"The absence of ideology in a work does not mean an absence of ideas; on the contrary it fertilizes them." -French-Romanian Absurdist playwright Eugène Ionesco, 1958
The 'People Map of the United States' zooms in on America's obsession with celebrity
There is no one answer. But there are 10.
The GoFly challenge has just announced 10 winning flying-car designs. It’s the first phase of a three-part contest, and they’re very cool.
It's a delicious treat to watch godless libertarians rise to the defense of Protestant evangelicals this week.
A federal judge has ruled that "liking" something on Facebook does not count as constitutionally protected speech. It is a decision that has confounded some law professors.
The Bir Tawil Triangle is a desert of sand and rocks on the border between Egypt and the Sudan. It is also officially the most undesired territory in the world. […]
Lean, green, and serene.
The sapient paradox: With brains like ours, why did prehistoric humans wait millennia to start civilization?
One hypothesis: "gossip traps."
That scary swirling void from which nothing can escape is our perfect universal translation tool.
Maybe our understanding of quantum entanglement is incomplete, or maybe there is something fundamentally unique about consciousness.
This technological feat changes our cosmic history.
The Russian mindset is characterized by cynicism and distrust.
Rare and costly paints have shaped art history in unforeseen ways. Mummy brown caused one artist to bury his paint.
For centuries, men prevented women from writing music. These classical composers broke with social norms and made their mark on history.
Were Hitler’s SS henchmen willing executioners fueled by racial propaganda or mindless servants vying for promotions?
From Brahms to Tchaikovsky, here's a curated list of composers whose music has shaped the classical canon.
“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?” Steinbeck writes.
Knowing that technology would advance in the future, NASA put some moon rock samples into storage without opening them. Now, they have.
A computer that could decidedly pass Alan Turing's test would represent a major step toward artificial general intelligence.
On December 19 1972, astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the Apollo 17 lunar mission. They were the last people to travel […]
Even though no human has stepped foot on the Moon's surface in 50 years, the evidence of our presence there remains unambiguous.
How can you "touch the Sun" if you've always been inside the solar corona, yet will never reach the Sun's photosphere?
Even the most unorthodox posthumous plans have their own historical, spiritual, and scientific significance.
ExtendNY stretches the Big Apple's gridiron all across the globe – with some bizarre effects
Ancient corridors below the French capital have served as its ossuary, playground, brewery, and perhaps soon, air conditioning.