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 8 minutes ago

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 36 minutes ago

This Beautiful Jewelry Is a Secret Drug Science Joke

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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 2:20pm

We now have the potential to clone a human adult

Scientists have created cloned embryonic stem cells using the nuclear material of adults. They did this by using somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), the same technique which produced Dolly the sheep. With this technique, all the genomic DNA is from the cloning target, while the mitochondrial DNA is from the egg… » 4/18/14 4:47pm Today 4:47pm

Is Hollywood Addicted To Ripping Off Story Ideas From Anime?

People often say that there's no such thing as an original story these days, but how right are they? Is it possible, maybe, that a good majority of western blockbusters are actually just homages or near re-tellings of anime? This post from The Daily Beast seems to think so. » 4/18/14 4:15pm Today 4:15pm

Ugly but Successful: Delayed SpaceX Launch Makes Orbit

After the original April 14th launch attempt was delayed, the SpaceX launch of Falcon 9 waited out ominous weather and made it into orbit this afternoon. Although successful, this is the first launch I've seen with a complete dearth of beautiful photographs. » 4/18/14 4:11pm Today 4:11pm

Japan Unveils Its Plan To Save The Whales, By Killing Them

Last month, the International Court demanded an end to Japan's research whaling program, and Japan said it planned to abide by the ruling. But now, the Japanese government has explained just what that means... including plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic by 2015. » 4/18/14 12:23pm Today 12:23pm

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