Keith Crocker

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NASA: most habitable planets don’t exist yet

Based on data from the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have determined that most of the Earth-like habitable planets that will fill our universe …

What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano actually erupted?

If the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park ever had another massive eruption, it could spew ash for thousands of miles across the United States, damaging buildings, smothering crops, and shutting down power plants. It'd be a huge disaster.<p>A super-eruption would be horrific — though …

NASA Probe Sees Pluto and Its Moon Charon Like Never Before (Video, Photos)

1 / 4<p>The dwarf planet Pluto (center) and its largest moon Charon are seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in this still from an animated set of …

The history of the Walkman: 35 years of iconic music players

We take portable music for granted these days. Any commuter in any big city in the world is more likely than not to have a pair of earbuds or headphones on as they walk, bike, or ride to their destination. The thing is, personal portable music didn't exist for most of human history, at least not in …

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’<p><i>The</i> …

Newly Discovered Dwarf Planet Hints at 'Super Earth' in Far Reaches of Solar System

There's more to the solar system beyond Pluto's orbit. Researchers have discovered a new dwarf planet nearly 7.5 billion miles away from the sun.<p>Even …

Distractify

Respecting the unique practices of individual cultures is important if you don't want to come off looking like a boorish, insensitive fool.<p>But some …

How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …

The Lost Ancestors of ASCII Art

People will make art with any technology.<p>ASCII art is as much a part of the Internet as emoticons, cats, or <i>lol</i>.<p>We're talking about pictures made from text: letters, numbers, and special characters like # * and \ . They look like this.<p>Sometimes letters are used just to form other, bigger …

Smartphone-controlled paper airplane kit conquers the skies

I suck at paper airplanes. Though I love origami in general, I have never managed to build a truly flight-worthy paper plane. With the PowerUp 3.0 smartphone-controlled paper airplane kit, though, I could get my revenge on aerodynamics.<p>No longer will paper airplanes have to rely on clever folding …

Rechargeable Batteries

Astonishing picture of Earth compared to all its water and air

I've seen Earth compared to all its water before, but this image really gives you a perfect idea on how fragile our planet is by adding all the air …

Sea Level

INSANE Domino Tricks! (Hevesh5 & MillionenDollarBoy)

Posters

Internet Archive brings bygone games and programs to the browser

One of the inherent downsides of technology's rapid advancement is how much of its history gets left behind with each new plateau we reach. However, the great minds at the Internet Archive (IA) have come up with a way to not only preserve our past, but make it accessible via the Javascript MESS …

The Ohio State band vs. Michigan: shots fired

Come for OSU sinking the Wolverines' ship. Stay for TYRANNOSAURUS REX.<p>Not content to settle for a mere moonwalk this week, the Ohio State band launched into the stratosphere on Saturday when they did the above. Below you can see GIFs of the spectacle, which were made by For the Win and good lord …

45 Vintage Photos Of Manhattan In The 1940s

His works have been donated to and maintained by Cushman's alma mater Indiana University, which has kindly given us permission to publish his gallery of New York City photos taken in 1941 and 1942.<p>They give a great impression of what Chinatown, the Financial District, and Midtown looked like 70 …

The End of the Wii and What It Means for Nintendo

Nintendo will no longer manufacture the Wii, and the company may stop selling the system entirely. With the lack of commercial sizzle on the next …

Retrogaming

7 Things You Might Not Know About Calvin and Hobbes

Though we can’t pick your friends, we strongly encourage you to ostracize anyone who expresses disinterest or disdain for <i>Calvin and Hobbes,</i> the …

Literature

Airships

Since the 1850s, engineers have been experimenting with powered lighter-than-air flight, essentially balloons with steering and propulsion. Like other early aeronautical experiments, the trial-and-error period was lengthy and hazardous. Dirigibles (with internal support structures) and blimps …

10 of the Best ‘Twilight Zone’ Episodes

This week marks the 54th anniversary of Rod Serling’s seminal sci-fi series that transported viewers into an unknown dimension, “between light and …

Lorne Michaels on The 1970s and The Birth of Saturday Night Live

The 70s began for me in 1975—on April 1, 1975, to be exact. That was the day I signed on to move to New York and begin work on a new late-night comedy/variety series for NBC. And it was going to be live. As it turns out, April Fools’ Day is the right day to start work on something like that.<p>The …

Slideshow: Ferrari 328 GTS

Check out the pictures of a Ferrari 328 GTS, tracked down by our friend at Petrolicious, that calls Poland home.

Class of 1963 reunion

We are living through a banner year in automotive history.<p>Rarely has there been so much birthday gridlock around notable vehicles. The Porsche 911 is on a protracted 50th anniversary tour, which will culminate with an official celebration in conjunction with the Frankfurt motor show in September. …

10 Fascinating Photographs that Look Like Paintings

While we've all seen our fair share of hyperrealistic and photorealistic art, or paintings and sculptures that look amazingly like photographs, it's not too often that we come across photos that look like paintings. Throughout the five-plus years we've been around, we've seen these unbelievable …

Where do college football players come from?

When I lived in Texas one of my summer traditions was to go to the bookstore (remember those?) and buy the new copy of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football …

America's First Supersonic Interceptor Was a Flying Bottle Rocket

When the Soviet Tupolev Tu-4 bomber made its debut in 1949, it was more than a big deal. This reverse-engineered Boeing B-29 Superfortress gave the …

Aviation

What the Strange Slot in Your Old Car's Dashboard Is Really For

Someone was did an amazing job of predicting the future when they put that strange slot in the center of your dash. Spooky. [Reddit]

Amazing

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.<p>Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with sketches, storyboards, and …

A Monochrome Lego Set To Teach Tomorrow’s Architects

Six cutting-edge design firms have teamed up with the world’s most popular brick-maker to impart the core principles of modern architecture.<p>The first thing you’ll notice about the Lego Architecture Studio is that it’s white. There are no colors, no shades, no pigments, no hues here. It is as white …