Chat About The Latest Nikola Tesla Biography With The Author

Welcome to the Paleofuture Book Club, where we discuss the coolest books about retro-futures and the history of technology! Today we're talking about Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson. The book is, of course, about the late inventor Nikola Tesla and we have the author joining us to take your… » 4/23/14 2:01pm 4/23/14 2:01pm

Ask the Mad Scientist Who Dreamed Up Viagra Ice Cream Anything

Earlier this week, we gave you a brief glimpse into the wildly inventive mind of Charlie Francis—the man behind everyone's favorite erection-inducing ice cream. Today, Charlie has been kind enough to stop in to answer all your burning questions about the world of an ice cream-concocting visionary. » 4/22/14 10:50am 4/22/14 10:50am

Q&A with an Astrophysicist from Stanford's Particle Accelerator

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of those places that makes magic. Originally named the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, this facility is where many modern discoveries about how matter works were made. Six researchers have earned Nobel prizes for their work at SLAC. It's also where the first website… » 3/04/14 1:30pm 3/04/14 1:30pm

The 5 Best Answers From a Fascinating Q&A With an Ex-TSA Agent

Over on Slashdot yesterday, ex-TSA agent and controversial blogger extraordinaire Jason Harrington answered users' questions about the life of a TSA agent. And as one of the TSA's most outspoken critics, Harrington isn't one for tiptoeing around sensitive issues—which, much to TSA's dismay, makes for wonderfully… » 3/01/14 1:00pm 3/01/14 1:00pm

Ask The Guy Who Built a 207 MPG Car in His Barn Anything You Want

Last week, we showed you the Illuminati Motor Works Seven, a home-built electric car and Automotive X Prize competitor that gets an utterly astounding 207 MPGe. Today, we're hosting a live Q&A with Kevin Smith, who built the car, and journalist Jason Fagone, whose book Ingenious tells the engrossing story of the X… » 1/27/14 3:50pm 1/27/14 3:50pm

How Sennheiser Designs Serious Headphones For a Smartphone Generation

For decades, German audio company Sennheiser has made some of the best headphones you can buy, regardless of whether you're trying to keep it thrifty or splurge. In recent years, though, the legacy brand has had to adapt its technology to an era when how consumers listen to music has radically changed. » 1/15/14 3:20pm 1/15/14 3:20pm

YouTube's Copyright Crackdown: Everything You Need To Know

We're in the second week of a YouTube copyright enforcement crackdown whose most visible effects have been on the video gaming community. Each day turns up a new example of a video getting thrown in YouTube jail on a ridiculous technicality. The situation seems to defy common sense, but we'll try to explain it in… » 12/19/13 1:11pm 12/19/13 1:11pm

Q&A With the Chicago Tribune Editors Who Put a Cat on Their Homepage

Earlier today, visitors to the Chicago Tribune's homepage were greeted not with traditional lead story or splash image. Instead, there was an adorable kitty, a placeholder headline, and the word test over and over again. While it was a welcome break from the the usual gloom and doom, it was also very clearly a… » 7/30/13 7:15pm 7/30/13 7:15pm

Ask a New York City Movie Location Scout Anything You Want

Did you know there's an abandoned swimming pool in the basement of the Woolworth Building? Did you know there's an abandoned Cold War-era missile silo buried under a log cabin in the Adirondacks? Do you have any idea what happened with the filming location of Ghostbusters or Annie Hall? Nope! But Nick Carr, the… » 6/20/13 9:43am 6/20/13 9:43am

Is Quora Actually Smart?

Quora bills itself as nothing less than "your best source of knowledge"—not your dad, not your librarian, not Wikipedia. The company, spawned by two righteous Facebook alumni (one since ousted), has raised tens of millions from investors who think it can back this claim up. But a little poking around shows Quora's got… » 5/29/13 4:58pm 5/29/13 4:58pm

Starbucks Typewriter Guy Is Here to Answer All Your Burning Questions

As you may remember, yesterday, we put up a post poking fun at this then-stranger who'd been photographed using a typewriter in Starbucks by one of his fellow students. Cries of rage soon followed from both sympathizers and opponents alike. This man's typewriter and our mocking tone struck a chord. For some of you, a… » 3/13/13 3:03pm 3/13/13 3:03pm