Generation Like: The Kids Sell Out (But Don't Know What That Means)

The most shocking part of "Generation Like," PBS's new Frontline documentary about youth media culture, occurs when a bunch of teenagers confess they don't know what the term "sell-out" means. This term, so vital to the identities of at least three generations that had come before them, didn't register as something… » 2/18/14 5:42pm 2/18/14 5:42pm

No, Children of 1990, Computers Are Not the Devil

Computers may be ubiquitous now but in 1990 they were just beginning to enter the mainstream. And like any revolutionary technology, the desktop computer was viewed with more than a little skepticism by the average American. Luckily, David Neil of PBS's Newton's Apple was there to explain to a group of dubious high… » 6/27/13 1:40pm 6/27/13 1:40pm

Wait a Minute, Does Math Actually Exist?

If you're studying for the algebra test tomorrow or thinking about how little you use math now after you failed it a million times in high school, here's something to melt your brain with just a tad: math might not actually exist. It's not an actual thing of the universe, it's just something humans invented. Or is it… » 6/05/13 9:30pm 6/05/13 9:30pm

How Tech Made the Boston Bombing Manhunt Possible

The chaos of the Boston Marathon bombing is behind us now, but the mechanics of the high-tech manhunt it inspired are no less awe-inspiring than they were the day they happened. PBS's fantastic NOVA series took a deep dive into the technology that went into tracking down the suspects, and it's now available to watch… » 6/01/13 9:00pm 6/01/13 9:00pm

How Great Data Graphics Tap Into Your Caveman Brain

Your brain isn't designed to digest a big matrix of numbers and then just burp out knowledge. It is designed to spot and recognize patterns, and it's been trained to do that over thousands of years. A good data visualization communicates ideas instantly, but designing one can be a complex task—it's more than just… » 5/09/13 4:40pm 5/09/13 4:40pm

Yes! PBS Superheroes Will Save the World from Crappy Reality TV

Imagine if PBS created its own Avengers by teaming up superheroes from our childhood. I'm not talking about Iron Man or Thor but Carl Sagan, Mister Rogers and Bill Nye. Real superheroes. This fantastic short imagines the trio teaming up with Bob Ross to form the PBS Avengers who want to save us from brain shrinking… » 5/01/13 9:05pm 5/01/13 9:05pm

What the Future of Wearable Technology Will Look Like

It's going to look silly! But more seriously, it seems like we're all going to have to accept that wearing technology is going to be the real future and not just the imagined future of science fiction movies. We won't know we're in the future until we're wearing technology like Google Glass or Apple's supposed… » 4/25/13 7:15pm 4/25/13 7:15pm

Meteor Strike: The Complete Story of Russia's Cosmic Fireball

Thanks to the crazy prevalence of dash-cams in Russia, we got an amazing, multi-viewpoint look at last month's monster meteor strike just hours after it happened. But there's more to see than just the flashes in the sky. PBS's Nova dug in deep to figure out the details of the incident, and the disaster it could have… » 3/30/13 9:00pm 3/30/13 9:00pm

Is Listening to MP3s and Vinyls Better Than Listening to Live Music?

Here's something that should have an obvious answer for most people (some crusty folks like me who avoid large crowds and loud sounds would beg to differ), is listening to MP3s and vinyls better than listening to live music? LIVE MUSIC DUH! If you don't listen to live music, you don't love music. If you don't go see… » 2/07/13 9:00pm 2/07/13 9:00pm