The Two-Faced Moon

Viral urban legends, David O'Reilly's Mountain Game, the moon's two faces and more in our weekly look at the web

The moon may be Earth’s closest neighbor and the only other celestial body that humans have set foot upon—but it’s still shrouded in mystery. For example, why do the near side and the far side of the moon look so different? There are two competing hypotheses, but in this piece for Slate, astronomer Phil Plait explains why he finds the more recently put forth reason …

NY’s Absence of Organ Donors

Viral urban legends, David O'Reilly's Mountain Game, the moon's two faces and more in our weekly look at the web

Startling statistics came to light this week regarding the Empire State’s staggeringly low percentage of organ donors, with just 22% of New Yorkers registered as organ donors (the third lowest in the country). The low number is at odds with 80% of the state’s residents who support organ donation. While the reasons behind this pressing issue remain murky, one thing’s for sure: organs are in …

Mountain Game

Viral urban legends, David O'Reilly's Mountain Game, the moon's two faces and more in our weekly look at the web

David O’Reilly, the animator known for his deconstructed, artistic use of 3D software (as seen in the video game sequences for the Spike Jonze film, “Her”), released an app this week for iOS, Mac and PC called “Mountain Game.” An antithesis to attention-draining mobile apps in general, “Mountain” is a zen experience in which you raise your own unique, living mountain (that also floats). How …