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Photographs: The Year in Chinese Home Inventions
Homemade cars, model tanks and a DIY airplane.
Lawsuit Claiming Facebook Scanned Private Messages to Better Target Ads Moves Forward
California judge rules the social network must go to court over controversial practice.
Snowden Docs Lead to Discovery NSA Employees Spied on Spouses, Girlfriends
NSA reports released through FOIA lawsuit detail range of unlawful surveillance practices.
Merry Christmas: Xbox Back Up and Playstation Network Still Down
Gamers on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network experienced connection problems and delays on Christmas Day.
Google Reveals Content Governments Asked Be Removed in Latest Transparency Report
From YouTube videos depicting police brutality to defamatory blog posts, 2013 saw a spike in removal requests.
NASA Captures the Holidays From Space in Mesmerizing Videos
Images of recent severe weather, solar flares and holiday lights provide a unique perspective on the world.
CDC Lab Technician Monitored for Possible Exposure to Ebola Virus
The technician was working on Monday with Ebola specimens that were supposed to have been inactivated but which may instead have contained live virus.
New Gadgets This Christmas? Here's How to Make Sure Your Old Ones Aren't Hurting the Environment
This Christmas, e-waste levels are likely to be higher than ever.
Google Wants to Help You Find Song Lyrics
Alas, there are some lyrics that even Google doesn't know.
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and a Military Group Is Tracking Him
He’s on our radar.
Sony Hack Attack: Don’t Count on China Helping
But the thousand Korean hackers based in China might spark action.
Assange: Why I Founded WikiLeaks
Undermining censorship informs people better and allows them to act more justly.
Gadget Lust: Last-Minute Swag For The Top of Your Holiday Gift List
Here are a few emergency gifting strategies before fleeting goodwill is replaced by post-new year misanthropy.
OverKills R Us
Big ideas for very small problems.
Video: Stunning Time-Lapses Captured From Space
Footage released Monday gives a window into astronaut Alexander Gerst’s mission to the ISS.
Over Yondr, Where There Are No Phones
Yondr creates phone-free zones to counteract compulsive phone-checking, keep people in the moment and allow them to let go.
The Egg-Free Egg
World-class chefs work to make the first eggless egg that you can fry.
Obama: Keystone XL Has No ‘Nominal Benefit’ for U.S.
President's former press secretary hints that Obama may veto the pipeline.
After Sony: How to Help Prevent Cyberattacks
Hackers use the anonymous tool Tor to hide their tracks.
Why It Took So Long to Spot the NYPD Shooter's Threats on Instagram
Ismaaiyl Brinsley gave a warning on the picture-sharing platform prior to his crime.
You Can Now Convert Your MP3s to Vinyl Records
2014 was a landmark year for vinyl record sales, and a crop of entrepreneurs are looking to capitalize by helping consumers retrofit their record collections.
You Look Stupid Taking a Photo With Your iPad, But It’s OK
Real cameras win in quality, but smartphones + external lenses may make sense for some.
The Year in Video Games (and the Best of 2014)
A year-end review of video games
Pixelated Prostitution: Feminist Sex Work Debate Bleeds Into Video Games
Virtual prostitutes get a bad rap. But critics should be careful.
Freezing People After Heart Attacks Could Save Lives
Doctors are harnessing profound hypothermia (pushing body temperatures to as low as 50 degrees) to save lives.
BlackBerry, Boeing Pair Up On Self-Destructing Phone
The Boeing Black phone is aimed at government agencies and others that need to keep communications and data secure.
For $199, This Cup Tells You What It’s Holding
Vessyl’s smart cup uses a technology that allows the glass to “read” the liquid poured into it.
Over Half of Dr. Oz’s Advice Is Unfounded: Study
You should probably get your medical advice elsewhere.
NHL Announces Plan to Go Carbon Neutral, Audit Energy Efficiency
The league wants to put global warming on ice.
How Celebrities Fared the Great Instagram Purge
This week, Instagram eliminated thousands of spam accounts, sending follower counts plummeting.