How far would you go to correct your pet peeve? Would you create a computer program just to find it? Would you build a weekly, scheduled habit around curating those results? Would you, ultimately, manually edit tens of thousands of Wikipedia articles to obliterate that pet peeve from the face of the internet? One man…
John Young is the astronaut with the longest career, the first to orbit the moon solo, and one of only three astronauts to explore the lunar surface twice.
While astronauts are by definition cool, Alan Shepard holds a special place in my heart for his unique style. He was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, and the only one from the group to make it to the moon. ...where he played golf, because he's awesome.
Tonight is the annual worldwide party celebrating humanity's past, present, and future in space. Commemorating the first crewed spaceflight in 1961, and the inaugural launch of the Space Shuttle in 1981, Yuri's Night is a time for education, outreach, and flat-out partying.
Once upon a time, Valentina Tereshkova was a textile factor worker who made a hobby of jumping off of stuff with parachutes. On June 16, 1963, she was the first woman to make it into space, piloting Vostok 6 through 48 orbits in 70.8 hours. Today is her birthday.
Centuries ago, scientists relied on paintings and illustrations of animals to learn more about their anatomy. Today, that biology-art bond is as strong as ever. This is Carly Tribull, a PhD student studying the evolution of parasitic wasps, who uses her scientific knowledge and artistic talent to create fun…
Throughout the tropical forests of the world, there's a parasitic fungus that turns unwitting ants into "zombies." Just how the fungus is able to control the brains of its insect slaves is unknown, but Charissa de Bekker, a post-doctoral researcher at Penn State University, is determined to find out. We caught up with…
In a world packed with computers and surveillance technology, it seems impossible to go off the grid. But here are the stories of people who have done it, all across the world.
You've only got a few weeks with the most recent Facebook design changes before Zuck shoves a Timeline down your throats. To make the most of it, here's a quick guide to what all those new features are really for.
Paranormal investigator and cryptozoologist Joe Nickell has spent 40 years doing fieldwork and research, digging for the truth behind bizarre phenomena like weeping statues and haunted houses. He invited us to his office to talk about the connections between Bigfoot and alien mythology, life as the token skeptic on…
Call it the Google+ effect. After July 31st, Google is going to delete all private profiles. There's no way to opt-out. If you want to keep your profile, you have to make at least your name and gender public.
How would World War II have gone if the idea for the atom bomb had come five years earlier? It sounds like alternate history, but almost happened, thanks to Ida Noddack - the German chemist who first described nuclear fission.
This week, Albert Pyun's classic movie Cyborg is getting reissued, in a fancy director's cut. And people are finally seeing the bloody, demented film Pyun set out to make. Is it finally time for some Pyun appreciation?
If you've been on the internet in the last 365 days, chances are you've run into Axe Cop, the surrealist action webcomic drawn by 30-year-old Ethan Nicolle and written by his 6-year-old brother Malachi.
The most famous philosopher of the Victorian age, Herbert Spencer, coined the term "survival of the fittest", tried to apply the concepts of evolution to human society, and was described by Charles Darwin himself as "twenty times my superior." He was also a shameless hypochondriac, a sadistic prankster, and liked to…
One of the unsung villains of Tron: Legacy is bad guy Clu's lackey Jarvis (played by True Blood's James Frain). In our exclusive interview, we go behind the glass visor and explore minion life, complete with murder and housework.
Maid Cafes are a tradition in Tokyo's otaku-centric Akihabara neighborhood. People say they're a romantic version of strip clubs: Instead of lapdances, you buy innocent displays of affection. How does it feel to pay for puppy love? I found out.
Many of our greatest crime-fighting techniques have their roots in the theories of scientist Carleton Simon, who invented the retinal scanner. But he also had some ludicrious theories about the brains of criminals, as Neurophilosophy's Mo Costandi explains.
Canadian geek artist Steve Mann has augmented his vision with wearable computers for most of his life. He invented his "smart pants" in high school, perfected his body tech rig at MIT, and now has one eye that's a camera.