Governments are setting their sights on missions to Mars and the moon but private companies are focused on shorter excursions into space. Their motivation is simple: there’s money in it.
Some background while we wait for the ESA's probe to touch down on the comet's surface.
The co-founder of PayPal, Facebook board member and hugely successful venture capitalist is disappointed in the future. He doesn’t think we’re ambitious enough.
The government in Budapest wants to bring in a tax on internet file transfers - and the public sees it as a tax on free speech.
A team from MIT estimated how long it would take for the mission to experience its first fatality. The answer: 68 days. The second group would arrive to find the first pioneers had been dead for more than a year and a half.
Another milestone in wind power generation does nothing to reverse the government's scepticism over its potential.
In a kind of digital version of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, tenaciously dull videogame truthers have met their match in an inexhaustibly interested chat program coded 50 years ago.
“Information doesn’t want to be free,” writes the sci-fi novelist and activist Cory Doctorow, “people want to be free.”
Some poor science reporting in the papers this week in response to a review of the literature on the risks of marijuana consumption.
Changes to intellectual property law also make it legal to backup digital files to other formats and devices.
The dangers of unsustainable irrigation practices, starkly illustrated.
It's a boom period for study of the Red Planet - space agencies can't stop sending probes and robots there. And Nasa's latest probe will soon be joined by another from India.
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.