This is the coolest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video, period.

Check out famous race and aerobatic pilot Bruce Bohannon taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge inside his plane. He placed the ice water in a little bucket between his seat harness and his shirt, took off, and then did a loop. The only thing cooler than this would be if an astronaut did it in the ISS.* » 8/27/14 7:22pm 53 minutes ago

Keeping Bike Shares Running Smoothly Requires Seriously Complex Math

Here's kind of a dirty secret about bike share: Bikes don't end up distributed evenly across the system, so most cities use trucks and trailers to shuffle the bikes around to the kiosks where they're needed most at different times of day. Turns out it requires a complicated algorithm to determine exactly when and… » 8/27/14 7:15pm Today 7:15pm

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 Today 5:43pm

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

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

Control Your Living Room with Your Phone, Three-Year Mouse [Deals]

Logitech Harmony remotes have always been among the best for wrangling massive home theater systems, but this particular version actually turns your smartphone into the remote. You'll also get a basic universal remote with physical buttons for when your phone isn't handy. [Logitech Harmony Smart Control, $91] » 8/27/14 1:15pm Today 1:15pm