Look, all I'm saying is that air is really cool.Read More
The folks over at SciShow are feeling altruistic today, and they want you to know how to get rid of your hiccups. Honestly, every time I get the hiccups I do this thing where I hold my breath and press a pressure point right over my eyebrows, and they go away every time. Regular TMS science guy Dan would hate to hear that. But it totally works. I swear. This SciShow video helps prove I'm at least right about the breath part.Read More
Maybe it's that only 10% of people use their brains at all?
If only someone would've told the Lucy screenwriters before... no. Now that I think about it, that probably wouldn't have helped the movie.Read More
"Thanks, Mary Anning." -Steven Spielberg 
Before Mary Anning and her contemporaries, it was still widely assumed that fossils were just remains from existing animals and not generally useful for science (nor put in the ground by Satan). Thought most of her work wound up being published by men because life in the early 19th century was awful, Anning made a ton of important discoveries—including what bezoar stones actually were, because she needed to see the dinosaurs' droppings.Read More
When you wish upon a star, nothing happens because stars are not aware of their surroundings and cannot grant wishes.
Contrary to what Inspector Javert might believe, stars don't fill the darkness with order and light because they are the sentinels of the sky. They actually do it because of this thing called science. Though we bet Javert would appreciate a lot of things about science, too. It's very neat and orderly sometimes.Read More
Decreasing World Suck
42 maps may be the answer, but what's the question?
Maps are incredibly useful and information dense little bits of imagery, and that's why Hank Green of the YouTube channel VlogBrothers loves them. In this video he excitedly explains (as he does with most things) what is so great about maps, and shows off 42 maps he thinks are amazing. It could change how you see the world. Literally.Read More
The charming, modern day interpretation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, beloved webseries The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, ended in March of this year, taking with it the unusual cast, social media presence, and cheery feel that made the 100 episodes so enjoyable for fans. Spin off series Welcome To Sanditon followed, but now creators Bernie Su and Hank Green are taking on other Austen characters with their adaptation of Emma. The web series will be titled Emma Approved, and features the well known story of the young lady who believes she is an excellent matchmaker, but, as expected, with some modern twists.Read More
Hank Green Wishes For Another J.K. Rowling Book A Day Before Her Secret Crime Novel Is Revealed [VIDEO]
This is just like magic!
Hank Green, of the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, makes a point of writing a song about Harry Potter every year on the anniversary of his release of "Accio Deathly Hallows," the wizard rock song that celebrated the impending release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and brought a lot more visibility to the Vlogbrothers channel back in 2007. This year Green seems to have predicted the future with his newest song "Oh, J.K. Rowling," in which he politely requests the author write something new for her many fans. Amazingly, the video was posted two days before the news broke that J.K. Rowling had secretly written a crime novel, The Cuckoo's Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Gailbraith. Since Rowling was revealed to be the author The Cuckoo's Calling has risen from moderate success and favorable reviews to a spot on top of both U.K. and U.S. Barnes & Noble and Amazon sales charts. The book, which sold 1,500 copies when it was released in the spring, is now selling out and will have to be reprinted. I'm sure Green is thrilled to know that his wish was granted. His timing is almost magical. (via YouTube, Deadline) Previously in J.K. RowlingRead More
she blinded me with science
Vital Information for Your Everyday Life
It can be rough when your show goes on hiatus. It can be especially rough when your show goes on hiatus after one of the most emotionally harrowing season finales you've ever seen, with nary a promise of when to return other than "sometime after Peter Jackson frees Martin Freeman from New Zealand." And considering they're going back to film a third Hobbit film, that probably isn't anytime soon. BBC's Sherlock series said they'd start filming the third season "sometime in 2013," which could be anywhere from six months to a year and a half from now. In the meantime, we're still chock-full of what we can only call "Reichenfeels," and sometimes we just don't know where to put all of them. To help ourselves (and you), we put together this list of six things you can do to distract yourself while we wait.Read More
Elsewhere on the internet
Tumblr is one of our favorite procrastination tools. It's filled with puppies, Tom Hiddleston, and illustrations of Gina Tores as Wonder Woman. We've posted a musical take on the blogging site here before, but 1) when we came across this one it seemed like a different enough take to double up, 2) we can never get enough references to the sheer amount of Benedict Cumberbatch swimming around our dash, and 3) Hank Green. Not to mention, this particular video features Hipster Ariel, a personal favorite of ours. It also features a line which we'll sure will probably trigger some sort of argument over how to pronounce .GIF. (via Edward Spoonhands)Read More
Quick: what do Neil Gaiman, Wil Wheaton, Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Lessig, Bruce Schneier, Jason Kottke, Phil Plait, MC Frontalot, and many more have in common? Answer: they've all teamed up to make a new "We Love xkcd" video, where they sing their love of the Internet, cryptography, your sister, and more, in homage to the classic xkcd strip "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel." Video after the jump: