When Brendan Farrell was shopping for a house in Los Angeles, he noticed how real estate sites readily listed a property’s walkability and nearby schools. But the presence of noise—one of the most important quality-of-life factors—remained elusive, and invisible. Farrell realized he could use his skills as an applied…
People choose where to live based on all sorts of data: Price, public transit, proximity to pizza chains. But noise is tougher to measure. And since sound is pretty much invisible, you might not know about the nightly clanking from the local concrete recycling plant until you’re all moved in. A new mapping app can…
I still remember Joel's plea to forgive George Lucas for his many sins. He had a point. Kind of. A little. Ish. Had. Whatever mercy I had left for this man—a man who I greatly respected and admired as a creator—has completely disappeared after watching the trailer for Star Wars' Detours, a comedy.
Is this an image of some horrible irradiated wasteland? Maybe this is what happens when Lindsay Lohan wades into the ocean at night? No, it's actually a celebration, not cause for a full-body acid wash.
It sounds shadier than it is, but the facts are these: The nation of Israel has finally secured the @israel Twitter account from a Spanish citizen living in Miami, a man who also happens to own a porn site.
Because we're apparently running out of things to invent, a man named Perry Watkins has concocted a Queen Anne dining table that reached top speeds of 130mph in a recent track test. No word on how the soufflé fared.
This is a real thing: fire combines with strong dry winds to create a fire tornado. One happened just yesterday in Aracatuba, Brazil. Here's the footage, taken by someone much braver/crazier than I'll ever be.
Patents! They are often completely fucking insane. But here's my question about this one, "Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force:" it'd work on helping me poop, too, right?
Normally, we don't take much notice of low-level Samsung messaging phones, but when they call it the :), it's tough to ignore. Yes, Samsung has named one of their phones an emoticon. They hear the kids just love 'em!
With the imminent release Rock Band 3, keytars have been on my mind a lot lately. Then again, when are they not? Anyway, here's the world's all-time greatest keytar-platypus Venn diagram to get you through the weekend.
This is the Cellular Guard System, which is to say it's a necklace that you hook your cellphone up to so if you drop it while stirring a big bowl of sauce, it won't fall in. Oh...my. [Cellular Guard System]
Russian regional president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov claims he was abducted by aliens. Now, a Russian MP has asked President Dmitry Medvedev to investigate his claims to make sure he didn't give any state secrets to the space visitors.
Is flatulence ruining your love life? My friends, look no further than the Better Marriage Blanket, a fart-absorbing wünderspread that means you'll never again have to blame it on the dog. This is a real thing!
This 21-foot-tall baby was created by the special effects mavens behind Alien vs. Predator. It was built to represent the cities of future generations, or something. But really, it's just unsettling. [io9]