A lot went down this week. Surface Pro reviews came out, but that's not all. We've got a collection of mind-blowing optical illusions, the longest saddest lon-con ever, the weight of Thor's hammer, the harrowing tail of how Monster screwed up its chance with Beats, unfly-able Iranian stealth fighters, the best and worst Super Bowl tech ads, and much more. Check it all out below.

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

There's never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of malls, planes, clubs, and sidewalks everywhere: as mammoth, beloved, and expensive as their namesake. But Dr. Dre didn't just hatch the flashy lineup from his freight train chest: The venture began as an unlikely partnership between a record-industry powerhouse and a boutique audio company best known for making overpriced HDMI cables. More »

Thor's Hammer Weighs as Much as 300 Billion Elephants, Says Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson just took the mystery out of a cosmic legend in comics, and somehow made it even cooler. How much does Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor and forged from a collapsing star, actually weigh? Turns out, stars weigh a lot. More »

Microsoft Should Have Made a Laptop

Whatever you think about Microsoft's Surface Pro, it's impossible to deny its beautiful design, and the quality of the the tech behind it. It's a siren, luring you into an oddly metaphored whirlpool of unsure typing. I've been using it for close to two weeks now, and the entire time I couldn't escape one feeling: Microsoft should have made a laptop. More »

20 Optical Illusions That Might Break Your Mind

Viewer discretion advised! Do not scroll down unless your brain is made of steel and your nerves are Teflon. Some people simply cannot stand optical illusions. For the rest of you: Check out teh awesommmmmmmez. More »

The Perfect Definition of This Goddamn Digital Life

Brazilian illustrator Felipe Luchi made this exquisite illustration for Go Outside Magazine. It's the perfect definition of this digital life. More »

Why Iran's New Home-Grown Stealth Fighter Will Never Get Off the Ground

On Feb. 1, 2013, Iran unveiled its indigenous fighter jet named "Qaher 313″. The prototype of the Q-313 (or F-313 according to the stencils applied to the aircraft), was presented to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and publicly displayed as part of the Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies held in Iran to celebrate the 1979′s victory of the Islamic Revolution. More »

Microsoft Surface Pro Review: Too Much Future?

The Microsoft Surface was the biggest new tech of 2012. Its first iteration-Surface RT, a confusingly named and marketed tablet-with-a-keyboard-bombed. Pretty hard. So why believe in the full-powered Surface Pro? Simple. It's a braver and more divergent take on the laptop-tablet convergence than anyone else has risked so far. More »

Man Spends Three Years of His Life Destroying Company Servers With Cleaning Supplies

In 2009, Edward Sobolewski was passed over for a raise in his job at British market research firm Frost and Sullivan. So he spent the next three years of his life destroying the company's servers using cleaning supplies. That's what you call a long con. A very long, very sad con. More »

Super Bowl Tech Ads: From Worst to Best

The best part of the Super Bowl was the Beyoncé half time show. The second best part of the Super Bowl were the commercials. Here are our favorite tech ads, ranked from worst to best. More »

What Happens When a 900MPH Ping Pong Serve Hits Your Paddle

There's no shortage of plans online for building a simple ping pong cannon that can fire balls at hundreds of miles per hour. But you're probably not going to find the details of Purdue University Professor Mark French's cannon, since his creation can accelerate a ping pong ball to 900 miles per hour, or just over Mach 1.2. More »