11 Satellite Views of Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

Overhead satellite views are nothing special in this age of Google maps—but then, there's Daily Overview. From brick-making kilns to Nepal to Danish suburbs, the site's one image a day is consistently beautiful, weird, and illuminating of a larger story of how the Earth came to look this way. Here are some of Daily… » 5/21/14 9:07am 5/21/14 9:07am

How LIVR Fooled the World (And Why the World Probably Deserved It)

One of the hottest new apps set to debut this week at SXSW, that annual intermingling of tenuous ideas and easy money, was LIVR, a social network exclusively for drunk people. Media and investors alike lined up to laud it. The only problem? As we first reported yesterday, LIVR was an elaborate hoax. Now it's time to… » 3/08/14 4:25pm 3/08/14 4:25pm

Design Directives: Remaking Robocop's Interface for the 21st Century

The Robocop remake doesn't just reinvent his outer shell with a sleek new shape — it also changes how the cyborg police officer sees the rest of the world. We spoke to lead designer Mert Kizilay from the L.A. design studio yU+Co about creating a new user interface for Robocop. » 2/23/14 5:36pm 2/23/14 5:36pm

The Glamour of Futurism: An Interview with Author Virginia Postrel

Futurism and glamour are inextricably linked in American history. The sleek techno-utopian futures of yesteryear—the ones filled with flying cars, jetpacks, and automatic highways—couldn't exist without the support of this concept that's equal parts intrigue and attraction. » 11/06/13 12:42pm 11/06/13 12:42pm

All the Ways Hollywood Tried to Ruin Gravity

Gravity took nearly four (and a half) years to make. That means for four years, Alfonso Cuarón had to deflect a lot of not-so-great ideas from the studio that had invested millions into his risky endeavor. Thanks to our exclusive interview with the director, we now know what some of those crappy ideas were. » 10/07/13 5:13pm 10/07/13 5:13pm

How Jeff Bezos Made Amazon Everyone's Everything All of the Time

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is probably the defining salesman of our time. But in a sit-down with a small group of journalists yesterday that was ostensibly about new Kindle hardware, it became more clear than ever that his company's success has come not from any individual product line, but from one impossibly ambitious… » 9/25/13 12:01pm 9/25/13 12:01pm

RIP Sci-Fi Author Frederik Pohl: His 1987 Predictions for 2012

Science fiction author Frederik Pohl passed away yesterday at the age of 93. In the 1960s, Pohl was the editor of Galaxy and If magazines and won numerous awards for his fiction over the years. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1998. I didn't know Pohl personally but I had the honor of… » 9/03/13 9:52am 9/03/13 9:52am

Flying High: Jetman Talks Flight, Fear, and What's Next

Yves "Jetman" Rossy's exploits have been well-documented over the years. He's crossed the English Channel, the Grand Canyon, and flown alongside a B-17 bomber with a jet-powered wing strapped to his back and nothing else. He's crazy in the best way possible. We caught up with Yves yesterday to chat about what's coming… » 8/07/13 3:01pm 8/07/13 3:01pm