How figure skating scoring rewards risk over artistry

That’s Mirai Nagasu, who’s competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Got the triple axel, triple triple, another triple toe combo. There’s a checklist, I’m checking them all. which is why so few women ever attempt it. But for how many points it’s worth, At the 2018 US Figure Skating Championship in San Jose, […]

Why parrots can talk like humans

This is what a macaque monkey would sound like if it suddenly proposed. Yeah, I hate it too. Let’s play it again: Now of course, that’s not a real monkey, it’s a computer simulation that was part of a study on monkey vocal tracts. And what it shows is that monkeys have a strikingly similar […]

How this border transformed a subcontinent | India & Pakistan

This is the Golden Temple. People come here from all over the world to bathe in its waters, to look at the Holy Book that is inside of this middle Golden Temple and to just experience the holiness of this place. This place is the epicenter of Sikhism. It sits right here in northern India […]

Why danger symbols can’t last forever

You probably know how this symbol is supposed to make you feel. And this one. This one too, even if you’re not sure exactly what it means. But what about this? This symbol — The Jolly Roger — was once one of the most feared symbols in the world. It represented death, pirates, and poison. […]

Will We Survive Mars? – Glad You Asked S1 (E1)

( music playing )– Uh-oh. – Ow, ow, ow, ow. The pain. Ready? Ah! We’re in the middle of an ancient lake basin, that scientists think is one of the most Martian places on Earth. And we’re stuck.We’re stuck here because I had a question.NASA says the first humanswill set foot on Mars in the […]

How a recording-studio mishap shaped ’80s music

This thing keeps happening every single time I listen to one of my favorite songs of the last 5 or so years. I hear this weird but familiar drum sound that just cuts right through the track. I love it. Here it is one more time. That punchy, unnatural drum was the sound of the […]

Why the US national anthem is terrible — and perfect

If you’ve ever tried to sing the star spangled banner, “You see” You know it’s not easy. “And the rockets’ red glare. Can’t go that high.” The lowest note and the highest note are an octave and a half apart. That’s 12 full notes. For comparison, God Save The Queen spans seven notes. Oh Canada? […]

Why Rotten Tomatoes scores don’t mean what they seem

Chances are you’ve seen this tomato before. It’s become ubiquitous — and quite contentious This chart helps to explain why. We’re releasing more films now than ever before. And in a world of excess choice, people need guidance to make tough decisions. Which is why we need services like Rotten Tomatoes The internet staple got […]

Why underdogs do better in hockey than basketball

If you were to put sports and games on a continuum, where the outcomes reflect pure skill on the right side, and pure luck on the left side, where would the big team sports go? Somewhere in the middle right? But in what order? There’s actually a way to estimate that using statistics, and this […]

Why cartoon characters wear gloves

This is the VHS for An Extremely Goofy Movie. It’s the follow up to the cult classic A Goofy Movie and it’s one of my favorite animated films. Now, there’s a moment in this movie where Bobby Zimmeruski, Max’s stoner friend — You know, the one that chugs Cheese Wiz? He says, “Do you ever […]