• Unicode Is the New Internet Gold Mine

    When Dutch expat Pim Roes heard about Vietnam's plans to oust Google as the country's primary search engine, he didn't stand aside for Hanoi's captains of industry. Instead, he put himself right in their way, registering the domain name www.cốccốc.com, which, unlike the official…

  • How to Build a Secret 'Facebook'

    For years, William Binney, a retired NSA cryptographer, has been telling anyone who will listen about a vast data gathering operation being conducted by his former employers that could build a "social graph" of nearly any user of the American internet, like some massive, secret s…

  • The Man Behind the Push to Ban Killer Robots

    Depending on who you ask, armed robots that can discern when and how to stage attacks without guidance from humans present either an unprecedented danger to humanity or its greatest mechanism of defense. But both sides agree that such "lethal autonomous robots," as they're known,…

  • The Motherboard Guide to Avoiding the NSA

    If you've been reading the headlines about the NSA mining intelligence data from the world's largest data mongers, and you haven't already set sail for a libertarian expat community in Chile, then we have some less dramatic suggestions for you. Evading the NSA's comprehensive sur…

  • The Video Game Helmet That Can Hack Your Brain

    The Emotiv, which is made by an Australian company and comes in $299 and $750 flavors, looks like a cyberpunk skullcap, with 14 electrode arms that branch out from the back of your head to surround your skull. The device is a cheaper, wireless, and more user-friendly version of a…

  • The Confusing Science of Stoned Driving

    With marijuana legalization taking root in two states and set to spread like a grass fire in the near future, the question of how to effectively determine impairment has never been more urgent—or controversial.

  • Silicon Valley's Next Disruption: Floating, Autonomous City-States

    It’s a sunny Tuesday afternoon in Palo Alto, and sea-steading enthusiast Max Marty is trying to persuade me that putting 1,500 immigrant entrepreneurs together on a floating startup city in international waters 12 miles off the coast of San Francisco is a good idea.

  • How Many Trees Does It Take to Fill a Mexican Art Space With Printed Websites?

    Kenneth Goldsmith, the Museum of Modern Art's poet laureate, wants to print out the entire internet and put it on display in Mexico City's LABOR space. How many trees will have to die for this art? By my count, 56,000.

  • Dude Sweat Makes Other Dudes Nicer, Bro

    That headline is the essence of the findings of a new study in the journal 'PLOS ONE.' To be more specific, a suspected male pheromone called androstadienone (a component of male sweat which can be bought in concentrated form for use by pick-up creeps) incites other males to be

  • Do We Really Need a National Chain of Pot Stores?

    For someone who only lit up for the first time ever last year, Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft manager with plans to open up a national chain of pot shops, has mastered the pro-pot talking points. He likens legalization to the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. When you're a busines…

  • Is Ecstasy the Key to Alleviating Autism Anxiety?

    Autism resists both definitions and treatment within the medical community, and the strange historical interpretation of autistic behavior and symptoms has led to novel experimental treatments for the disorder. Case in point: some psychiatrists now think that rolling one's balls

  • Track the CIA's Secret Rendition Flights With a New Interactive Map

    Over the years, the rendition program has encountered stiff resistance, though never enough to stop it. The Rendition Project, based in the UK, hopes to change that. Or, at the very least, keep it in the public eye.

  • This Is Probably Going to Be the First Woolly Mammoth That Gets Cloned

    How are they going to do it, you ask? According to the smart science people, they "intend to carry out somatic cloning by implanting the genetic material of a mammoth that lived several thousand years ago into the egg of a modern female elephant. The egg will then be placed into

  • A Few Impressions

    My Name Is Tom and I’m a Video Game Addict

    I was a Nintendo 'Legend of Zelda' fanatic. The later incarnations of 'Zelda'—I think one was called 'Ocarina of Time'—helped me through difficult times in high school, while also making me feel like a loser because I was spending hours playing a children's game when I could have…