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    July 6, 2011

    How Often Do Air Conditioners Fall Out of NYC Windows and Kill People?

    Ah, New York City in the summer! Generally, we really do love it, despite the on-the-way-to-work sweatiness and fish-in-an-old-sweat-sock smells. But with summer comes air conditioners, and with air conditioners come inept installations into apartment windows, and with inept installations come the o ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Most Americans are Pro-Space Travel, Poll Says

    ​As Atlantis gears up for what will be America's final space shuttle mission on Friday, a recently released poll shows that most of the country thinks the space program is the bee's knees. The Pew Research Center found that 58% of Americans polled responded that they think space exploration "i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Matthias Poehm, Hero, Establishes Political Party to Destroy PowerPoint

    ​Everybody hates PowerPoint. There is no disputing this. The only thing anyone has ever learned from a PowerPoint presentation is the fact that PowerPoint is worthless. Most of us just weakly accept that we can't escape Microsoft's juggernaut and continue to live in a world where animated tran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2011

    Watch the Space Station Pass Overhead Tonight

    ​The International Space Station will be visible from the ground tonight and tomorrow as it passes overhead. According to, the $100 billion station should be easy to see because it is 25 times brighter than the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, and often as bright as Venus. Use the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Cuomo Attempts to Lift Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

    ​When Governor Cuomo signed the landmark same sex marriage bill into law last week, you probably thought, "There's no way the 'gov is topping this." Guess again! The New York Times reports his administration will announce their attempt to lift what is effectively a statewide ban on hydraulic f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Robert Burnham Jr.'s 1983 Testament: An Astronomer-Recluse Inscribes His Universe (Part II)

    Burnham in his Prescott, Arizona home lab, circa 1960.​ Yesterday, we published the first half of a 24,000-word "self-interview" by Lowell Observatory astronomer Robert Burnham, Jr. on what would have been his 80th birthday. Burnham died in 1993 at the age of 61. He was known not only for hi ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Robert Burnham Jr.'s 1983 Testament: An Astronomer-Recluse Inscribes His Universe (Part I)

    Burnham, circa 1960, at the telescope Clyde Tombaugh used to find Pluto 30 years earlier​ Today, June 16, 2011, would have been Robert Burnham Jr.'s 80th birthday. Burnham was an Arizona astronomer who produced one of the most unusual, and most beloved, set of books of science, his Burnham's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2011

    CBS Discovers Blogs Like It's 1999

    ​CBS has this awesome vintage report from the '90s today. It's about blogs, or as people used to say, "weblogs," and how they're gaining power and clout and whatnot. Interesting to see how new and exciting it was back in the beginning. LOL, the "blogosphere." Hold up, the dateline says this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Endeavour Lands in its Final Mission [Video]

    Space Shuttle Endeavour has landed its final mission. There's something so old-school nostalgic, yet amazingly powerful, about this video, taken in the dark of night, when the shuttle landed at 2:35 a.m. Maybe it's the quiet tones spoken from mission control; the "Houston, Endeavour: Wheels stopped" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Robert Burnham Jr.'s Strange, Wonderful Manifesto Coming in One Month

    Burnham, circa 1960, at the telescope Clyde Tombaugh used to find Pluto 30 years earlier​ One month from today, the Voice will make public for the first time a 24,000-word autobiographical essay written by a man named Robert Burnham, Jr. Burnham died in 1993 at the age of 61. On June 16, had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Postponed

    ​ The much-awaited final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour has been put on hold for 48 hours. Mission STS-134's launch was to be attended by Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly's wife Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, President Obama, and an estimated 700,000 spectators. It was scrubbed due to an issue wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Cracker-Sized Satellites Are Perfect for Modern Space Travel, Mini-Pizzas

    ​Tomorrow's Endeavour launch signals the end of the space shuttle program, but it may usher in a new era in satellite technology. Three tiny orbiters roughly the size of saltines will be released by the shuttle, reports. They are rudimentary prototypes, but how they react in space an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    R.I.P., Friendster, the Social Media Site of Our Relative Youth

    Turn that smile upside down!​Remember Friendster? One time we met someone on Friendster, a date, in fact, and we went to a vegan restaurant in the West Village (not that we were vegan), and we ate something that looked like meat but wasn't, and was really weirdly chewy, and then we never spoke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Today in El Diario: New Yorkers Shafted by Con Ed on "Green" Fund

    ​Green flight: Energy fund leaves city Con Edison clients in New York have been billed for $342 million since 2004 to subsidize renewable energy. But less than 1 percent of that money -- $ 8 million -- has been used for area green electricity projects, the Spanish-language daily reports. New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    New York to Get a (Never Been to) Space Shuttle

    Not Enterprise, as it is preparing to go into space.​Last month we reported on the different museums and institutions vying to display America's retired space shuttles. The Wall Street Journal reports that NASA is going to announce this afternoon that New York will soon be home to one of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Government Shutdown Totally Messin' With Space Shuttle Launch

    ​The government will possibly shutdown tonight at midnight, and you've surely read about how this will affect your life. Tax refunds may be delayed, which is annoying, but the IRS is good for it, right? National parks will close, but everyone knows Yosemite doesn't get poppin' till late May. M ... More >>

