August 27, 2016

Sailing the globe using nothing but the sun, stars, and ocean swells


Hawai'i—possibly the most remote island chain on the planet—was discovered hundreds of years ago by Polynesian voyagers in canoes. These ancient explorers relied exclusively upon their knowledge of the stars, bird behavior and ocean swell patterns to find speckles of land. Today, the modern descendants of these explorers are circumnavigating the globe using the same techniques.

August 14, 2016

This clever anti-theft technology protects the hood ornament on every Rolls-Royce sold today


A Rolls-Royce salesman demonstrates the latest anti-theft technology that has been included on every new vehicle since 2004.

July 19, 2016

The physics of the Black Swan's fouetté, the “hardest move” in ballet


In the third act of "Swan Lake", the Black Swan pulls off a seemingly endless series of turns, bobbing up and down on one pointed foot and spinning around and around and around... thirty-two times. How is this move, which is called a fouetté, even possible? Arleen Sugano unravels the physics of this famous ballet move.

July 4, 2016

2016 Illusion of the Year finalist

Here's the illusion:

And here's how it's done:

June 30, 2016

Meet the man behind the voice of AOL's famous “You've Got Mail” greeting


If you logged onto the internet circa 1997, chances are you heard this guy, Elwood Edwards, greet you with a warm “Welcome! You’ve got mail.” Edwards scored his place in internet history back in 1989, after submitting a handful of recorded phrases to a company that would soon be known as America Online. Thirty years and hundreds of millions of logins later, the rest is history.