Watch NASA's Full TV Broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Right Here

Exactly 45 years ago today, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon. And right now, NASA is replaying the full TV broadcast from that fateful day in real-time. Watch it below—it's just as exhilarating today as it must have been 45 years ago. » 7/21/14 12:01am Monday 12:01am

If Humans Shed So Much Dead Skin, How Are Tattoos Permanent?

Your body is constantly throwing off dead skin cells—a million every day. So how come tattoos don't fall off with them? It turns out, your body's immune system tries to get rid of the ink under your skin, but in the process, it makes those marks permanent, as this video from TED-Ed explains. » 7/12/14 7:07pm 7/12/14 7:07pm

The Surprising Science in a Single Drop of Regular Ol' Tap Water

Tap water: we drink it, we bathe in it, we wash our clothes and dishes with it, and we cook with it. We probably take it for granted. But delivering clean, safe water to every kitchen and bathroom in America is no easy task, as Wired explains in this eye-opening little explanation into the secret life of tap water. » 7/12/14 9:00am 7/12/14 9:00am

Celebrate Seinfeld's 25th With The Story Behind the Show About Nothing

While we were busy celebrating America's birthday, another anniversary snuck by us: on July 5th, Seinfeld turned 25 years old. And despite being old enough to drink, smoke, and drive a rental car, the show is still a nearly-universal cultural reference. The one-hour documentary Seinfeld: How it Began is required… » 7/06/14 8:00pm 7/06/14 8:00pm

The Deliciously Complex Science That Makes Barbecue So Tasty

Here in the U.S., it's the last day of a three-day weekend that's synonymous with barbecue. Anyone can try his or her hand at barbecuing; hell, all you need is meat, a grill, and some open sky to sully with fragrant food-smoke. But there's some mouth-wateringly complex science involved in that process, as the folks at » 7/06/14 3:00pm 7/06/14 3:00pm

Doodles and an iPhone Turn Adam Savage's Lab Into an Animated Playground

Ingenious animator Marty Cooper has turned the entire world into his plaything using little more than animation cels, an iPhone, and his own cute, imagined critters. Now, Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame has invited him into his workshop so you can see just how Cooper makes his animated magic come to life. » 7/03/14 10:04am 7/03/14 10:04am

The Aloof Blackjack Player Who Created Our Digital World

Every digital device you use operates on a string of ones and zeroes, the binary "yes/no" decision at the foundation of modern computing. It's a concept so fundamental to our modern day that we rarely stop to wonder where it came from. But it's all the work of one man: Claude Shannon, whose fascinating story you've… » 6/28/14 8:00pm 6/28/14 8:00pm

What it Takes to Shoot Jaw-Dropping Photos Inside Giant Caves

Photographer Chris Higgins has been fascinated by caves ever since he was a kid. When he found that words weren't enough to describe the beauty of what he saw in the caves he explored, he began photographing them. Now, he shoots heart-stopping underground images, and the guys from JOBY followed along to see how much… » 6/28/14 6:00pm 6/28/14 6:00pm

Today, France Is Still Cleaning Up Hundred-Year-Old Bombs From WWI

A century ago today, the first shots of WWI were fired. It was the first modern conflict, fought with fatally efficient technology. Even today, crews must safely destroy bombs left untouched for a century. Erik Olsen traveled with one of those crews for The New York Times, bringing us a video glimpse at the delicate… » 6/28/14 3:00pm 6/28/14 3:00pm

Watch How OK Go Made Their Latest One-Take Optical Illusion Video

Last week, we showed you OK Go's new video, "The Writing's On the Wall," the latest in the band's series of impeccably orchestrated one-take videos chock full of optical illusions and visual tricks. Here's the behind-the-scenes look at how they did it. Short answer: it was frantically precise. » 6/25/14 11:20am 6/25/14 11:20am

The Clever Reason Flag Emoji Count as Two Characters in Twitter

With World Cup fever in full swing, people have finally found a use for the flags tucked in the far corners of emoji keyboards. But patriotic tweeters can only fit at most 70 little flag icons in a 140-character tweet. What gives? Turns out, each flag emoji counts as two characters—and there's a clever reason why, as… » 6/24/14 10:10am 6/24/14 10:10am

Take a Wingtip Ride Aboard Russia's Baddest Supersonic Jet

When foreign military aircraft stray too close to a nation's borders, they're often swiftly met by the local air force's fleet of interceptor aircraft—fast-moving dogfighters built to meet, greet, and then blow invading planes out of the sky. While the US relies on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-22 Raptor to defend… » 6/23/14 5:40pm 6/23/14 5:40pm