A company in South China’s Guangdong province is building the city’s first zero-labor factory. It’s an effort to address worker shortages and rising labor costs, but the rise of semi-autonomous “smart factories” could be a sign of things to come, in China and elsewhere. »
For the past eight years, 21-year-old Zack Kopplin has been fighting to keep creationism out of Louisiana’s science classrooms. Despite a series of setbacks and the feeling that he’s continually losing battles, Kopplin still feels he’ll win the war. We spoke with him to learn more. »
Grodd lives in this week’s episode of The Flash, and the talking gorilla could end up putting Barry’s friends through the wringer. Plus, Person of Interest and Gotham’s seasons come to a close, and the villains of Once Upon a Time get their happy ending — but for how long? »
Directed not by Disaster Porn Lord Roland Emmerich but by Brad Peyton, action film San Andreas asks “What if all the earthquakes happened?” and then drops the mic. Yipes.
Romance is in the air in Fall River, but so are gushing sprays of blood. Episode five, “Cold Storage,” is the series’ halfway point, and Lizzie is now a full-fledged serial killer. Sure, she’s been coldly taking down anyone who dares get in her way for weeks now. But in this ep, she ups her psycho game considerably. »
At some point, deep into middle age, RZA decided that he wanted to be a B-level action-movie star. This is an absurd thing. RZA is one of the greatest rap producers of all time. He’s the mastermind behind the Wu-Tang Clan, the favorite rap group of just about everyone who doesn’t listen to that much rap music. He’s… »
Thanks to Vanity Fair, we’ve been getting the best look at the new characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens we’ve had so far. Now they’ve released an image of Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie in her chrome Stormtrooper armor as another new character, Captain Phasma. »
Last night’s Silicon Valley, “The Lady,” gets its title from two places: First, there’s a new programmer on the Pied Piper team, and it’s a womaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnn (Oprah voice). »
The highest proof alcohol you can buy is Everclear, at 190 proof. That’s nothing! Let’s get together and make an alcohol that’s 200 proof! Except we can’t possibly do that. There’s a physical limit to how pure alcohol can actually get, and we’ll tell you why. »
If we’re going to venture out into the Solar System and beyond, we’re going to need versatile and reliable spaceships. One possible solution comes in the form of “spacecoaches” — reusable vessels that are self-sufficient and capable of carrying explorers to virtually any destination. Here’s how they’ll work. »
Last night, High Gothic returned to TV, as Penny Dreadful picked up its second season almost exactly where it left off and threw an even campier enemy at Vanessa Ives and company. Here’s the five best parts, and one problem.
Recently, we did an experiment: We took an outdated issue of a respected popular science magazine, Scientific American, and researched exactly what happened to the highly-touted breakthroughs of the era that would supposedly change everything. What we discovered is just how terrible we are at predicting the long arc… »
Radon is dangerous mostly because we don’t notice it. We can buy detectors, but we’re not equipped with any of them. The gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. You can’t see it... because it’s too hot. As radon cools down, it starts to glow. And it’s tough to say why.
Good news, everyone! JJ Abrams killed Jar Jar Binks (probably). Also, Vanity Fair has Star Wars: The Force Awakens set pics with lots of new information, including what’s behind the main villain’s mask, a brand new space pirate, and much, much more. »
It’s May 4. You’ve no doubt already seen countless lists of the best video games set in the Star Wars universe. I’d like to try something a little different, and tell you what the best Star Wars video game is. And yes, there’s a difference.