I Have a Few Questions About This New "Tinder for Fighting" App [Update]

I’ve never been in a fight. I’ve been on the receiving end of a number of punches, but engaging in physical violence has never been my thing. That’s just one of many reasons I’m puzzled by Rumblr, a matchmaking app for face pounding that launches today. (Update: It’s fake! See details at the bottom of this post.) »11/09/15 11:45am11/09/15 11:45am


Did Our Hands Evolve to Throw Punches? One Biologist Thinks So

The human hand is a marvelous evolutionary invention: it can tie knots, tap out blog posts, wield tools and wire circuit boards. But how did we get these hands, with their long, dextrous fingers and conveniently opposable thumbs? It’s likely that tool-grasping played a role, but according to one evolutionary… »10/22/15 12:30pm10/22/15 12:30pm

Internet Shutdowns and State Violence in Syria Related, Shows Research

EFF has noted and protested when authorities deliberately cut off Internet access in times of unrest. As a restraint on the freedom of expression of those affected, communication blackouts during protests are unconscionable. But recent research by Anita Gohdes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim,… »7/02/15 3:22am7/02/15 3:22am

Watching all the gory Fatalities in Mortal Kombat X destroyed my eyes

Don't watch this video if you get queasy by pixel created blood and hyperrealistic video game gore. Because good lord the Fatalities in Mortal Kombat X are downright disgusting to see. If you remember the game, players are supposed to "finish" a character with a brutal Fatality move after a fight and these news ones… »3/30/15 2:49pm3/30/15 2:49pm

Violence Is Currency: A Pacifist Ex-Con's Guide To Prison Weaponry

The most common weapon inside is simply a can top. Pulled off a tin of beans and folded over, it doesn't even need to be sharpened to leave a jagged scar. A shank, also known as a shiv, is not for cutting but for stabbing. It's called a "gun" in jailhouse vernacular, and the most valuable kind is fashioned out of… »11/06/14 3:36pm11/06/14 3:36pm

A remote-controlled machine gun riot dispersal tool installed on a wall near Bethlehem, just near th

A remote-controlled machine gun riot dispersal tool installed on a wall near Bethlehem, just near the border of Palestine and Jerusalem. Spotted by several Palestinian news outlets, the weapon—which is equipped with cameras and is located very close to a mosque—was reportedly installed by Israeli forces on Sunday. »4/16/14 5:15pm4/16/14 5:15pm

Man pretends to be shot by violent movie posters

There's a lot of violence in movies and TV shows. Guns, blood and murder are welcomed into the family living room by the bleary eyes of desensitized souls. But it's entertaining! But it's also pretty ridiculous how un-shocking it is to see. We can pass violent ads without giving it a second look. This artist wants us… »1/30/14 9:38pm1/30/14 9:38pm