Tiling the Plane

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Up until last month, there were only 14 types of pentagons that could cover a surface with no gaps or overlaps. Now there are 15. Interior designers and mathematicians are ecstatic.

Torrents of Cascadia

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Geological sleuthing, the Cascadia subduction zone, and the earthquake that will decimate the coastal Pacific Northwest.

Hang Time

The math behind Air Jordan (and anybody else jumping off the ground)

Coked-Out Italian Eels

In the rivers, not in the piazzas.

Next Stop Fedora

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The Coolness Spiral of Death, a chart that shows how with age we become detached from mainstream music.

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Get Roasted

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An interesting fact concerning the desert state that is California, each Almond grown requires one gallon of water.

Round and Round We Go

Earworms: the name for those terrible (and covetable) songs that get stuck in your head.

Auto-Brewery Syndrome

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Some people can get drunk by simply eating a bag of potato chips.

1, 2, 3, 4, Get Me Out of This Thumb War

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Man vs. Praying Mantis

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Corals of Opportunity

Coral City is a fascinating documentary directed by John McSwain about the Miami-based scientific art collective Coral Morphologic, who create living artworks out of the tiny polyps.

Black Supermoon

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No, it’s not a Brothers who Lyrically Act and Combine Kickin Music Out On Nations all-star group, it’s a rare new moon that will be in the sky tonight (2/18) and not returning again until until Oct. 30th 2016.

The Iceman’s Tattoos

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Checking out the 5,300-year-old ink on Ötzi, a mummified hunter from the Copper Age.

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