Smartphones Are Made for Giant Man-Hands

About a month and a half ago, after years of relentless Blackberry mockery from my plugged in coworkers, I did something pretty out of my typically Luddite character: I bought a smartphone. And so far, I like it just fine. I can listen to Spotify on my phone now, which is nice. And the picture quality is much better… » 11/08/13 7:42pm 11/08/13 7:42pm

What's Inside the Vatican's Black and White Smoke Signal for a New Pope?

The Vatican needs to find a new Pope. And to notify the world of when a new Pope is chosen, the papal conclave will communicate through smoke signal. Black smoke means they haven't found a Pope, white smoke (or "fumata bianca") would mean that there is a new Pope. So what's inside the smoke? » 3/13/13 1:00am 3/13/13 1:00am

The Suit Won't Save You: Four Ways Space Can Kill You Dead

Turns out, being blown out of an airlock and turning into a meat popsicle after succumbing to hypoxia isn't so bad. At least, not when compared to the multitude of other deadly maladies that await you in the depths of space. Here are just a few ways that interplanetary exploration is conspiring to kill us all. » 2/26/13 5:20pm 2/26/13 5:20pm

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

One of the ultimate desires of humankind: living on the solitary edge between urban luxury and the embrace of nature. Houses on cliffs and rocks reflect this desire well. You might find your dream house among the next 27 buildings; many of them are true examples of exceptional architectural design and outstanding… » 1/14/13 9:00am 1/14/13 9:00am

This Highway Tracks Random Bluetooth Signals To Estimate Travel Times

The city of Calgary, Alberta has recently installed a $400,000 traffic monitoring system on a stretch of highway known as the Deerfoot Trail. And to track the movement and progress of vehicles it monitors the Bluetooth signals coming from mobile phones, headsets, or built-in entertainment systems. » 12/06/12 5:20pm 12/06/12 5:20pm