This 1970s Energy Simulator Was Supposed to Make Conservation Fun

In the mid-1970s, Americans were reeling from the energy crisis. The environment was in terrible shape and oil shock was disrupting the economy. So the U.S. Department of Energy developed a new tool to help kids learn about energy use. It was called the Energy-Environment Simulator and it was more fun than a barrel of… » 12/19/14 2:15pm Yesterday 2:15pm

Report: Sony Hackers Got In With Stolen Admin Credentials

CNN is reporting that whoever hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment did so by stealing credentials from a systems administrator. They're currently citing unnamed U.S investigators as their source. CNN's sources also claim that the stolen credentials are what led them to conclude that this was not an "inside job" by some… » 12/18/14 6:38pm Thursday 6:38pm

The Coolest (and Weirdest) Stuff From Today's Animation Art Auction

There's an impressive art auction at Profiles in History today and tomorrow featuring everything from wax figures to theme park blueprints. Here's some of the coolest (and weirdest) stuff from it, if you're still looking to get me something for Christmas. For instance, the Alice in Wonderland concept painting above by… » 12/18/14 3:25pm Thursday 3:25pm

Restaurant With Robot Waiters Is A Blast From Futures Past

The robot waiter has arrived! In China. At one restaurant. Yes, the robot waiter has been the promise of the future for decades. But just like humanoid robotics as a whole, it has yet to get past the novelty phase. It's nearly the year 2015 and sadly we're still waiting for robot waiters to go mainstream. » 12/18/14 12:30pm Thursday 12:30pm

1957 Anti-American Movie From North Korea Is the Only Legal Movie Now

Judging by Sony's decision to pull the Christmas release of The Interview and reports that it North Korea was behind the attack, it looks like the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has won. Or something. We may as well get used to watching all their movies. I heard on the internet that North Korean movies are the… » 12/17/14 8:00pm Wednesday 8:00pm

The U.S. tries to pay Cuba about $4,000 a year to lease Guantanamo Bay

With the announcement today that the United States will normalize relations with Cuba, we expect a lot to change. Some travel restrictions will be loosened (though not lifted altogether), Americans will soon be able to bring back $100 worth of Cuban cigars and rum. But will Cuba start cashing the checks we've been… » 12/17/14 3:50pm Wednesday 3:50pm

Steve Jobs Imagines 'Nationwide' Internet in 1985 Interview

Sometimes it's easy to forget that Steve Jobs was once quite a visionary. His legacy has arguably been tarnished by stories of his need for total control, the bizarre antics at the end of his life, not to mention a shitty biopic starring Ashton Kutcher which hopefully won't be the last word on the man. But when you… » 12/15/14 2:20pm Monday 2:20pm

Will Google Sell All Your Emails to Your Grandchildren?

In 40 years will Google, Facebook and Visa sell all your emails, photos, and purchase history to your grandchildren? The Sony hack has reminded us that nearly everything we say and do here in the early 21st century will be on the record forever. And we better be prepared for the historians of tomorrow to pick through… » 12/12/14 1:45pm 12/12/14 1:45pm

We've Been Incorrectly Predicting Peak Oil For Over a Century

When the residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma buried a car in 1957 as part of an enormous time capsule, they included containers of gasoline. The good people of Tulsa reasoned that the folks of 2007 might not have any gas left to fill up the Plymouth Belvedere that they were interring for a fifty year journey into the… » 12/11/14 1:44pm 12/11/14 1:44pm