The Syrian Refugee Crisis Won't Be Solved by a Fucking Kickstarter 

The White House has launched a crowdfunding campaign for refugees fleeing Syria, partnering with Kickstarter, Twitter, Airbnb, Starbucks, and grocery service Instacart to raise money. This crowdfunding campaign is a sad barometer for how broken the government’s response system for humanitarian aid is. »10/07/15 6:45pmYesterday 6:45pm

The World's First Reversible Micro-USB Cable Rivals the Invention of the Wheel

There was much griping when Apple replaced its old dock connectors with the reversible Lightning cable, but they’ve made life infinitely easier for iOS users. So the MicFlip, the world’s first reversible micro-USB cable, promises to do the same for Android (and other smartphone) users. »8/12/15 11:30am8/12/15 11:30am

This Is How Much San Franciscans Hate Burning Man Now

Every year, San Francisco empties out during Burning Man week. Suddenly there are no lines at the cargo container ice cream shop. Nobody is wearing an “interesting” hat to make a statement about self-actualization. We are at peace. That’s why a group of comedians are crowdsourcing a Great Wall of San Francisco. »8/05/15 8:22pm8/05/15 8:22pm

The Smithsonian Is Finally Getting Crowdfunding Right

On Monday the Smithsonian Institution launched a Kickstarter campaign to preserve astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. Now with over $420,000 raised and a healthy 26 days left, the campaign is on track to easily exceed its $500,000 goal. But the Smithsonian’s road to crowdfunding success has been a long and… »7/23/15 3:50pm7/23/15 3:50pm

Beach Towel Board Games You Play With Discarded Bottle Caps

A day at the beach usually doesn’t involve board games because the sand will quickly gobble up dice, Monopoly hotels, and Scrabble letter tiles. But since building sand castles gets boring quick, someone’s created a series of board game beach towels that can be played with bottle caps, seashells, or even small rocks. »7/22/15 1:50pm7/22/15 1:50pm

6 Horrible and Doomed Space Missions, Brought to You By Crowdfunding 

Government funding for space travel ain’t what it used to be. Private organizations are our best hope for exploring beyond Earth’s increasingly noxious atmosphere, and to get your cash they’re turning to Indiegogo and Kickstarter to fund ambitious space missions. Unfortunately, most of the projects are bonkers messes… »6/18/15 1:22pm6/18/15 1:22pm