How broke is Detroit? Fire stations get alerts by fax and soda can
December 11, 2014, 9:12 a.m. by Shea Gunther
That's no typo. The Detroit Fire Department has to rely on an antiquated, jury-rigged alert system that involves a fax machine and soda can full of coins.
Battery + magnets + copper coil = World's tiniest electric maglev train
December 9, 2014, 8:41 a.m. by Shea Gunther
You can turn a handful of ingredients into your own miniature magnetic levitation system.
Is the OpenWorm Project creating life from keystrokes?
November 19, 2014, 11:03 a.m. by Shea Gunther
It's an ambitious goal — build an exact replica, down to the neuron, of the small nematode C. elegans. When does a digital roundworm become real?
Watch Il Capo, the master of marble, orchestrate the extraction of massive stone blocks
November 12, 2014, 1:40 p.m. by Shea Gunther
With just a few flicks and twists of the wrist, the quarry chief directs the mining of huge blocks of beautiful Italian marble in a feat of industrial artistry.
Energy lawyer argues that protesters' snarling faces constitute assault (and no, this isn't The Onion)
November 10, 2014, 3:12 p.m. by Shea Gunther
A lawyer for energy giant Kinder Morgan recently argued that seeing the faces of snarling pipeline protesters could constitute a form of assault. Seriously.
California drought is driving the depletion of irreplaceable groundwater
November 3, 2014, 4:35 p.m. by Shea Gunther
A new study by NASA scientist James Famiglietti quantifies how fast we're pumping water out of California's aquifers in response to the drought.
Waste a little time: Watch animals being total jerks
November 3, 2014, 10:15 a.m. by Shea Gunther
Even the most die-hard animal rights activist has to admit that sometimes, animals can be jerks. Check out a few good examples here.
8 videos of dogs interrupting major sporting events
October 27, 2014, 5:20 p.m. by Shea Gunther
Take some time and enjoy watching these exuberant dogs delay major sporting events with their inappropriately timed play.
How much can a 2,000-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail change a man? Take a look
October 15, 2014, 11:55 a.m. by Shea Gunther
Check out the amazing transformation one man goes through after hiking from Georgia to Maine.
The souls of famous songs: 11 isolated vocal tracks
October 2, 2014, 11:23 a.m. by Shea Gunther
Get a peek into the heart of some classic tunes by listening to the teased-out isolated vocal tracks.