US State Government Once Forced Beavers to Skydive With World War 2 Parachutes

"The Saga of the Skydiving Beavers" sounds like the title for a quirky children's book, but it's also a fitting epitaph for a strange, true story of an unconventional approach to habitat resettlement. In 1948, the US state of Idaho's Fish and Game service decided the best way to keep beavers away from growing urban centres was to strap them into old surplus World War II parachutes and airdrop them in the countryside. The weirdest part of this story? It worked. Read More >>

Tim Cook: Apple’s New Campus Will Be the Greenest Building Ever

We already know Apple's new "Spaceship" campus looks cool. And if Tim Cook's claims are true, it's going to be cool and the most incredibly eco-friendly building on the planet. Read More >>

“I Was Terrified”: The World’s Tallest Waterslide’s Engineer Fesses Up

The world's tallest water slide is located at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, and also in my nightmares. It's called Verrückt—which means "insane" in German—with good reason: at 168 feet and 7 inches (51m), it's taller than the Statue of Liberty; Niagara Falls – or 23 Shaquille O'Neals stacked on top of each other. We recently gave one of the madmen who designed it a chance to explain himself. Read More >>

What Four Months on Mars Taught Me About Boredom

The scene: I'm in my closet-sized cabin, inside a white dome built to house a crew of six for four months as part of an isolation experiment. As a crew, we are working and living as 'explorers' stationed on the surface of 'Mars'. Our colony is lifelike and NASA-funded, but it is situated in a place quite a bit closer to home, on a remote slope of a Hawaiian volcano. Read More >>