If you are subsisting on not much money for whatever reason, Subway is pretty much the cheapest option besides dollar pizza. There’s a pretty steep food to price ratio. I know this because after graduating when I was working for free like a millennial chump, I ate Subway a bunch and got SO SICK and had to go to the… » 4/22/15 6:18pm Wednesday 6:18pm

These Vases Are Actually Made From Liquified Smartphone Byproducts

It’s not something anyone likes to think about, but your smartphone—or your laptop, or the battery in your hybrid car—created a huge amount of toxic and radioactive waste. And now we know what happens to that waste in the long term. It returns to the earth, mingles with sludge, and finds its way into clay pots. » 4/22/15 1:35pm Wednesday 1:35pm

What It Was Like to Work at the Birthplace of Cellphones and Lasers

A semi-rural New Jersey community about 45 miles outside of New York City seems like an unlikely home for the most important breakthroughs in telecommunications of the 20th century. But that’s exactly what happened at Bell Labs’ Holmdel facility in the 1960s. » 4/21/15 3:00pm Tuesday 3:00pm

One Small Espresso Machine For the ISS, One Giant Leap For Humankind

In the early hours of what would be this morning for many of us, astronauts on the ISS reached out into space with a robotic arm and plucked the Dragon re-supply capsule from orbit. It contains plenty of important SCIENCE, but also the most important supply of all: coffee. » 4/17/15 1:20pm 4/17/15 1:20pm

A Failed Lab Experiment Accidentally Invented a Replacement For Cement

As the world’s cities expand at faster and faster speeds, so does its use of cement. One oft-quoted statistic shows that China alone used as much cement in the last three years as the US used in the last 100. Just one problem: Cement is responsible for pushing a hell of a lot of carbon dioxide into the world. » 4/16/15 2:00pm 4/16/15 2:00pm

The Secret Lives of NYC Mega-Projects, Revealed By One Photographer 

The sprawling construction sites buried below NYC are carefully regulated places, inaccessible to the public. But one photographer has been exploring these caverns and tunnels for 15 years at the MTA’s request—and his work paints an amazing picture of life underground.
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Here in Chicago we’ve got a coyote population right in the city—it’s pretty amazing to hear about regularly (one even walked into a Quizno’s, once, I think?). My question is where these animals typically end up living—in parks, I assume? » 4/09/15 2:22pm 4/09/15 2:22pm