In 1989, amidst mounting scientific evidence, dozens of nations joined forces to sign a treaty aimed at halting the expansion of a massive hole in Earth’s ozone layer. Nearly thirty years later, the Montreal Protocol has done just that. But it has also done something its architects never intended. It has become one of…
When we think about the future these days, it can often look bleak. That’s true of both reality and in fiction, since we tend to create futures that reflect the present, so they feel more real. But since there’s more than enough uncertainty and darkness in real life currently, here are some worlds I turn to when I…
All things must come to an end, including human civilization. Whether it’s a superbug pandemic tomorrow or a supernova sun in billions of years, one day, somehow, the apocalypse will arrive. You and loved ones plan on being ready for it, and ready for what comes after.
The list of countries that have mounted successful missions to Mars is not exactly long: the U.S. and Russia, as you’d expect, and more recently India. But now the United Arab Emirates has an ambitious plan to enter the race as soon as 2020.
The animation of this short film, Le Gouffre, is beautiful but the story might be even better. It tells a tale of two friends who decide to build a bridge where there is none in order to cross a wide chasm and how a village unites behind the two pals and how the two pals sacrifice to provide hope.
Though hope is supposed to be this uplifting feeling, it's often experienced as an irritant or a buzzkill. And nihilism is kind of, well, charming and sexy. Like young Magneto in X-Men First Class. The Stockdale Paradox explains why that might be.
Nobody really expected an answer to the "Send Pizza RM 4112" SOS posted on the window of 2-year-old cancer patient Hazel Hammersley, now receiving chemotherapy at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. But after somone posted a photo online, the entire floor was flooded with hot pies. The kids loved it.
Despite the George Zimmermans, Paula Deens and Rick Perrys of this world, humans are intrinsically good, often capable of putting their lives at risk to save others. These ten videos—showing the most heroic road accident rescues ever caught on video—are good proof of that.
The cover of Time's April 1 issue reads "HOW TO CURE CANCER." It's complete bullshit.
This is the USNS Comfort next to a Nimitz-class supercarrier, the biggest war ship in the world. Together with its twin, the USNS Mercy, they are the largest hospital ships on the oceans, the second largest hospital in the US and the fifth largest on the planet.
Taisia Sidorova, a 21-year-old girl from St Petersburg, Russia, smashed her skull and damaged her brain during a horrific car crash. It was so bad that doctors didn't expect Taisia to ever recover. Amazingly, three years later, she's better and has developed a new artistic ability that didn't even exist before.
This is so cool. Hank Torres is paralyzed from the shoulder down but with the use of Swype and a head tracking device he was able to set the Guinness World Record for fastest hands free typing.
NYU professor Gabriella Coleman opened this profoundly profanity laced academic talk with a question: why have internet enthusiasts been drawn to denounce Scientology so vehemently for two decades? Scientology, she explained, has provided a perfect nemesis for geekery.
Jeff Potter plays with his food, and wants to get you to as well. He experiments with equipment, techniques, chemistry, even the psychology and genetics of flavor. Sometimes it's delicious, and sometimes he blows up the kitchen. Sometimes both.
In today's Change.gov YouTube video, President-Elect Obama sounded off on a few tech ideas that have, frankly, been a long time coming. He notes that the States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption, and lays out his plan to bring networking to all public domains.
If you're in NYC this weekend, don't forget to stop by the awesome hacker and media jammer conference HOPE, being held for the last time this year in Hotel Pennsylvania. Hack-a-Day is there, covering a bunch of stuff including the cold boot attack toolkit and Adafruit's latest confection, a SIM card reader for all…
Back in the old days of text files and BBSes — days that hopefully you don't remember, kids — we used to do things like trade warez and pr0n cuz we were 1337 haXOrz man. No really, we were. But the people who were the true hackers of the 1980s and 90s were the people like Emmanuel Goldstein, who ran the underground…