How An App Helped Me (And 20,000 Other Women) Get Pregnant

Last summer I sat in the bathroom of an Irish pub, trying desperately to solve a math equation. I had abandoned my friends at the bar, where I'd been pretending to drink an IPA, to tend to this pressing arithmetic in private. If I solved correctly for 'x,' the answer would provide me with some crucial… » 8/28/14 12:00pm Thursday 12:00pm

Apple Now Has a Design Patent for Its Giant Glass Cube

Apple's been on a tear to protect the look of its retail experiences, trademarking the design of its stores and patenting its proprietary see-through staircases. Now its glass cube flagship store in Manhattan is officially a patented design in the U.S., with "Steve P. Jobs" listed as one of the inventors. » 8/28/14 11:23am Thursday 11:23am

Keeping Bike Shares Running Smoothly Requires Seriously Complex Math

Here's kind of a dirty secret about bike share: Bikes don't end up distributed evenly across the system, so most cities use trucks and trailers to shuffle the bikes around to the kiosks where they're needed most at different times of day. Turns out it requires a complicated algorithm to determine exactly when and… » 8/27/14 7:15pm Wednesday 7:15pm

The First High School Show That Showed Us It Was Okay to Be Different

Long before her Emmy-winning turn as a bipolar CIA officer on Homeland, Claire Danes played typical teenager Angela Chase. In doing so, she showed an entire generation, including me, that high school was not a perfect place, and that was totally fine. My So-Called Life debuted 20 years ago this week. » 8/26/14 8:00pm Tuesday 8:00pm

Rich People Are Trucking Their Own Water Into Drought-Ridden California

Although 81 percent of the state is experiencing an "extreme drought," for many parts of California there is no apparent water shortage. Visit the highest-income neighborhoods and you'll see lush lawns and sparkling fountains defiantly sucking our lifeblood from the Earth. Apparently, the rich will do whatever it… » 8/26/14 6:41pm Tuesday 6:41pm

A Gadget That Stops Seats From Reclining Caused a Plane-Diverting Fight

Planes are giving us less and less leg room so it's no surprise that quarrels break out between passengers over space. Yesterday, one such altercation got so heated that a plane was diverted to Chicago. And at the heart of the conflict? A nifty little device called the Knee Defender, which prevents seats from… » 8/25/14 7:15pm Monday 7:15pm