The Rook Stars Talk Myfanwy’s Puzzling Name, the Bechdel Test and That Hive-Mind Makeout Session

If you’ve watched an episode of Starz’s supernatural drama The Rook, you already know that Emma Greenwell‘s character’s name — Myfanwy — rhymes with “Tiffany.” But you might not know exactly why, and Greenwell was happy to explain when she stopped by TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 interview suite. We won’t go into the specifics here […]

Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery

Enlarge / The original letter in which Galileo argued against the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. (credit: Royal Society) Renowned astronomer Galileo Galilei has been lauded for centuries for his courageous principled stance against the Catholic Church. He argued in favor of the Earth moving around the Sun, rather than vice versa, in direct […]

The puzzling case of two women who lost their hair after eating bitter squash

Enlarge / Various gourds, which may contain a harmful poison. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) For those who hate eating their vegetables, it’s easy to imagine that they’re actually toxic plants masquerading as food. But, as Ars has reported before, many of the common vegetables, fruits, spices, and other plant matter that we shovel in do […]

Umiro Requires Controlling A Pair Of Protagonists Across Its Puzzling Plains

A pair of schoolmates find themselves in a colorful world of danger and magical crystals in Umiro, a game where players must guide the two characters at the same time as they work to collect items and find the exit from this surreal dimension. Umiro‘s labyrinths are each filled with colored crystals for players to […]

New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science mysteries

The Boston public access station WGBH has partnered with PBS for another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. The first of the miniseries’ six episodes airs on PBS on Wednesday, April 28th, with a new one every week. Each episode tackles a […]

In a puzzling national address, 93-year-old Robert Mugabe doesn’t stand down as Zimbabwe’s president after dramatic military coup

Thomson Reuters Robert Mugabe agreed on Sunday to resign as Zimbabwe’s president, sources told Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. The decision came after a de facto, dramatic military coup last week. Mugabe, the only leader the southern African nation has known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy […]

2018 Lexus LS First Drive | Luxury, performance and the puzzling parts

When one imagines the enormous executive sedan that might be driven by a wealthy lawyer or banker (or their chauffeur), the mind naturally goes to the Mercedes S-Class or the BMW 7-Series. Venerable, enormous and expensive. But for those wanting to keep their driveway a little more understated, we also have the Lexus LS. Sure, […]

Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game: Dead Serious Puzzling, Wacky Sense Of Humor

Few games out there dare to ask the really important questions, such as “why is that weird chicken talking in rhymes?”, “what’s up with all the cheese lying around?”, and “did I really just blow up a planet?” Thankfully, Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game, a 3D puzzle platformer which can also be enjoyed in VR, is […]