Let’s play a game. Can you find the orange tabby cat that’s supposedly taking a nap on this pile of wood without going crazy? I say supposedly because for a good few minutes as I was looking for the cute little guy, I swore that the cat didn’t exist or that the cat has transformed into a block of wood or that the cat…
There’s over 7 billion people on this planet of ours and some estimates peg the population to reach 10 billion by the end of the century. Given that there’s only a certain amount of land on Earth, is there a maximum amount of humans that our blue marble can support? Sort of! And that limit is tied to our diet and the…
Daredevil’s second season is finally out, and at this point, a lot of people have powered through 13 hours of vigilante television (This includes us). But the sophomore season throws out a lot more questions than it really answers. Here’s just a few of the puzzles racking our brains—and what they might mean for the…
Yahoo is considering selling off its core internet business, which includes Flickr, Tumblr, and of course, Yahoo.com. It’s not surprising that the company’s board is looking for an escape hatch: Yahoo is hurting, and the footfalls of this stumbling tech titan have been echoing for awhile now.
Today a kid in college told me he was debating whether to major in CS or not. How would you settle that debate?
Brace yourselves. For the tenth anniversary of the Twilight books (everything is so old), Stephenie Meyer has decided to rewrite her own story by genderswapping her protagonists. So go ahead and pick up Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. Or don’t.
Science is built upon questions, ranging from the deceptively mundane to the mind-bendingly complex. Today we want to know about the question that is most intriguing to you.
How is this floating pillow supporting the weight of this brick? Magic? Some sort of invisible string? Maybe it's an illusion to make it look like the pillow is floating and spinning but it really isn't? CGI!? Nope.
Science is filled with unanswered questions. What's the first scientific question you ever remember asking?
There's a train speeding down the tracks towards five innocent people who will never get away in time. You can save them by pulling a switch, but it'll kill another person on a different track. It's a thought experiment people have debated for ages, but it's about to become a real dilemma when we program robots to…
Part of the appeal of science is finding the answers to some of our most long-standing questions, but just as motivating are the questions it hasn't yet answered. Today we want to know what is the most fascinating unanswered question in science.
2013, you brought us so much that was good, so much that was bad, and so much that we're still trying to figure out (picket-fence building spiders? Why, 2013? Just, why?). With only two days left to go, we want to know what your highlight of the year was.
It's one of those impossibly stupid questions because it takes someone impossibly smart to give an answer to someone just as impossibly smart to understand but hey, if you're into massaging your brain a little bit tonight and have run out of all questions for the day, ask yourself this: just how big is the ocean? All…
Good news, everyone! On July 11, Dutton will be releasing my new book, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality. But do you need to wait that long? Maybe not!
Two things about today practically guaranteed a bad day for me: it was raining and my nails were long. Why are these two things a harbinger of annoyance? Because I hate the little everyday 'technology' that's involved in solving their problems. Boo hoo me, right?
It's really embarrassing how many sleepless nights I've had due to my brain synapsing and wondering whether the chicken or the egg came first. I flip, I flop, I twist, I turn—it's definitely a good brain exercise. But after watching ASAP Science definitively answer the question of which came first—the chicken or the…
Google's working on building a new kind of mobile search tool, one which pre-guesses what you're likely to be looking for and pings you a little update before you ask. Sort of like a clairvoyant butler arriving with a bacon sandwich when you need it most.
It's 2011 and none of us have to go to college, or even high school, or really pass beyond a 5th grade reading level, because Google is a terrific brain-crutch. But how well can you crutch along the knowledge trail?
You've had a few hours now to think it over, so let's hear it: did you pay for a New York Times digital subscription? Or are you going over, up, and around the paywall by any means necessary? Citizens of the internet, stand and be counted!
The 11.6-inch MacBook Air: One well-traveled, veteran author labels it the "perfect writer's machine." As a 13-inch owner myself, I'm inclined to agree, somewhat, with one pretty substantial caveat: Let's add "established" or something similar before "writer," shall we?