Top photographers explain what modern photography is really about

Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Tyrone Lebon created this neat documentary showing the state of the art of modern photography. The film features some of the world's best contemporary photographers talking about their creative process, inspiration, and ultimately, what modern photography is about. » 10/31/14 11:14pm Yesterday 11:14pm

Video: How removing tattoos with lasers works

Smarter Every Day takes an in-depth look at something super cool: removing tattoos with the help of lasers. The science behind it is fascinating, all the zapping lasers do is basically break down the bigger ink blobs inside your skin and let your body's white blood cells and liver take care of the rest of the removal… » 10/30/14 9:05pm Thursday 9:05pm

The world is now safer and better than ever and here's the evidence

These series of statistical graphics show that, while there's still plenty of war, hunger, sickness, and poverty in the world, things are much better than what they were only a few decades ago—not to talk about centuries ago. We are still far from utopia, but the data is stubborn: We are getting there. Fast. » 10/29/14 11:47pm Wednesday 11:47pm

Pope Francis says evolution and the Big Bang are real

The Head of the Catholic Church has spoken: The Big Bang and evolution are real—God is not "a magician, complete with a magic wand that can do all things," Pope Francis said at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences yesterday. He was surprisingly clear where his immediate predecessors were muddier. » 10/28/14 11:21pm Tuesday 11:21pm

This is how KFC actually makes their fried chicken from beginning to end

We've seen beyond the greasy curtain of fast food and discovered how KFC actually makes fried chicken from the raw animal to the final product that gets put into buckets and double downs at their stores. It's basically like how your grandma would do it—except they use an infernal magic machine called "pressure frier." » 10/28/14 11:14am Tuesday 11:14am

The tallest apartment building in America sways 4 to 5 feet

Living in the tallest apartment building in America—and the northern hemisphere—will feel like living inside the Lincoln Memorial but with bathtubs, awesome views, and a permanent sensation of wanting to vomit: The ultra-thin skyscraper sways four to five feet, as this video filmed from the top shows. » 10/27/14 5:20pm Monday 5:20pm

All the planets in the Solar System fit between the Earth and the Moon

I never thought of this, but you can fit all the planets in the Solar System back to back into the distance from the Earth to the Moon—about 238,900 miles (384,400 kilometers)—with room to spare: 4,990 miles (8,030 kilometers.) Seeing it visualized really give you a good idea of how much empty space is out there. » 10/23/14 10:42pm 10/23/14 10:42pm

Get goosebumps listening to Carl Sagan talk about space exploration

I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't know about The Sagan Series—an ongoing series of educational videos featuring Carl Sagan's voice created by Reid Gower—until today, when I watched The Frontier Is Everywhere. The combination of his words, his voice, and the imagery gave me the chills. Highly recommended. » 10/23/14 10:01pm 10/23/14 10:01pm

Global incident maps tell you how screwed the world is in real time

You are looking at the current disease outbreaks in the United States, as displayed in real time by Global Incidents Map. They have many more: Forest fires, hazardous materials accidents, amber alerts, border security, drug interdictions, gang crime, and now two new ones: Human trafficking and food/medicine incidents. » 10/23/14 9:26pm 10/23/14 9:26pm

How to cut a goose feather into a lovely quill pen

I'm not going to lie, I don't really need to know how to cut and make a quill pen from a goose feather. No one does anymore. But! I was completely fascinated by the process of it. It's funny how he uses both vintage tools (an 1800's era quill cutting knife) with modern technology (a NYC metro card!). » 10/22/14 11:04pm 10/22/14 11:04pm

All of Peyton Manning's record breaking touchdown passes in one chart

Data Looks Dope's Max Einstein just made this visualization that charts every touchdown pass that Peyton Manning, who is now the record holder for TD passes, has thrown in his career. Yep, all 510 of them (so far). It shows the distance of each pass along with the receiver who caught it from 1998 to October 19, 2014. » 10/21/14 12:59am 10/21/14 12:59am

Mystery spy spaceship lands on Earth after record 675 days in orbit

The X-37B—America's spy space drone—has landed safely after a record-setting orbit of 675 days. While this was expected, that doesn't make it any less incredible. The fact that this spacecraft has been in orbit for almost two years and has returned to Earth intact is an amazing technological feat. » 10/17/14 5:34pm 10/17/14 5:34pm

Short film: Why people still hunt animals for food in modern times

Most of us get our food from supermarkets. Some of us try to go organic and natural and cage free and all those other positive buzzwords people use to feel good about themselves but there are very few of us who still hunt for our food. These guys do. And they're not ashamed of it. Here's why. » 10/13/14 9:23pm 10/13/14 9:23pm

Speeches from US presidents have gotten dumber over time

Vocativ analyzed over 600 presidential speeches in US history, measuring syllables and keeping track of word and sentence count to determine the Flesch-Kincaid reading level of each speech. In the beginning, presidential speeches were at the level of a PhD, now it's at the reading comprehension of a 7th grader. » 10/10/14 9:20pm 10/10/14 9:20pm

The most hilarious statistics I've ever seen

As you can see here, the more the US spends on science, space, and technology, the more people kill themselves by hanging, strangulation, and suffocation. Of course, this is just a spurious correlation: Correlation doesn't mean causation. Although Nic Cage films causing people to drown in pools is plausible. » 10/09/14 10:32pm 10/09/14 10:32pm

Making a chair by hand looks like the most rewarding thing you can do

Sure raising a kid or joining the Peace Corp can be rewarding too but before you do that, maybe try something a little more challenging, like making a chair by hand. Chad Parkinson of The Furniture Joint works with wood for a living and this glimpse of him making a chair is absolutely gorgeous. » 10/09/14 9:45pm 10/09/14 9:45pm