Benjamin Vess

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Really? Are We Still Genre Shaming People For The Books They Like?

Yesterday, Slate caused a bit of a stir with an editorial reprimanding adults for reading books marketed to young adults. This song-and-dance — …

This Is Not A Lobster

It looks like a lobster. It even moves like a lobster. But this is not a lobster.Read more...

These Watercolors Distill Superheroes to Their Very Essence

Blule's work artfully captures superheroes in just a few colors. Splatters, drips, and the bleed of colors into each other gives a fantastic sense of …

7 Terrifying Cursed Objects That Actually Exist

We recently told you about the many cursed jewels of the world, but you don't have to have a shiny rock to have your life destroyed by an …

Growing up poor makes kids' DNA look old

Children who grow up in underprivileged households show signs of premature chromosomal aging, reports <i>New Scientist.</i> Moreover, this form of genetic aging might explain why adults who grow up in poor or otherwise stressful environments are more likely to develop serious health problems, such as …

13 PHP Frameworks to Help Build Agile Applications

Building software applications can be a complex, time consuming process, however utilizing a framework can help you develop projects faster (by …

A Gallery of Never-Before-Seen Concept Art from David Lynch's Dune

After posting my little memoir about working on <i>Dune</i>, a lot of people asked to see more of the pre-production art. I have a couple of hundred images, …

Art

10 Web Analytics Trends for 2014

Last year was a great year in the web analytics world. We saw awesome advancements from just about every vendor in the web analytics industry.<p>Some of …

Facebook Set to Eliminate Sponsored Stories in April

If you want to purchase a Sponsored Story on Facebook, you'd better do it fast.<p>The social network will retire Sponsored Story advertisements …

This is the most disturbing animal behavior David Attenborough has seen

Yesterday, naturalist Sir David Attenborough participated in a reddit AMA, answering questions from the reddit community. One thing that he revealed …

The most comprehensive zombie classification chart we've ever seen

While most attempts to classify the different types of zombies limit their analysis to fast vs. slow, alive vs. dead, Jason Thompson's massive zombie …

Written Off

Jennifer Weiner’s quest for literary respect.<p>Early one morning in November, five hundred clinicians gathered at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott for the twenty-third annual Renfrew Center Foundation conference, devoted to the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. The keynote speaker, …

There's a "polar vortex" sweeping across America, and it is NASTY

A spiraling pool of cold, dense, arctic air called a "polar vortex" began its frigid sweep of the U.S. today. "It's just a dangerous cold," said …

On correlation, causation, and the "real" cause of autism

Here for spreading far and wide is a graphical reminder of the important distinction between correlation and causation.<p>Redditor Jasonp55 writes that …

What Happens When One of Your Coworkers Dies

<i>by Michael Hobbes</i><p>The first thing that happens is someone tells you.<p>It’s Tuesday, it’s February, it’s my first day back at work after a week on …

Bashar Al Assad: Profile of Syria's Mass Murderer

In 1982, not long after his father's military pulverized a town called Hama, Bashar Al Assad got a jet ski.<p>It was the tail end of one of the …

“Did Your Father Touch You?”

When she was 8 years old, Chaneya Kelly lived in a pale-yellow house on Washington Street in Newburgh, New York. She was the oldest of five kids, …

Who's on That Russian Ship Stuck on Antarctic Ice? And Why?

An expedition is recreating explorer Douglas Mawson's 100-year-old trek.<p><b>Update: The Russian vessel, the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy, which was stranded off the coast of Antarctica with 74 people onboard, remains stranded. Attempts were made by the Chinese icebreaker, Snow Dragon, and other Russian</b> …

<b>What started off as a joke between friends became a study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection with a surprising conclusion: Fist-bumping reduces the transmission of bacteria by about four times, compared with shaking hands.</b><p>W. Thomas McClellan, a plastic and hand surgeon in Morgantown, …

Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. So what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely?<p><b>A</b> …

Medicine

Would You Like Flies With That?

As a courtesy to bug-phobes, some of the more lurid images in this post will be hidden until and unless you press this button.<br>SHOW<p>Sometimes, spiderwebs catch more than just insects: They also ensnare pollen grains, dust and fungal spores. But orb weavers, which carefully husband their resources, …

Mellencamp’s Masterpieces

Champion of the heartland, Farm Aid founder, and accomplished Americana musician, John Mellencamp has been covertly pulling double-duty as a visual artist for more than 20 years. But with his first art museum exhibition at Youngstown, Ohio’s Butler Institute of American Art in progress, the …

See Carlos Santana Reunite With Homeless Ex-Bandmate

Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone was a member of Carlos Santana's band in the late 1960s. You won't find much info about him online, however, as he …

The 10 Different Types of Texters

The era of the "emergency use only" texting plan is long gone. These days, the way we text is as much an indication of our personalities as the way …

The American Who Gave His Life to Chairman Mao

On the dictator's 120th birthday, Sidney Rittenberg—whose life story entwines with the turbulent history of the People's Republic—describes his interactions with the man who still dominates China 37 years after his death.<p>From 1944, when the 23-year-old Sidney Rittenberg first arrived in China with …

Which Disney men look better with facial hair?

Artist Annie Erskine helps us answer that question by shaving the beards off of Disney's male cartoon characters and adding new ones to the …

Michelangelo's illustrated grocery list is a work of everyday art

While we're used to seeing Michelangelo's majestic finished paintings, this shopping list gives us a look at the master's more hasty and practical …

Why you're usually late (and sometimes early)

Ever noticed that, when you're hurrying through your daily routine, you always seem late? Ever wonder why, when you go somewhere new and unfamiliar, …

Beyonce Sings 'Survivor' to Terminally Ill Fan to Grant Final Wish

Taylon Davis is a 12-year-old girl with an inoperable brain tumor who had a far-fetched wish. She wanted to dance with Beyoncé and, recently during …