This Is Why Glowing Jellyfish Proteins Have Revolutionized Medicine

In his new book Illuminating Disease, chemist Marc Zimmer explains how fluorescent proteins have changed science. Taken from glowing jellyfish, these proteins are now one of the most important tools in medicine, used in everything from brain mapping to disease research. And yes, that is a GMO glowing chicken. » 1/26/15 4:20pm 10 minutes ago

The Forgotten Story of NYC's First Power Grid

Lower Manhattan of the 1880s was a wonderland of futuristic technology and engineering: The city's first cable car arced over the harbor. A spindly new steel bridge was forming to connect Williamsburg to the city. And on the Lower East Side, Edison was tearing up the streets to build the first permanent power station… » 1/26/15 4:13pm 17 minutes ago

Have You Ever Been Catfished or Impersonated Online? 

Catfishing is what we call it when people lie about their identity online. It's unsettling, and it happens often: Last week, I wrote about how the DEA catfished drug dealers on Facebook by impersonating a woman arrested on drug charges. Today, Jezebel covered a disturbing story about a woman named Ellie Flynn who… » 1/26/15 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

How To Protect Your Information From The Internet

Do you know how much of your personal information is floating around? It's more than you think and very easy to find. Phone numbers, home addresses, email accounts. As my recent story about gamers who got swatted showed, anybody can become a target. You don't have to be someone with a million followers. Social… » 1/26/15 3:28pm Today 3:28pm

What's the Best Humidifier?

Your homes are warm and toasty after treating yourselves to the great recommendations in last week's Best Space Heater vote, but now your air is dry, and we need to balance that out with a humidifier. But which one? Head for the comments and nominate your favorite. » 1/26/15 3:15pm Today 3:15pm

You'll Buy a VR Headset For the Movies, Not the Games

Smart people think that movies—not games—will be the first killer app for virtual reality. Maybe that's why Oculus is poaching Pixar veterans for its very own virtual reality film studio, and showing off its very first film at Sundance this week. » 1/26/15 3:05pm Today 3:05pm

Woman Discovers Her Photos Have Been Used to Catfish Others for Years

Most of our discussions of catfishing are limited to the catfishers and catfishees, but there's a third category we often forget about: the unwitting catfish-complicit, whose pictures and deets make the catfishing possible, and whose lives also get crappy and complicated when sucked into the mix. » 1/26/15 2:29pm Today 2:29pm

​How To Build A Snow Shelter

Want something fun and productive to do during this whole giant blizzard thing? Why not learn how to build a snow shelter? It could save your life one day but, more importantly, they're just a ton of fun to make. Here's how.
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Colleges Stalk Your Facebook To See How They Should Hit You Up for Money

On the scale of "irritating" to "soul-boiling" telemarketers, college alumni fundraisers aren't the worst. The way that school alumni relations offices decide which former students to contact, however, is a liiittle creepy. Colleges are scouring former students' Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to figure out who to hit… » 1/26/15 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

Magnetic Buckyballs In a Blender Create One Terrifying Light Show

It didn't take long for those "Will it Blend?" videos to get long in the tooth. You can only watch so many smartphones being torn to shreds before the novelty wears off. But to celebrate the birth of his 40th grandkid, Tom Dickson tosses a mountain of magnetic Buckyballs into the blades and the results are as… » 1/26/15 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

3TB 802.11ac Router, A Multitool That's Also A Tripod, and More Deals

Apple's 3TB Time Capsule is $50 below retail today, which is as cheap as we've ever seen a new one go. If you haven't yet upgraded your network to 802.11ac, this represents only a small premium over most routers of comparable quality, and you get a built-in 3TB hard drive for backups to boot. [Apple 3TB Time Capsule,… » 1/26/15 1:17pm Today 1:17pm

How We Come to Know Ourselves In the Age of the Quantified Self

My grandmother recently had a pacemaker implanted. Major surgery and its aftermath are frightening at any age, but for a 93-year-old and her family it is a particularly scary tightrope to walk. Had her recovery been filmed for a montage in a family drama, there would have been reassuring doctors and smiling nurses… » 1/26/15 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

A 16-Foot Elastic Band Powers This Sleek 3D-Printed RC Car

Elastic-powered toys don't sound particularly exciting these days when you can get a buy a flying toy helicopter that fits in the palm of your hand. But three students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena created this stunning RC car, made from 3D-printed plastic and carbon fiber, that's propelled using a… » 1/26/15 12:43pm Today 12:43pm

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Watch A UCB Comedy Quarterback Fix One Of Game Day's Biggest Problems

We're days away from kickoff, can you feel it? Football fans have taken sides, New England and Seattle fans are beginning to go wild from the anticipation. Real football fans are living, breathing, dreaming the game. Your party is all planned, you've #PreGiorno'ed. You've got your tailgate going, you've inspired your… » 1/26/15 12:00pm Today 12:00pm