Go Inside the Factory That Makes the World's Solar Panels

While you're watching the final game of the World Cup today, keep a keen eye on the advertisements along the sidelines. You're likely to see the name Yingli Solar: a massive Chinese solar power manufacturer that few soccer fans are likely to know. Climate Desk recently visited Yingli's sprawling plant, and got a… » 7/13/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

How Far Do Soccer Players Run During a Match?

After four weeks well-placed headers and acrobatic kicks and whatever was going on with Ronaldo's hair, the World Cup finally draws to a close today. But while you're holding your breath during the Germany-Argentina nail-biter, take a moment to appreciate the most astonishing feat that happens during these 90 minutes:… » 7/13/14 1:55pm Today 1:55pm

Show Us Your Photos of Last Night's Glorious Supermoon

Last night was the first of what's about to be the Summer of the Supermoon, which is exhausting for werewolves and absolutely spectacular for everyone else. There's already quite a few photos popping up, so we're asking you, dear readers, to show us the most beautiful photos you took of last night's circular show. » 7/13/14 1:04pm Today 1:04pm

New Chrome Plugin Plays Clown Music Every Time You Read About Rob Ford

Toronto mayor and cherub-cheeked comedy goldmine Rob Ford is back in the news this week after a brief stint in rehab, where he may or may not have been using drugs but was definitely belligerent. To celebrate, here's a Chrome extension that plays clown music at every mention of the crack-smokin' mayor's name. » 7/13/14 11:01am Today 11:01am

These Underwater Photos Were Taken By a Desktop Scanner

The desktop scanner is a wonderful thing, but rugged it ain't. Yet Nathaniel Stern didn't let that stop him: The Wisconsin-based artist, who is known for his experimental camera designs, created a waterproof version of an off-the-shelf scanner that captured a series of incredible images of sea life. » 7/13/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

Modern Photography Would Not Exist Without George Eastman

George Eastman, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist, was born on this day 160 years ago. His innovations in standardized film and portable cameras made the nascent field of photography accessible to the layperson. Tonight, let's celebrate his birthday with a look back at PBS's George Eastman: The Wizard of… » 7/12/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

If Humans Shed So Much Dead Skin, How Are Tattoos Permanent?

Your body is constantly throwing off dead skin cells—a million every day. So how come tattoos don't fall off with them? It turns out, your body's immune system tries to get rid of the ink under your skin, but in the process, it makes those marks permanent, as this video from TED-Ed explains. » 7/12/14 7:07pm Yesterday 7:07pm

What's the One Dead Website You Wish You Could Revive?

Benj Edwards at The Atlantic just published this beautiful piece about a man's quest to rebuild Prodigy, the ancient web service dead since 1999. As the net has grown and changed, no doubt you've lost a favorite site or two. Say you've got a genie and all your other wishes fulfilled. Which website do you revive? » 7/12/14 6:07pm Yesterday 6:07pm

Your Skin Has a Sense of Smell, and Sandalwood Aroma Makes it Heal

Ready for some weird science? Some of the same olfactory sensing equipment that give your nose its sense of smell can be found in your skin cells. In other words, your skin has a sense of smell. And researchers have just figured out that your skin loves the scent of sandalwood—in fact, the aroma revs up your skin's… » 7/12/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

Verizon's Innovation Centers Are Tackling Issues of the Future, Now

Verizon operates the largest 4G LTE network in America, but it does much more than enable you to IM at lightning speed from your coffee shop of choice. Verizon's Innovation Centers, for example, focus on solving global issues in sustainability, health care, and more. Dan Murphy, Director of Technology at Verizon… » 7/10/14 12:00pm Thursday 12:00pm

Get Over 90% Off 1 TB of Online Backup Software For Life – $69

Let's face it — you have a lot of digital stuff. Even if you don't have thousands of files lying about, photos & videos soon fill up GBs. This data is hard to organize, and can easily be lost if a hard drive fails. That's why online backup makes sense, and you can currently get 1TB of storage with 90% off DrivePop. » 7/09/14 5:19pm Wednesday 5:19pm