Better rocking through science

Ransom Riggs

"Some people describe a hit song as a brain itch," reads the corporate literature for the Music X-Ray, a new service that mathematically analyzes songs for musicians and record labels (for a

Hunting for Firefox Extensions

Jason English

Mozilla Firefox is the preferred browser for roughly a quarter of web users, me included.

How To Be An Alaskan Fisherman

Chris Higgins

Corey Arnold is an Alaskan fisherman who started out working on boats as a summer job to pay for college.

ABC News Attends our Law School!

Mangesh Hattikudur

The rumors are true: Last week ABC News sent a comedian to attend our fool-proof, easy on the wallet Law School in a Box. The results? Exactly as we predicted.

The dismemberment plan

Ransom Riggs

There was a gruesomely fascinating article in the LA Times on Sunday about Japan.

Delightful Insects of Summer

Miss Cellania

Summer is here, so the insects can't be far behind. You might think of houseflies, ants, ticks, and the dreaded mosquito, but let's leave those subjects for another time.

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." Inspired by the unbelievable array of iPo

Calculating Your Dog's Age/Intensive Market Research

Jason English

Our dog turns 22-months-old this week. That's human months. I could do the old 1-dog-year-equals-7-human-years calculation, but I'm anti-math on Mondays.

Towels: the most useful items in the universe


If your coworkers came to work this morning clutching towels, sure, they could just be really excited about the long weekend.

Paul Otlet's "Universal Book" and Other Amazing Notions

Chris Higgins

Paul Otlet was an information scientist working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Russian stamps depict the darndest things

Ransom Riggs

Some things just get lost in translation. That's my best explanation for the following head-scratcher, used widely across Russia in 1968 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Army.

Photos Taken On The Way To Work

Jason English

I don't always carry a camera. Yesterday, I did. We've been receiving mail for my home's previous owners regularly for almost three years.

Wearing Your Lungs on Your Sleeve

Mangesh Hattikudur

NewScientist's Short Sharp Science blog had a plug for this newly designed Smoking Jacket.

Pac-Man Skull Re-created!

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to OhGizmo, an artist and a palaeontologist have created a breakthrough in video game sciences by combining forces and recreating Pac-Man's skull.

If I only had a (half a) brain

Ransom Riggs

As someone who's never even broken a bone -- not even as a kid when I used to climb (and fall out of) trees, jump off swing sets and wrestle viciously with my friends -- it's tough for me to