Rare World War I Propaganda Shows the Biomech Soldier of 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago, at the beginning of the 20th century, the first golden age of advertising met humanity's deadliest conflict: the First World War. The emerging art of graphic design, aided by the invention of lithography and later chromolithography, was suddenly used for propaganda—and the results were… » 12/18/14 9:16am Thursday 9:16am

The Forgotten Space Artist Who Envisioned the End of the Space Race

In the fourth piece of our series on legendary aerospace artists, we pay tribute to an illustrator who's responsible for creating some of the most inspiring cutaway illustrations of all time—yet we hardly know anything about him, and his name is in danger of being forgotten. We're about to change that. » 12/15/14 9:00am Monday 9:00am

11 Sci-Fi Films That Actually Deserve Reboots

Hollywood's favorite pastime is remaking movies, or at the very least, slapping on another sequel and making millions. While that's all fun and good—I'm looking forward to the new Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator like everyone else—many other sci-fi films also deserve adequate reboot/sequel attention. » 12/14/14 12:00pm Sunday 12:00pm

14 Maps That Reveal The Hidden Beauty of Big Cities

In these decades of freely accessible online maps, it's totally normal to be addicted to what Wikipedia describes as a "symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of some space, such as objects, regions, and themes"(best Wikipedia definition ever?). And when you are in love with maps, you want them… » 12/08/14 9:01am 12/08/14 9:01am

7 Famous Fictional Places You Can Explore With the Oculus Rift

Ever since I first played Goldeneye 64, I've been fascinated by exploring 3D cyber-versions of my favorite fictional places. The Oculus Rift makes that pursuit cooler than it's ever been. It's one thing to see static shots of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment from the same never-changing angles. It's another to be in there,… » 12/05/14 9:00am 12/05/14 9:00am

The 9 Most Expensive Buildings Ever Aren't What You'd Expect

Buildings are expensive but they're nowhere near as expensive as incompetence, as we learned this week thanks to new revelations about the $4 billion price tag of the World Trade Center transit hub. In the process,we uncovered a list of the most expensive structures ever built—and some of them might surprise you. » 12/04/14 9:04am 12/04/14 9:04am

The History of NASA's Iconic Countdown Clock (And a Look at the New One)

A few days ago every space enthusiast got sentimental when, after 45 years of operation, the iconic countdown clock at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Press Site was disassembled for removal. Perhaps more than any other piece of equipment near the launch site, the countdown clock was a piece of history. » 12/02/14 11:01am 12/02/14 11:01am

10 Facts That Everyone Gets Wrong About Vaping

About a year ago, a couple of good friends invited me to help them run a vape shop and eventual e-juice manufacturer in my hometown (Louisville, Colorado). We in this industry believe vaping to be potentially enormously beneficial to public health, and we've been dismayed to see it take a pretty stern beating in the… » 11/19/14 10:55am 11/19/14 10:55am

9 Reasons To Be Nostalgic About the Early Internet

They grow up so fast, don't they? It just seems like yesterday that the internet was cruising at 56k speeds and loading horribly designed websites. Now, the web is all grown up, but there's been some negative side effects for the sake of progress in the form of ads, dubious data gathering, and hostile trolls. » 11/16/14 4:00pm 11/16/14 4:00pm