10 movie trailers that were actually better than the movie

On one hand, having a movie trailer be better than a movie means you don't need to watch the movie. On the other hand, having a movie trailer be better than a movie means when you watch the movie you walk away with all-consuming disappointment. Here are 10 movie trailers that were better than the movie. » 7/22/14 3:40am 25 minutes ago

Wow, all these rotating white dots are actually moving in straight lines

It looks like the white dots in this optical illusion are all orbiting an imaginary point in space that, at the same time, is orbiting the center of that red circle. They are not. In reality, they are all moving in straight lines going from one side of the red circle to the opposite one. » 7/21/14 11:42pm Yesterday 11:42pm

Amusement park throws people from 100-foot tower with no rope or vehicle

Here's an insanely scary ride for those who need to feel like they're close to dying in order to feel like they're living: the Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden in Denmark. They hang you from a safety rope—then they cut it off and you free fall at 55 mph down onto an airbag 100 foot below. For fun. » 7/21/14 11:01pm Yesterday 11:01pm

How the United States can collapse and fall on a Black Friday

Our complex society is so fragile that a virus—spreading through cash and products sold during Black Friday—would bring it to its knees in a couple of days. That's the premise of this impressive video by motion graphic designer Patrick Clair—the guy who created the awesome True Detective intro. » 7/21/14 9:43pm Yesterday 9:43pm

Carl Sagan explains why aliens are not visiting us all the time

If all the reports of UFO sightings are real, then Earth must be the most popular destination in the Universe. Obviously, that's a ridiculous anthropocentric notion, as Dr. Carl Sagan explains in the must-see 1966 CBS documentary UFO: Friend, Foe, or Fantasy hosted by Walter Cronkite. Listen to Sagan at the 51:55 mark. » 7/21/14 9:20pm Yesterday 9:20pm

Magician can guess the card you're thinking about through this video

Our eyes are too slow and our brains are too easily fooled. Just watch this video where Illusionist Eric Leclerc shows off by reading our minds through a simple YouTube video. He plays around with us in the beginning but at the end, he just jumped through the computer screen to peer into our wrinkled brain. » 7/21/14 8:58pm Yesterday 8:58pm

Humans Could Achieve Digital Immortality Within 30 Years


The Internet isn't just a repository of humanity's information (and porn), it could soon serve as a final resting place for the mind after our bodies wear out. Johnny Depp attempts to do just that—but with disastrous results—in Transcendence. But how close are we to accomplishing the same in real life? Quite close,… » 7/21/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

7 New Yorker Tech Stories That You Can Now Read For Free

The New Yorker debuted a breezy redesign of its website today, part of a larger overhaul of print and digital offerings that the publication has been rolling out over the last six months. But perhaps even more exciting is the fact that the magazine's archives dating back to 2007 will be free for the rest of the summer. » 7/21/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Northrop Once Built Planes That Were Just Giant Wings

After World War II, the future of commercial air travel was supposed to be fantastic. There were promises that planes like Northrop Grumman's flying wing would become the norm for civilian flying. These promises were often made to Baby Boomers — young, impressionable kids of the 1950s and 60s — like in this cutaway… » 7/21/14 6:31pm Yesterday 6:31pm

Believe It or Not, the World's Fastest-Growing Drone Fleet Is in Japan

Japan is a peaceful nation, in no small part because its post-World War II constitution required it. All that changed last month when President Shinzo Abe ended the ban that's kept Japan's army in check since 1945. And do you know what the country did next? It started buying drones. Lots and lots of drones. » 7/21/14 6:10pm Yesterday 6:10pm

Leaked Windows 9 Screenshots Show a Start Menu and a Little More Windows

Microsoft has been steadily improving Windows 8, but naturally there's still a new version in the works. And according to some leaked screenshots of a dev build obtained by Myce, it'll include both the Start Menu we know is on the way, but also windowed Metro/Modern-style apps. » 7/21/14 5:25pm Yesterday 5:25pm

Deals: Acer Chromebook, Blue Microphones, Gift Cards, Tyrion Lannister

Sporting a Haswell processor and amazing battery life, the Acer C720 is the best value in the Chromebook world. We've featured a few deals on refurbs in the past, but today you can take $20 off a brand new one for the first time. [Acer C720 Chromebook, $179] » 7/21/14 12:15pm Yesterday 12:15pm