Science & Technology

Why Fictional Media Doesn't Desensitize Us to Real-Life Violence

One of the mantras often expressed by advocates concerned about media violence is that violent media content may desensitize viewers to real-life violence. This notion of desensitization seems to have intuitive appeal for the pearl-clutching set in direct proportion to its nebulousness as a construct. So what do we mean by desensitization? And does this…

Toyota Is Giving Away Cheap Uber Rides To College Students

When you’re tired, getting behind the wheel can be nearly as dangerous as driving drunk. And yet every day, Americans with drooping eyelids and heavy limbs hit the roadways — sometimes with deadly consequences.  To shine a spotlight on the dangers of drowsy driving, Toyota, Uber and The Huffington Post are teaming up to provide discounted Uber…

SpaceX Nails Historic At-Sea Rocket Landing

Before the dust even had time to settle from last week’s Tesla Model 3 unveiling, billionaire tech magnate Elon Musk’s other brainchild, SpaceX, celebrated another technological milestone. On Friday, SpaceX successfully delivered a cargo ship, carrying an experimental, balloon-like habitat, to the International Space Station and pulled off a nearly impossible at-sea landing of its rocket…

The Antibacterial Resistance Threat: Are We Heading Toward a Post-Antibiotic Era?

Source: PEW Charitable Trusts The above graphic, from the Antibiotic Resistance Project by the PEW charitable trusts, summarizes how alarming the emergence of drug resistant bacterial strains has gotten over the past few decades. According to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), every year 2 million Americans acquire drug-resistant infections [1], in other words…

Penis Museum Curator Discusses His Growing Collection

The Icelandic Phallological Museum started as a small gag, but it’s grown bigger than its creator, Sigurour Hjartarson ever imagined. “To start with, it was just a joke, but when I realized this could be made a good collection, I intended to keep going and trying to improve it and so on,” Hjartarson said in “The Dickumentary,”…

Cuddly Toy Dog Goes AWOL On The Edge Of Space

Where in the world is Sam the stuffed dog? Students from Morecambe Bay Primary School in northwest England sent the cuddly toy to the edge of space on Tuesday. They hooked the stuffed animal to a helium balloon and watched him soar. The youngsters monitored the toy dog’s location via GPS tracking equipment as he beamed back beautiful images showing…

Our Ridiculously Massive Food Waste Is Driving Climate Change

Humans waste an exorbitant amount of food — more than 1.4 billion tons annually. That’s roughly 400 million tons more than the weight of Japan’s Mount Fuji, which rises 2.3 miles above sea level. If combating global hunger wasn’t reason enough to reverse the disturbing trend, new research suggests that reducing food waste could drastically help…