How Not to Be Wrong When You're Talking About Smartphone Displays

A lot of amazing engineering and design goes into making your smartphone. And smartphone displays are one of the most important parts — they're your window onto the internet, and the world. But the technical terms we use to describe them can be pretty confusing. Here's how to sound like you know what you're talking… » 1/27/15 3:10pm Tuesday 3:10pm

Why Your Next TV Could (and Should) Be Stuffed With Quantum Dots

It's no secret that OLED televisions produce the best quality HDTV images on the market today. It's also no secret that OLED sets are ludicrously, obscenely expensive compared to conventional LEDs. But what if there were a way to produce OLED-quality images at a fraction of their current price? Oh hey, there is. » 1/06/15 3:54pm 1/06/15 3:54pm

Why Legal Weed Isn't Much Safer Than a Dime Bag

Despite its new-found legality at the state level, the buds you buy in medical marijuana dispensaries aren't that different than the dime bags you used to score on the street corner—they share the same wild swings in potency, chemical content, and fungal and pesticide contamination. That's very not good. » 12/03/14 3:08pm 12/03/14 3:08pm

From Ice Cream to Toothpaste: Seaweed's Hidden Uses

The humble seaweed may best be known for its ability to encase morsels of sticky rice and raw fish (not to mention spa-goers) but this plant-like organism has slowly worked its way into an impressive variety of human industries over the past 15 centuries. Now one can find seaweed, or at least one of its many prized… » 10/28/14 3:53pm 10/28/14 3:53pm

Why You Definitely Shouldn't Drink Your Own Pee

During his 127-hour ordeal under that boulder, backpacker Aaron Ralston resorted to consuming his own urine in order to stay alive before eventually hacking off his own forearm and escaping. This was an extreme survival case, and pretty much the only time you should even consider drinking from your own spigot. Here's… » 10/22/14 2:35pm 10/22/14 2:35pm

What Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Doing to Our Bodies?

They're what stimulate your sweet tooth without adding girth to your waistline; they give diet colas and sugar-free snacks a saccharine kick without the consequences. At least that's the idea. But these sweeteners have been the subject of hoaxes and misinformation for years, slowly discrediting their wondrous health… » 10/08/14 2:35pm 10/08/14 2:35pm

Why the Human Body Can't Handle Heavy Acceleration

Our bodies are surprisingly resilient in many situations, but rapid acceleration is not one of them. While the human body can withstand any constant speed—be it 20 miles per hour or 20 billion miles per hour—we can only change that rate of travel relatively slowly. Speed up or slow down too quickly and it's lights… » 10/01/14 2:20pm 10/01/14 2:20pm

How the Enormous Mirrors on the World's Largest Telescope Are Made

The Giant Magellan Telescope is easily the most ambitious terrestrial astronomy program humanity's ever devised. It has—quite literally—been built from the ground up by leveraging a brilliant, unique off-axis design and bleeding-edge fabrication techniques. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the telescope's… » 9/03/14 2:15pm 9/03/14 2:15pm