fun facts

Why Finland loves saunas.

“The only Finnish word to make it into everyday English is sauna. But what it is, and how much it means to Finns, is often misunderstood – and it’s definitely not about flirtation or sex.” | learn more

fun facts

The internet, one pixel at a time. 

What happens when you let the internet place unlimited pixels on a canvas, but only one every five minutes? Reddit’s april fools joke lasted 3 days, and the result is worth looking at. “Somehow, someway, what happened in Reddit over […]

staying thirsty

Chicago splashes into water innovation business. 

Want to be in the water business? Maybe Chicago isn’t the best place to start. Since we have an abundant supply of water in Lake Michigan, Chicagoans really don’t think twice about using too much. These two projects aren’t letting […]

staying thirsty

Drinking water from the sea. 

Water is essential to our survival, and it covers much of the earth. The only pesky issue is that most of that water is saltwater. Naturally, desalinization is a big deal. Unfortunately it’s still very expensive process, so water scarcity […]

under the microscope

Fasting can regenerate your immune system. 

A recent study by researchers at the University of Southern California has found that fasting for three days triggers your body to regenerate immune systems cells. “Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose and fat but also […]

tech, startups, internet

Q&A with industry leading VC Steve Jurvetson. 

DFJ Ventures, foundedin 1985, has been one of the most successful VC firms. Jurvetson, the J in DFJ, sits on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX, Planet, D-Wave, and Synthetic Genomics. He answers questions about self-driving cars, nanotechnology, and other interesting […]

big ideas

The backfire effect, via comic. 

You need to read this. In The Oatmeal’s usual (excellent) style, the comic explains the backfire effect – why offering facts that contradict a deeply held belief doesn’t produce the desired result. | learn more