How Americans Changed The Way Japanese People Ate Sushi

Sushi has taken on its own shape and form in the United States, but even before the first sushi restaurants opened up in California, America had an impact on the type of sushi eaten in Japan. During the American occupation after World War II, a food rationing program helped the rise of nigiri outside Tokyo. » 1/30/15 11:24am Friday 11:24am

How To Create A Virtual "Body" For Your Uploaded Mind

The prospect of uploading your brain into a supercomputer is an exciting one — your mind can live on forever, and expand its capacity in ways that are hard to imagine. But it leaves out one crucial detail: Your mind still needs a body to function properly, even in a virtual world. Here's what we'll have to do to… » 1/26/15 11:21am 1/26/15 11:21am

The Whole Crazy Process Of Creating A TV Show, From Pitch To Pilot

Right now, it's pilot season — which means you're going to be hearing about a lot of TV shows getting ordered. And then, nine months from now... most of those shows will not be on television. What is this mysterious crucible? Here's our step-by-step guide to the process of pitching a brand new television show. » 1/23/15 11:00am 1/23/15 11:00am

How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield

Long a staple of science fiction, the idea of creating weapons that can disrupt or alter the cognitive processes of enemy combatants is starting to become reality. Inspired by recent advances in neuroscience, the U.S. military is considering the potential for "neuro-cognitive weapons". Here's what you need to know… » 12/19/14 11:09am 12/19/14 11:09am

Americanize, Anglicise: Why Do Brits And Yanks Spell Words Differently?

"The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language." So goes the old chestnut commonly attributed to playwright George Bernard Shaw. One of those separations is in the spelling of words like color (colour), theater (theatre), and realize (realise). But how did this separation occur? » 12/15/14 11:32am 12/15/14 11:32am

What's The Explanation Behind This Incredible Lake-Walking Video?

YouTuber Tomas N and his friend were hiking the High Tatra Mountain range along the border of Slovakia and Poland when they happened upon a frozen lake with astonishingly clear ice. The resulting visual effect – that of walking on air – is really something else. But how did this clear ice come to be? » 12/11/14 11:00am 12/11/14 11:00am

How Casinos Use Design Psychology to Get You to Gamble More

Everyone's heard that there are no clocks or windows in casinos so that gamblers won't realize how long they've been losing money. But is this actually design gospel? And does it work? According to research, it turns out that the most successful casino design may not be the dark, maze-like designs we think they are. » 12/05/14 5:52am 12/05/14 5:52am