The original Doom, one of 64 Objects that shaped video game history

Enlarge / Cutting edge at the time, we swear. Doom (1993): Doom’s success lay not only with its addicting gameplay and technical innovations, such as its introduction of a portable game engine, but also in its innovative digital distribution. Note the prominent “shareware” advertisement on the top front of the game packaging. This groundbreaking game […]

How the Harvey Weinstein effect shaped this year’s Oscar nominees

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault and harassment allegtions and the movements sparked by them have had a noticeable effect on this year’s Oscar landscape. Among other notable misconduct-related developments, James Franco was snubbed for a best actor nomination amid allegations of sexual misconduct.   Harvey Weinstein, the ultimate impresario of the Oscars campaign, has […]

A baby monitor shaped like a bunny made keeping tabs on my little one easier than ever

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Amazon The Arlo Baby monitor and camera from Netgear connects via app to your phone, tablet, and/or computer for remote viewing and reports. The baby monitor provides real-time information on […]

A Chinese energy company is building 100 solar farms shaped like panda bears

Panda Green Energy Group/Handout via REUTERS BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – In a country where you can find everything from chopsticks to slippers designed to look like pandas, one Chinese energy company is going a step further by building 100 solar farms shaped like the bears along the route of the ambitious Belt and Road initiative. […]

The French Expedition That Shaped the Earth

It had been two years since they left home, but their real journey was just beginning. In August 1737, French scientists, having traveled across the Atlantic to Ecuador, split into two groups and departed Quito for separate peaks. They would battle altitude sickness — a condition Europeans were oblivious to — and freezing cold to […]

The Social Conditions That Shaped Lola’s Story

Anakbayan USA, a national organization of Filipino youth and students dedicated to advancing democratic rights, sends this response: In the viral Atlantic article, “My Family’s Slave,” author Alex Tizon tells his account of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, who was to Tizon’s family both “Lola” and slave. Behind the heart-wrenching storytelling is a reality we must face: […]