The works of J.R.R. Tolkien have given us a lush, vast fantasy realm in Middle-Earth, one that’s extraordinarily archived and detailed in his many writings. But a new book wants to go even further on one particularly famous aspect: Tolkien’s use of botany to tell us about the flora of Middle-Earth... and how its…
Eugenics is the now-defunct (and creepy!) practice of breeding supposedly superior humans to achieve genetic improvements while sterilizing undesirables. Sound familiar? It's the exact same thing we now do to dogs and it's responsible for a range of health and behavioral issues in them. — Ed.
Between 2003 and 2004 Blackwater security expert Frank Gallagher managed the impossible — keeping Paul Bremer, the de facto head of state for newly invaded Iraq alive through a violent insurgency. At times, it was a close-run thing. This was one of those times. — Ed.
Oh holy hell—Emily Carroll's horror comic collection Through The Woods is so freaking spooky. We absolutely inhaled this book when we got it in our hands. Each little horror comic is so creepy and absolutely gorgeous. It's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark kinds of fun. And we have an exclusive scary story excerpt…
Our species owes a lot to caves. The natural rock formations have been homes, religious sites, art galleries, and graveyards for humanity's earliest ancestors.The July issue of National Geographic magazine delves into some of the planet's most expansive cave systems, located in the wilds of China.
While the singularity may still be a ways off, mankind has long marveled at analogies between the inner workings of the human body and the industrial processes of the modern world. The most famous of these design-minded biologists, German doctor, illustrator, and author Fritz Kahn, not only revealed startling…
The P-51 Mustang is one of the most iconic aircraft in aviation history. These long-range, single-seater fighter-bombers served throughout the Second World War as well as during in Korea before being relegated to scrap yards. But many have survived, some in the most unlikely of places. You'll never guess what quiet…
My dad is 89. He's had an amazing life and he just published his memoirs. This is an excerpt taken from his experiences at Anzio in 1944, as a World War II 21-year-old soldier.
Popular culture has been misrepresenting clones since the term was applied to Homo sapiens. If you want to make the most of the biotech revolution, you're going to have to unlearn the most egregious of culture's misapprehensions.
We've got an exclusive look at the first 20 pages of Zombieland and Deadpool co-writer Rhett Reese's horror novel Anxiety. Flop sweat shut-ins, meet your new hero.
Duck confit tastes entirely different from duck cooked almost any other way. Cooking it is all about converting tough collagen proteins—pound for pound tougher than steel—into gelatin.
My good friend Brian Ashcraft at Kotaku wrote another book! It's called Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential, and this time, he explores and explains how Japanese schoolgirls have changed and shifted Japanese society. Among the most important things they've influenced? Cellphones.
He's the world's greatest living product designer. And forty years ago, he changed the look and feel of consumer electronics forever.
Most companies aren't interested in creating maker-friendly products, but sometimes, apparently by accident, a product comes off the assembly line that way. The Rancilio Silvia is just such a machine.
Justin Halpern was a writer trying to eke out a living in Los Angeles when he started quoting his father on Twitter. That stream, "@shitmydadsays," was so hilarious that many people thought it was a hoax. Turns out Justin's dad is real—and now there's a book of essays showing just how awesome the shit Justin's dad…