Making Nikola Tesla a Saint Makes Us All Dumber

Mike Rugnetta over at the PBS Idea Channel has an interesting video about how popular history is made. Specifically, our popular understanding of the late inventor (and internet folk hero) Nikola Tesla. He argues that there are essentially two Teslas: The historical Tesla who did things like promote eugenics, and had… » 9/13/13 2:24pm 9/13/13 2:24pm

Is Discovering Global Warming Our Greatest Scientific Achievement?

There are some very smart people on this planet we call Earth and they've all done some very smart things to help us understand the world better. Isaac Newton. Charles Darwin. Albert Einstein. No name scientists. Commenters of the Internet. We have them to thank. But of all the discoveries and accomplishments, is… » 7/03/13 9:00pm 7/03/13 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 a … » 2/07/13 9:00pm 2/07/13 9:00pm