The Factory Where They Engineer Massive Water Art Pieces

The Factory Where They Engineer Massive Water Art Pieces

The headquarters of the world’s leading water design firm, Water Entertainment Technologies, or WET, is best described as a cross between a machine shop, research laboratory, and movie studio. At one end of the sprawling complex in North Hollywood, California, technicians weld together giant sheets of steel and pull plastic parts from injection molding machines.…

Is Facebook Forever?

Facebook started in 2004 as a simple network for connecting students at Harvard University. At the time, nobody could have predicted that it would grow to become the largest social network in the world, with 2.5 billion monthly active users, or that it would wield such tremendous influence over our lives, our politics, and our…

‘Nintendo Play Station’ Sells At Auction For $360,000

‘Nintendo Play Station’ Sells At Auction For $360,000

Photo: Heritage AuctionsA prototype of a never-produced video game machine colloquially known as the “Nintendo Play Station” has sold at auction for $360,000, setting a new record for the most expensive item of video game memorabilia ever publicly sold.Pop-culture auction house Heritage Auctions offered the device, the product of a short-lived collaboration between Nintendo and…

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

The next phase of the Covid-19 outbreak in the United States is about to begin. The disease is here, and public health experts now believe that it’s time to shift to clear-eyed mitigation measures—to shut down some aspects of public life to slow the disease’s progress. But those experts also believe that no one is…

Is It OK to Make Coronavirus Memes and Jokes?

Is It OK to Make Coronavirus Memes and Jokes?

A global outbreak that has killed thousands of people doesn’t seem like a likely source of humor, but the internet can’t stop cracking jokes about coronavirus. Since late last year, when China first alerted the world to the novel coronavirus, jokes, puns, and memes about it have been spreading even faster and wider than the…

Hungry Animals Can Change How Badly a Landscape Burns

Hungry Animals Can Change How Badly a Landscape Burns

As California has descended into wildfire hell, with ever bigger blazes burning ever more intensely over the past few years, an unlikely firefighting hero has emerged: the goat. Officials in mountain cities in particular have been hiring herds to hoover up overgrown vegetation, creating fire breaks around the edges of towns. It’s what these ungulates—and…