In Wire Cutters by Jack Anderson, two mining robots with very different capabilities meet, team up, and fall out over their work’s quantitative way of measuring success. Shouldn’t efficiency count for something? »
Even if you haven’t worked in an office environment, you probably have an idea what it’s like. Monotonous, quiet, bland—at times, it’s almost like everyone is possessed. Which is pretty much the set up of the new vampire movie Bloodsucking Bastards. Check out three exclusive clips! »
There’s nothing more frustrating than watching a once-decent TV show slide downhill into mediocrity or worse. But sometimes, there’s one last flash of brilliance. Sometimes, a show pulls off a series finale that actually puts an exclamation point at the end of its sentence. Which show pulled out of a slump for its… »
It was a Sunday in October 1955 when three Chicago boys (from left in the photo: Robert Peterson, 14; John Schuessler, 13; and his brother, Anton, 11) decided to venture downtown for a matinee. Peterson’s mother helped them pick out a film (Disney doc The African Lion) and sent them on their way. They never returned. »
It appears that the standard tools used to identify chaotic signatures might be missing lots of hidden chaos — especially in systems that seem like they’re not chaotic at all. »
A 75-year-old former sheriff — forced to resign for corruption 15 years ago and “a drinker, womanizer and a father” — is killed. But then he’s brought back to life and has to a) solve his own murder and b) work with a son suddenly older than him. »
The English language is a voracious eater, consuming words and digesting them into whole new things. Sometimes words that used to be trademarked by companies pass into generic use—like escalator, thermos, and aspirin. And sometimes words live in limbo: still trademarked, but used all the time as generic terms. Here… »
These tiny copepods don’t even look like animals. Most of the time, they look like blue flashes of light in sea water. The millimeter-long creatures have the ability to give out bursts of light and then turn completely transparent. »
Ever since Disney and Pixar announced they’d be making The Incredibles 2, I’ve been obsessed with it. Partially that’s because I’m such a huge fan of Brad Bird’s original, pitch perfect superhero team/family film. But also it’s because I can’t figure out how the hell they’re going to make it work. »
The way Marvel keeps jamming superheroes into the third Captain America movie, the more it sounds like it’s going to be Avengers 2.5, with the twist being that the Avengers are taking sides against each other. Everyone loves seeing their favorite heroes take each other on, but the original Civil War storyline is so… »
Chances are, you’ve never heard of bdelloid rotifers, strange microscopic creatures that typically live in freshwater ponds and streams. In the grand scheme of things, they’re related to arthropods, a group which includes insects, spiders, and crustaceans. But honestly, they’re in a unique class all their own. And… »
You know that moment where you feel like a good breeze could lift your feet from the ground? You lean into it a little. You might even unbutton your coat to let the wind fill the cloth.
Zoo has just three episodes to go after this week’s “Emotional Contagion,” and the title is apt; this might be the show’s most emo week yet, and it’s overloaded with heavy plotting. It’s also way too low on insane animal action. However, some excellent Mitch Morgan zingers almost save the day. »
Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this fall for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started.
Twist? Tornado? Spinning? Never mind. Peaky Blinders and Salem star Iddo Goldberg has been cast as the superheroic android in the utterly fabulous-looking new Supergirl TV series, but not quite as DC fans will recognize him. »
Steven Spielberg’s company DreamWorks is going back to Universal after a deal with Disney runs out next year and you probably don’t care. What you may care about though is the article about this deal mentions potential reboots of Back to the Future and Jaws. »