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.

Smile, perverts -- you're on the internet

Ransom Riggs

Hollaback, y'all!

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." As my wife and I are considering buying a

Show Off Your Smarts!

Will Pearson

It's been a while since I challenged you to show off your brain power but here's a new one.

Wonderful things from the Times book review section, #2


There are three reasons I love this review of P.J.