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For the longest time, Solana Rowe just wanted to be Lisa Simpson. "She was so jazzy. She played the saxophone. She was an outsider," the 23-year-old musician giggles in a basement bar in the East Village, leaning back into a brick wall. She touches the pile of floppy curly hair on top of her head, ... More >>
The dinos of Jurassic Park are coming back next month, this time in 3D, which makes me wonder: If they ever remade it with people as the creatures, who would get the roles? Here are my incredibly helpful suggestions. As the velociraptor..
You may want to check the certificate of authenticity for your Stegosaurus skeleton. Yesterday, a Florida man pleaded guilty to illegally smuggling dinosaur skeletons. Don't be alarmed if you were unaware that dinosaur bone-smuggling was an issue because we didn't know either. But yesterday's guil ... More >>
The woman who lives down the hall from me in my Crown Heights apartment building is a late-middle-aged Caribbean islander who spent months telling everyone in my building that I was an undercover K-9 cop sent in by the feds to blend in and gather intelligence on any potential drug dealers who may li ... More >>
The above video comes via the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and it shows a superconductive disc locked in "quantum levitation." Translation: HOLY SHIT, THAT NILLA WAFER IS FLOATING IN MID-AIR!
The magnetic storm that has been developing on the Sun's surface may cause problems down here on Earth soon. Reuters reports that above average solar activity is proving to be a real concern for the Space Weather Prediction Center. They warn that communications and GPS satellites could be aff ... More >>
Alert: There will be a massive lunar eclipse, today, the first in 2011! It will start at 2:20 Eastern time. However, you won't be able to actually see it in real life, unless you happen to live in the eastern portion of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia, or western Australia. North Americ ... More >>
"What's that smell?" is a question that has plagued mankind for thousands of years, but have you ever stopped to ask, "Why does that smell?" The BBC reports scientists at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas are trying to figure out the reasons why and how things smell, and they ma ... More >>
An international team of scientists is aiming to go further into the Earth than ever before. COSMOS Magazine has the story of this colossal undertaking, which will cost over a billion dollars and optimistically take almost a decade. By reaching the mantle, the layer between the crust and iron ... More >>
via NASA/Mr. Eclipse/Fred EspenakScience nerds, astronomy fans, and people who like to look up at the sky and see things: There will be a total lunar eclipse Tuesday morning -- meaning that the sun, the Earth, and the moon will all align, with the moon entirely in the Earth's shadow. This is ... More >>
Why, scientists, why? Why must you torture us with these punishing, misogynistic studies that only prove scientists to be sick, sick fucks? Study in point: Steven Most and Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, professors of psychology at the University of Delaware, decided to test whether women really ... More >>
Dale Hemmerdinger, the ex-MTA chairman and current landlord, is evicting Shamsher Wadud, who for many years owned the Indian restaurant Nirvana on the roof of the building next door. Wadud is broke and a Parkinson's sufferer, and claims his apartment is overrun by rodents. [NY Post] The Shak ... More >>
A group of die-hard New York stargazers met this morning in Inwood, in the northernmost tip of Manhattan near Spuyten Duyvil Creek, to watch the LCROSS lunar probe crash into the surface of the moon. The mission's objective is to see if there is water on the moon. Jason Kendall, the founder ... More >>
Oh brother. Here we go again with the evolutionary psychologists.There's no denying that evolutionary psychology has a sort of hip cache -- the general idea goes that we humans act the way we do because of the way we evolved on the African savanna millions of years ago, even if those inherited behav ... More >>
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