Science & Technology

What Is Life?

Zombies and the walking dead make for good copy, but do little to advance our understanding of life and death. Unfortunately, neither did the National Geographic with a cover article entitled, “The Science of Death: Coming Back from the Beyond.” The article issues forth just about every misconception of life that permeates our national discussion.…

Supermassive Black Holes Could Be More Common Than We Thought

This is heavy. The universe may be teeming with supermassive black holes, suggests new research that could completely overhaul scientists’ understanding of the cosmic behemoths. Astronomers have found a black hole that is 17 billion times the mass of our sun and located essentially in no man’s land in the universe, according to the study, published in…

This App Connects Surplus Food To People In Need

In a country where billions of pounds of food get wasted every year, one app is connecting the dots between those who have excess food and those who need it. Copia, a food recovery app, collects surplus food from companies and distributes it to organizations that serve people in need. Companies can use the app…

Artist With Insomnia Makes Dress From 2,000 Sleeping Pill Prescription Labels

The inspiration for a Minnesota artist’s “sleeping pill prescription dress” came, fittingly, in a dream. “I’m an insomniac,” said artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, in a blog run by Spoonflower, a company that custom-prints fabric. “About three years ago, after a particularly restless night, I finally fell asleep in the early morning hours … Shortly thereafter the alarm…

Trump Is Right About One Thing: Shaking Hands Is Kinda Gross

Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and… germaphobe? The Republican front-runner has called himself a “clean hands freak” and has referred to hand-shaking as “one of the curses of American society,” according to The Washington Post. In fact, Trump doesn’t even like to push a ground floor elevator button, according to Mother Jones, because it has been…