Diving into an active volcano in Hawaii, with lava-loving robots from NASA JPL

Researchers are developing robots to explore volcanoes, like the one on the Big Island of Hawaii that's flowing actively right now, threatening to slurp up homes in its wake.

Video: Pulp Fiction vs. Happy Days

"Pulpy Days," by Darrin Fullerton. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!) Read the rest

This might be the nicest gas station restroom on earth

It's in Bohol, Philippines. Read the rest

DHS's weird, creepy social media search-terms

Michael from Muckrock sez, "Through FOIA requests, MuckRock users have been helping keep watch on the watchers, and recently Todd Feathers's FOIA request to the DHS resulted 91 pages worth of the agency's social media searches, from the occult (seeking the "devil" in August) and creepy ("happy camp") to downright terrifying ("black market ebola")." Read the rest

"Imported" Kirin not actually from Japan

A Florida judge ordered Anheuser-Busch to pay a $.50 a six-pack refund to anyone who bought their beer deceptively labeled as "Imported" and "Japan's Prime brew." Read the rest

NASA astronomers: "Pillars of Creation" might also be "pillars of destruction"

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a bigger and sharper photograph of the iconic Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation".

The US treasury secretary's signature was unfit to print on currency

Above: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's signature. Barack Obama said, “Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency, should he be confirmed as secretary of the Treasury.”

Visit Futility Closet to see the version of Lew's signature that's used on US Federal Reserve notes. Read the rest

Remembering Aaron Swartz with action: watch new, unreleased footage from "Internet's Own Boy"

Two years after the death of hacker, activist, and good human being Aaron Swartz, new video and a new way to bring life to his legacy of making the world a better place.

New antibiotic hailed as a breakthrough

Scientists have discovered a "breakthrough" antibiotic in a sample of New England dirt that has shown great promise in the laboratory. They are calling it teixobactin.

The experimental drug, which was isolated from a sample of New England dirt, is called teixobactin. It hasn’t yet been tested in people, though it cured all mice infected with antibiotic-resistant staphylococci bacteria that usually kills 90 percent of the animals, according to a study published today in the journal Nature. Bacteria appear to have a particularly difficult time developing resistance to the drug, potentially overcoming a major problem with existing antibiotics.

Read the rest

Charlie Hebdo will print 1 million copies of next issue instead of 60,000 as usual

Surviving staff of the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, announced they are going to print 1 million copies of the next issue, instead of the usual 60,000. Read the rest

Batmanga: Japan's 1960s parallel universe "New Look" Batman

In the 1960s, DC comics rebooted its moribund Batman franchise with the "New Look" comics, where Batman returned to his scientific detective roots. Across the ocean, manga master Jiro Kuwata was tapped to interpret the superhero for a Japanese audience, in stark black-and-white, and made Batman into something remarkable, prescient and unmatched. Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga, DC is collecting, for the first time ever, the English translation of the Kuwata's full run.

Tsukunejima: A Fantastic Dining Experience in Hiroshima

Tsukunejima Streetside View
When I visited Hiroshima, Japan with my family, I expected a lot of tough questions about the atomic bomb from my daughters. But I didn't expect to stumble upon one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at.