Scientology around the world is in broad retreat, but to be in Taiwan you would never know that. Per capita, it’s one of the most Scientology-friendly countries on earth.
Welcome to What We Learned This Week, a digest of the most curiously important facts from the past few days. This week: chip cards are a pain in the butt, we're all burnt out and the physics of catcher's knees.
Cesena, Italy's Rockin' 1000 has a simple concept: 1000 rock musicians playing the ever-living-heck out of rock classics. It's a very good concept.
Arcadia Power lets you access clean energy for your home or apartment in all 50 states. It only takes three minutes to set up and is completely free. For those interested in supporting renewable energy, this is a no-brainer.
Debris flows, similar to landslides, sweep up huge amounts of mud, dirt, rock and other debris. They're very dangerous, and incredible to watch from afar.
In the opinion, the panel of judges said that the law restricted voting in ways that "disproportionately affected African Americans" and that its provisions targeted "African Americans with almost surgical precision." It said the state's defense of the law was "meager."
If you played "Doom" during its heyday in the '90s, I have some disappointing news: it’s not as frightening as you remember. But that’s just how memory goes.
Bill was in heaven last night when the DNC unleashed an ocean's worth of balloons.
Where weed is legal, store data shows that the stereotypical young, male smoker is no longer the norm.
Khizr Khan, whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq, delivered a powerful speech at the DNC on Thursday night, culminating in a sharp, angry rebuke of Donald Trump.
For an artist as connected to the fashion world as Kanye West is, it perhaps shouldn't be terribly surprising that one of his music videos is really just an extended (and gorgeous, we should add) promotion for French fashion brand Balmain.
Charged are Michigan Department of Health and Human Services workers Nancy Peeler, Corinne Miller and Robert Scott, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Liane Shekter-Smith; Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook, according to testimony this morning in Flint’s district court.
As 21st-century architects increasingly embrace sustainability as a core practice, the unofficial race for the world’s tallest timber skyscraper is on.
After last week's crazy, Trump-tastic Republican Convention, Democrats hoped that this week's Democratic National Convention would be tame in comparison. Luckily for media hungry spectators, it looks like that won't be the case.
The American elite can’t get enough of a musical that flatters their political sensibilities and avoids discomforting truths.
Zika virus is actively being transmitted by local mosquitoes in a one-square-mile area just north of Downtown Miami, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday morning in confirming that four cases of Zika infection in Miami-Dade and Broward counties were acquired locally.
Powerful and ultra-fast charging capabilities packed into a charger that's as thick as 5 of your credit cards.
The scrutiny facing Rio epitomizes the changing perception of the Games in the 21st century, where the myth is long gone.
In the vast and chaotic climate systems that govern our atmosphere and oceans, making sense of how one change — diminished sea ice — affects places or people thousands of miles away is a task of such extraordinary complexity that it strains even the most sophisticated supercomputers.
Only Will Smith can find a way to involve a choir, a horse and a giant bubble into his "Tonight Show" entrance.
In the final speech of the Democratic Convention, Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump, outlined how she sees American values, and explained why she thinks she's qualified to be president.
An early sign that neutrinos behave differently than antineutrinos suggests an explanation for matter-antimatter asymmetry.
A trivial but iconic architectural element of Europe are the chimneypots that adorn the rooftops of houses and buildings. As these photos testify, it is impossible to look over the rooftops of the sprawling French capital without being accosted by chimneypots.
The world was shocked when, following her murder in a mugging gone awry, her autopsy revealed that Stella Walsh had ambiguous genitalia. For the woman once regarded as the world's greatest female athlete, questions arose as to the legitimacy of her titles, and her integrity after a lifetime of living and competing as a woman.
Even modern, scientifically literate people, who certainly know better, somehow think that hair cuttings provide a link to the spirit of the person from whom the hair was taken.
If anyone can understand how Aaron Hernandez went from NFL stardom to life in prison for murder, it’s his older brother, Jonathan, whose perspective cost him a way of living.
When the public gets its first glimpse Friday of the school built to replace the one where 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred, they'll see a building designed to be attractive, environmentally friendly, conducive to learning, and above all, safe.
Noise can cause us distress and pain, but it can also help us think, perceive, remember, and be more creative. It turns out that it’s even necessary for our physiological and mental functioning. If it’s a drug, then it’s a performance drug. And New York is full of addicts.
Last night was a night of historic firsts as Hillary Clinton took to the stage to accept the Democratic nomination, but that didn't mean the grumpy Bernie bros were willing to take this sitting down. No, instead they scarfed down fistfuls of beans in order to gas up the DNC arena. Yes, really.
When photographer Mike Belleme set out to capture a portrait of America in 2016, he found a nation teetering on a precipice of change and riddled with insecurity. But unlike the hard lines of black-and-white campaigns, fear in the heart is a nuanced spectrum.
Little known to most tourists and even Germans, on the edge of Berlin lie the chilling abandoned remains of “Hitler’s Olympic village,” built for the so-called Nazi Games of 1936.
The presidential candidate is seeking to bring in 78 more servers, housekeepers, and cooks for his Mar-a-Lago resort and nearby golf course. The controversial guest worker program allows employers to import foreign workers, but only when there are no Americans who want the jobs.
As of this writing, the Upshot estimates a 68% probability for Clinton and 32% for Donald Trump. FiveThirtyEight estimates 52% and 48% for Clinton and Trump. What do those numbers mean, really?
From "Space Jam" to "Prometheus," rating the greatest movie and TV buckets.
Corpse flowers are big, beautiful smelly creations that only bloom once every decade or so. Over the next 24-36 hours, the flower will slowly open, emitting a foul odor that, as its namesake suggests, smells like rotting bodies.
Dronpes and Moots7 are both tall, stubbly white guys in their late 20s — the right age to have fond memories of the first generation Pokémon games. Six months ago they embarked on creating The Silph Road, a project that has become the "Pokémon Go" player’s bible.
Uber has tried to position itself as everyone’s favorite designated driver — like a superhero that fights drunk driving. But it looks like the ridesharing service and its competitors are not actually having much of an effect.
Even before Tesla reported the first known death of a driver using its autopilot feature, some employees worried the car company wasn't taking every possible precaution.
Anisa Jomha was a so-called “boobie streamer” until last March. Her sizable Twitch following includes ardent fans, horny dudes, toxic trolls, and an unusual chat moderator: her mother.