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  • The Lab Apes of Liberia

    We traveled to remote Liberia to discover Monkey Island, an area inhabited solely by former lab-tested chimpanzees who survived disease and two civil wars.

  • How to Hack a Car

    We meet some of the top security researchers at the center of the car-hacking world. Their goal isn't to make people crash: They highlight security holes to illustrate flaws in car technology, intended to pressure auto manufacturers to be a few steps ahead of their friendly foes…

  • How LA's Traffic System Got Hacked

    In 2006, a pair of LA traffic engineers hacked traffic lights to cause gridlock as part of a labor protest.

  • Using Virtual Reality to Treat PTSD

    Motherboard's latest documentary is about a clinic in Los Angeles that uses virtual reality simulations to treat war veterans who have PTSD. With host Jody Mitic, a former master sniper for the Canadian military, we explore the efficacy of these systems to treat a highly mysterio…

  • How to Swim from Cuba to Florida

    On August 31st, 2013, Diana Nyad jumped into the shark-friendly waters of Cuba and swam 110-odd miles—without the protection of a shark cage—to Key West, Florida, 53 hours later. Why would anyone stare down the ocean and risk their life to face up its indomitable conditions? Who…

  • The New Kings of Kong

    Motherboard traveled to Denver, Colorado, to attend The Kong Off 3, the Donkey Kong world championship. During four loopy days of shooting, we witnessed first-hand the drama of a showdown between a video game's top contenders.

  • Life After Food

    Soylent is a sci-fi-inspired nutrient shake, and for an entire month it was the only thing I ate. Here's what happened over the course of my 30-day deep dive into the Silicon Valley-driven future of food.

  • Life After Food - Trailer

    I lived on nothing but Soylent, the futuristic food replacement, for 30 days straight. Watch the full documentary next week on Motherboard.

  • The DIY Cyborg

    Humanity just made a large, DIY step towards a time when everyone can upgrade themselves towards being a cyborg.

  • The Electric Superbike of the Future

    The Mission RS is the most advanced electric motorcycle in the world. It sounds like a spaceship and hauls ass like one too. But the question is, when will this high-performance technology trickle down to cheaper models and more potential buyers?

  • Al Gore Explains Why Civilization Might Not Survive the Next 100 Years

    Climate change is running rampant, our politics are infected by moneyed interests, and corporations control our media. Al Gore sits down with Motherboard to explain two possible futures he sees for humanity.

  • Long Shot: Inside the Scope of Smart Weapons

    Watch Motherboard's new documentary on smart weapons, the gamification of warfare, and a laser-guided robo-rifle that aims itself.

  • This Is What Happens When You Launch a Slice of Pizza into Space

    It's a drone! It's a solar plane! It's... a single slice of classic cheese 'za mounted to a weather balloon that's pumping EDM into the heavens? When we caught wind of what the band Anamanaguchi had cooking for their new video, we had be there to see it take off.

  • High Country

    There are fortunes to be made in the Silicon Valley of weed. In part one of 'High Country,' Motherboard goes to Denver to check out next-gen, cannabis-extraction tech, size up weed crowdsourcing and the contradictory science of the plant, and smoke dabs.

  • High Country - Trailer

    Motherboard heads west to learn about America's green rush. Here's a trailer for their new documentary about the highs and lows of America's budding, tech-enabled cannabis industry. 'High Country' will air on Monday, June 3.

  • Click, Print, Gun: The Inside Story of the 3D-Printed Gun Movement

    Cody R. Wilson is a 25-year-old University of Texas law student who is working to build semiautomatic weapons using a 3D printer. Cody is an articulate and tech-savvy mouthpiece for the fight against gun control. I flew down to his home base of Austin, Texas, with a Motherboard f…

  • 'Click. Print. Gun.' (Trailer)

    Cody R. Wilson has figured out how to print a semiautomatic rifle from the comfort of his own home. Now he's putting all the information online so that others will join him. Our documentary 'Click. Print. Gun.' investigates this groundbreaking technology and how it is changing th…

  • The Space Suit Makers

    When they first met in 2007, Ted Southern and Nik Moiseev came from two very different worlds. They didn't imagine they'd eventually be in business designing space couture in a modest studio at the Brooklyn Navy Yards.

  • Valley of the UFOs

    We ventured to Hooper, Colorado (population: 105) to investigate some of the stranger things that have gone down there—from shooting stars to strange weather patterns to aliens descending to Earth in extraterrestrial space pods.

  • The Space Composer

    As we started planning the second season of our 'Spaced Out' series, we wanted to feature non-scientists thinking about the future of space. Enter composer Robert Alexander, who is helping NASA make new discoveries by turning raw data into music through a process called Data Soni…

  • Libya in Vitro

    Last summer, we met Mohammed and Nadia, a couple from Tripoli who had left their distressed home for six months to live in Jordan. They hoped to conceive through in vitro fertilization with the help of one of the country's best doctors, and full backing of the Libyan government,

  • Open Source Outer Space

    Anyone with enough brains and balls can build their own rocket and fly it to space. Or at least that’s what the nonprofit, open-source space-project Copenhagen Suborbitals wants the world to realize. They're determined to create the first homemade, manned spacecraft to go into su…

  • Drone On

    From weapon expos in Jordan to idyllic California beaches, we caught up with the people who are building and selling unmanned aerial vehicles all over the world, and even convinced a few companies to let us take their flying spy robots for a spin.

  • The Satellite Hunter

    Thierry Legault is not your average amateur astronomer. He’s a renowned astrophotographer, painstakingly chronicling the orbits of planets, distant galaxies, spaceships, and—to the chagrin of the intelligence community—the spy satellites we’re not supposed to see.

  • The Silent Dish

    In 1956, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory was formed in rural Green Bank, West Virginia, and became the hotbed of radio astronomy in the United States. But now, with cell phones, wi-fi, and radio stations emitting massive amounts of radio waves, doing research at the NRAO…

  • The Guy Who Hunts Space Bears in Rural Virginia

    Mike Shaw is a quiet, unassuming man who's in love with the wilderness, and he knows more about tardigrades than almost anyone. These microscopic creatures, whose name comes from the German for “slow walker,” and who are sometimes called “water bears” because of their bear-like g…

  • Justin Warner Makes a Salad for the Apocalypse

    Justin Warner is a Food Network Star who's been getting the attention of New York’s trendy tastebuds from his Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, restaurant Do or Dine. The restaurant’s DIY aesthetic, which pairs the better parts of bohemian living with hip hop couture, features unconventional…

  • Blowing Up Asteroids with Neil deGrasse Tyson

    What are the chances of an asteroid colliding with earth and causing hundreds of millions of people to drown in tidal waves the size of skyscrapers? For this piece, we talked to science's No. 1 booster, Neil deGrasse Tyson, about what it would take to stop an asteroid from hittin…

  • Plus Pool

    A few dudes in Brooklyn think swimming in New York's rivers is a cool idea, so they're planning to build a plus sign-shaped pool, appropriately named Plus Pool, that will float in the city's surrounding waters. What's nuts is the thing will actually be filled with river water tha…

  • Experimental Music with Dan Deacon

    It's two parts "Bill Nye," 1.5 parts "Meet the Band" and 100 percent awesome.