  • News

    April 6, 2011
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    April 5, 2011

    Damn Space Garbage Forcing Astronauts to Take Cover This Afternoon

    ​Last month we reported on the growing danger of space garbage. Today at about 4:21 p.m. EST, three members of the International Space Station will have a close call with said garbage, reports. American and Italian astronauts, as well as a Russian cosmonaut, will have to take shelter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2011

    BP Wants to Get Back to Drilling in Gulf Of Mexico

    ​BP is petitioning U.S. regulators to continue drilling in the Gulf of Mexico less than a year after the massive oil spill that killed 11 workers and caused massive environmental damage. The deal would be that BP would be able to resume pre-existing drilling operations in the Gulf in exchange for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Second Times Square Screen-Jacker Tells Us How He Did It

    On Tuesday night, Toronto entrepreneur Adi Isakovic projected images from his smartphone onto a giant advertising screen in Times Square. This is the multimedia stunt de jour; a marketing team gained virility (that's the term for when your video goes viral, right?) when they performed a hoax with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Klaus Jacob, Columbia Disaster Expert: Why Closing Indian Point Makes Sense

    ​In October 2008, the Voice profiled Klaus Jacob, Columbia University's expert on urban environmental disasters. In that story, we examined how the Ivy League school had ignored warnings by its own expert about expanding into areas subject to flooding because of climate change. Today we talke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    'Those Ain't Moon Rocks': Cocaine Found at NASA Space Center

    via​Since the advent of space travel, kids have wanted nothing more than to be astronauts. Now kids may really want to be astronauts, without knowing exactly why. The AP (via Huffington Post) reports that 4.2 grams of cocaine were discovered at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This would expla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2011

    Rightbloggers Find the Lesson of the Japanese Disaster: We Need More Nuclear Power Plants! (Plus Obama Sux!)

    Last week Japan was hit by earthquake, tsunami, and volcano. As the country tries to come back from this series of disasters, donations are pouring in from world citizens. Rightbloggers are doing their part, too. They're using the catastrophe as a teachable moment to explain that Obama sucks, glob ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011


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    March 8, 2011

    Space Shuttle Needs a New Home: May We Suggest Us?

    ​As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the space shuttle Discovery is making its final mission. Where it goes after space, however, is still the subject of a fervent debate. The New York Times reports that as many as 21 museums and institutions have submitted proposals to house the shuttle as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    The Sun is 'Waking Up' in a Crappy Mood

    Two scoops of pain!​Good news! Our sun is about to enter "solar maximum," the time in its life-cycle when it's at its most active. Wait a second, that's bad news. National Geographic reports that within the next couple of years, massive sun storms will possibly knock out GPS systems, blow up p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2011

    Free Amazon Kindles For Everyone!

    via​The Amazon Kindle is kind of amazing. At the risk of sounding cheesy, you can get everything on there! Books, magazines, blogs, etc; all there on your shiny white screen! CNN explained yesterday why Amazon should just start giving the things away for free and hints that Jef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    The iPad 2 Will Change The Way You Spend $500

    Will It Have Number Munchers?​Steve Jobs surprised the crowd and received a standing ovation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco today. It was thought Apple COO Tim Cook would fill in for the reportedly ailing Jobs, but the Turtlenecked One was there to announce the release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2011

    Watch Discovery's Launch From the Air [Video]

    This is pretty cool: some passengers flying out of Orlando got to watch the space shuttle Discovery's last launch from mid-air. And apparently drinks were on the house, unless that flight attendant is just kidding, which would be douchey. [via Mashable] [@_rosiegray]

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Russia Wants to Send Olympic Torch into Space

    ​Russian officials are working hard to construct a plan to send the Olympic Torch into space. The Russian government wants to hand off the torch to the cosmonauts stationed in the International Space Station during the relay to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The AFP is reporting that the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Discovery's Last Mission, a Eulogy for the Shuttle Program

    photo via NASA​It's the beginning of the end for NASA's shuttle fleet. Tonight at 4:50pm EST, Space Shuttle Discovery will slip the surly bonds of Earth for the 39th and final time. The oldest of the space agency's three operational orbiters will be making its last trip; a delivery run for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Five Better, More Brutally Honest Tips for Successfully Dating a Blogger

    via​This is going to be hard to hear, for everyone. Yesterday, the website Social Times, which touts itself as "Your Social Media Source," published an article called "Five Tips for Successfully Dating a Blogger," with a dash of humor and a healthy dose of no please stop this is so misguided. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Earth Will Be Crowded, Hungry, and Full of Human-Robot Porn in 2050

    ​The United Nations is predicting that Earth may be "unrecognizable" in 2050 due to the rise of population and the increase in demand for food. The population is expected to jump from seven billion to nine billion by that year. Yahoo quotes Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund as saying, "We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    The Solar System Has a Badass New Planet Named Tyche

