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 A minute ago

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

Washington Post Reporter On the How and Why of Latest NSA Revelations

Last week, The Washington Post published the results of a huge investigation into NSA records leaked by Edward Snowden. Based on tons of data, the paper asserted that ninety percent of messages intercepted by the NSA came from U.S. citizens and non-targets. Today, Post reporter Barton Gellman gives us an inside look » 7/12/14 4:29pm Yesterday 4:29pm

Amazing Facebook Photos, a Cyborg Ear, a Magic Roti Maker, and More

Happy Saturday friends! It's been a long week, now it's time to kick back. Let's take a look back at our best stories this week, including a review of a muscular gaming laptop, a look at the best beginner motorcycle, and more. Say, have you checked out our new subdomain, Factually? It's pretty great. » 7/12/14 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life on an Airplane

Navigating your way through clueless tourists, grabby TSA guards, and disinterested ticket counter clerks is only half the battle. Once you make it to your seat, you've still got an entire flight to endure. Your best airplane strategy is almost always to sleep through the entire ordeal, but how does one sleep… » 7/12/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Tonight's Supermoon Will Be Almost as Glorious as Next Month's

Have you heard? There's gonna be a Supermoon tonight! It's a very cool sight to see, especially on a clear night. But it's way more common than you might think. In fact, the next three full moons this summer will be Supermoons. And astronomers are kind of puzzled as to why we seem to only notice them at random. » 7/12/14 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

Self-Guided Bullets That Change Course Midair Are Now Terrifyingly Real

The military masterminds at DARPA have just changed everything you think you know about bullets. Meet the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, a .50 caliber bullet that maneuvers itself midair to stay locked on target. Here's footage of the first live test: it sure as hell looks like the technology works. » 7/12/14 10:00am Yesterday 10:00am

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