I Watched Sony's E3 Experience From a Movie Theater in Alabama

Last night, Sony simulcast its E3 press conference to dozens of movie theaters across the United States, including the Regal Trussville Stadium 16, a Big Lots-facing megaplex just off of County Highway 10. That's where I watched it, along with a few dozen PlayStation faithful. Disclaimer: I am not a gamer. » 6/10/14 4:45pm 6/10/14 4:45pm

How Long Can Humans Hold Their Breath?

Holding your breath may not be the flashiest feat of athleticism, but performing it at its highest level is still incredibly impressive, especially since it's something we've all done, and can all relate to. The limits to which some can push breath control, in fact, are more impressive than most people probably know. » 11/19/13 3:41pm 11/19/13 3:41pm

The NSA Is Training 13 Teams of Covert Hackers to Attack Other Countries

For the first time, the United States has officially disclosed plans to develop counterattack measures against foreign nations' cyberattacks. General Keith Alexander, chief of the military's Cyber Command and the NSA, told Congress yesterday the military is training 13 teams of programmers and computer experts to… » 3/13/13 11:52am 3/13/13 11:52am

The Science of What Makes Junk Food So Addicting (And Delicious)

It's basically impossible to stop eating junk food. And it's like that for a reason. There are billions and billions of dollars at play in Big Snack, and those corporations want to keep it that way. The New York Times has an exhaustive and fairly massive feature about how junk food companies use everything from… » 2/20/13 1:40pm 2/20/13 1:40pm

22 Awesome Rotary Phones: Beautiful Relics of a Bygone Era

It's possible that some of you have never seen a rotary phone in real life. It's likely that many of you have never used a rotary phone: heard the pulse take the place of the tone, mustered your patience as the dial rolls back it its reset, cursed a number with so many zeroes in it because it takes so long to call.… » 1/30/13 11:00am 1/30/13 11:00am

18 Amazing Art Deco Clocks From a Futuristic Past

Among the many material forms of Art Deco—from buildings to furniture to cars—clocks somehow seem to make the best use of the machine-age motifs that make the style so wonderful. Feverish geometric forms, mind-bending symmetry, high-contrast colors, modern and ancient materials combined with ticking mechanics and… » 1/21/13 10:50am 1/21/13 10:50am