The robots may be taking our jobs - even making our coffee - but that doesn't mean we'll be fond of them.
Ovshinsky created a hatful of world-changing innovations, many of which threatened the dominance of America’s great new invention: the transistor. US corporate interests rubbished his work and he ended up licensing his technologies to a few small Japanese
While there are benefits to higher global temperatures, they are vastly outweighed by the costs to human life.
Releasing delicate information with big black bars all over it has kept secrets safe for years - but not for much longer, maybe.
A group calling themselves The Avengers were a bit like the Yelp of buying acid online.
A hitherto unforeseen side effect of headsets like Google Glass could be Uri Geller-like powers.
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.
Now that Silk Road has closed without any discernible damage to Bitcoin's value, maybe we can accept it's here to stay.
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.
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
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.
The appropriately named kisspeptin was discovered by accident, and has some surprising effects.
The Tories have always had disdain for scientific evidence - and the situation is getting worse.
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.
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?
'Papers, Please' is an oddly compelling and thought-provoking triumph.
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.
There's a copyright in playlists, argues the dance music label, and Alex Hern agrees.
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?
The secret target of Apple's new iOS releases is developers. But that doesn't mean users don't get benefits.
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.
The SEA strikes through DNS servers.
Abigail Brady, who edits the site as Morwen, explains the polite notes and not-votes behind the scenes.
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.
3,000 potential exoplanets later, a failed reaction wheel means the end of the Kepler mission.
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 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.
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.
"The biggest lesson is that the social products that succeed are non-obvious"