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This Kickstarter Invention is a Night Light For Your Toilet

Andrew LaSane

The soft lighting helps guide sleepy users to the bowl.

The Surprisingly Cool History of Ice

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie the mag

Until two centuries ago, ice was just an unfortunate side effect of winter. But in the early 1800s, one man saw dollar signs in frozen ponds.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Self-Driving Cars

Alyssa Oursler

The technology is bringing back age-old ethical debates.

What Happens to Films Selected for Preservation by the Library of Congress?

Nick Keppler

When Congress asks for 'Ghostbusters' to be preserved, only the best will do.

What Ever Happened To Waterbeds?

Jeff Wells

Waterbeds were a coveted, "fluid fixture" of bedrooms—until suddenly they weren't.

The Best Online Shopping Deals We Could Find Today (February 10)

Smart Shopping Team

Are you constantly on the lookout for good online shopping deals? We are, too. So as a new recurring feature, we’re going to share some deals we’ve turned up.

What Will Earth Look Like in 100 Million Years?

Kate Horowitz

A new video from "It’s Okay to Be Smart" explains how human beings are changing the very makeup of our planet.

10 Musician Cameos on 1980s TV Shows

Kara Kovalchik

A handful of hitmakers took a shot at the small screen (with varying degrees of success).

Watch 540 Robots Perform a Synchronized Dance Routine

Michele Debczak

The performances was one of the highlights of China's Spring Festival gala.

Morning Cup of Links: Oregon Trail for Millennials

Miss Cellania

The Strange Science Behind Why You Feel The Burn When You Drink Alcohol

Caitlin Schneider

Proof that it only takes a second for alcohol to totally mess with your body.

8 Mind-Expanding Facts About Umbrellas

Tanya Basu

They owe a lot to China—and they used to be ladies-only.

Watch a LEGO Machine Build Paper Airplanes

Anna Green

The machine slowly and meticulously moves a piece of paper through a robotic assembly line, folding it in stages, and finally launching it into the air.

This Machine Uses Twitter Data to Mix Cocktails

Andrew LaSane

The tweets of total strangers dictate which ingredients are chosen for your drink.

A Recreation of Van Gogh’s Iconic Bedroom Is Available to Rent on Airbnb

Rebecca OConnell

Now you can sleep in the art.