Tech & Science
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Tech & Science
A Break on Breaks
Melatonin can knock you out—and strengthen your bones
Like Ghost Ships in the Night
Are unmanned vessels the future for the ocean, or just easy booty for pirates?
World Cup Fans Flock to Pirated Streaming Sites
As many as half a million users illegally tune in for each World Cup match, with the most pirated game so far being Belgium vs. Russia
Forget Me Net, Not
Inside the struggle to preserve the world's data
The Death of the Oceans
One third of man-made CO2 emissions are absorbed by the oceans, causing the fastest change in their chemistry in 300m years.
Facebook Performed a Psychology Experiment on Thousands of Users Without Telling Them
Nearly 700,000 Facebook users became guinea pigs for a study on "emotional contagion"
NSA Targeted the Phone Records of 248 Americans in 2013
A transparency report from the NSA sheds light on the agency's controversial telephone metadata collection program.
If You’re HIV-Positive, You’re Less Likely to Get Cancer Treatment
A new study helps explain why HIV-positive cancer patients have shorter life expectancy rates
NASA's New Satellite Will Watch the Earth 'Breathe' CO2
The spacecraft will be able to see the light emitted from plants as they grow.
The $8.5M Race to Protect Planes From Cosmic Rays
Neutrons from outer space are hitting aircraft, voting machines and supercomputers—and we need to stop them
Activists Fly Airship over the NSA's Data Center
In protest of the NSA's massive spying operations, three activist groups flew an airship over the agency's new data center.
New Generation of Bio-Hackers Make DNA Misbehave
They gather in a handful of public labs across the U.S. to play with organisms’ source codes
Schizophrenia Doesn’t Care if You’re Loaded
“Education and money may once have served as buffers against distress, but that is no longer the case.”
Baseball Had Radio; In the U.S., Soccer Has Twitter
In the same way radio revolutionized baseball's fan base, Twitter is transforming how people consume soccer.
There’s Money in Pollution
The maker of a Yankee Stadium deodorant hopes to save the world one spray at a time
Leaving Science Cold
What do Fox and CNN have in common? Both cover climate change poorly
The Bespoke Lawn Mower
3-D printing will make it possible to have nothing like what anybody else has, and just the way you want it
Google Unveils Android 'Smartwatch'
“It is finally possible” said Singleton, to make a powerful computer you can “wear on your body all the time.”
Gmail's Privacy Gains Help Google
New encryption will protect the privacy of your Gmails from everyone but Google
How Anti-Gay Laws Worsen Diseases Like AIDS and TB
The very communities that most need outreach in countries facing epidemics may be forced underground, an epidemiologist warns
What Has Curiosity Rover Accomplished After One (Martian) Year on Mars?
The mission has found evidence of water and concluded that the Red Planet could have supported life
Your Face Could Replace Your Password
Facial recognition technology could put an end to pesky passwords
Mayday PAC: The Super PAC Built to Destroy Super PACs
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig’s political money machine looks to Silicon Valley to save American politics
Russia Asks Twitter to Block a Dozen 'Extremist' Accounts
Among those websites blocked under the new rules were those of Kremlin critics Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov because they "contained calls for illegal activity"
Supremes’ Back Rules to Counter Climate Change
Despite Scalia’s rhetoric, the justice hands the government a victory on greenhouse gases
New Eavesdropping Equipment Sucks All Data Off Your Phone
On the streets of D.C., foreign agents and U.S. counterspies wage a new kind of spy war
Sewer Sludge Can Reveal Which Drugs a Community Is On, and When
Wastewater reveals much higher drug levels than measured before
Quora Question: What Will it Take for Supersonic Jets to Be a Mainstream Form of Travel?
Paul Cox, an air traffic controller, explains why supersonic isn't practical, for now
Yo App Got Hacked. So?
The weirdly popular app has been the target of a somewhat successful hacking attempt by “a few guys”
Is Apple Producing a Smartwatch? Should Maxwell Smart Be Afraid?
A source said Apple expects to ship 50 million units within the first year of the product's release