• Two Years Later, Where Is Occupy's Internet?

    Last we checked, Isaac Wilder, who heads up the Free Network Foundation (FNF), had woven himself and the FNF's vision of an open-access network into the Occupy movement. With Google Fiber's expansion moving quickly, and the web turning 25 this week, it felt like a good time to ch…

  • The Numbers In Your Phone Can Reveal Your Illness, Religion, and Gun Purchases

    In his January speech regarding the NSA's surveillance activities, President Obama called for an end to the controversial metadata collection program "as it currently exists." Vague as it is, that statement did signal that the administration would attempt to reshape the NSA's act…

  • How Far Can Amazon Push Its Customers' Loyalty?

    Amazon announced today that it would be raising its annual Prime subscription fee from $79 to $99—the first price increase in its nine-year history. Sure, $100 is a lot to spend on anything in a year. But would I rather take the subway down to H&M every time I needed new socks…

  • Your Gonorrhea Is Getting Harder to Fight

    Gonorrhoea has already become resistant to most of the antibiotics that have been used to treat it over the past 30 years. Now the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has named it an "urgent public health threat."

  • A Hacker Scrubbed Child-Porn Links from the Dark Web's Most Popular Site

    The recent hack of the Hidden Wiki, a site long known as the essential start page for anyone first visiting the deep web, has brought to the fore an intrinsic tension in the fight against censorship.

  • Nancy Grace's Insane, Murder-Fueled Twitter Brilliance

    The former prosecutor and current fearmongering cable news host populates social media with hashtags like #BoxOfInfants, #RatBiteFever, and #SpermSwap, all in the name of telling us how terrible the world is.

  • There's an Ocean Deep Inside the Earth

    In what sounds like a chapter from Journey to the Center of the Earth, the chemical makeup of a tiny, extremely rare gemstone has made researchers think there's a massive water reservoir hundreds of miles under the earth.

  • SpaceX Wants to Send a Massive Rocket to Mars

    Can SpaceX build a rocket engine to rival the giants? They are testing the waters with a new Raptor engine that they hope could propel the first colonists to Mars.

  • It Takes 100 Hours to Analyze a Human Genome for Disease

    Despite the promise of the $1,000 genome sequence, personalized medicine is likely to remain a luxury product—and not a very accurate one at that. Researchers struggle to overcome hurdles that make predicting someone’s propensity for disease expensive, time-consuming, and unrelia…

  • How the Web Needs to Change in the Next 25 Years

    While the fundamental technology of the web has remained more or less the same to this day, the ways in which we use it have changed rather dramatically. The web has gone from a kind of information management system for a niche community of computer geeks to a universal tool of e…

  • Here Be Dragons

    Cutting Through the Bullshit Surrounding Flight MH370

    Somehow, it's not enough for the media to simply report that a plane is missing, presumed crashed, and no one has found the wreckage yet—they have to build elaborate narratives about terrorism and "mystery passengers."

  • What 'Seinfeld' Would Be Like If the World Were Dead

    Seinfeld might be one of the least cinematic shows of all time, which is partially what makes this supercut of unpopulated establishing shots and people-free frames feel both poignant and pointless. What happens if you stare right down at what you've already seen more time…

  • How the World Wide Web Became the Internet's Killer App

    The World Wide Web basically consists of a bunch of webpages linked together via hyperlinks. This is the beauty of the web: It puts information from all over the world in one place.

  • German Astronaut Ulrich Walter Thinks Everyone Should Go to Space

    Space tourism is on the rise, to the point that it's starting to enter the mainstream. Since Walter landed safely back on planet Earth 21 years ago, he's spearheaded the Institute of Astronautics at the Technical University in Munich. I caught up with him at the travel fair to ta…