movies
The Business Behind Fake Hollywood Money

In late 2000, the producers and crew for action flick Rush Hour 2 gathered at the now-defunct Desert Inn in Las Vegas and prepared to blow up a casino. The scene, which pitted policemen and Secret Service agents against a counterfeiter attempting to launder $100 million in superdollars, was to culminate with hundreds of thousands of fake bills floating through the air. Read More >>

design
Before the Hashtag, There Was the Octothorpe

If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media—whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr—you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings, brands—topics of all kinds. The "#" didn't always have this meaning, though. Read More >>

science
Could Cinderella’s Glass Slippers Physically Exist Without Shattering?

It is delightful to have my masters degree in Mechanical Engineering put to use in resolving age old engineering problems. Read More >>

design
The Factories That Churn Out America’s Most Iconic Trophies

There's a little trophy shop called Aardvark Laser Engraving down the street from our office in Oakland. It's small but bustling, and its windows are stuffed to the brim with awards made of all kinds of materials and in any shape you can imagine: chalices, orbs, golfers, gavels, apples, and plaques. Plenty of plaques. They are engraved to award the Club DJ of the Year, the newest member of a local Freemason branch, one mysterious trophy just says "Rifle Expert," and there are plenty of heartfelt engravings to spouses, family members, and retiring co-workers. Read More >>

design
How to Fix the Lift

High rise buildings have used the same lift system for decades. So why mess with a good thing? Because that good thing is one major waste of space. Friends, it's time to redesign the lift. Read More >>

science
Five Reasons Why Our Universe Might Actually be a Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical realism has been struggling with the facts of physics for some time now. The paradoxes that baffled physics last century still baffle it today, and its great hopes of string theory and supersymmetry aren't leading anywhere. Read More >>

science
How Iron Man’s Arc Reactor (Probably) Works

By Ryan Carlyle, BSChE, Subsea Hydraulics Engineer Read More >>

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Which Smartphone and Tablet Displays Show the Most Accurate Colours?

If you walk into any major TV retailer, all of the TVs are showing identical videos, but their colours will be noticeably (sometimes obnoxiously) different on every TV on the wall. Why is that? Read More >>