The Evolution of the Meter

Though you've likely never given it much thought, a universally accepted unit of measurement like the humble meter is an amazing thing. It lets scientists separated by culture, language, race and even thousands of miles of geography work together on equations and problems like they were sitting next to each other. So… » 1/30/14 6:30am 1/30/14 6:30am

The Converted for iOS: A Conversion App That Gives You Context

While this generally goes unsaid, the internet has become a huge crutch—but more than that, we're pretty much blind without it. What do you do when you need to convert meters to feet? Hit a few buttons on your keyboard and bam, Google tells you all you need to know. But the thing is, you're not really gaining anything… » 8/28/13 6:00pm 8/28/13 6:00pm

Sean Parker's Wedding Guests Required to Measure Thighs, Necks, Wrists

Sean Parker's wedding is the gift that keeps on giving. For those that were enraptured by the 364 beautiful costumes that were designed by the actual costume designer from Lord of the Rings and how they looked on the bodies of beautiful people like Olivia Munn and Lars Ulrich, take comfort in the fact that it was a… » 8/02/13 12:39pm 8/02/13 12:39pm

How Much Caffeine Are You Actually Getting in That Cup of Coffee?

Confession: I don't drink coffee. I know next to nothing about what makes a good cup of brown flavored water other than it involving sniper precision measurements, calculus-level math, tools that are fit for a serial killer, forearms that would make Popeye jealous and a full beard. What I DO know is that more is… » 8/02/13 1:00am 8/02/13 1:00am

The White House Says You Can Use the Metric System If You Want To

When we saw a 'We the People' petition to the White House to make the US move to the metric system, we listed very sensible reasons why the US should listen: The imperial system is archaic, irrelevant, doesn't scale easily and to be honest, there are just too many damn units to keep track of. Well, the White House… » 5/24/13 11:14pm 5/24/13 11:14pm

The World's Most Technologically Advanced Surfboard

This surfboard, developed by Pukas and Tecnalia, isn't just beautifully designed. It's also jam-packed with gadgetry. By stowing a gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS, compass, and more on board, it lets surfers measure everything from how fast they took the last wave to how vertical they got. Or in my case, just how hard… » 2/23/11 9:00pm 2/23/11 9:00pm