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Saturday February 9, 2019. 02:51 PM
After the 2020 census, the nation's electoral districts will be redrawn and it's a widely accepted fact that New York City will lose a seat, despite its growth since the 2010 census. Ocasio-Cortez's district is a thoroughly gerrymandered Democratic safe seat, which is why...
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Jason Voorhees, the handsome hockey-masked villain of slasher series Friday the 13th, gets plenty of unmasking scenes—and new look each time.
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There's a lot of competition on the internet, no matter what your hustle. The important thing is that when people search for what you've got, they find you - and that means keeping everything from your keywords to your mobile access up to date. To do that, you either need a...
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Not what you expect, but what you hope for: a sex dungeon in tasteful suburban off-white with traditional colonial woodwork and easy-wipe faux-marble flooring. Since the time of posting, Redfin has removed the pictures of the basement from the listing, but you can see 'em...
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In the 1960s, when Scientific American copy editor Michael J. Battaglia was 15, he had a chemical romance with the periodic table. In fact, Battaglia was so fascinated by the basic substances of our universe that he tried to collect 'em all (at least the 104 elements that...
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Bioengineer David Aguilar (aka 'Hand Solo') continues to upgrade his DIY LEGO prosthetic arms that we posted about previously with this fantastic fourth generation model. From Reuters: All the versions are on display in his room in the (Universitat Internacional de...
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In this 1939 newsreel, the great Lucille Ball demonstrates the Sonovox, a device that brings amplified sound effects from vinyl records into the throat where the tongue and lips modulate it. Here's the patent for the Sonovox, invented by Gilbert Wright and used in TV...
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Inkjet printer manufacturers continue to pioneer imaginative ways to create real-world, desktop dystopias that make Black Mirror look optimistic by comparison: one such nightmare is HP's 'subscription' printers where a small amount of money buys you ink cartridges that...
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Amy Klobuchar, touted as yet another Democrat 2020 presidential hopeful, sounds like the Gordon Ramsay of politics: notoriously short and abusive with congressional staff, sending allcaps emails in the dead of night and generally heaping wrath upon them. That anger regularly ...
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Legendary designer Dieter Rams lays out the ten principles underlying his approach to 'good design.' A scene from 'Rams', Gary Hustwit's new documentary about legendary designer Dieter Rams, with original music by Brian Eno. Motion graphics by Trollback & Co.
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LipPass is a user verification system for mobile devices that verifies your identity by the unique way that you move your lips. Developed by researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the system doesn't validate based on the sound of your voice but rather the movement of...
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Friday February 8, 2019. 08:56 PM
Every year or two, I embark on a round of crazy book-tour travel where I change cities every day for weeks on end (35 cities in 45 days on two continents in 2017!), and I'm on a perennial quest for a piece of luggage that is fuss-free: I want to stumble exhausted into my...
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As New York lawmakers including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) continue to oppose Amazon.com's plans to establish a second headquarters there, Amazon execs have been internally talking about ways to reassess the situation, and explore alternatives for 'HQ2.' “Amazon ...
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Scientists wanted to know how maggots devour food so quickly, so they conducted an experiment. They fed 10,000 maggots a cheese pizza, which disappeared in 2 hours (but only about 30 seconds in this sped-up video) and noticed an interesting 'fountain' pattern of movement...
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The Democrats have started hearings on HR1, a comprehensive anti-corruption and voting rights bill, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets to participate, which is great news for all of us. With only five minutes on the...
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Last year I posted a video to Boing Boing of a young cow enjoying a rotating brush called the Happycow. I wrote, 'I think my cats would go for a Happycat.' It turns out there is something similar - the Self Groomer Cat Toy. I bought one. It's a plastic brush that you fill...
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From Game of Thrones to Conan, from Lord of the Rings to, well, everything, the filmic representation of casting swords is 'completely wrong, so wrong it's frankly difficult to know where to start. How can you cast a 3D item in an open-top mould? Are you going to glue two...
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Aren't they beautiful? Here's how 'ghost apples' formed on this apple tree in West Michigan. Ice forms on rotting apples, and as the apples decay, they slide down and out of the ice that is left behind hanging off the apple tree branches. There's a longer explainer here:...
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If you accidentally leave your credit card at a bar or restaurant, they can charge you a hefty 'walkout fee.' The Street asked financial advisors at NerdWallet and WalletHub about this, and they said this practice is legal, provided the establishment has a 'prominently...
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Prosecutors 'are reviewing the National Enquirer's handling of their Jeff Bezos reporting to determine if the company may have violated a cooperation deal reached with prosecutors last year,' per Evan Perez and Kara Scannell of CNN, citing two sources familiar with the...
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