How the Railroad Industry Invented, Then Immediately Discarded, the Barcode

KarTrak, an innovation originally built for the rail system, was quickly discarded by train operators. But without it, we wouldn’t have modern barcodes.


The Big Business of Making a Cannabis Surveillance State

How cannabis became one of the mostly highly regulated substances in the US.


Lose Yourself In Deja Vu in this Audio-Visual Performance

"Fragments" is an abstract dive into the human mind.


This Is How Easy It Is to Hack a Passport or a Credit Card

Hacker Adam Laurie, aka Major Malfunction, shares decades of hacking wisdom from his British country home.


This Biohacker Wants to Implant Cryptographic Keys Beneath Your Skin

Watch Motherboard travel to biohacker Amal Graafstra's garage to get an early look at UKI, a prototype encryption implant set to be released sometime in 2017.


Researchers Are Chipping and Surveilling NYC's Rats

New research gets close and personal with some of the city's most hated residents.


Dutch Designers Just Launched an Anti-Surveillance Coat

KOVR designs coats and bags interlaced with a metalliferous fabric that renders your phone untraceable and the computer chips in bank cards unreadable.


Millions of Volkswagen Cars Have Been Hackable for Years Say Researchers

Researchers say that the wireless car locking mechanism found in millions of cars is very hackable.


This $10 Device Lets You Easily Clone Office Access Cards

This tiny device can be hidden inside office card readers and clone as many as 1,500 access cards.


Cyborgs I Have Loved

There's something sexy about being part machine.


Tiny Tracking Chips Will Help Us Understand Why Bees Are Dying

RFID chips are already used to track bees, but a new design boosts their signal to provide more data on bee behavior.