Chat with the Woman Who Photographs the World's Oldest Living Things

Artist Rachel Sussman has traveled to all seven continents in her tireless quest to document millennia-old lichen, moss, bacteria, trees, shrubs, and even underground forests. Her book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, gathers 30 of these specimens into one gorgeous volume. » 4/23/14 12:00pm 4/23/14 12:00pm

Meet the Woman Who Photographs the Oldest Living Things In The World

What's the oldest living thing you've ever seen? A 2,200-year-old sequoia in California, perhaps? That's a relatively teenage specimen to the artist Rachel Sussman, who has spent the last ten years looping the globe on a wild adventure to meet and document the world's oldest "continuously living" organisms. » 4/23/14 9:00am 4/23/14 9:00am

This unbelievably ripped 70-year-old man is not a cyborg (I think)

Holy cow. Now this is how you take care of your body. And this is how you live your life. And this is how you maximize your potential. Meet Sam 'Sonny' Bryant Jr. He's a 70-year-old bodybuilder who doesn't look a day over 40 and has a ridiculously ripped body that puts everyone younger than him to shame. His muscles… » 2/12/14 9:25pm 2/12/14 9:25pm

Science Confirms That Old People Really Do Have a Smell

Think back to when you were a child visiting your grandparent's home. Do you recall a distinct scent when you walked through the door? Many people do and it turns out, it's not just in your head. » 11/27/13 8:00am 11/27/13 8:00am

What your favorite rock stars would look like if they were alive today

Rock stars don't age, at least our memories of them don't. Sure, some of them get the harsh lines of life imprinted onto their face and others pass away as a shell of themselves much too early but our memories of rock stars never change. They stay forever young through iconic pictures, through the emotions of their… » 11/18/13 7:22pm 11/18/13 7:22pm

What's The Oldest Tech You Have to Deal With at Work?

When I was getting a haircut a few weeks ago, I found myself in the chair, staring at the register from behind, and I couldn't help but notice how damn old their setup was. The CRT display looked to be 15 years old at least, the keyboard chunky and probably never cleaned, and all this attached by a rats' nest of… » 1/12/13 3:00pm 1/12/13 3:00pm

What Outdated Tech Do You Miss The Most?

Technology is always marching on, and for the most part, that's a good thing. Gadgets get more efficient, more powerful, cheaper, smaller, all around nicer. But for every innovation that you don't know how you ever lived without, there's something—usually something little—that you miss. What old, antiquated gadget… » 12/16/12 4:00pm 12/16/12 4:00pm

Can You Find the Hidden Mothers in These Old Photographs?

Back in the olden days of photography, big box cameras had slow as snails shutters so it was nearly impossible to get kids to sit still for the duration of the long exposure. If they moved, the pictures would be blurry! So what was the old photog solution? Why let's have their mothers hide under blankets and blend… » 1/23/12 2:00pm 1/23/12 2:00pm

Stress During Pregnancy Could Age Your Offspring

Here's yet another reason to pamper those pregnant ladies in your life. A new study from UC Irvine suggests stress during pregnancy may prematurely age the baby's cells. » 8/02/11 11:16pm 8/02/11 11:16pm

An American Flag Full of Tweets

No offense to Betsy Ross, but this is an American flag made for the 21st Century. It's a digital weave created from the avatars of Twitter users who tweet about Independence Day using a July 4th hashtag. » 7/04/11 10:30pm 7/04/11 10:30pm

Old People Line Up To Clean Radiation in Japan

Talk about a sacrifice that will warm your heart. A group of older Japanese folks are asking for permission to clean up the contaminated nuclear power station in Fukushima. » 5/31/11 10:00pm 5/31/11 10:00pm

Computers Are Killing the Beauty of Cursive

"These kids are losing time where they create beauty every day," Professor Christen said. "But it's hard for me to make a practical argument for it. I'm not one who's mourning it because of that; I'm mourning the beauty, the aesthetics." » 4/28/11 1:47am 4/28/11 1:47am

Early Remote Controls Had More to Worry About Than Just Changing…

You would think the first remote controls would be dead simple to use. What the heck could they do, right? Change three channels? Turns out that a remote from 1961 had much more to worry about then just flipping channels. » 4/21/11 10:00pm 4/21/11 10:00pm

I Forgot How Portable the Game Keeper Made the Game Boy

Do you remember the Game Keeper? I definitely do. It was a godsend! This vintage ad shows how "keeping the Game Boy portable was tough...until now." But wait a minute, what the hell, was it always that bulky? » 3/28/11 7:20pm 3/28/11 7:20pm

The Original Waffle Maker That Started Nike

Nike! I love their shoes, dig their commercials and can't imagine a world where they're not the best athletic gear company around. But it wasn't always like this. They were once the underdog, searching to push the envelope and hoping to find a way to innovate shoes. Nike found their inspiration in the unlikeliest of… » 3/01/11 6:00pm 3/01/11 6:00pm

The Original Monopoly Board Was a Circle

Filed in things I never knew: early Monopoly boards were circular! Filed in things I should have known: Monopoly street names all hail from Atlantic City. » 2/26/11 12:00pm 2/26/11 12:00pm

Back in the Day, Everything Was Sold in Vending Machines

The other day I stumbled upon one of those futuristic vending machines that sell ridiculous items that I'd never buy from a vending machine. There was no way in hell I was dropping 200 bucks in that machine just to see an iPod get stuck. Ah, vending machines, when did they get so complicated? » 2/17/11 10:40pm 2/17/11 10:40pm

What the Heck Was a Comptometer?

This 1942 ad for a comptometer is just perfect because first of all, I had no idea what a comptometer was (a mechanical calculator, basically) and second, the spec sheet is wonderful: no glare dials, elimination of non-essential zeroes, and a "Keystroke Censor." » 2/12/11 11:00am 2/12/11 11:00am

Watch a Young Steve Jobs Get Nervous About Being on TV

This is a clip of a young Steve Jobs appearing on a local TV show, it's probably one of the first times he appeared on TV and it's just awesome. But I can't figure out what I like most about the video. Is it the lovely 70's facial hair? The shock on his face and all around newbness about being on TV? Or maybe his… » 2/09/11 11:20am 2/09/11 11:20am

12 Monumental Gadget Firsts

These clunky "firsts" will leave you hungry for a game of Duck Hunt and your favorite cassette. Or possibly send you scrambling to hug your sleek iPhone while giving thanks for the goodness that is modern technology. » 10/22/10 12:00pm 10/22/10 12:00pm