The really interesting thing about "The Social Network" is that while much of the tale is invented, the story tells a larger truth about Silicon Valley’s get-rich-quick culture and the kind of people—like Facebook’s 26-year-old founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg—who thrive in this environment.
Seven million Americans are taking prescription drugs for “nonmedical reasons.” Tomorrow, the Drug Enforcement Agency hosts its first national effort to collect unwanted meds to keep them away from people who might abuse or sell them, especially teenagers.
The idea that less is more has long held true in the arts. In the world of gadgets, not so much. Each year’s crop of products is weighted down with more features, more menu options, more, more, more. Apart from this trend stands a little video camera called the Flip.
When Steve Jobs introduced Apple's new tablet computer earlier this year, there were plenty of snickers about the menstrual undertones of the name "iPad." Now it turns out that the device—and its mobile cousins—are actually useful for, uh, tracking periods.
It’s been nearly four years since the nice sonogram technician waved her magic wand over my left testicle and said: “Uh-oh.” At least I think that’s what she said. Your brain tends to blank out when you’re in full-on flop-sweat panic.
Though Alcoholics Anonymous and the many subspecies of programs it has birthed still dominate the alcohol-treatment landscape, new remedy ideas that don't include abstinence are starting to get attention.
Health and celebrities can be an intoxicating and major money-raising mix. Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, has raised awareness—and large amounts of money. Now Angie Dickinson is telling the story of her daughter’s struggle with autism.
The largest egg recall in U.S. history has consumers scrambling for locally bred and organic alternatives, while Tyson Foods just recalled more than 350,000 pounds of Walmart deli meat. Are factory farming and mass-produced foods really to blame for making America's food supply less safe?
Embryonic-stem-cell research has provoked more controversy—political, religious, and ethical—than almost any other area of scientific inquiry. This week the field suffered a legal blow with U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth’s ruling, which blocks the Obama administration’s 2009 regulations expanding embryonic-stem-cell research.
Earlier this year, Stanton A. Glantz, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and James Cameron, director of the science-fiction thriller "Avatar," got into a public sparring match over Hollywood and cigarettes. Now Glantz is back on the attack against the continuing presence of smoking in movies.
Is most of the oil gone or not? At the beginning of the month the government released its assessment of where the 4.9 million barrels of oil from the Deepwater Horizon had gone. Its rose-colored-glasses conclusion: about one quarter of the oil that gushed up from the Macondo well was physically removed (skimming, booming, piping to surface), one quarter was dissolved in the gulf waters, and one quarter was busted up by chemical dispersants or natural weathering into microscopic droplets. That left “only” 26 percent to foul shores and surface waters.
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey is a massive telescope that offers unprecedented three-dimensional, shockingly detailed maps of deep space. However, what’s perhaps more remarkable than its eye into the far-flung corners of the universe is the way it came to be. Sloan, which was created in a kind of open-source process, is one of the more fascinating stories in the democratization of science.
The Internet gave birth to a new type of rabble-rousing big mouth: the blogger. The most successful writers to harness this medium have been the ones to realize the Internet’s unique power to tick people off. Here are some of the more notorious (and often successful) in the business.
They invented the software that breathed life into the blogosphere and sold it all to Google within five years. The people behind Blogger and Blogspot.com look back at how they accidentally created a publishing tool that changed the Internet.
In the last couple of weeks, two new papers have had genetics enthusiasts buzzing: one a study that turned up 95 gene variants linked to cholesterol levels, and the other a similarly designed study of personality traits that turned up no genes at all. There must be a reason the findings came out so differently.
This spring, an Australian named Norrie May-Welby made headlines around the world as the world's first legally genderless person when the New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages sent the Sydney resident a certificate containing neither M for male or F for female.
Google and Verizon shook up the tech world last week when they issued a set of proposals about net neutrality. Critics declared that Google, long a proponent of net neutrality, had sold out its principles, and that, as a result, the open Internet that we enjoy today would soon be a thing of the past. We asked Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of Internet law at Harvard Law School and co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, what he thinks of the proposal. He wrote us answers via email....
People who write about technology love to huff and puff and hyperbolize. The fate of the entire world seems to hang on every move made by Microsoft, or Google, or Apple. Every new smart phone gets billed as a potential “iPhone killer,” while every new product from Apple represents the dawn of a new era. It’s ridiculous—and exhausting.