Image: NASA, ESA, and E. Perlman

What Color is the Universe?

What color is the universe? A cursory glance at the night sky would tell you it’s black or, at least, very dark. If you’re clever, maybe you’d say it’s actually white, because that’s the color you get when you combine all the colors of the spectrum together. ⇒ 9:33 am


Video: Weird Al’s “FOIL”

I can’t help but share this. Here’s the third music video from Weird Al Yankovic’s latest album Mandatory Fun. It’s a parody of Lorde’s “Royals” called, well, “FOIL.” Yeah, it’s about aluminium foil. And it’s surprisingly relevant. You can check out Weird Al’s other videos over at his official website. He’s ... ⇒ 12:10 pm


Phrenology: The Secrets In Your Skull

Phrenology. This strange practice was common back in the 1800s, and involved using the bumps and contours of your skull to determine various personality traits and psychological tendencies. The idea was that the brain consisted of segments, each responsible for a single trait, like concentrativeness (the ability to concentrate) or ... ⇒ 8:50 am

From James Cameron's Titanic. Mostly.

Did Time Travelers Sink the Titanic?

Time travelers. They’re everywhere, everywhen. You just don’t see them. You don’t realize that the very fabric of existence is being toyed with at every moment by inconsiderate time traveling tourists. ⇒ 7:16 am

Jeremy Bentham's Auto-Icon

Jeremy Bentham’s Auto-Icon

When people die, what happens to their remains? Some are buried. Some are cremated. And some have their bodies put on display in universities. Wait, let’s back up a little bit. Before he died, the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) wrote a will that he titled Auto-Icon: or, Farther uses ... ⇒ 10:19 am