Why Can’t We Build a Splash-Proof Toilet? →

The BYU team also learned that a “low angle of attack” produces the least splash. When pee hits the porcelain at a 90 degree angle, the splashback is terrible. But when the urine simulator aimed low—imagine hitting just above the drain of the urinal—the splash was more modest and not angled back at the urinator. This is also a good reason to aim sideways rather than straight at the urinal.

Meet The 80 People Who Are As Rich As Half The World →

Eighty people hold the same amount of wealth as the world’s 3.6 billion poorest people, according to an analysis just released from Oxfam. The report from the global anti-poverty organization finds that since 2009, the wealth of those 80 richest has doubled in nominal terms — while the wealth of the poorest 50 percent of the world’s population has fallen.

How Pregnancy Tests Work →

Over-the-counter pregnancy tests give potentially life-changing results with a pretty high rate of accuracy. But how do they work? Tien Nguyen explains how each test performs a scientifically rigorous, multi-stage experiment that goes from start to finish in the time that it’ll take you to watch this video.

Supreme Court Rules the Constitution Guarantees the Right to Same-Sex Marriage →

Justice Anthony Kennedy:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

Remembering Auschwitz: 70 Years After Liberation →

Auschwitz I and nearby Auschwitz II-Birkenau were the extermination camps where an estimated 1.1 million people—mostly Jews from across Europe, but also political opponents, prisoners of war, homosexuals, and Roma—were killed in gas chambers or by systematic starvation, forced labor, disease, or medical experiments. About 200,000 camp inmates survived the ordeal.

What Will It Take To Run A 2-Hour Marathon →

The Perfect Race

  1. It will be a cold day in March (or November).
  2. The course will be mind-numbingly boring (and perhaps in Poland).
  3. The pacemakes will form a human wall, setting the state for a time trial.
  4. The payday will be mind-blowing, but not tethered to a specific race.

The Perfect Runner

  1. He’ll have a Paula Radcliffe’s efficiency (and vertical leap).
  2. He’ll be 5’6″ and a buck-twenty soaking wet.
  3. He’ll have towering self-confidence and very fast friends.
  4. He’ll have access to things we can’t imagine.
  5. He’ll be in his early twenties – and fearless.