The Greatest Inventions That Everybody Forgets Exist

Quick, what are the most important technologies in the world right now? If your first thought was something like the computer or cellphone, we get it. But the fact is that a lot of the most important inventions, the ones that underpin our lives, are largely invisible. Here are some of the most life-changing ones. » 1/20/15 4:20pm Tuesday 4:20pm

The 19th-Century Photography Trick That Changed How We See Snow

Today, it just takes a camera with a good zoom lens, patience, and a cold climate to produce stunning close-ups of snowflakes. But in the late 1800s, even the basic personal camera was a relatively new tech. So, just how did a 19th-century farmer in Vermont take these beautiful macro shots of snowflakes? » 1/07/15 4:20pm 1/07/15 4:20pm

The Funniest Words That Sound Dirty In Other Languages

Earlier today, we asked for help coming up with a word for that thing where a word is innocent in its native language, but sounds like a dirty word to foreign speakers. And not only did we come up with a word — "sordophone" — but also, a pretty impressive list of words that travelers should be careful about saying. » 1/02/15 4:12pm 1/02/15 4:12pm

The Underlying Assumption That's Necessary For Every Star Trek Mission

There are a lot of things you have to simply accept (like teleporters and faster than light travel) in the Star Trek universe. But there's also an underlying assumption in the show that has less to do with technology and more to do with its characters — and it's been hiding in plain sight the entire time. » 12/22/14 4:20pm 12/22/14 4:20pm