The George Harrison Memorial Tree in Los Angeles, planted in memory of the Beatles guitarist, was killed by beetles.
Cats in movies with a soundtrack of The Cure's "Love Cats."
Randall Munroe will take his hotly anticipated book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, on the road in September: Boston, NYC, SEA, SFO, Berkeley and LA!
Step 1: Wrap nice new jeans around tires. Step 2: Throw it to the cats. Step 3: Sell the remains.
In The Atlantic, a thinkpiece that actually made me think: "Weird" Al Yankovic's savvy internet distribution strategy, and how the artist has managed to create a powerful, enduring brand that began in the age of vinyl and FM radio. [HT: @alexismadrigal]
It's amazing to see these tiny, precision components being created and placed carefully together to create a mechanism. Each moment seems an exercise in human and technical precision--don't miss the branding being lasered in.Read the rest
Images shared on social media by observers at the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine show possible forensic evidence that yes, a surface-to-air missile did shoot down MH17--and that it may have exploded just beneath the plane, rather than exploding on impact with the aircraft. Read the rest
In a rare complication of being a metalhead, a 50-year-old Motorhead fan developed a brain bleed after combining enthusiastic headbanging with a benign cyst.
Earth and Mars are both so-called "Goldilocks" planets, writes Burkhard Bilger, each large, warm and atmospheric in a way seemingly conducive to life.Read the rest
The internet was abuzz this week with horror at the actions of Sky News reporter Colin Brazier, who was reporting live from the Malaysia Airlines crash site in Eastern Ukraine for the 24-hour news network. He picked up crash victims' luggage live on air, and rummaged through its contents, describing them to camera. Mr. Brazier now realizes he "crossed a line," and wrote a sort of mea culpa in the Guardian. Read the rest