Stuff happens in Game of Thrones

Someone gets his head chopped off, it's pretty cool.

Toy, snap-fit hydraulics

Small Machines are snap-fit, laser-cut simple hydraulic machines that use standard syringes and plastic tubing filled with tap-water for motion-control. Read the rest

Crowdfunding Cosmoquest, ex-NASA citizen science project

Commandline writes, "Dr. Pamela Gay is the principal investigator on a fantastic citizen science project, Cosmoquest, that sadly has been a casualty of reduced funding for NASA and for space science generally." Read the rest

Variations on the Trolley Problem

The "Trolley Problem" is a highly problematic thought-experiment about utilitarianism and morals -- ripe for skewering in the pages of McSweeney's. Read the rest

Lessons from a brain tumor diagnosis

Jeff writes, "I received my diagnosis late on Friday afternoon of what would be a very long weekend. I had really hoped to avoid brain surgery in my life." Read the rest