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Are ebooks dying or thriving? The answer is yes

It is a heartwarming story: In spite of the endless onslaught of digital content, American readers have collectively put down their screens and decided to embrace once more that beloved tactile rectangular prism that reminds us, with its weight at the bottom of our bags, of its immeasurable heft. …

Writing

Mike Pence didn't stand for Team Korea at the Olympics opening ceremony

The Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium erupted on Friday when the unified Korean team was announced, marching out together under a single flag. At least one …

I Just Discovered Melting Potatoes and I'm Officially Serving Them With Everything

We weren’t actively seeking a new way to cook potatoes. In fact, we think there’s a pretty solid variety to choose from. You can bake them, fry them, …

It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking

Look, I know we cover a lot of the bad types of weather here. Wildfires, droughts, extreme cold, hurricanes. But allow me to make it up to you with …

The Consumerist Church of Fitness Classes

Gyms provide ritual and community, serving as a sort of religion. They also promote values American culture already worships—capitalism and overwork.<p>You pay a regular tithe to support the community. In public, you wear symbols that identify you as one of the faithful. When you gather with other …

20th Century

President Trump has made 1,950 false or misleading claims over 347 days

With just 18 days before President Trump completes his first year as president, he is now on track to exceed 2,000 false or misleading claims, according to our database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.<p>As of Monday, the total stood at 1,950 …

Donald Trump

Pixelmator Pro wants to be the Photoshop killer on macOS

The team behind Pixelmator is releasing a brand new app today called Pixelmator Pro. As the name suggests, it is a more powerful, refreshed version of the company’s original image-editing app. You can buy it today for $60 on the Mac App Store or try it for free.<p>I’ve been using the app for a couple …

The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming

When UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new figure on the table: 3C.<p>Until now, global efforts such as the Paris …

Is it actually healthy to stop eating red meat?

You'll have some vital nutrients to replace.<p>We all hear about how bad red meat is for both the planet’s health and our own. Planet-wise, there’s no argument: The detrimental effects of greenhouse gases from livestock production on the earth’s atmosphere can’t be overlooked. So, for the month of …

Meat

Coral Reefs Could All Die Off by 2050

By Dahr Jamail<p>When he was six years old, Dean Miller already knew he wanted to be a marine biologist. At that time, growing up in Australia, the …

Scientists have discovered a worm that eats plastic bags and leave behind antifreeze

The wax worm, a caterpillar typically used for fishing bait and known for damaging beehives by eating their wax comb, has now been observed munching on a different material: plastic bags.<p>Scientist Federica Bertocchini of the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain first …

Pollution

A Smart, Clear, Dead Simple Self-Watering Planter

No app needed, thank god.<p>Bless their hearts, Boskke makes super smart planting options without leaning on needless tech for their innovation. The …

Scrum agile project management: A cheat sheet

This is your go-to guide on scrum, a popular agile project management framework. You'll learn scrum terminology, how to use the methodology in …

Project Management

How to Add Front Bokeh to a Portrait Using Christmas Lights

We’re all familiar with the fuzzy circles that bokeh creates usually behind our main subject, but this lesson is about creating bokeh in <i>front</i> of the …

It might feel good, but February’s intense heat is a very bad sign

The United States hits record high temps, as a climate change denier takes the reins at the EPA.<p>Meteorologists expect to see dozens of heat records …

Climate Change

Trump delays listing bumblebee as an endangered species

<b>Protection for the beleaguered rusty patched bumblebee was set to begin on February 10.</b><p>Jeez, the bees just can't get a break. Pollinators are being …

Mari Andrew’s Instagram Illustrations Capture Everything You’ve Been Thinking

You know those “aha”!” moments you get when you’re reading a captivating book, watching a wisdom-filled movie or listening to a Taylor Swift breakup song and you think “Thank you for so wonderfully articulating my innermost feelings in a more elegant way than I ever could?” DC-based writer and …

History Tells Us What Will Happen Next With Brexit And Trump

<i>Note: this essay contains a lot of links out, which are underlined. Consider them further reading or me backing up my opinions.</i><p>It seems we're entering another of those stupid seasons humans impose on themselves at fairly regular intervals.<p>My background is archaeology, so also history and …

Charisma

Nine DIY Photography Tricks That Anyone Can Do

<b>Video:</b> If you're getting tired of the usual selfies and perfunctory sunset pictures, here are a few fun tricks that can reinvigorate your photos with …

Awesome Art Picks: Harley Quinn, Black Cat, Wonder Woman, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites …

Harley Quinn

Martian Author Andy Weir Tells Congress What We Really Need to Be Focusing on in Space

Yesterday, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee met with NASA and leading aerospace companies to discuss future deep space habitats. As …

Send Your D&D Campaign Back to the Dark Ages with These Reference Sheets

So much is unknown about the period of history we call the Dark Ages, including when they actually took place. Historians, for the most part, can …

Geek

The 20 Most Beautiful Places in California

Traveling through California is like getting a crash course in America's natural beauty: the windswept deserts, Redwood forests, rocky coastlines, and rows of vines. Add to that some world-famous architecture and city skylines, and you have a state you could spend a lifetime exploring. It's …

Crayola Will Turn Your Kid's Bad Drawings Into Better Plush Toys

Children’s drawings are a window into a world of animals, monsters, and countless other imaginary creations they wished exist, but only have access …

Kenny Chesney - She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy (2-Channel Stereo Mix)

Country Music

No Man's Sky Lets You Explore a Universe-Sized Universe

If you budget just one second for each planet in Hello Games’ imponderable <i>No Man’s Sky</i>, you’ll still spend 585 billion years visiting them all. In …

Custom Cam: The Best Professional iPhone Camera App Yet

Videographer and photographer Daan van de Westelaken was on a quest to find the perfect camera app for his iPhone. It's one thing to have all the …

Batman v Superman Isn't Like Other Superhero Films, And That's Why It's Great

<i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i> is a success because it isn’t funny. The film contains funny moments: Batman intoning a robotic “shit” before …

This House Has People In It, A Surreal Short Horror Film Viewed Through Home Security Cameras

The extinction inside our guts

The world is facing an extinction event. Hundreds of species are disappearing from their native habitat. This impending extinction is distinct from the plight of the polar bears or frog populations and is not a result of global warming or deforestation. It's happening within our guts, which are …

Microbiology