Yes, Virginia, we're writing about this in September


The most frequently reprinted editorial column in American history -- the famous "Yes, Virginia" paean to childhood wonder and belief in Santa Claus -- was published 109 years ago today in t

You asked: Why do I need a haircut?


A reader named Brooks wanted to know: "Why does the hair on your head constantly grow while the hair on your body has a limit?" Technically, the hair on your head has a limit too -- like

Shameful Animation

Mangesh Hattikudur

Years ago, I went to go see Spike Lee talk about his then-new movie Bamboozled at a campus forum, and I was stunned to hear about how he had planned on using animation in the film.

Healthy as a horse, but without a pulse

Mangesh Hattikudur

The Tech Review has a great article that I don't fully understand, about a new type of artificial heart that doesn't beat.

Finally, some truly Happy Meals

Mangesh Hattikudur

It's kind of embarrassing to admit that, while I'm no fast-food junkie, I am pretty fond of McDonald's breakfasts.

... but do they offer turndown service?

Ransom Riggs

If the trend-setting Hiltons are involved, the Next Big Thing can't be far.

Celluloid-stumper: Paprikash

David K. Israel

Today's the first day of Autumn [ed. note: actually it's the 23rd!

Hot Wheels

David K. Israel

Next time you're bored at work, and have grown (momentarily) tired with our groovy blog, swing on over to The Old Car Manual Project "“ it's quite possibly the most fun I've had on

Watercooler Ammo: "Lucy's baby"


A 3.3-million-year-old skull of a juvenile Australopithecus afarensis -- you know the species as "Lucy," the fine fossil specimen named after the Beatles' ode to LSD -- has been found i

Singled Out

Jason English

It's National Singles Week! Started in the 1980s by the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio, the week is designed to recognize singles and their contributions to society.

Don't forget to invite Pharrell Williams


There are only three days left to plan any parties you might want to throw in honor of Neptune (that's right, Pluto, we've moved on).

Parking lot anthropology

Ransom Riggs

How much can you know about a country from looking at its parking lots?

How to steal an election

Mangesh Hattikudur

MIT's Tech Review has a curious article today about the efficacy of voting machines.

Finally, a way that we can all just get along (at the dinner table)

Mangesh Hattikudur

I don't know about you guys, but while I'm fairly adequate with chopsticks, I occasionally stumble onto that rare piece of giant tofu, or onagiri, or whatever, that's so large it needs

Fritz Zwicky, scientist.


While researching our upcoming cover story on "The Future," I came across an astrophysicist with the most fantastic name in human history: Fritz Zwicky. As early as 1933, [he] was arguing t