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Webcomics Represent the "Triumph of the Nerds"

The ease of Internet publishing has given new opportunities to cartoonists. They no longer need the backing of an established publishing or syndication company–just some computer skills. The Economist looked at the developing of the industry and some of its leading figures, including Zach Weinersmith, Kate Beaton, Randall Munroe and Matthew Inman: One thing they have in [...]

The Missing Links: How You Spend Your Day

Fan Video Games Are Much Better Than Fan Fiction A recent Reddit AMA conducted by Dan Harmon, the recently-ousted creator of the show Community, inspired one fan to create a lost scene in video game format. * Chicago Children (And Some of Their Parents) Have Never Experienced School Recess School recess is as American as a dessert [...]

AC/DC: The Tesla–Edison Feud

You’ve probably heard about the famous rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison—both giants of electrical engineering whose innovations changed history. But what exactly was their history with one another? And has history proven one of them right? That whole boss/employee thing. Tesla, a Serbian by parentage, began working for the phone company in Budapest. In [...]

Thomas Edison’s Eccentric Job Interview Questions — A Cheat Sheet

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS Thomas Edison had an encyclopedic memory, and by the early 1920s, he had become increasingly frustrated by the fact that college graduates applying to work for him didn’t have a wealth of knowledge comparable to his own. To test the mental mettle of incoming job seekers, he administered to each a series of [...]

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia on July 10, 1856, which is 155 years ago today. It’s a good day to take a little time and find out more about this extraordinary man. Few inventors contributed more to advances in science and engineering in the early 20th century than Nikola Tesla. As one of the Fathers [...]

Scientist Finger Pupppets and Magnets

Adorn your refrigerator with these cute scientist finger puppets and magnets ($5.95) from the NeatoShop … or we’ll just have to ask Nikola Tesla (shown above) to experiment on his death ray with you! Link

How Lasers Can Protect You From Pirates

by David DiSalvo In the battle to control the high seas, there’s a new ray of light—the modern laser. In 1918, as the Great War was nearing its end, eccentric genius Nikola Tesla announced that he’d successfully harnessed the power of focused, amplified light. With the new technology, he planned to invent a death ray, capable of [...]