Help! Those Things With Wings Are After Me!

They have beady eyes, and make odd flapping noises. Their weird-looking feet and sudden moves can send some people into a tizzy. They’re birds, and some people have a deathly fear of them.

Industrial Ruins Draw Interest and Tourists

Although the idea of a modern American ruin seems like an oxymoron, grassroots preservation societies are trying to conserve great abandoned industrial and modern structures.

Jedis: Not So Far, Far Away After All

Jedis are fictional warriors who fight evil in the Star Wars movies. But they’re also thousands of real people who believe in the Force – even if they don’t use lightsabers.

Got Python Problems? There’s An App For That.

Smartphones have become the first line of defense in combating invasive species, from kudzu to the Burmese python, a problem that costs the country about $138 billion annually.

What’s For Dinner Tonight? Just Ask Your Phone.

Would you trust a bunch of strangers to tell you which dress to wear on your first date? With new decision-making apps, people are collecting instant feedback on such choices from hundreds of other users. Even professionals are jumping on board to collect consumer input.

New, Relaxed Forms of Probation for Convicted Teens

Air Exodus is just one of a number of innovative programs serving disenfranchised youth, with the goal of helping them avoid a future filled with criminal charges. These programs sound more like extra-curricular college prep for the elite than probation: a summer at a wilderness lodge, a mock court training program to learn legal vernacular and lessons in creating art installations.