Wait a Second, That Table Has No Legs!

Maybe you’ve seen one of these “floating” tables on the internet. They look crazy because at first glance, it seems like the table is standing up on strings instead of on solid legs. Which is impossible, right? I mean, you can pull strings to make something happen, but everyone agrees that pushing on a string…

Should There Be a Religion Based on *Dune*?

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Kyle MacLachlan and a bunch of Fremen in David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of Dune. Universal Pictures/AlamySteven Kotler’s novel Last Tango in Cyberspace is set in the near future and draws on his 30-year career as a tech journalist. The story is also full of references to some…

Should There Be a Religion Based on ‘Dune’?

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Kyle MacLachlan and a bunch of Fremen in David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of Dune. Universal Pictures/AlamySteven Kotler’s novel Last Tango in Cyberspace is set in the near future and draws on his 30-year career as a tech journalist. The story is also full of references to some…

Covid-19 Is Pulling the Plug on Clean Energy Jobs

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.In early March, when Covid-19 cases began popping up across the U.S., the Philadelphia-based company Solar States was having a really good year, with at least six months’ worth of contracts already lined up. The 30-person company installs solar panels on homes…

How to Make Better Coffee at Home

Many of us are sheltering in place, which probably means forgoing that morning trip to the coffee shop. Fear not though, it’s possible to make coffee house quality coffee in your own kitchen. Engineering a better cup of coffee isn’t difficult. First though, you need to figure out what “better” means to you. There is…