• An Alleged $350 Million Dollar Hack 'Could Be the End of Bitcoin'

    Following a string of warning signs that something was seriously wrong, the website of popular Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has been offline as of late last night.

  • Facebook Is Bringing MOOCs (and Facebook) to Rwanda

    The real benefit to setting up shop in developing countries is that Facebook can establish itself as an integral, and thus irreplaceable, part of a society's internet infrastructure.

  • What 'House Of Cards' Got Right About Hackers

    This Netflix original series is one of those rare projects that bothers to portray the so-called hacker with some authenticity. The producers went as far as hiring the hacktivist Gregg Housh to consult on the show for months and changed the script based on his suggestions.

  • This Open Source, Digital Condom Will Literally Shock You

    Georgia Tech researchers have created an open source, digital condom that is wired with electrodes around the shaft of the sleeve and hooked up to a microcontroller for power. The device creates electrical impulses along the shaft and is horrifically called the Electric Eel.

  • Coming Soon: Clothes That Disappear When You’re Horny

    In 2012, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde unveiled his Intimacy 2.0 dress—a haute couture outfit made of leather and smart opaque e-foils that becomes more or less transparent in response to the wearer’s heartbeat. Put simply, this dress becomes see-through when you get turned on…

  • The Director of 'Koyaanisqatsi' Has a New Movie That Watches You Back

    Director Godfrey Reggio's newest film, Visitors, may be the cinematic equivalent of gazing into the abyss.

  • There's Formaldehyde in Your Food Packaging, but That's Probably OK

    While the idea of eating formaldehyde might sound terrifying, it’s something we all do. The chemical is found in fruit and vegetables, milk products, meat, and fish, not to mention cosmetics, and, in negligibly small amounts, the air you're breathing right now.

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    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…

  • SelfieCity Is the Ultimate Exploration of the Selfie

    SelfieCity is an immersive project that analyzes a sample of 3,200 selfies taken in New York, Moscow, Berlin, Bangkok, and São Paulo. Now we will have actual statistics, data science, data visualizations, and interactive information about selfies taken around the world.

  • Why New Semi Trucks Are a Win for the Environment

    What's better for the environment: replacing your Prius with a Tesla or trading in a fuel-swilling semi truck for a more efficient one? An electric car might seem like the obvious choice, but heavy-duty trucks use a lot of gas, and America uses a lot of trucks, which means effici…

  • Turn Your Heartbeats into Music

    Greg Fox, formerly a drummer for Dan Deacon and Liturgy, recently released a new album made with new technology he created that generates music based on the rhythms of the human heart.

  • The Man Who Wants to Cure Your Internet Addiction

    Various scientists, experts, and journalists have spent the past few years debating whether internet addiction is a real condition that needs legitimate treatment centers or is just a modern urban legend. Patrik Wincent, licensed therapist and founder of the internet ER, would ar…

  • Wingman Is the Mile-High Tinder

    While Virgin Airlines gave its passengers the ability to buy each other drinks from their seat's media controllers, now there's yet another way to get to know the girl in 17E.

  • 68,000 People Are Playing Pokémon Simultaneously Right Now

    The gamer-oriented livestream site Twitch.tv is hosting a huge public bout of GameBoy's Pokémon Red. A massive hive is collectively operating one character, and they are currently about halfway through.