Erik Franco

Researcher

DRONES

Drag Racing With a DIY Drone Engineer

In this episode of Transmissions, Motherboard follows bedroom drone engineer Zoe Stumbaugh as she attempts to build the fastest drone in the world.
Erik Franco
9.14.17
NEW YORK CITY

Voices From New York City's Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Hundreds gathered outside New York County Supreme Court to protest construction of the contentious oil pipeline.
Erik Franco
11.16.16
Uber Earth

This Lot in Brooklyn Shows What Uber Did to NYC More Clearly than Any Statistic

Uber's autonomous fleet of cabs isn't here yet, but the residential streets of Greenpoint are already lined with unused yellow cabs.
Erik Franco
5.27.16
Features

Inside the Chinese Bitcoin Mine That's Grossing $1.5M a Month

Watch Motherboard's rare look inside one of China's biggest bitcoin factories.
Erik Franco
2.6.15
Podcasts

The Tiny Detail that Is Still Bothering Us About 'Serial'

The show glosses over the unreliability of cell-tower data during a key moment in episode five.
Erik Franco
12.25.14
Motherboard Blog

Text a Reckless Driver in New Jersey and You Could Be Held Liable

You're "electronically present" in a vehicle when you knowingly text someone behind the wheel of a car in The Garden State, judges say.
Erik Franco
8.29.13
Motherboard Blog

Wikipedia Can Predict Box Office Flops

What if studios could predict when the next Pluto Nash-level flop was imminent? According to a new study, they can.
Erik Franco
8.23.13
Motherboard Blog

Turkish Scientists Used Jellyfish DNA to Breed Glow-in-the-Dark Rabbits

Making animals glow in the dark may look to be the work of mad scientists, but the fluorescence itself is only ancillary to the real research at hand, often used as a mere visual indicator of success.
Erik Franco
8.16.13
Motherboard Blog

The White House Hosted a Google Hangout to Find the Next Real-Life Superhero Tech

Invisibility cloaks, synthetic skin, and Batman-esque grappling hooks were on display as the White House used social media to introduce the world to the weapons of the future.
Erik Franco
7.19.13
Television

'Betting Bad': Fantasy Football For the Final Season of 'Breaking Bad'

A few die-hard fans of Vince Gilligan's critically lauded series just launched an amazing game for the show's final episodes.
Erik Franco
7.17.13
Trolls

The Internet Trolled the Skype Testimony of a Witness in the Zimmerman Trial

And the whole thing could've been easily avoided if Zimmerman's attorneys simply limited incoming calls to the witness' contact list.
Erik Franco
7.3.13
videos

Why a British Museum's Ancient Egyptian Statuette Won't Stay Still

The moving museum relic from 1800 BC confounded museum curators for months, but this time-lapse video solved the mystery.
Erik Franco
6.24.13
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