To All the ‘Shitty’ Earbuds I’ve Loved Before

I’m a simple woman. When I’m riding the bus, walking down the street, or working in the office, I just want to pop in my earbuds, turn on some good music (buy Honey on iTunes) and ignore everything around me. Read More >>

What Scientists Can Learn From New York City’s Freakiest Residents

In a way, cities are giant science labs, providing an environment for organisms that’s unlike anywhere else on the planet. Even though cities have been around for thousands of years, the way that humans are urbanising our planet in recent decades has become radically transformative for entire ecosystems. Urban living is literally altering the DNA of life on Earth. Read More >>

Instagram Now Lets You Mute Posts, a Gift to Frenemies Everywhere

They’re a bit late to the party, but Instagram has finally answered our prayers by adding a mute feature to its main feed. According to an announcement made by the company this morning, users will be able to hide posts in their feed from accounts that they still want to follow but don’t want to see any content from—like, for instance, that friend who posts Far Too Much and decided to date your ex. It’s not like you can unfollow her (you are “friends” after all) but come on! Read More >>

I’m Begging You Emoji Overlords, Rescue This Adorable Animal Horn Section

Newly proposed guidelines under consideration by the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit group that maintains Unicode as the international standard for symbols across software platforms, could soon radically change the way we use emojis. Yes, I mean that Unicode may finally update emoji standards to let your favourite symbols face either direction instead of just one way. Read More >>

Fieldwork Fail Shows How Science Is Sometimes a Hilarious Trainwreck

After long years of research, your efforts have paid off: the archaeological site you’re digging in has turned up a stash of rare, striking bones, no doubt the beginning of a groundbreaking discovery. Only then, you find the KFC wrapper, revealing that this “ancient burial ground” is just the leftovers of someone’s lunch. Read More >>

Oh Great, Another Way Humans Are Screwing With Pollinators

On Monday, the US Department of Agriculture brought us some much needed good news, when it reported data suggesting that honeybees might finally be bouncing back from colony collapse disorder. Today, a team of scientists countered with some bleak news. A new study published in the journal Nature indicates that artificial light pollution might be a much bigger problem for pollinators—and their plants—than we realised. Read More >>