No, climate change will not be good for the world
By Duncan Geere - 17 October 11:41

While there are benefits to higher global temperatures, they are vastly outweighed by the costs to human life.

Predicting the text in redacted documents is close to reality
By Ian Steadman - 17 October 9:50

Releasing delicate information with big black bars all over it has kept secrets safe for years - but not for much longer, maybe.

Goodbye to the real trip advisor: Silk Road's top LSD review team just retired
By Ian Steadman - 16 October 11:17

A group calling themselves The Avengers were a bit like the Yelp of buying acid online.

Man explodes strawberry using power of his mind live on TV
By Ian Steadman - 16 October 9:19

A hitherto unforeseen side effect of headsets like Google Glass could be Uri Geller-like powers.

Finding a blood-filled mosquito doesn't mean we can recreate Jurassic Park
By Ian Steadman - 15 October 15:50

Scientists have discovered a preserved mosquito like the one from that dinosaur film for the first time, but alas, dino-cloning will still be impossible.

Bitcoin may be let loose now Silk Road has been shut down
By Ian Steadman - 15 October 10:00

Now that Silk Road has closed without any discernible damage to Bitcoin's value, maybe we can accept it's here to stay.

New Statesman
Where does the moon come from?
By Michael Brooks - 10 October 15:16

Whether we’re trying to find out where it came from, or how to siphon off some of its energy, grappling with the moon is harder than it looks.

What the internet does, and doesn't, know about you
By Paul Rosenzweig - 07 October 16:39

For years, a large data aggregator has quietly, behind the scenes, been gathering your information—as one writer put it “mapping the consumer genome.” Some saw this as rather ominous; others as just curious. But it was, for all of us, mysterious. Until no

New Statesman
What makes us alive? Moreover, what makes us dead?
By Michael Brooks - 02 October 8:05

When it comes to death, science is part of the problem as well as part of the solution. Deepening our understanding of the body’s processes and learning how to keep them going longer has complicated and obfuscated the end of life.

New Statesman
The teenage hormone that triggers puberty and prevents cancer
By Michael Brooks - 26 September 16:05

The appropriately named kisspeptin was discovered by accident, and has some surprising effects.

If you know you’re right, then does it matter if you make up the numbers?
By Robert De Vries - 26 September 10:16

The Tories have always had disdain for scientific evidence - and the situation is getting worse.

New Statesman
What Nokia should do next
By Sophie McBain - 19 September 8:55

Rather than mimicking Apple or Samsung smartphones in North America and Europe, Nokia should look through its archives - and to its success in Africa - for inspiration.

New Statesman
Meet the man who wants total unemployment for all human beings in the world
By Michael Brooks - 19 September 8:45

Hugh Loebner is offering researchers $100,000 to develop a computer that thinks like a human. But is that really the best use of artificial intelligence?

New Statesman
Papers, Please: Why make a computer game about border control?
By Leigh Alexander - 16 September 14:41

'Papers, Please' is an oddly compelling and thought-provoking triumph.

Eve player.
Politics from cyberspace: Welcome to the world of Eve
By Simon Parkin - 12 September 8:55

The virtual worlds of video games hold lessons for the real one. We could learn a lot about how to organise our politics by studying the best video games grounded in democracy, writes Simon Parkin.

Can the Ministry of Sound sue Spotify – and should they?
By Alex Hern - 05 September 15:37

There's a copyright in playlists, argues the dance music label, and Alex Hern agrees.

Spirit
Has the time come for self-destructing tweets?
By Siraj Datoo - 05 September 14:03

A new service for twitter lets you add a snapchat-like timer to tweets. Is this what we need to get people to take privacy seriously, asks Siraj Datoo?

Apple's iOS 7 isn't for you. But you should upgrade anyway
By Alex Hern - 05 September 9:55

The secret target of Apple's new iOS releases is developers. But that doesn't mean users don't get benefits.

Forty years until we get "personal nanofactories"?
By James Evans - 03 September 18:15

A prominent futurist has predicted that in just forty years, we'll be able to produce anything from the basic building-blocks of matter itself.

What happens if you visit NYTimes.com
Twitter.com, NYTimes.com and more taken down in Syrian hack
By Alex Hern - 28 August 9:18

The SEA strikes through DNS servers.

Chelsea Manning's Wikipedia page.
Behind the Wikipedia wars: what happened when Bradley Manning became Chelsea
By Alex Hern - 23 August 14:15

Abigail Brady, who edits the site as Morwen, explains the polite notes and not-votes behind the scenes.

The BBFC.
We can't crowdsource the right to free speech
By Mark Owen - 19 August 16:18

The BBFC's plan to put content flags on online video could work – but crowd-sourcing censorship isn't the right way to do it.

Kepler, the planet-hunting space telescope, is dead
By Alex Hern - 16 August 16:06

3,000 potential exoplanets later, a failed reaction wheel means the end of the Kepler mission.

Clouds.
We can thank our clouds for saving us from a fate worse than Venus's
By Michael Brooks - 15 August 8:30

Clouds are essential as they reflect and scatter sunlight back into space - but nobody knows how hot the planet can become before the clouds no longer help us.

A woman going Ssh.
Spreadsheets: No one needs an app to make them better in bed
By Rhiannon and Holly - 14 August 11:58

A new app says that the optimum decibel level for sex is somewhere between a snowmobile and a flute. We say it's time to get over this competitive attitude to getting it on.

How many teenagers are using Ask.fm to self-harm?
By Hazel Robinson - 14 August 11:25

Some of the young people experiencing online abuse will be sending it to themselves, writes Hazel Robinson. That doesn't make their pain any less real - but it should inform how we approach the subject.

Rebuilding Bebo: Shaan Puri reveals his plans for the social network
By James Evans - 09 August 11:20

"The biggest lesson is that the social products that succeed are non-obvious"

Redditors find the future in the present
By Alex Hern - 09 August 11:03

What are the most mindblowing recent advancements most people still don't know about?

New Statesman
Female web developer wanted. Must love shoes and nail varnish
By Alex Hern - 08 August 10:00

Some developers are being sexist. It must be a Thursday.

The EVE battle logs: Going To War With Goonwaffe
By Phil Hartup - 29 July 16:04

Phil Hartup becomes the first embedded reporter in the largest virtual war the world has ever seen.

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