After Earth Falls, Will Interstellar Space Travel Be Our Salvation?

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It may be just a matter of time before the Earth becomes uninhabitable. As astrophysicists and avid science fiction fans, we naturally find the prospect of interstellar colonization intriguing and exciting. But is it practical, or even possible? Or is there a better solution? » 1/23/15 11:20am Friday 11:20am

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

Everything You Need To Know About Cyberterrorism In One Chart

I don't know how we missed this chart on its first go-around (it was created by Eli Dourado in May 2014, using data extrapolated from a 2013 op-ed by Jon Mooallem, who spent the summer of that year keeping track of power outages caused by squirrels), but it is everything, and you deserve to know that it exists. » 1/16/15 1:00pm 1/16/15 1:00pm

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

A Drone Just Shot the Most Beautiful Footage of New York City

More proof that we are living in a future no one could have seen decades ago: this footage of all five New York City boroughs was shot with a drone. Not only is the final product breathtaking, so is the fact the high quality of the footage and the precision flying involved in getting the footage. » 1/05/15 11:00pm 1/05/15 11:00pm

If Your Robot Buys Illegal Drugs, Have You Committed a Crime?

A group of Swiss artists recently set a bot free on the darknet, allowing it to purchase whatever it could with Bitcoins. Among other weird things it bought were a few ecstasy pills and a fake Hungarian passport. Now an attorney asks whether the artists could be arrested under the law as it currently stands. » 1/02/15 4:16pm 1/02/15 4:16pm