, is driven by entirely new business models and/or new "disruptive technologies." » 4/23/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Name Your Own Price On $655 Worth of Mac Apps

Mac Bundles remain a great way to get a bunch of great apps on the cheap. The latest bundle from StackSocial takes that mission to heart. You can now name their own price for 10 mac apps including RapidWeaver 5. This deal has crazy value: $655 of top software for NYOP. » 4/22/14 12:43pm Yesterday 12:43pm