A Great Way to Listen to Those Mysterious "Number Stations"

For decades, shortwave radio enthusiasts have been stumbling upon mysterious stations that broadcast a looping noise, such as a nursery rhyme, occasionally punctuated by someone reading a string of numbers. The most popular theory is that these are coded messages—and now, an online shortwave radio lets you listen in. » 7/15/14 3:06pm 7/15/14 3:06pm

Crowdfunding site Experiment lets you support cutting-edge science

With government funding for science dropping to a shocking new low, researchers are looking to the public to support their work. After all, if Rob Thomas can get the Veronica Mars movie made with crowdfunding dollars, why shouldn't good science do the same? Enter Experiment, the scientist's crowdfunding portal. » 2/06/14 1:46pm 2/06/14 1:46pm

This map of the internet is not just super-detailed, but worth framing

This ridiculously intricate map charts out the hidden geography and scope of the internet, ranging from assigning proportional landmass to the world's most popular websites, to drawing out the large swaths of free-flowing spam, to creating a color-coded look at the strength of internet surveillance. » 1/31/14 12:56pm 1/31/14 12:56pm

A strange and seductive science fiction series that will be your new obsession

Here is the first episode of Dynamo, a crazy indie scifi web series that is one of the coolest (and silliest) things I've seen in a while. With visual effects that are dreamy and evocative, Dynamo is a bizarre peek into a post-apocalyptic future where it seems there is only one city left on Earth. A weird cast of… » 11/19/12 4:42pm 11/19/12 4:42pm

Thousands of Australian students are taught that robots led the Russian Revolution

When Australian students took their year 12 history exams this week, they discovered that the Russian Revolution included giant robots. The VCE exam, taken by nearly 6,000 students, had a section devoted to a famous painting by Nikolai Kochergin of the storming of the Winter Palace by revolutionaries in 1917.… » 11/14/12 8:28am 11/14/12 8:28am

The perfect place for you to have a hypochondriac freakout

Symcat is a web service that will attempt to diagnose what ails you. All you have to do is type in your symptoms, and the service will try to match it to diseases are most commonly associated with your collection of problems. It can be quite helpful for doing research, but you definitely want to consult a real… » 11/13/12 3:27pm 11/13/12 3:27pm

Internet debates over evolution vs. creationism summed up in one hilarious video

Over at Beatrice the Biologist, our intrepid biologist/comedian Katie has created possibly my favorite video ever about debates over evolution vs. creationism. I especially like the way she represents internet fighting. Anyone who has ever battled these issues out in forums will recognize themselves and their… » 3/23/12 1:25pm 3/23/12 1:25pm

Should we have "reputation insurance" so we get payouts when Facebook screws us?

An ancient video of you just popped up on Facebook — one you thought you'd deleted years ago. You're smearing your face with chocolate pudding, drinking shots, and yelling "Santorum!" Now you want a job as a White House aide. What can you do? Wealthy people pay SEO companies to fix their online reputations. But what… » 2/21/12 4:39pm 2/21/12 4:39pm