Downer of the day:

Ransom Riggs

Some call the pages moving tributes, others exploitative trash.

Teratomas: Terrible, but Maybe Also Terrific


I just wrote a piece about stem cells, and I'd like to take a moment to talk about one of the things I briefly mention in the article: teratomas, which, like most of the best things in medicine,

Take me out to the matzoball game

David K. Israel

Israel is getting its own baseball league this year "“ the IBL "“ and lots of jokes are going to be made, I'm sure, about the hotdogs being kosher and whether or not games will be playe

The Medical Background of Dr. Brown, Dr. Scholl, Dr. Martens and Dr Pepper

Will Pearson

Before you turn to any doc, it's good to know his/her credentials. Here's the scoop on a few: 

This is the way the world ends

Ransom Riggs

... with a fart, not a whimper. Or, if you prefer, a whammo, a flip or a flush!

Faster, polymers, kill kill kill!


Good news for OCD types who are scared to touch doorknobs (and toilet seats, and public bannisters, and...): Scientists at MIT have developed a type of paint that kills some particularly nasty types o

When it's all about image

Mangesh Hattikudur

As an awful programmer, an even worse web designer, and someone who owns a computer so slow my business partners refer to it as a Tandy, I've seen this icon far too often in the past few years.

Genius behind Ramen stops stirring

Mangesh Hattikudur

I know we're a couple of days behind on this, but I couldn't let the inventor of Ramen Noodles, Momofuku Ando's, passing go without a mention on the site.

Goats on a Tree

Mangesh Hattikudur

Check out these terrific photos from The Cellar.

Guess what these dresses are made of?


Or, if your preferences fall on the prudish end of the spectrum, you may not want

Psychological neoteny

Ransom Riggs

Sounds like, well, psycho-babble, right? But it describes a unique personality trait that could become invaluable to future generations.

But would it fly on Broadway?


I am torn between wishing I had been at this production and being really, really glad I wasn't: Last month, audiences of Brown University's production of the Jean-Paul Sartre play "The

Searching for Perks

Jason English

You can't open a newspaper or magazine these days without reading a glowing profile of Google. Fortune says it's not a bad place to work.

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: The Revolution will be YouTubed

Will Pearson

Revolution isn't for the impatient.

How To: Get A New Word In the Dictionary

Maggie Koerth-Baker

GOOD NEWS: It's Possible New words pop up in the dictionary all the time, thanks to a handy—and almost maniacally extensive—editorial system.