Jim Festante

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.

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Sept. 18 2014 1:57 PMThe Octopus RaceCephalopod-inspired camouflage could let subjects change color and texture in seconds.
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Sept. 16 2014 3:04 PMA Tower Above the TreesThe tallest structure in South America will soon be deep in the Amazon.
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Sept. 3 2014 5:23 PMWhat Happens When You Demolish a Giant Dam?The return of a natural ecosystem in Washington.
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Aug. 28 2014 2:08 PMStrangleweed's Novel TacticsThe parasitic plant punctures its victims and trades deceptive genetic messages with them.
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Aug. 20 2014 1:33 PMA Tipping Point for ElephantsPoachers have slaughtered 100,000 in just three years. 
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Aug. 12 2014 2:37 PMZombie StarMore than 110 million light-years away from Earth, a star lives on after its death.  
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July 30 2014 3:54 PMPound ItProof that handshakes are grosser than fist bumps.
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July 25 2014 3:17 PMShoemaker-Levy 9’s LegacyThe huge comet impact on Jupiter that helped convince NASA to track near-Earth objects.
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July 24 2014 1:35 PMBring Back the StripesA sheriff claims Orange Is the New Black is forcing him to change outfits for the incarcerated.
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July 15 2014 1:33 PMThey WalkPaleocharinus, a spider ancestor, was among the first land creatures on Earth. 
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July 11 2014 2:23 PMThe Art of Getting American Citizenship After You’re DeadOnly seven people ever have. 
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July 9 2014 12:58 PMHow Do We Build the Mars Colony of the Future? These 3-D-printing robots may be a start.   
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July 3 2014 1:30 PMA New Kind of Space Rock in SwedenIt could help explain an ancient boom of life on Earth.
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July 2 2014 3:07 PMThe Scourge of Antarctic TourismA tenfold increase in visitors since 1990 is taking its toll on the southernmost continent.
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June 25 2014 2:00 PMWhat Is This Mysterious Signal From Deep Space? It has some astronomers very excited.
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Sept. 16 2014 3:45 PMWhat Really Caused the Nicaraguan Crater?There's no solid evidence it was a meteorite.
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Sept. 11 2014 3:15 PMUnderneath StonehengeDigital scans reveal a map of burial mounds and ritual shrines at the site.
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Sept. 3 2014 1:50 PMWas Stonehenge Once a Full Circle?Dry weather and a short hose may have revealed one of the prehistoric monument’s secrets.
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Aug. 27 2014 7:13 PMThe Hypersonic Weapon of the Future (if It Worked)The HTV-2 is designed to reach any target on Earth within an hour.
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Aug. 18 2014 12:23 PMWhat’s the Best Way to Stack Spherical Objects?A 400-year-old theory, finally confirmed.
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Aug. 11 2014 1:21 PMApproachability, Youthful Attractiveness, DominanceThe basic facial expressions that determine first impressions.  
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July 29 2014 3:43 PMThe Siberian CratersMore have been found. What’s causing them?  
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July 24 2014 4:21 PM“Domestication Syndrome” How people physically change the animals closest to them.
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July 18 2014 3:30 PMThe Ocean in a TankThe incredible, ominous power of the FloWave simulation pool.
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July 14 2014 3:28 PMWhat You Learn From 60,000 Pregnancies in Eight CountriesBabies born to healthy, educated mothers have one major thing in common.
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July 10 2014 6:05 PMThe Legend of PykreteA onetime World War II “supermaterial” may be making a comeback.
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July 9 2014 8:30 AMThe SodaStream Killer? Why Starbucks is getting into soda in 2014.
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July 3 2014 12:45 PMFive Legs Are Better Than FourThe surprising utility of the kangaroo’s tail.
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July 2 2014 11:37 AMA Very Rare Whale Returns But this time, experts are concerned.
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June 19 2014 10:45 AMDown With FlairThe small way Office Space made life better for TGI Friday's workers.

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  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 30 2014 9:33 PM Political Theater With a Purpose Darrell Issa’s public shaming of the head of the Secret Service was congressional grandstanding at its best.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
  Life
Gaming
Sept. 30 2014 7:35 PM Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List? Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 8:54 PM Bette Davis Talks Gender Roles in a Delightful, Animated Interview From 1963
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 30 2014 11:51 PM Should You Freeze Your Eggs? An egg freezing party is not a great place to find answers to this or other questions.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.