Peter Lawrence Kane

News

​A Woman Won $1.5 Million in Damages After a Brain Injury Supposedly Made Her Become a Dominatrix

Alissa Afornina was in a car accident that caused brain injuries that her lawyers argued caused her to become a dominatrix.
Peter Lawrence Kane
2.2.15
Stuff

​A Brief History of Snow Dicks

When a blizzard strikes, there are those who cower in their homes with canned foods, and those who make gigantic penises out of snow.
Peter Lawrence Kane
1.28.15
tech

That Bill Gates Shit-Water Machine Might Actually Change the World

We spoke to Doulaye Koné, senior program officer for the Gates Foundation, to try to better understand the magic poop water contraption Bill Gates debuted this week.
Peter Lawrence Kane
1.8.15
News

With the Russian Ruble Collapsing, What's Putin's Next Move?

Economic sanctions and the falling price of oil seem to be crippling Russia's fragile economy, but is that actually a good thing for the West?
Peter Lawrence Kane
12.16.14
Stuff

The Insane Hate Mail Collected by an Organization Fighting for Separation of Church and State in the Military

Bonnie Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation put the venom she's received into a book.
Peter Lawrence Kane
12.11.14
Stuff

The Biological Origins of Arms Races

We spoke to biologist ​Doug Emlen about the phenomenon of "sneaky males" and how medieval chainmail helped explain evolution as an endless series of arms races.
Peter Lawrence Kane
11.17.14
News

The World's Largest Snake Doesn't Need Males to Breed

We talked to the zookeeper in charge of Thelma, the world-famous snake that just had a virgin birth. It may be unsettling to imagine one less barrier in the way of more snakes, but finding new ways of making snakes might just be important.
Peter Lawrence Kane
11.3.14
tech

Are We Already Running Out of Useful Smartphone Apps?

Games and novelties aside, there are simply fewer and fewer areas of daily life that remain to be "disrupted" by utopian-minded Silicon Valley geeks. The golden age of the app may be coming to an end.
Peter Lawrence Kane
10.1.14
tech

The Coming Robot Apocalypse Looks Like a Bunch of Spreadsheets, Not Killer Drones

We're succumbing to the economic equivalent of carbon monoxide. The future we were promised, of limitless leisure kept afloat by a few breezy hours of work each week, looks more distant than ever. Our destruction by automatons is disappointingly un...
Peter Lawrence Kane
8.15.14
Stuff

Starbucks’ Tuition Reimbursement Is Profoundly Depressing

The new Starbucks deal might seem like a win-win, but it's really just part of Howard Schultz's political agenda.
Peter Lawrence Kane
6.24.14