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Thousands of Saudi Women Are Calling for the End of Male Guardianship

A growing protest movement is looking to loosen the tight restrictions faced by women in deeply conservative Saudi Arabia. An online petition calling …

Human Rights

This Recording of Nick Offerman Reading Mark Twain Is Almost Too Perfect

Every now and then two things perfectly converge and make life better, forever. Pasta and parmesan cheese. Jelly and cream cheese. Tiny horses and …

Greenpeace’s deadly war on science

Is Greenpeace committing a crime against humanity?<p>A letter from 110 Nobel laureates suggests as much. It urges the environmental group to drop its …

How Astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell Shaped Our Understanding of the Universe by Discovering Pulsars, Only to Be Excluded from the Nobel Prize

How a sole “scruffy signal” jokingly attributed to “little green men” forever changed our image of the cosmos.<p>In July of 1967, the month of her twenty-fourth birthday, Northern Irish astrophysicist <b>Jocelyn Bell Burnell</b> (b. July 15, 1943) discovered the first pulsar. This was landmark evidence that …

Literature

What Should I Do With My Life? A Scientist's Perspective

You were born. You grew up, learned how to survive in a complicated and altogether bewildering world, learned a few things in school, maybe some more in college. And one day you face the challenge of your existence:<p>What should I do with my life?<p>First, let me assure you: you should be asking this …

Motivation

Mental Floss

Justin Bieber, Skrillex Sued Over ‘Sorry’ Hook

Casey Dienel, an indie artist who records under the moniker White Hinterland, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Justin Bieber, …

Music

Your Simple (Yes, Simple) Guide to Quantum Entanglement

An aura of glamorous mystery attaches to the concept of quantum entanglement, and also to the (somehow) related claim that quantum theory requires …

54 Letterpress Posters of Your Dreams

We’ve been sharing a wide variety of poster design lately, from 26 great movie posters to 27 “pin-able” and unparalleled posters.Today, we’re …

Grimm & Co.

Contributed by Oliver Booth of Sheffield-based Side by Side.Over the last 16 months we have been working with Grimm & Co, a young person’s literacy …

The 30-Day Burpee Challenge That Will Totally Kick Your Butt

Ah, the burpee. It’s one of the most dreaded exercise moves across the board, and yet every workout seems to incorporate a version of it (hello, even …

Astronomers Think They Know Why This Black Hole Is Flashing Red Light

Could this be signs of V404 Cygni choking as it feeds?<p>Last summer, a slumbering giant awoke as the black hole V404 Cygni roared to life following 26 years of silence. During its brightest outburst in recent years, astronomers observed intense, short bursts of red light coming from the back …

Hand Jive: High-Tech Glove Turns Gestures into Music

If you find yourself tapping your hand to a beat while sitting at your desk, in the car or on a park bench, a high-tech glove might be just the …

Wearable Tech

Santa Monica firm says it has found a way to salt away electricity, literally

In the energy world, the ability to store electricity at an affordable price is the treasure sought by utility engineers and financial wizards.<p>SolarReserve believes it has found a solution.<p>The Santa Monica company recently completed what it touts as a first-of-its-kind solar power plant that stores …