Smoking Causes Thinning of Vital Part of Brain, New Study Reveals

Years ago, children were warned that smoking could stunt their growth, but now a major study by an international team including the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh shows new evidence that long-term smoking could...

Mad Scientists at MIT Are Designing Chairs That Assemble Themselves

The last chair you purchased likely arrived fully assembled, but let’s be clear: It didn’t assemble itself. There’s only one chair in the world that can do that, and it’s way too small for you to sit on. This very special chair, standing upon a 15 cm by 15 cm...

Gaze into the Wobbly GIF Worlds of Julien Rivoire

From an undulating sea of faces to an endlessly wiggling mirror hovering over pink train tracks, Julien Rivoire's GIF art maintains a healthy distance from reality. The founder of Bastard Graphics, a Lyon, France-based design studio that makes book covers,...

10 Unsolved Mysteries From Early 20th-Century Organized Crime

From the turn of the century through Prohibition and into the 1950s was a time of elegantly dressed men, even more elegant women, and a blatant disregard for the law in the United States. Organized crime reached a new high. Even today, there are plenty of mysteries...