3 Hours of Tongue-Pulling Was a Real Option to Check Mortality in 1848

Courtesy of the wonderful QI Elves on Twitter, here's a graphic showing real entries in an 1848 contest for the best way to determine if someone was really dead or not. It's so good that they had the competition, how would anyone have come up with "check for heartbeat with a stethoscope" otherwise? » 10/31/14 5:00am 10/31/14 5:00am

The Supervillain's Guide To Fashion (And World Domination)

Being a supervillain is hard. You've got to have a plan for ultimate power, gather an army/cabal of geniuses, and find time to taunt your goody-goody nemesis. Plus, it is imperative that your outfit accurately telegraph your power. We've put together an easy-to-follow guide for the supervillain fashion victim. » 10/03/14 11:29am 10/03/14 11:29am

How Could Scientists Mistake Dust For A Spectacular Discovery?

An infographic at Quanta Magazine explains how scientists could've mistaken cosmic dust for gravitational waves as part of their special on the latest saga of the hazards of doing science in public. While disappointing, this just part of the halting, uncertain progress at uncovering the mysteries of the universe. » 9/23/14 12:01am 9/23/14 12:01am