What is MindRider and why does it exist? The first part is easy: it's a helmet that reads your mind and tells you about your mood. You might not need a helmet to tell you about your mood, but it is cool to get to look at a map of your commute and see where you were relaxed enough to fall asleep in t ... More >>
No amount of eco-conscious, collaborative consumption, civic-pride good vibes are going to protect your skull when you get hit by a bus. For the time being you'll have to bring your own helmet (BYOH) while riding one of the new Bay Area Bike Share bikes, but for many travelers or commuters that's an ... More >>
From print to broadcast to online, there's very little the media's gotten right about this Boston tragedy before getting it wrong multiple times. The New York Post exaggerated the death toll from Monday's Boston Marathon bombings by 400 percent before joining InfoWars in misidentifying three diffe ... More >>
On the front page of today's New York Times, there is a story about a software program that can instantly grade essays. The system was designed by EdX, a non-profit group founded by Harvard and MIT, and it is gaining momentum. Last year, Hewlett-Packard's grant-making arm held two contests, each w ... More >>
Does Groupon bring out the trolls?The selling point of daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial has long been that they bring in new customers and new revenue. Though there's concern that the online-deal market is saturated, deal sites may bring in as much as $1 billion in revenue this year ... More >>
Aaron SwartzAn Internet activist involved in the early days of the popular San Francisco-based news-sharing site Reddit has been indicted in Massachusetts on charges that that he stole millions of files by hacking into an academic database at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Aaron ... More >>
Good guess, champ! Well, the world didn't end this weekend. Nobody really expected it to, anyway -- the Singularity Summit at the Hyatt Regency (about which we wrote in some detail last Friday) was less about invoking an immediate techno-cataclysm than it was about laying the groundwork for o ... More >>
What would happen if you hung sound sensors above the street in the Tenderloin, and then mapped the noise levels over two and a half days? You can see the pulsing decibel levels yourself, via the TenderNoise project, and then check out its sister site, TenderVoice, which allows you to browse geog ... More >>
John BirdsallThe decor feels like a hug and a kiss from Grandma.Just under two years ago, right after she'd won the Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles (again), Heidi Gibson was asked if she had any words to celebrate her victory. "Yes," she screamed, "I'm opening a grilled cheese re ... More >>
News this week of Adam Wheeler, the 23-year-old who lied his way into Harvard and almost into Yale, brought back fond memories of Azia Kim, the dorm-squatter who was discovered posing as a Stanford student two years ago. We have to ask: Who's the better college hoaxer? TV movie-ready back st ... More >>
The popular web site stands accused of acting like a modern-day Mafia.
City College budget cuts complicate Hollywood ending for student bioengineers.
ScanwichesPrettier than the rose window at Chartres. Tastier, too.Since 2008, John Chonko's blog Scanwiches has been making us laugh. His beautiful scans of sandwich cross-sections against black backgrounds sometimes look like edible cathedral windows, but in his singular, unwavering focus -- ... More >>
Nothing like celebrating St. Patrick's Day by learning how to make green, eh laddie? If you'd rather own a bar than hit the bars, spend tomorrow night at Stanford Business School soaking up game from none other than Hammer. The occasion is a panel discussion, sponsored by VLAB (a joint venture capit ... More >>
In other munchie-related news, everyone's favorite form of pure sugar, Marshmallow Fluff, turned 90 years old over the weekend, which is probably about as long as that sticky jar has been sitting in your cabinet. In 1917 a Massachusetts man named Archibald Query started turning out Fluff in his kitc ... More >>
How I landed onstage with my husband, and what I did about it
A haunting mix of Indonesian music and Shakespearean mystery
Noam if you want to
Will we be more secure -- or just less competitive -- if the government forces hundreds of thousands of international science students to get export licenses simply to look through a microscope?
Tech invades the gallery
Adrian Freed's decades-long desire to marry music and technology is finally going public. Will anyone listen?
Adrian Lamo, the 22-year-old "homeless hacker" famous for raiding New York Times computers, pursues his vision of public service by cracking another major corporate network. It's a crime, of course. It's also what he was born to do.
Major anti-war groups change strategy, hoping to win over mainstream voters the Bush administration can't ignore
Without the inventions of Max Matthews, we wouldn't have CDs, MP3s, techno -- or much more
Casting type in the Presidio
Environmental groups sent out a worldwide call to save the gray whale from a Mexican salt plant. They got millions of dollars and thousands of new members. But scientists found no threat to the whales.
If you don't know birds have accents, you haven't been attending your birdsong symposia
A provocative theory called "intelligent design" claims evolution is hogwash. But it's not the usual religious zealots leading the latest attack on Darwin. It's scientists and professors at Cal.
Brilliance is hip and even -- ahem -- sexy at Intel's Science and Engineering Fair
Dr. David Stork is trying to create a new computer that thinks like a human being. But he needs your help.
Decades after he left the stage to teach math in Santa Cruz, the voice of legendary satirist Tom Lehrer still echoes
Millennium has folks lining up to bury the past
Apocalypse Pretty Soon
Buying Wired magazine may align you with the digerati, but buying its stock might sink you into poverty