Weekend Word Wrap

David K. Israel

Today's Word Wrap keeps on with our tradition of bringing you the hippest, most happening new words and phrases being coined, as they're coined...

A laptop for the masses

Ransom Riggs

It may look like a green iMac, but it will cost less than 1/10th of what its trendier cousin retails for. And, oh yeah, it's powered by a wind-up crank.

You belong in a zoo


So, you know those scientific studies that recruit participants through ads on the subway and on college bulletin boards?

Mummies from deepest, darkest Peru


If you thought mummies came only from Egypt, this news story will astound you. Actually, it ought to astound anyone because it's so. freakin'.

A whole new kind of brotherhood

Ransom Riggs

That's right: it's Brotherhood 2.0.

Old Rumors About New Coke

Jason English

Did you know that New Coke is used as a punchline every eleven seconds? OK, that's not true.

Even more Japonalia


Good news for those of you who couldn't get enough of my constant posts about Japan (all two of you) -- a reader named "Professor Solomon" writes to tell us he also enjoys spouting off

Thingamajig Thursday: cartouche

David K. Israel

Ho hum, another Thursday, another thingamajig. I bet you guys wonder sometimes: "How many thingamajigs can there be already?" You know what? I wonder the same sometimes.

Imaginary field trip: City of the Apes

Ransom Riggs

Sure, I could blog about some of the actual places I've been recently, and provide some thought-provoking facts about them.

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