The internet brings war and conflict into homes around the world more immediately than ever before, but with the torrent of data, images and videos comes confusion and propaganda. It demands a new kind of war reporting – one which can make sense of digital evidence, and use the decentralised web as a tool for undermining the enforced narratives of the powerful.
DNA analysis of evidence from the scene of one of the infamous Whitechapel murders has allegedly “proved” the identity of the Ripper – but it’s not an open-and-shut case.
It’s increasingly becoming clear that space is a more hospitable environment than was assumed.
Following on from the mixed success of the ambitious Hayabusa-1 mission, Japanese space scientists are almost ready to try again at hunting an asteroid.
Anita Sarkeesian makes videos looking at how poorly women are represented in games, and gamers hate her for it, insulting her work and accusing her of dishonesty. It's almost like they're trying to prove her premise.
The most exciting spectator sport in the world is gaming, and Amazon just grabbed the biggest broadcaster.
A subtle change in how Twitter's feed works will make some people very angry, but most people probably won't even notice.
This fascinating documentary from 1965 shows what Soviet scientists hoped would be possible with colonisation of the Moon.
Even the tech companies that explicitly try not to be like the others can't help but struggle with not treating women like exotic aliens.
Yet again, a prominent woman is driven from Twitter because she dares to exist.
A team of researchers has figured out how to take GoPro footage and speed it up ten times as fast while also eliminating shakiness.
The three men at the centre of the first social media phenomenon of the millenium tell the story of how Friends Reunited boomed and busted – and how it might rise again.
What do you do if you have a novel to write? Go to Twitter, and tweet about the work you're not doing, of course. Artist Cory Arcangel's new book is a compilation of those who couldn't resist tweeting the words "working on my novel".
High-speed video of ordinary objects can make it possible to eavesdrop on private conversations, even through soundproof glass.
We've had long enough to get used to living our lives online – how do we really feel about social media? What’s happened to us, now that “being social” is just as much a digital as a physical thing?
When we find out our favourite websites have been experimenting on us, we instinctively recoil in disgust - but Facebook and OKCupid are only the most recent human-made environments where psychological manipulation is a key factor in how design choices are made.
Winds blow dust from the Sahara across the Atlantic, and scientists are discovering the effects of what happens when it lands.
Russian scientists hoping to observe geckos mating in orbit are engaged in serious research, as ridiculous as it might sound.
Ian Steadman reviews Michael Brooks’s book on scientific discovery.
A Stanford study has found that those who hallucinate voices are influenced by the culture they live in, with differences in mood and tone depending upon where in the world they live.
A venture capitalist's dream of a Silicon Valley freed from the pesky regulations of intrusive government is going to a statewide ballot in 2016.
New satellite data has indicated that the Earth's magnetic field is weakening, ahead of a rare - but regular - event.
While Megumi Igarashi's work usually involves humorous repurposing of female genitalia, her most recent project has fallen foul of the authorities in Japan.
This colourised picture of Europa is just beautiful.
Brazil's disintegration against Germany was shocking because it so utterly exceeded our expectations of what was likely to happen - and we enjoy football more because it resists predictability.
Sometimes, when it feels like putting your money where you mouth is feels like it can't fail, it's worth stepping back and reconsidering. Just in case.
A Finnish games tournament has raised the strange issue of a gender divide in professional esports - apparently, because the international body wants to be taken seriously.
The social media giant has allowed scientists to conduct a mass experiment in psychological manipulation on hundreds of thousands of users - without consent.
The Uruguay and Liverpool forward keeps biting other players – how much should they worry when they play him?
A short guide to the way the kids are talking theses days.