• Cluster Headaches: Inside the US Army's Would-Be Mind-Control Bombs

    How do you covertly dose a mid- to full-size enemy brigade with mania-inducing incapacitants? Cracking open the M43 and M44 cluster bombs, the short-lived weapons technology at the center of America's post-World War II psychowars.

  • It’s Lavish, Bitch: The Internet's Celebrity Bashing Brat King

    Param Sharma is just a normal 17-year-old living in California’s Bay Area. But on the internet, he’s known as Lavish—the disgustingly rich brat who goads celebrities like Rihanna and Soulja Boy into pissing matches with scathing insults. I gave him a call to hear what the little…

  • Nicaragua's $40 Billion Canal Would Fulfill Two Centuries of Ambition

    Nicaragua's 200-year-old plans to build a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are back on the table. The National Assembly has reportedly given a Hong Kong-based company a 50-year concession to investigate, design, and potentially build the Inter-Ocean Nicaragua Canal. …

  • Why the Biotech Industry Is Rejoicing Over the End of Gene Patents

    Last week’s Supreme Court ruling that human genes can't be patented looked like a huge blow to the biotech industry, which collectively holds thousands of patents on isolated DNA sequences and has a vested commercial interest in protecting these intellectual property rights. But…

  • Why Bottled Water Is Insane

    If you are over 30 years old, you can remember a time before bottled water. While that bottle now goes for $1.79, your tap can spit out water for $.00063 for the same 20 oz. And that is at the upper end of the municipal-water price range. This, folks, is the power of marketing. T…

  • Hiding Your Calls and Texts from Big Brother

    Silent Circle is a company that offers a way for individuals and companies to protect their communications from everyone from the NSA to run-of-the-mill identity thieves. They say they don't store your data and that their system is so secure that even the FBI is a customer.

  • Get Off Your Computer and Come to Our Social Media Day Party on June 29

    For the past four years, Mashable has been celebrating the way social media has changed our lives and our industry with Social Media Day. This year, VICE is partnering up to throw the biggest Social Media Day party yet. It will be a day-long festival showcasing social media's imp…

  • A Eulogy for Skeuomorphism

    With its new OS, Apple is finally killing those leather-bound calendars, wooden bookshelves, and tech's most quietly controversial design element. But skeuomorphism deserves a proper send-off.

  • 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.