• A design collective has raised more than $2,000 to produce a zero-gravity-friendly martini glass, which could allow people to sip drinks in space.
• Larry King said his tweets are in fact transcriptions of voice mails he leaves his assistant.
• A 104-year-old Texas woman revealed the secret to her longevity: drinking three cans of Dr Pepper a day.
• Fox is reviving The X-Files as a six-episode event series, which starts production this summer.
Streams of Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp a Butterfly on its first day of release, setting a Spotify record. The album dropped eight days ahead of schedule, which fed demand
At a recent Women’s History Month reception in the Capitol, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (far right, if only in this image) snapped a photo with Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.
In Younger, the new TV Land series from Sex and the City creator Darren Star, the 27-year-old actress plays Kelsey Peters, a hotshot book editor who befriends a 40-year-old coworker (Sutton Foster) pretending to be in her mid-20s in order to re-enter the workforce.
TV Land is known for airing classic shows for an older audience. How does Younger challenge that identity?
In this day and age, it’s not the network that makes the show–it’s the show that makes the network. I remember when no one would have watched AMC, and that was just a few years ago. Younger is edgy.
When I read the episode about my character’s [menstrual cup] getting stuck, that was like, “Wow, okay, we’re really going to go there.” We get drunk a lot. We take [the ecstasy-like drug] Molly.
That must have been interesting on set.
It’s exhausting to act drunk or high all day! It’s a lot of work.
You lived in Brooklyn while filming this show. Did you learn anything from the 20-somethings there?
I felt so old living there, to be honest. Some of the outfits were so wild! There’s such good people-watching.
Have you started drinking out of mason jars and making your own pickles?
I am so into that. I’ve been doing that in L.A. for quite some time.
Oh yes, I’ve made pickles, I’ve made preserved lemons. We drink our water out of mason jars.
On Younger, your character’s co-worker lies about her age. Have you?
Oh yeah, all the time. I used to lie to get into clubs. But I think they would all know how old I was anyway.
Right. It’s probably harder when everyone can Google your birthday.
I know! A fake ID would never work.
You dropped two singles last year. Are you still recording an album?
My record is pretty much done. It’s just a balancing act of trying to have two careers that take up a lot of my time. And also being a mom [to 3-year-old Luca]–the most important one for me.
Origins of Species
Not so long ago in a river far, far away, scientists identified the Peckoltia greedoi–a catfish named for its resemblance to Greedo, the bug-eyed bounty hunter from Star Wars. But the creature, which recently was recognized as its own species, is not the first one to have its taxonomic inspiration drawn from pop culture.
This species of fungus was named after the popular Nickelodeon character because of its yellow-orange color and absorbent nature.
The valves of this mussel look like the pointed ears of Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan character played by the late Leonard Nimoy on Star Trek.
Like the Harry Potter books’ dementors, who drain the souls of their prey, this wasp uses toxins to put cockroaches into a zombie-like state.
This mermaid skink, a kind of lizard, was named after the literary white whale because both creatures have neither pigmentation nor hind limbs.
This genus of ground sharks was named after J.R.R. Tolkien’s slimy, cave-dwelling character from The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books.
African artists are more connected than ever before; there are at least 650 million registered cell phones on the continent, dwarfing figures for the U.S. or Europe. A new exhibit at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, explores how this generation of digital natives is influencing political and economic change through photography, architecture and sculpture (like this eyewear from Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru). It runs through Sept. 13.
‘You had one job, test people. One job.’
TAYLOR SWIFT, after an SAT review book apparently misquoted her song lyrics in a practice question meant to highlight incorrect grammar. One of her fans posted a photo of the gaffe to Tumblr
• Zayn Malik said he is leaving One Direction to “be a normal 22-year-old.”
• According to a new study, 27% of teens occasionally change their clothes or shoes while driving.
• Burger King Japan plans to debut a Whopper-scented perfume … on April 1.
• The live owls in Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter studio tour in London face “cruel” conditions, according to allegations from PETA.
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This appears in the April 06, 2015 issue of TIME.