Consider a Spherical Cow

The Spherical Cow is a physics classic, invoked in every introductory course as a way of simplifying an intractable problem down to something you can actually solve. Now that concept is running, but mostly rolling, through the plains of Africa in this delightful animation. » 4/19/14 11:03am 19 minutes ago

Researchers Clone Stem Cells From Human Adults

Scientists from South Korea have devised a technique for cloning adult stem cells that doesn't involve the destruction of human embryos. The resulting stem cells, which are highly personalized, could be used to treat illnesses such as heart disease and blindness — but the technique could also be used to clone adults. » 4/18/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

What's Your Favorite David Attenborough Moment?

The BBC will celebrate the life and work of Sir David Attenborough all next week, with its creatively titled #AttenboroughWeek. To help kick things off, the folks at EarthUnplugged asked a bunch of YouTubers to share and discuss their favorite Attenborough moments. » 4/18/14 5:06pm Yesterday 5:06pm

Karen Russell's Imaginary Nonprofit Saves The World But Costs Your Soul

There's been a wave of fiction about an insomnia epidemic, as if some collective anxiety is bubbling up. Most recently, Kenneth Calhoun's Black Moon freaked us out. But Karen Russell's new novella "Sleep Donation" is still something pretty unique: a look at people in the nonprofit sector, struggling with insoluble… » 4/18/14 4:37pm Yesterday 4:37pm

Hidden in This Beautiful Jewelry Is a Secret Drug-Science Reference

Much as we love the present trend of sticking drug-molecules on everything from coffee mugs to t-shirts, we crave something new. Fortunately, science-themed artist Delftia has a novel take on subtle drug jewelry: pendants that replicate spider webs spun under the influence of psychoactive drugs. » 4/18/14 3:19pm Yesterday 3:19pm

The Zeppelin Train, The Aerotrain And Other Classic Streamlined Trains

Long before there were bullet trains and high-speed light rail systems, people experimented with creating super-streamlined trains that could whisk people across the country in Googie splendor. In some alternate universe, these streamlined trains of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are still in service. » 4/18/14 2:34pm Yesterday 2:34pm

We Need to Take a Deep Breath and Calm the Fuck Down About Spoilers

Few (highly manageable) frustrations are more vexing than having an episode of your favorite TV show spoiled before you can watch it. You learn a pivotal plot point before you're ready and suddenly you're experiencing all the Kübler-Ross stages of grief. It's an ugly situation. Unfortunately, it's also an inevitable… » 4/18/14 5:26pm Yesterday 5:26pm

The U.S. Army Is Using a Chatbot to Recruit New Soldiers

He hasn't served in any military campaigns. He's never won a medal. Heck, he's not even alive. But to millions of people, Sgt. Star, the Army's recruitment chatbot, is one of the most recognizable soldiers in America. And he's gathering a lot of personal data. » 4/18/14 2:20pm Yesterday 2:20pm

Aspiring Artists and Sculptors: Win a Trip to NYC by Playing with Food

What would you make if you had unlimited access to Pringles® potato crisps and cans? A working pedicab? A life-sized replica of a certain Canadian mayor? This isn't a test: we really want to know. And if you tell us, there's a chance you can win a trip to NYC to attend Gawker Media's fourth-annual Silent Disco. And your … » 4/04/14 11:59am 4/04/14 11:59am