12 Real Life Inventions That Science Fiction is Neglecting at its Peril

Science fiction has always commented on the present, and today's present is very science-fictional. All around, we see inventions that could transform the world within a decade or two. So why don't more science fiction writers speculate about them? Here are 12 real-life developments science fiction should be… » 12/03/13 10:38am 12/03/13 10:38am

The Rules of Good Nutrition (That Absolutely Everybody Agrees On)

Fewer things can generate more controversy and disagreement than discussions about food and nutrition. It often seems that people will never reach any kind of consensus on what we should and shouldn't eat. But there may actually be a few exceptions to this. Here are 10 nutrition facts that everyone actually agrees on… » 4/03/13 4:20pm 4/03/13 4:20pm

Giving Away Toys Can Get You Toys, Thanks to Geeks for Tots

They say the Holidays are all about friends and family, but that's a hard thing to remember if you're a kid with nothing to open on Christmas morning. Toys matter, which is why donating to Toys for Tots to help families in need give their kids presents is such a great thing to do (especially now, after Hurrican… » 12/07/12 12:15pm 12/07/12 12:15pm

Window washers dress as superheroes to cheer up sick kids

From the department of people using superheroes to be real heroes: A crew of window washers from American National Skyline dressed as superheroes while cleaning the windows at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., last week. As they scraped off the grime, they revealed the smiles of the young patients… » 10/21/12 2:00pm 10/21/12 2:00pm

Eight years after the Athens Olympics, some venues have been left to rot

The Greek embassy estimated that it cost Greece €8.954 billion to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2004, including the construction of the Olympic Village and several shiny new athletic venues. Since then, though, some of those venues have been abandoned, making one Olympic legacy a set of decaying structures. » 8/04/12 5:00pm 8/04/12 5:00pm

At long last, MRSA seems to be on the decline

We've been hearing terrifying stories about MRSA for years. Ask anybody in the health care industry, and they'll tell you MRSA is a source of great trepidation. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is incredibly hard to kill, and thanks to its toughness against antibiotics, it tends to spread like wildfire in… » 7/05/12 3:20pm 7/05/12 3:20pm

10 Weirdest Ways That Ancient Rulers Died

One of the most shocking things about Game of Thrones is the brutal and often bizarre ways that the nobles and princes kick the bucket — but George R.R. Martin's horrifying story is pretty close to historical realism. Many historical leaders snuffed it in bizarre, insane ways, from being smothered by coats to, yes,… » 5/31/12 10:00am 5/31/12 10:00am

Smurfs Are Sexist Nazis, Says Worried French Sociologist

In deconstructing the culture and lifestyle habits of the Smurfs ("les schtroumpfs"), French sociologist Antoine Buéno depicts the little blue creatures as racist, sexist, anti-Semitic "archetype[s] of totalitarian society imbued with Stalinism and Nazism." Now friends and fans of the Smurfs are so mad at him. » 6/05/11 11:05am 6/05/11 11:05am