The Moment When Science Fiction Split off From Competence Porn

Science fiction used to be almost synonymous with "competence porn," stories about smart people who solve challenges by knowing what they're doing. But lately when it comes to movies and TV, it seems like Americans love competence porn, and they love science fiction... they just don't love them together. What happened? » 8/12/13 1:00pm 8/12/13 1:00pm

This Chinese house sits in the middle of a brand-new road

What happens when you refuse to sell your house to make room for a new construction project? Lacking the balloons and helium to make an Up-ward escape, 67-year-old Luo Baogen of Xiayangzhang village and his wife decided to stay put, refusing the government's offer to purchase their property. So the government simply… » 11/24/12 5:00pm 11/24/12 5:00pm

What life looks like inside the world's narrowest house

Earlier this year, we told you about the construction of the Etgar Keret House, a residence in Warsaw that would measure a mere 133 centimeters across its widest spot. Now that house is a reality, wedged between two buildings, and we can see what this skinny house really looks like on the inside. » 11/18/12 4:00pm 11/18/12 4:00pm