How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook

In the wake of protests over police violence against black men, many civil rights activists are calling for a high-tech solution: strapping wearable body cameras to cops. The idea is to hold police accountable for unnecessary violence. But the history of police body cams reveals that the devices have often had the… » 3/16/15 2:48pm 3/16/15 2:48pm

The 10 Most Gruesome Torture Techniques From Medieval Europe

During the Middle Ages, torture was considered a legitimate way to extract confessions, punish offenders, and perform executions. Some methods were considerably crueler than others — these 10 being among the most barbaric and brutal. » 8/26/14 9:45am 8/26/14 9:45am

An Animated Map Tracking The History Of The Death Penalty In The US

Capital punishment is legal in 32 states in the US, and the primary method of execution in each of them is lethal injection. But that hasn't always been the case. » 5/02/14 4:40pm 5/02/14 4:40pm

What will jail terms be like when humans can live for centuries?

Radical life extension is coming. That means future societies will have to do a dramatic rethink of our ideas about how long offenders should be imprisoned and — more crucially — the ways they'll be rehabilitated. » 11/11/13 11:03am 11/11/13 11:03am

9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought experiments with downright disturbing implications. » 9/18/13 10:00am 9/18/13 10:00am

This music video is Rollerball directed by Michael Mann, starring Snake…

For French electronic act Justice's track "New Lands," the director collective Canada combined Rollerball with more or less every other damn competitive sport ever conceived, save caber tossing. This possibly the closest we'll ever get to a Calvinball movie. A knockout music video, and hot dog! The song's not bad… » 7/12/12 1:10pm 7/12/12 1:10pm

What if the Super Friends starred in their own sitcom à la Golden Girls?

Then the show would likely resemble this fantastically weird concept animation of Kevin Bapp, who made this introduction/tribute with Adult Swim in mind. Estelle Getty as the Boy Wonder? Of course! Hat tip to Kaila. » 7/10/12 10:55am 7/10/12 10:55am

Cops handcuff Batman, drag him away to jail

Looks like Batman still hasn't cleared his name after he decided to take the fall for Harvey Dent's crimes. The L.A. cops arrested him for standing on Hollywood Blvd. and posing with tourists, and he's still in jail. » 6/03/10 2:40pm 6/03/10 2:40pm