Why You Should Set Up Your Own Community Fiber Network

Between the net neutrality debate and the Comcast/TWC merger, high-speed Internet access is getting more attention than ever. A lot of that attention is negative, and rightly so: Internet access providers, especially certain very large ones, have done a pretty good job of divvying up the nation to leave most Americans… » 8/01/14 5:15am 7 minutes ago

This giant flamethrower was the most terrifying weapon of World War I

You're looking at a Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector in action, the mother and father of all flamethrowers, capable of torching everything as far as 100 to 130 feet away (30 to 40 meters.) They were deployed for the first time in World War I by the British Army, and apparently they were quite effective. » 8/01/14 2:18am Today 2:18am

Dinosaurs Fell Victim to “Perfect Storm” of Events, Study Posits

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in time, according to new research conducted in part by the American Museum of Natural History. The study, published today in Biological Reviews, builds a new narrative of the prehistoric creatures'… » 8/01/14 2:14am Today 2:14am

One day drones will cast the skies and we'll need this guy to fix it

If a couple of years ago everything was about zombies, now it's drones. Drones delivering pizza, drones filming fireworks, and even drones taking selfies. And of course drones spying you. And killing people. This ad shows a drone hunter taking care of those flying bastards. » 7/31/14 11:19pm Yesterday 11:19pm

The surprising reason why this guy runs two hours every day

Ronnie Goodman is not your usual runner. He trains hard every day on the streets of San Francisco for a couple of reasons. One is to raise funds for a charity called The Hospitality House, and the other, well, I will let you guys watch it to figure it out. But it's truly unexpected and a beautiful story. » 7/31/14 10:21pm Yesterday 10:21pm

Setting a fedora hat on fire is apparently one of the steps to make it

It's extremely peaceful to watch someone focus in and make something with their bare hands. The process is always beautiful, taking materials such as the beaver felt fabric and molding it into something usable, like a hat. It's almost like seeing art. I don't know why you have set it on fire but it sure looks cool. » 7/31/14 9:51pm Yesterday 9:51pm

How Soviet psychiatrists found the secret of cinema magic

Back in the 1920s, a group of Soviet psychiatrists discovered that film editing manipulates not only our sense of space and time but also our emotions. That's why editing is the magic sauce that brings a film to life—or kills it. But how is this possible? How did it come to be? This video tells you all about it. » 7/31/14 9:25pm Yesterday 9:25pm

Pixar-worthy animated short shows how unpredictable love is

This is the story of two people that are so different that they are meant to be together. He is the unluckiest guy on earth, everything he tries ends up badly. And she is the exact opposite. As I said, the perfect couple—for a romantic story. A pitch-perfect animation short by Mike Bidinger and Michelle Kwon. » 7/31/14 9:01pm Yesterday 9:01pm

Why do so many people choose to be insensitive happy ignorants?

Wandering through the bitfields, I just came across this 1995 photograph of Michael Gernhardt floating 200-miles over the Earth on a six-hour spacewalk. I zoomed in and looked in awe for a couple of minutes, pondering the chain of events, the Herculean effort that put and kept this man alive in space. » 7/31/14 8:21pm Yesterday 8:21pm

A Book of Tweets By People Claiming They're Working on Their Novels

Novels aren't going to write themselves, you know. But when they don't, their would-be authors simply turn to Twitter. A new book features tweets by people who are totally working on their novels, but had to stop working on their novels so they could post something to Twitter about working on their novels. » 7/31/14 7:31pm Yesterday 7:31pm

Less time separates us from T-Rex than T-Rex from Stegosaurus

Some of the most well-known dinosaurs that we think about today were separated by tens of millions of years. In fact, we're closer to the time of the T-Rex than T-Rex was to the time of the Stegosaurus. Unfortunately, that documentary The Land Before Time was totally lying to us. » 7/31/14 6:45pm Yesterday 6:45pm

Win a $150 Best Buy Gift Card to Put the Pizzazz Back in Your Summer

Summer always starts with such promise. The air echoes with the clinking of ice cubes in highball glasses; your eyes fill with swimming pools. Then August rolls around. The grass turns brown, the air conditioning starts to wheeze from exertion, and the Back to School displays at the drugstore fill even long-ago… » 7/31/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Deals: The Best Rechargeables, $100 in Free Android Apps, Mac Upgrades

If you own any gadgets that use AA or D batteries, you owe it to yourself to pick up some Eneloop rechargeables. This pack comes with a pair of AAs, with D spacers, and they'll pay for themselves after just a few cycles. [Eneloop AA 2-Pack, $7] » 7/31/14 12:45pm Yesterday 12:45pm