March 14, 2014

Carl Sagan Explains Albert Einstein
3:12 PM

On Einstein's birthday, a look at his life.

The 'Veronica Mars' Movie Gives Fans What They Want—And That's a Good Thing
2:38 PM

I owe Rob Thomas an apology for doubting the Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie. 

Some People Just Don't Like Music—and That Upsets a Lot of Evolutionary Theory
2:28 PM

Science had assumed music was so universal that it must be hard-wired into us. Maybe not.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Is Still Missing. You Secretly Hope It Stays That Way.
1:01 PM

It took a missing airplane—one of man's greatest technological innovations—to remind us that there's still some mystery left to humanity.

March 13, 2014

'What Do I Do If I'm Ugly?'
Baidu's autofill reveals the soul of the average Chinese web surfer

"What do I do if I'm ugly?" and other press questions of the Chinese public. 

The Contemporary Novel of Ideas Finds its Footing
8:00 PM

Two recent novels by Nigerian expats have explored the limits of the novel of ideas.

Americans Have Started Saying "Queue." Blame Netflix.
4:40 PM

It took us years just to learn how to pronounce it.

March 12, 2014

How "Religious Freedom" Laws Sanction Discrimination
Even where it's already legal

Anti-discrimination laws can't protect gay people against the new "religious freedom."