    This is Jupiter; Tyche is Way Cooler than Jupiter (photo via Joshua Bury)​When the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from planet to icy space rock, our solar system lost a spunky outsider with a weird orbit; the perennial underdog. The Independent reports that little Pluto may alr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Dumb Hashtags More Popular than Smart, Newsy Ones (Study)

    ​According to a new study, those lame hashtags like "#worstpickuplines" and "#rulesforgirls" and "#stuffifoundinmynose" or whatever tend to catch on much more quickly and become more widespread than the serious ones, like "#jan25" or "#egypt". And apparently you're more likely to buy a new gad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    NASA Just Discovered 54 New Planets, and Humans Might Be Able to Live on Them

    ​NASA has discovered 54 new planets that might be habitable to humans, either giving us a planet for vacation homes or an escape plan for the end of the world. The planets are part of a larger discovery by Kepler telescope that includes 1,235 possible planets outside Earth's solar system. Exci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Don't Screw Over Your Web Designer or This Could Happen to You

    ​Winona Chiropractic Center in Winona, Minnesota, hired a web designer to create a site with which to advertise their business. Apparently, they didn't follow through with the appropriate payments, so the web designer went back into the site and started recoding. Here's a link to the site. Mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Blogging is Dead, Long Live Blogging

    ​As a blogger working on a blog -- blogging, really -- it only feels appropriate to devote today's media column, Press Clips, to "The End of Blogging" in this week's New York Observer. In the provocative, narrow and winding feature, the Observer sets out to prove -- well, what, really? The "nu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Challenger Went Down 25 Years Ago Today, Scarring Schoolchildren Forever

    ​The Space Shuttle Challenger went down 25 years ago today, killing all seven astronauts on board, and scarring school children forever. American kids were watching the launch live in schools across the nation because of the presence of Payload Specialist Christa McAuliffe, a 37-year-old scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    "Why Isn't My Blog More Popular?" Quitters Wonder

    ​Old people tend to be bad at blogging, according to a sad, strange trend piece in Crain's Chicago Business, which is making the rounds online today so internet experts can chuckle at clueless novices. Like going to the gym, eating healthier and other New Year's resolution-type self improvemen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Everything Dying End-Times Horror May Include...Spam

    ​End times watch! Amid the creatures washing up on our shores or dropping out of the sky dead, spam -- the digital kind -- has become something of an endangered species, according to BBC News, dropping from 200 billion messages sent every day in August to a mere 50 billion daily in December.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    10-Year-Old Girl Discovers Supernova Over Christmas Vacation, You Lazy Bastards

    via The Star​Yeah, so, what did you do over your holiday break? If you're like us, you survived mainly on videos of kittens and antipathy. But if you're like 10-year-old Canadian Kathryn Aurora Gray, you became the youngest person ever to discover a supernova. (If you're like us, you wouldn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Female Crash Test Dummies Are Here! Women Are...Psyched?

    ​Finally, after years of waiting and hoping and protesting for equal rights, equal pay, and equal, er, "death standards," women are getting their own female crash test dummies to be used in government safety tests, starting in 2011. Let us all celebrate this fine day that will surely go down i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Air Conditioner Falls from Sky, Lands on East Villager

    How not to install your air conditioner.​Here's something we didn't even know we had to worry about: Air conditioners falling out of 6th-floor windows and ricocheting off of awnings and onto the heads of innocent passers-by. Yep. On what will go down in history as a very unlucky day for 67-yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2010

    Bye Bye, Bloglines

    All Blogs Go To Heaven​Do you use an RSS reader? If so, and you're stuck on the old-school Bloglines, it's time to get a Google Reader. IAC,which bought Bloglines five years ago, has decided to shutter the service on October 1, according to an announcement on It's always a pain when p ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Jack Horkheimer: Star Hustler, and Friend

    Hustlin'​Jack Horkheimer died last week. Son of a bitch. I didn't hear right away because I was on my way to a week in Maine. An e-mail got through to me on the road. Well, I thought, I'll just wait for the canned "Star Gazer" obits to appear, and when I get back to town I'll get around to wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2010

    Are Babies Really Blogging? If So, Do We Care?

    Tavi Gevinson, 14​Sunday's Independent is trying to tell us that babies are not only blogging, but making money. Is this believable? The evidence is anecdotal, at best. It sounds like a case for Mr. Jack Shafer. And yet! TotallySonny, quoted in the article is nine-years-old. The fact that thes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Germany Plans to Turn a Blind Eye to Job Applicants' Facebook Antics

    If you're in Germany, you may soon get a job even with Facebook photos like this.​Tuesday, the German government proposed a law that places restrictions on employers' uses of Facebook to protect workplace privacy. But the law, a nice gesture of respect for future employees, ignores Facebook's exis ... More >>

  • News

    July 27, 2010

    Can the Kindle and Its Ilk Ease Textbook Inflation?

    And are they ready for prime time?

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    The New York Times Will Never Burnout of Blogger Burnout

    ​In today's New York Times Media & Advertising section is an article about blogger burnout. Like many things that get written in the New York Times about bloggers that isn't written by David Carr or Brian Stelter, it sadly merits a blog post making fun of how (A) Insipid and bush-league it i ... More >>

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